Inside Notion’s ‘secret’ and shoeless San Francisco office – Business Insider

Sherlock, one of Notion’s office mascots, looks out over a sea of shoes belonging to the company’s employees.Katie Canales/Business Insider

  • Notion is an enterprise software startup that offers an “all-in-one workplace” to help you keep your work management tools, like Slack and Google Docs, organized.
  • With over a million users, the company has garnered some buzz in Silicon Valley’s investor scene, so much so that VCs were showing up at the company’s former office asking to invest.
  • Notion has since moved into a new office space, and to avoid any unexpected visitors, the company decided to keep its address hidden from Google Maps.
  • We paid a visit to Notion’s “hidden” new office in San Francisco’s Mission District, where employees take their shoes off before entering, walk around in socks on heated floors, and drink Kombucha on tap in a high-ceilinged building that was once a garage.
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What do you do when your startup has drummed up so much buzz that VCs come literally knocking on your door clamoring to invest? Don’t tell Google your new address when you move into a new office.

Silicon Valley investors have aggressively sought after Notion, an enterprise software startup that offers an “all-in-one workplace” to help you keep your work management tools, like Slack and Google Docs, organized.

Why the hullabaloo? With over a million users, including Hearst Media, and being the go-to platform for thousands of startups, Notion has lofty goals for its product to become “as ubiquitous as Microsoft Office,” CEO Ivan Zhao told Business Insider in an interview earlier this year.

VCs apparently picked up on the hype and started showing up at the company’s former office location inquiring about investing. So when the software company moved to a new building four months ago, Notion kept its address on the down-low.

Notion’s new office is in the same neighborhood it’s been all along: the city’s Mission District. And the workspace has all of the fixings of a Silicon Valley startup competing for the region’s tech talent with out-of-the-box office perks.

Employees take their shoes off when they come into work, walk around in socks on heated floors, and drink Kombucha on tap in a century-old garage-turned-office, complete with exposed brick walls and natural light.

Zhao said he had a lot of say in how the space was going to look and feel. “If we’re going to make software for other people, it should feel more chill,” Zhao told Business Insider.

Take a look inside.

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