The architects behind the plan are Michael Birch, a British physics major, and Xochi Torres, a business major from the Bay Area. They met in the summer of 1990 in London’s Southside Bar and have since built a handful of startups including UK social networking company Bebo, which they sold to AOL for $850 million in 2008.
The two have now ventured into a new niche that they are both passionate about — bars and people. The end product was the Battery, a private social club in a renovated marble factory located in the Financial District of San Francisco, according to SFGate.
The luxurious club features five levels covering 58,000 square feet of area that includes a fancy restaurant, four bars, a wine cellar, conference rooms, a gym and spa, outdoor garden, library, 13 hotel rooms and a penthouse suite that offers scenic views of the Bay Bridge.
Though the idea of a private social club elicits thoughts of elitism and snobbery, the founders envisioned the Battery to promote a sort of Silicon Valley-style meritocracy. Those who earn a place in the club will promote diversity, rather than homogeneity.
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