In case you still had any doubts that the Mission is a tech hotbed, look no further than Microsoft’s corporate block party on Thursday night.
Microsoft held a release party for its new “cloud-computing platform,” Windows Azure, at Madrone Studios at 1417 15th St. — which is on the market for a cool $3.2 million. This is the second time Microsoft has held a release party in the Mission. Last year the giant software company unveiled its new app store at Laurent Gallery, 470 Alabama St.
“This is an event for developers — developers are young people and this is what they like,” said Rob Kelly, a corporate vice president with Microsoft.
It was the block party afterwards that stole the show. Fifteenth Street was closed for most of the day between Shotwell and Folsom streets so that three DJs could take the stage, including headliner Steve Aoki.
I counted about 200 people when I showed up at 9 p.m., but my roommate tells me that the music began at 4 p.m. It ended around 10 p.m.
Some photos of the night.