Mozilla announced today that they are expanding the size of their San Francisco office and will add 125 employees to the office’s current staff of 150 by early 2013. Mozilla currently occupies the seventh and part of the third floor of the Hills Brothers Building at 2 Harrison St. and will expand to include the first two floors.
“We are targeting early 2013 to move into the space, and our overall space plan ties to our overall growth plans,” Mozilla CFO Jim Cook tells me. “This space should serve our needs well for the next few years.”
Mozilla’s nearby Mountain View office will remain at its current size, as the San Francisco office will swell from new hires. Cook says the new hires will support the growth of a number of Mozilla teams, including product development and product management teams.
Mozilla says the new space will have “open desks for contributors and a community space for events and meetups” as the nonprofit relies on volunteers as well as paid staff.
“We are excited to see the growth of Mozilla’s office and activities in San Francisco,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in a statement. “My goal remains clear–to ensure San Francisco remains the Innovation Capital of the World by attracting high-growth, innovative, community oriented companies such as Mozilla – organizations that are staying here and growing here.”
Born from Netscape’s 1998 open sourcing of the code base behind its Netscape Communicator internet suite, Mozilla Firefox currently holds approximately 22.48% of the world market for internet browsers as of April 2009. Version 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004 after a series of name changes, and within a year close to 100 million downloads of the browser technology had occurred. The following two years saw upgrades to version 1.5 in November 2005 and 2.0 in October 2006....