HatchBeauty Leases 10,300 SF at Westside Creative Office Building

Hatch Beauty has leased the upper third and fourth floor at a creative office building located at 10951 Pico Boulevard.  The five year lease is for 10,300 square feet.  The Hatch Beauty Agency is a marketing and design company that focuses on the beauty care industry.  Hatch Beauty Agency was formerly located in Santa Monica and shows how creative companies are leaving Santa Monica for more affordable creative offices on other parts of the Westside.

In 2000, PMI Properties, the landlord, converted 10951 Pico Boulevard to a creative office building.  Former tenants included California Assemblyman and Chicago 7 activist, Tom Hayden and web video gaming jaggernaut, Machinima.  Machinima was founded by Allen DeBevoise, who founded the company in 185 foot suite at 10951 Pico.  Current tenants include online social site Bebo and social E-commerce website Little Black Bag.

During the pre-leasing process, PMI Properties was represented by Dave Wilson and James Wilson from Lee & Associates.  Hatch Beauty was represented by Travis Landrum from Industry Partners.

New Hatch Beauty Agency Offices

New Hatch Beauty Agency Offices

Why Snapchat May Be A Boon for Westside Office

Urban economists have traced the growth of Cities to the success of breakout hit companies.  One example was Microsoft’s relocation to Seattle and how that move resulted in the growth of prosperity of Seattle.  A breakout hit company attracts other companies, employees, venture capitalists to the area.   The hit company scales and hires more people and consumes more office space.  Service firms, lawyers, busboys,  and other workers are hired to accommodate this growth.   The new wealthy employees break off and form new firms within the area and hire even more people.

Now Snapchat may be the West side hit company that the LA Tech community has waited for in hopeful anticipation.  It user growth exceeds that of Instagram’s.  Read below.

 

Snapchat Hiring Massive Sales Team, Said To Be Raising $100M At A Near $1B Valuation To Pay Them.

10951 Pico Creative Offices Home to New and Old Tech Startups

10951 Penthouse

10951 Pico Penthouse Space

The 10951 Pico building was the birthplace of one of YouTube’s most successful content providers, Machinima.  In 2006, Machinima was founded by Allen DeBevoise in a 150 square foot suite in the Penthouse.  By July 2012, they already had 191 million unique users who viewed an excess of 2.1 billion videos on their YouTube channel and website and occupied 30,000 square feet in Hollywood.

10951 Pico also serves as the corporate headquarters for Bebo, a social networking site that was at one time a contender with Myspace and Friendster.  Little Black Bag, a social e-commerce company backed by David Tisch and Mark Suster, recently moved into the ground floor suite.

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New Penthouse Cafe Kitchen

With it’s open and collaborative Penthouse space, and upgraded cafe style kitchen, 10951 Pico will continue to house creative offices to inspire the new tech startups joining the ranks, as well as continuing to go above and beyond to accommodate and maintain close ties to older tech startups.

Opower, an Energy Efficient Software Company, is PMI’s Newest Tenant at Harrison Property in San Francisco

Our newest tenant on the second floor of 642 Harrison in San Francisco has a goal to make the world more energy-efficient.  It’s a pretty lofty goal for a company only founded in 2007.  Opower is a software as a service company that partners with utility companies to promote energy efficiency.  According to their website, Opower is a new customer engagement platform for the utility industry.  It reinvented the way utilities interact with customers—from the quality of the information provided to the way it’s presented and delivered.  It helps people use energy more efficiently and ultimately save money on their energy bills.  And it vastly improves the overall customer experience by making energy use personally relevant.  For example, when monthly invoices arrive at a customer’s home, they can see the average utility bill cost in their neighborhood, along with suggestions on how to reduce their energy consumption.  If they are well over the average compared to other homes in the area, they then have Opower’s suggestions right at their fingertips to help alleviate some of their energy costs.

Opower decided to PMI Properties’ 642 Harrison would be a great candidate for their next office because of its size and prime location.  Opower’s decision to choose Harrison in the competitive SoMa market was featured in this article as well: Big Race for Space in SoMa, Wall Street Journal, January 26 2012.

They also have established an online presence with social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as having their own, “Hey, it’s OPOWER!” blog.  Their website has many interesting and innovative ways to share information about their vision and what the company has accomplished.  There is an “OMeter” page that keeps a running tab on how many kilowatt-hours Opower has saved, and lists some interesting facts on what could be done with all that energy.  Opower also finds ways to engage and entertain their employees.  Their website lists activities such as a quarterly company outing, innovation day, soccer and ping-pong teams, and the ability to bring your dog to work.

Photo courtesy of Opower's website.

Opower was founded in 2007 by long-time friends Dan Yates and Alex Laskey.  When they started their company, lots of people were excited about cleaner energy production using renewable energy sources, like the sun and wind.  Dan and Alex knew that these sources wouldn’t be tapped in the short-term, even though they are important.  Their answer to reducing carbon emissions right now was curbing wasteful use of the types of energy produced today.  By utilizing the 1.4 billion utility bills that are mailed to customers each year, they would be able to send energy-saving ideas to hundreds of millions of households.  After creating a prototype, they went to two of America’s major energy markets, California and Texas.  The amount of interest they received from utilities, state legislators, and environmental groups soon led to first round venture capital funding from MHS Capital.

Photo courtesy of Opower's website.

They have garnered support from other green centered companies, as well as President Barack Obama. He visited their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia in 2010 and praised their work ethic and success during the hard economic times in addition to their ability to provide clean energy jobs.  They have been featured in articles from The Wall Street Journal, Techcruch, CNN, and Green Tech Media, to name a few.

You can visit Opower’s website at http://www.opower.com. You can read their blog at www.heyitsopower.com and follow them on Twitter @Opower and Facebook: www.facebook.com/heyitsopower

Creative Spaces for Creative Companies– Applied Semantics

Gil Elbaz co-founded Applied Semantics, later acquired by Google in April 2003 for $102 million.  Google used the technology from Elbaz’s software to create the AdSense program.  Adsense allows publishers in the Google Network of content sites to serve automatic text, image, video, and rich media advertisements that are targeted to site content and audience. For example, if an article appeared about dogs, advertisements for dog food may appear with it.  Applied Semantics was located in Santa Monica at PMI’s at 2644 30th Street building from 2003-2005 both prior to and after Google’s acquisition. PMI produces creative spaces for creative people.

Image courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

Media Company Sugar Publishing, Inc. Leases 15,300 Square Feet in Culver City

Sugar Publishing, Inc., a privately owned media company that produces a network of blogs and ecommerce sites for women, leased 15,300 square feet at 3525 Eastham Avenue in Culver City’s Hayden Tract this month.  Sugar follows Mahalo Inc., another digital media company, who leased 13,300 square feet in November at the same property and also left Santa Monica in search of more affordable creative offices.

Culver City has become one of the best Westside alternatives to Santa Monica for creative space at significantly lower rents.  The area is now a hotbed for entertainment and media companies due to its prime location on the Westside, its new restaurant and art scene, and its plentiful supply of converted warehouses. With 3525 Eastham being positioned well in the Hayden Tract, PMI designed the building with creative companies in mind.  According to Jeffrey Palmer of PMI, “PMI originally designed 3525 Eastham for software and web based companies that need high density while maintaining a creative environment; although the design works very well for entertainment companies as well.”  The 24 foot soaring bow-truss ceiling, multiple oversized glass roll-up doors and numerous skylights help create a sense of spaciousness even with very high employee counts.  The City of Culver City is very interested in attracting digital media firms to the area.  It recently committed to purchase 180 parking space privileges in a parking structure to be built by a local developer.  Culver City has invested in parking and transportation infrastructure (including new redevelopments at the nearby Expo light rail station at Washington and National) to help entice these new digital technology companies to Culver City.  In addition, a new Hayden Tract Owners Association has formed to build 120 additional parking spaces on a former Cal Tran easement and to promote other improvements to the Hayden Tract.

Sugar Publishing has expanded from their San Francisco & New York locations to begin their tenure in Los Angeles.  Sugar prides itself in providing their 20 million global unique users insanely addictive content, unmatched shopping experiences and a robust social community.  The company has two business segments focusing on original content and commerce with a portfolio of brands including PopSugar, FabSugar, BellaSugar, FitSugar, GeekSugar, PetSugar, and PopSugar Retail Therapy.  Cementing their spot as a media force to be reckoned with, in May 2010, Sugar was named among the Hottest Companies in San Francisco. Sugar’s employees are extremely passionate about the brand, which shows in the amount and quality of content they produce on their numerous sites.

Brian Sugar currently serves as the company’s CEO and Publisher, while Lisa Sugar is the company’s Editor-in-Chief.  According to their website, the story behind the creation of Sugar, Inc. came from a comment at Oscars party Brian and Lisa Sugar threw at their home in February of 2005.  In 2006, they received Series A Funding from Sequoia Capital and have been expanding ever since.

During the pre-leasing process, PMI Properties was represented by David Wilson of Lee & Associates and Sugar Publishing, Inc. was represented by Matt Brainard of Studley, Inc.

Stylespot Graduates from 10951 Pico Creative Penthouse Space

PMI’s former tenant Stylespot.com went from small offices to grand success in the past few years.  Stylespot helps consumers link celebrity photos with stores that sell the fashions worn by the celebutants.  Stylespot started in a 300 square foot office in PMI’s highly creative Penthouse suites, which resemble a New York Penthouse.  Stylespot informs visitors about what their favorite celebrities wore, where they can buy it, or how to get the look for less.  On their website, there are separate areas for visitors to shop for outfits specific celebrities have worn, a way to put a certain look together based on the designer or what celebrity fashionista vistors gravitate towards, and a way to discover the trends in pop culture fashion.

Stylespot, founded by Rafi Gordon and Alex Amin, was venture backed by Idealab when it was founded in 2009.  It has recently been acquired by Kaboodle, the online social shopping site owned by Hearst Corporation.  Kaboodle announced the acquisition late Friday, February 3rd.  Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.   According to Kaboodle, Gordon and Amin will continue as co-CEOs of the company, operating as an individual website Kaboodle also said that its Chief Operating Officer, Steven Chien, will report to Gordon as part of the merger. Together, these two companies are now known as Image Network, Inc.  Gordon and Amin’s prior company was Baseline Research, which they sold to the New York Times Company in 2006.

Congratulations to Stylespot.  We wish them all the success.

Inside view of 10951 Pico Building, where Stylespot grew from.

PMI has provided creative office space for many other successful startups in Los Angeles and San Francisco in their early phase. Some well known tenants include Twitter, Applied Semantics, Aperture and Playdom. Check out our full list of tenants in this article.