Skype to open an office in Palo Alto

Communication company to occupy a building in Stanford Research Park

Skype Limited, the Luxembourg-based company that operates the popular communication application Skype, is preparing to move into Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto.

The company expects to lease a 90,000-square-foot building on Porter Drive, according to Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie. He said the company has requested a meeting with the city to discuss possible uses for the Porter Drive property. He said Skype plans to build out the existing facility.

Skype allows users to make calls, share files and hold video conferences over the Internet. The company was founded in 2003 and according to its website has offices in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Skype is the latest in a string of big-name high-tech companies to move into the Research Park in recent months. Electric-car manufacturer Tesla Motors relocated its headquarters from San Carlos to a property on Deer Creek Road last fall, while social-media giant Facebook moved from downtown Palo Alto to California Avenue last spring and announced in January it would move 500 employees to 1050 Page Mill Road.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Welcome to Skype. It should be a good fit with neighbors, Facebook. Similar type employees.

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Will we also be asking Skype to guarantee no new net car trips into the city and demanding that they build housing for their employees? I think if the council will continue to make these demands from Stanford, then they should for EVERY business that plans to open in town. Skype should submit their plans to the city and then wait about 4-5 for a decision.
You know why our council will not make these demands of Skype? Simple--Skype will tell the city to get lost and move to a more friendlier location. That is too bad--every business that plans to open in Palo Alto should meet the same standards--be it Stanford, Skype or a small mom and pop store

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Posted by George
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Svatoid, get real. Skype is going to bring in something like 80 employees. Stanford is going to bring in around 3,000.
By the way, what is your connection to Stanford? And please, spare us the time they saved your life, no one is questioning the value of the medical people.We all appreicate them. The issue here is oversized development.
Are you an employee, or is someone close to you connected to Stanford?

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:06 am

George--the number of employees that Skype brings is irrelevant--be it 1, 80 or 1000. The issue is outrageous demands made of one business entity in the name of "overcrowding" and "too much traffic" should be made of all business entities that plan to be in the city.
Yes, I am an employee of Stanford, but that is irrelevant as well. You will find plenty of people that support the Stanford expansion--you seem to dismiss them because they are employees or had their lives saved at the hospital.
Sorry you feel that Stanford's hospital should remain a 20th century relic--as is the thought process of those that oppose everything that Stanford tries to do because they remember Palo Alto as some kind of bucolic little village.

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Posted by numerate
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm

George - 90,000 square feet / 80 employees = 1125 square feet / employee. This seems excessive. Also, the article mentioned tentative plans to "buildout", presumably adding more square footage.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

Skype is not building a new development or adding square footage. There is plenty of empty office space left over from the nineties. Several buildings sit empty up there. You want an area of concern, look to what's going on further up Page Mill, where the horse pastures are. I'm seeing new construction equipment on the corner of Coyote Hill Road. Hope we don't see another 200 acres of grassland paved over.

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Posted by Show-Me-The-Money
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Skype will not be bringing any money into Palo Alto, at least at the moment. It will not be building much, and certainly will not be paying much in property taxes. It may consume a little electricity, and contribute to the outlandish salaries and pensions of the electric utility, but otherwise .. this is an unimportant bit of news for Palo Alto.

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Posted by STOP the cementing in Palo Alto!!
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm

YES!!! What about the horse pastures being ruined by adding more buildings...!!!
I would love to see that area preserved for my great~great grandchildren and others to enjoy with a view of the Bay and untouched destruction of the grass lands to romp in..
Not everyone wants to walk on cement in Palo Alto...

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on Feb 10, 2011 at 9:00 am

Having a problem getting back online please help, windows xp

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Posted by Terry Rowe
a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

Yes. They owe me money and refuse to send it to me. Now I know where to send the lawsuit.

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