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Strava Signs Lease in LoDo, Commits to Growing Workforce

DENVERStrava Inc., a popular app and social network for endurance athletes that has been working hard since January 2018 to grow its presence in Denver, has signed a new lease at at 1444 Wazee St., also known as the Elephant Corral building.

The San Francisco-based social network for athletes is reaffirming its commitment to Denver with a new office occupying a full floor in the historic brick and timber Elephant Corral building, originally constructed in 1880 and renovated in 1983.

Strava selected Denver as its second hub one year ago, and scaled its new office from zero to 30 employees in that time. Before moving into its new home in the Elephant Corral, Strava will conduct a major build-out and renovation of the space, expected to be completed in fall 2019. Hiring will continue during that period, as Strava expects to grow its Colorado workforce to 56 employees this year.

“We chose Denver because it’s a natural fit in so many ways – it’s a great city for recruiting, has an entrepreneurial energy and the world-class recreation opportunities at our doorstep help fuel our company culture,” said Michael Horvath, co-founder of Strava. “We’re growing in Denver and we’re looking for the very best product, design and engineering talent in Colorado to help us build Strava’s future.”

Rather than serving as a satellite of the San Francisco headquarters, Strava’s Denver hub operates as a key second development site where engineers craft the core Strava product and experience. Critical development groups including Strava|Business and Trust & Safety teams call the Strava Denver office home. In the years ahead, Strava expects to continue robust growth in Denver, adding marketing, people operations, finance and community management roles.

The Elephant Corral building is owned by Unico Properties. Strava recognized early in the search for a permanent space that Unico is aligned with Strava’s core values, and both parties worked together to achieve a positive long-term outcome.

“Strava’s passion for building community and fostering a close, committed workforce will undoubtedly attract Denver’s top talent,” said Sarajane Goodfellow, associate director for Unico Properties. “Our commitment to elevating the workplace experience has led to a naturally synergistic relationship between Strava and Unico. Elephant Corral not only puts Strava’s employees in the heart of the action, but provides immediate access to Denver’s highly coveted trail system, inviting them to enjoy an active lifestyle.”

Photo courtesy of Strava

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