On a recent business trip for Orbital Laboratory, I visited Strava’s headquarters in San Francisco to learn more about Strava and what makes them unique. Strava has an awesome product and an great work environment. If you you like exercise, are active and interested in tracking your activities in a social environment read on…
1. SOLID Tagline
“Built for Athletes” says it all. Strava is an online service for tracking your activities and fitness. Essentially, it’s a combination of that old ragged journal that your dad used to document every run or ride, a GPS enabled mobile app that tracks route data to compare your adventures year-after-year, and a social tool that allows you to follow friends, fellow athletes and competitors activities. If the tagline “built for athletes” doesn’t entice you, stop reading. The athlete is where Strava draws focus, if this is you, keep reading.
2. Prime Location
Strava headquarters is located in the heart of San Francisco within the same building as another internet success, Square. Strava HQ has a relaxed modern office space with large windows and orange Strava badges riddled throughout. Strava currently has approximately 35 employees but is looking for more talented users to join the team. Check out the Strava website for potential opportunities to work at the coolest company in San Francisco.
3. AWESOME Product
The Strava website is the best one of its kind. The simple interface allows users to easily compare ride stats, upload files from a GPS device, view routes and analyze data in a clean, user-centric visual experience. It beats your dad’s journal and it tells your friends “that you’re a big deal.” Most notable is the thrill of grabbing a King-of-the-Mountain or winning one of the online climbing competitions – better yet, crushing one of the KOM’s that the Marc Pro – Strava racing team has. Leading to number 4…
4. Unique Features
Strava has many features but the one most notable, for the closet trainer or avid competitor, is the “King Of the Mountain.” The Northern California area is riddled with famed climbs like Old La Honda in the East Bay or Orbital Laboratory’s favorite Donner Summit in Truckee. The record up Donner Summit is said to be held by Greg Lemond at under 14:30, but “if it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen.” So log-on, create an account and take the KOM today.
5. Local Riding in NORCAL
Riding right from Strava HQ makes it easy to access some of Northern California’s best rides. Ridden straight from Strava; Alpine Dam or the Paradise Loop in Marin are unbeatable. You can head further North to Chileno Valley near Petaluma, CA or make your way South over to the Peninsula and test your climbing skills up Old La Honda.
All of the photos for this article were taken from inside Strava’s headquarters in San Francisco.
If you don’t have an account, they are now 100% free for life for access to the basic features. Sign up now, you won’t be disappointed. It will make you faster and more dedicated… it’s simply the nature of knowing what’s out there that fuels the desire to ride harder. Once you have that, there’s no turning back.