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Snapchat is set to nearly double its office space in Venice
Snapchat is set to nearly double its office space in Venice

Snapchat first set up in Los Angeles in a funky old bungalow on Venice Beach, a little start-up with only 14 employees. Two years later, the messaging app is rich, famous and expanding fast. The company is still in Venice, but with 200 employees it has far outgrown its cozy house on the beach. It's about to nearly double its footprint in Venice with a lease for 40,000 square feet in several buildings at Venice and Abbot Kinney boulevards, according to real estate experts and property records. Some residents say the tech company's rapid expansion will alter the character of Venice, a longtime enclave for poets, artists, musicians, roller skaters, beach freaks and...

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