I’ve been fortunate to have had many memorable days in my lifetime and my career. Today will be one of those days.
A primary goal for just about every company is healthy growth in all aspects of the business—its product offerings, customer base, revenues, workforce, and more. Everyone likes to see the graph moving steadily upward on the x-axis. But sometimes growth becomes pronounced and requires a company to take action.
Since our humble beginnings around a dining room table in 2007, we have outgrown several offices. Zscaler headquarters has been at its current location in San Jose since 2015, and it has served us well. It was where many of our product innovations were born. It hosted numerous customer meetings and all-hands meetings (until we could no longer fit in the cafeteria). It was where we welcomed hundreds of wonderful new employees to the Zscaler family, and it served as our command center as we prepared for our IPO. This location was perfect when we were a smaller organization. However, by the end of 2019, we had grown to more than 1,600 employees, with about 400 in San Jose, and we had simply outgrown our space.
Today, we are pleased to open the doors to our new Zscaler headquarters in San Jose, just a block from our previous location. The new offices will be more than twice the size of our current facilities and we expect to make good use of all that space — we are hiring across all departments. Our new headquarters will help to keep the team happy, too, with plenty of parking, and a gym and cafeteria we’ll share with a couple other leading companies on this campus.
Something that is especially exciting to me is that we’ll be able to see many more customers at the new HQ, with superior meeting spaces, and more of them, and cutting-edge accommodations for events and architectural workshops. And our new executive briefing center is truly world-class and something I frankly obsessed over as we built out the design.
It’s so gratifying to mark this move with our San Jose teams that include many great people I’ve come to know well over the last dozen or so years, and many more who are newer to Zscaler and whose contributions are already making an impact on our company’s success and that of our customers. Zscaler’s success has been, and will continue to be, a result of delivering the most innovative solutions to solve customer problems, forward-thinking customers who recognize and embrace our vision of a more secure digital world, and creative, talented employees with the passion to bring that vision to life.
This move is an exciting next step for Zscaler, and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.
Jay Chaudhry is the Founder and CEO of Zscaler