Transportation startup Uber looking for a bigger parking spot

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in Manhattan. Photo by Julia Glassberg / New York Times.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in Manhattan. Photo by Julia Glassberg / New York Times.

The transportation startup Uber is looking to expand the size of its Boston office, currently located in the Leather District. The existing office is about 3,000 square feet, and Uber is in the market for between 15,000 and 18,000 square feet, real estate sources tell me.

Uber’s general manager in Boston, Meghan Verena Joyce, wouldn’t confirm the timing or details of the move, but she did write in an e-mail that “we’re expanding quickly and are looking for more space to accommodate our growing operations team. We’re hoping to keep our regional base in Boston proper, although we’ve gotten a number of compelling offers in surrounding communities as well. Given that we’re still exploring potential options, the size and scope is still up in the air.”

Ben Sutton of NAI Hunneman is handling Uber’s search, which other realtors say is primarily focused on Boston and Cambridge, and not the ‘burbs. Sutton wouldn’t comment.

Uber’s expansion would be big news if the San Francisco-based company was planning to start hiring software developers in Boston; as of now, the office is primarily focused on operations, driver recruitment, and marketing. Though Uber is trying to fill at least seven open positions in Boston right now, none of them are for developers. Asked about the Boston office getting more involved in software development, Joyce says only that “we’re in the process of hammering out the scope of the team.”

Uber launched in Boston in 2011. Here’s a piece I wrote about my first ride, during their pilot-testing period. The company has raised more than $300 million in funding so far, from a group of investors that includes Google Ventures, Jeff Bezos, Founder Collective, and Goldman Sachs.

Scott Kirsner writes the Innovation Economy column every Sunday in the Boston Globe, in which he tracks entrepreneurship, investment, and big company activities around New England.
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