Update: The Firebase office is now located at 22 4th Street. See our contact page for details.
Last week Firebase moved into our new home at 188 King St in San Francisco. It's only a stone's throw away from our old office at 153 Townsend St, but it gives us a place to call our own and the room to expand that we'll need in 2013.
The space itself is a lofted apartment. It is zoned as both residential and commercial. This means we share the building with other startups, like Famo.us, Threadflip and Filepicker, and with private residents.
We're located across the street from AT&T Park, home of San Francisco's baseball team, the Giants.
The main floor is where we get the bulk of our work done.
It's great for collaboration and the high ceilings give it a great open feel. The view isn't too bad either:
We've put couches in the lofted section of the apartment and have covered the back wall with Idea Paint:
We're continuing our tradition of office hours every Friday from 4-6pm. Feel free to drop by and see our new home!
Today we’re excited to announce that we’re opening the Firebase Beta to all developers.Anyone can now create an account and begin building real-time apps in minutes.
For those unfamiliar with us, Firebase is a scalable, real-time backend. It helps developersbuild apps quickly by eliminating the hassle of data synchronization and server concerns.Here’s a 2 minute overview:
When we announced Firebase last April in an invite-only beta, it was still a young product.
Today, Firebase is a far more mature, battle-hardened product. We provide real-time data for hundreds of live apps,from sweet-and-simple apps like Scratchpad.io to major internet brandslike Twitch and Klout.
We are already synchronizing data for tens of millions of unique users every month;our infrastructure is powerful, reliable, redundant, and monitored.We’ve made major strides with our developer-facing pieces as well — adding SSL, authentication,a powerful Security API, a slew of new and improved API functions, and a large and growing library ofdocs, examples, and integrations. Our team, along with our community of developers, has grown as well.
As a result, we’re finally ready to open the Firebase gates — so go ahead,click “Sign Up” in the upper right and get started on your app.
So what can you do with the power of Firebase? Let’s ask one of our users! Meet Riley Dutton, one of the founders of Roll20:
You can read the full Roll20 case study here or check out our cases studies onSimTable and Wordspot.
Our goal with Firebase is to help developers build better apps faster. If you’d like to give us a shot,check out our 5 minute tutorial. We can’t wait to see what you build!