(Screenshot of Google Maps)
One of the largest, most successful companies in the country opened up an office in Philadelphia. And, for some reason, they’d rather you not know about it.
Since acquiring Invite Media, a real-time advertising startup, last year, Google engineers have been working from the 12th floor of a 1500 Market St. high-rise. Yet, the company does not list the office on its official “locations” page and it has gone through great pains to make sure that the office remains off of the radar.
Evidence of the office’s existence includes Foursquare check-ins and a WiFi network named “Google,” which is visible from Technically Philly’s offices across the street. Building security also acknowledged Google’s offices when asked by Technically Philly.
Formerly located at 1714 Chestnut Street, Invite Media does not disclose its new Philadelphia location on its website either, simply stating that its office is located in “Center City.” A phone number previously attributed to the company is no longer in service.
Invite Media CEO Nat Turner declined to comment on the 1500 Market block office, confirming the company’s general Center City location and that the company is still growing. Google’s official PR department would only confirm “we have a very small presence in Philadelphia, primarily focused on Invite Media.” Several former Invite Media employees also declined to comment.
We’re glad that the search giant has decided to base some of its operations in Philadelphia. We just wish they’d at least acknowledge it.
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