The front section of the foundry is nicknamed "French Laundry," a reference to white-run laundry businesses and a callback to the space's previous life as a Laundromat. Workers embrace the ironic undertone of the name given the collaborative nature of the space.
It's quiet during a recent visit to the foundry. Only a handful of developers are busy in the corner typing away at their computers. The foundry is virtually a 24-7 operation; people come in later in the evening and will often pull all-nighters.
The foundry played host to a Facebook-related hackathon last month, with nearly 200 developers crammed into the space and working on new apps for the social network (it was rearranged to accommodate the crowd). The Palo Alto facility focuses largely on apps.
The Israel foundry, which was built on a squash court, is in the city of Ra'anana, and is sponsored by Amdocs, which helps AT&T and other carriers with their back-end systems. Israel focuses mainly on network technology.