Company Culture
Jobs / Startups / Technology

Mapbox has a new DC HQ and is growing ‘faster than expected’

They no longer fit into that cool 14th Street garage, though. ?

At Mapbox's current digs. (Courtesy photo)

“Oh man, I tell ya it was so sad leaving the garage…” Eric Gundersen tells me, mere moments after we get on the phone. As the CEO of local mapping company Mapbox, Gundersen is referring to the cute garage just off 14th Street that used to house Mapbox’s D.C.-based staff (and headquarters).

The garage, with its easy rolling door and industrial-chic vibes, was home to many an event and, as Gundersen reminisces on the phone, many an afternoon company BBQ. But Mapbox has been growing fast, and the garage couldn’t grow with them. As Gundersen puts it, “wow, we so outgrew that.”

Between offices in D.C. as well as San Francisco, Detroit, Peru and Bangalore, Mapbox employs 221 people. It has recently brought on 20 new hires just in the District. All of which is to say that the company needed a new office, and found one at 1509 16th Street NW. 

The new office is right around the corner from Whole Foods in the trendy Logan Circle neighborhood — not far from where the garage is, really. But Gundersen admits that even the new space is tight. The company is growing “faster than expected,” he told

“We’re scaling on the people side because we’re scaling on the product side,” Gundersen said. The company’s software provides “every building block you [by which Mapbox means developers] need to build location into your apps.” The company has 750,000 registered developers using the software, and between some big clients like National Geographic, The Weather Channel, Pinterest and more, Gundersen said around 250 million people are touching Mapbox maps in some way each month.

This is good news — “every time someone touches the map the map gets smarter,” Gundersen said.

And even with all this growth and global offices, Mapbox remains committed to D.C. as home. The company started in D.C. in order to be close to the international development agencies that were its initial customers, Gundersen said, and it has grown (and opened up new offices) in order to be close to newer customers.

What’s Gundersen’s favorite thing about having a tech company in D.C.? The talent.

“In D.C., talented developers are really plugged into what’s happening in the world,” Gundersen said. And for Mapbox, where a map isn’t just a map but (for example) a way to improve city transportation or eliminate malaria or help protestors stay safe and organized, this kind of curiosity and expertise is key.

Companies: Mapbox

Before you go...

Please consider supporting to keep our independent journalism strong. Unlike most business-focused media outlets, we don’t have a paywall. Instead, we count on your personal and organizational support.

3 ways to support our work:
  • Contribute to the Journalism Fund. Charitable giving ensures our information remains free and accessible for residents to discover workforce programs and entrepreneurship pathways. This includes philanthropic grants and individual tax-deductible donations from readers like you.
  • Use our Preferred Partners. Our directory of vetted providers offers high-quality recommendations for services our readers need, and each referral supports our journalism.
  • Use our services. If you need entrepreneurs and tech leaders to buy your services, are seeking technologists to hire or want more professionals to know about your ecosystem, has the biggest and most engaged audience in the mid-Atlantic. We help companies tell their stories and answer big questions to meet and serve our community.
The journalism fund Preferred partners Our services

Join our growing Slack community

Join 5,000 tech professionals and entrepreneurs in our community Slack today!


Here’s how the global tech outage impacted many of the vital systems across the mid-Atlantic region

From Big Tech to a big bank, this leader puts innovation at the forefront of her entire career

Ready to start marketing your startup? 3 crucial questions all founders should ask

Gen Z pivots to gig jobs instead of full-time work: Who is that good for?

Technically Media