儘管轉向遠距工作,Bandwidth 執行長仍然致力於新的 $103M 總部

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羅利 — Despite a massive shift to a work-from-home culture triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bandwidth is still moving ahead with big plans for new corporate headquarters in Raleigh.

Appearing in a virtual seminar conducted as part of the Economic Development Summit series on Wednesday, its founder and CEO David Morken said he remains committed to investing more than $103 million for the new campus.

This comes as many are beginning to question the impacts of remote working on commercial real estate post-coronavirus. Tech giants Facebook and Twitter have already announced that they will let workers request to permanently work from home.

But for Morken, it’s a resounding “no.”

“We’re crazy,” he told Raleigh Chamber president and CEO Adrienne Cole, who led the session. “We believe that we are all going to emerge from our homes into the bright light of an exciting future. My experienced view is that we are going to be more and more desperate than ever to collaborate — in person.”

Announced in April, the fast-growing communications software company is planning a 500,000-square-feet facility at the southwest corner of Reedy Creek Road and Edwards Mill Road. As part of the project, it will purchase a 40-acre plot of land from the State of North Carolina for a $40 million price tag.

The uptick: 1,165 new jobs with an average salary of $96,832.

Still, Morken said he recognizes some things have changed.

“The bar is getting raised for what the office experience must be to encourage collaboration, in person, at work,” he said.

Bandwidth 目前的總部位於北卡羅來納州立大學 Centennial 校區。

“We’ve been blessed by Centennial Campus here in North Carolina; it has gym facilities, recreation facilities intramural, right adjacent to our building. We’ve got to replicate that.”

Morken, a father of six and a grandfather of two, has already promised to offer an on-site, fully integrated Montessori School for children aged nine months to five years old. It will be offered as a “subsidized benefit” to employees.

“We’re fortunate that we’ve got a season of transition that we can react to how we’re designing and building with great companies — East West Partners, Capitol Broadcasting, Gensler,” he said. “All these folks are helping us in a tremendous way think through how we love our team, our customers, our partners in the community, with a campus.”

早在 1999 年,莫肯剛從海軍陸戰隊擔任辯護法官,就在朋友的閒置臥室裡創立了這家位於羅利的軟體通訊公司。 18 年多的時間裡,他一直在引導這家公司。然後在2017年,Bandwidth上市,估值約$3億。去年更是突破了$2億大關。

Google、Microsoft、Rover 和 Zoom 等公司使用 Bandwidth 的 API 輕鬆地將語音、訊息傳遞和 911 存取權嵌入到軟體和應用程式中。

原文來源: WRAL 技術線