Denver-based SendGrid expands in Irvine, signs lease new digs at 400 Spectrum tower

July 21, 2017

SendGrid, which currently has an office in Orange, has signed a lease at 400 Spectrum Drive, the new Irvine Company office tower under construction at Irvine Spectrum Center.

SendGrid, a message and email delivery and management firm, will occupy 22,000 square feet, or the entire fourth floor, nearly three times the size of its Orange office. The company, according to the Denver Post, is better known for handling billions of transactional messages like the neighborly Nextdoor notifications or Airbnb confirmation e-mails.

SendGrid in March acquired San Francisco e-mail startup Bizzy for an undisclosed price. The purchase is to help the Denver-based company’s expansion into marketing.

The company will move to the Irvine building next year.

400 Spectrum Drive is now 36 percent pre-leased, according to Irvine Company. Its sister tower, at 200 Spectrum Center, is 93 percent leased.  Mazda moved into the building in June. Mazda, in a 10-year contract, will occupy five floors and a lobby for a total of 113,000 square feet

“The fact that we have such a dynamic customer in SendGrid partnering with us before we even open underscores the fact that Irvine Spectrum in general — and 200 and 400 Spectrum Center specifically— represents the ultimate address for forward-thinking companies,” said Steve Case, executive vice president of Irvine Co. Office Properties, in a statement.

Denver-based SendGrid opened its Orange office in 2014. It was founded in Boulder, Colo., in 2009 and has more than 400 employees. The firm has sent out billions of emails every year on behalf of its clients.

It moved its headquarters to Denver so everyone could be in one building, and to make hiring easier.

The group also announced that it leased new offices in Silicon Valley.

“The investment we made in these two new locations positions us to be more competitive and attractive to local talent as well as gives us a strategic presence in two major tech communities in California,” said Pattie Money, Chief People Officer at SendGrid, in a statement. “Our experience expanding new offices in Denver and London has affirmed that we can attract, engage and retain a robust talent pool, while bringing our Gridders together for the benefit of our customers.”


Originally published on July 21, The Orange County Register