On one side lies a sliding divider made up of strands of cable lines strung closely next to each other, while the other side features a movable row of hanging chains, creating a flexible space that can be manipulated as needed.
Aside from a corner filled with a few developers quietly typing away at their computers, it's fairly empty in the middle of the afternoon.
The office, a stone's throw from the humble beginnings of startups such as Flipboard, is a magnet for venture capitalists and developers -- Marc Andreessen is a familiar face. It's AT&T's application foundry, where the company has created a place and provided the resources for local developers to work on small projects with the potential to change the multibillion-dollar telecommunications giant.
Operators are not known for being the most adventurous bunch.A change of pace AT&T's willingness to look outside for help on projects is a change from its original preference to develop new services and products in-house, relying on its once formidable AT&T Labs business.Under Ma Bell, it had a massive research and development arm in what is now the Lucent part of Alcatel-Lucent.AT&T said it will also help speed those projects to market three times faster than it would normally take.AT&T might license the technology or products or could create a revenue sharing relationship.