For the past two years, we have functioned pretty well just up the street from our new location. We’ll call our old space “400″ and our new space “424″. The buildout at 400 was quick and dirty; we may as well have been called “Unfinished Pine Central.” It was a perfect clubhouse for seven or eight testosterone-laced males with a propensity for strong drink and a deep seeded desire to change the world.
Then we started growing and we started having problems: “We’re not professional looking,” “There’s too much ambient noise to talk to clients,” “We don’t have a space to store hard liquor,” “People keep confusing us for Raygun,” “It smells like chemicals.”
We aren’t all 23 anymore and huffing chemicals isn’t at the top of our activity list these days, so we started building a list of attributes for our dreamland and we started designing our new space.
From the start, we knew that we needed a conference room and table. Too many of our meetings looked like this. We wanted to make sure that the place was ventilated properly and that there was plenty of elbow room at each of our desks. And… well, that was pretty much everything.
We will write in depth over the next few days and weeks about some of the specific features that we especially enjoy about 424, but in the meantime here is a sample of the atmosphere in which we function now.