February 23, 2024
Twitter headquarters auctioned workplace provides, furnishings and memorabilia : NPR
Twitter headquarters auctioned workplace provides, furnishings and memorabilia : NPR

Twitter is auctioning off workplace, kitchen and tech provides from its San Francisco headquarters as its monetary struggles proceed.

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Twitter is auctioning off workplace, kitchen and tech provides from its San Francisco headquarters as its monetary struggles proceed.

Noah Berger/AP

Are you in want of some mid-century trendy furnishings, industrial kitchen gear or audio-visual methods? Or seeking to brighten up your house with an enormous neon chicken signal?

You then’re in luck. Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters auctioned off “surplus company workplace property” on-line for a fleeting 27 hours, giving potential fortunate bidders the possibility to take a chunk of the struggling firm residence with them.

Public sale home World Heritage Companions is working the de facto hearth sale, which closed at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) on Wednesday and charged a purchaser’s premium of 18%.

The 631 tons embrace workplace provides like projectors and large white boards (in each old-school and digital kind), kitchen gear from espresso machines to fridges (together with a kegerator beer dispenser), all kinds of chairs and couches and miscellaneous modern-day office staples like assorted energy adapters and KN95 masks in bulk.

There’s additionally a little bit of Twitter-specific memorabilia, together with a six-foot-tall “@”-shaped planter sculpture full of synthetic flowers (with a excessive bid of $8,250), a blue neon signal within the form of the app’s chicken brand ($22,500) and a smaller, sturdier chicken statue ($20,500).

Different notable gadgets embrace a pizza oven ($10,000), a convention room-sized sales space ($7,250) and several other particular person soundproof telephone cubicles, packs of high-end desk chairs ($4,900) and sit-stand desks ($900) and two stationary bikes that double as recharging stations ($2,400).

General, an eclectic assortment of products and a jarring sight for individuals who as soon as used them.

“Bizarre to see the Twitter workplace on public sale,” tweeted Kevin Weil, the corporate’s former senior vice chairman of product. “Nice reminiscences from a special period.”

Scott Budman, an NBC Information tech and enterprise reporter, pointed out some acquainted gadgets: A desk the place he interviewed former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey obtained a bid for $1,000, the espresso machine the place former editorial director Karen Wickre supplied him espresso goes for $1,700.

“Good luck, I assume,” he wrote.

Ross Dove, chief government of Heritage World, the guardian firm of Heritage World Companions, instructed the New York Instances that greater than 20,000 individuals had registered to bid on-line — probably the most of any of the agency’s auctions during the last 90 years and a truth he attributes to the general public’s fascination with Twitter and Musk himself. He estimated that the public sale would internet Twitter some $1.5 million.

The public sale comes at a tricky time for the corporate, which misplaced many main advertisers — in addition to workers, because of layoffs and mass resignations — after Elon Musk took over in October and has since sought to aggressively minimize prices and lift income.

Musk — who has introduced his plans to resign as CEO — mentioned in December that the corporate was “not, like, within the quick lane to chapter anymore.”

Nonetheless, its monetary outlook stays murky, with the New York Instances reporting that very same month that Twitter had not paid hire for its San Francisco headquarters or any international places of work for weeks and was contemplating denying individuals severance funds. Workers have additionally mentioned the potential of promoting usernames to make cash, the Instances reported final week.

This month, Guinness World Information confirmed that Musk had damaged the file for largest sum of money misplaced by one particular person. He misplaced between $180 billion and $200 billion since November 2021, largely as a result of poor efficiency of Tesla shares lately.

Musk stays the second-richest particular person on the planet and, as of this week, is on trial for securities fraud over a collection of 2018 tweets teasing a Tesla buyout that by no means occurred.