900 Chesapeake Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063
NeXT's first offices were Steve Jobs' own mansion in Woodside. The company then consisted of Steve and his five co-founders, and they were still thinking up ideas for their company, while being used by Apple.
The following year, NeXT settled in Stanford's Industrial Park, on 3475 Deer Creek Road in Palo Alto. The company stayed there for three years. Just like he had with the Macintosh team at Apple, Steve spoiled his employees with fancy perks (hi-fi systems, unlimited supply of fresh juice…) in a luxurious decor. The common area featured large Ansel Adams prints, hardwood floors, a kitchen with granite counter tops, and 12-seat U-shape sofas. Yet NeXT Inc. had no revenue yet.
In 1989, NeXT moved to one of the most expensive locations in the Valley, in offices facing a marina in Redwood City. They remained famous for their wood-and-steel staircase that seemed to float in mid-air — but also their marble dining area, their $10,000 sofas, and their $450 phones in every office… This lavish corporate environment was later held as evidence of what was wrong with NeXT. Steve himself complained in a 1986 TV documentary that he failed to see "that start-up hustle" at NeXT. In retrospect, perhaps the luxurious offices were one of the explanations.
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