I have been with NewsGator for going on 2 years now, and have had the pleasure of watching as we have grown, from me, Greg and Lane, working from Greg's house (sitting on the none-too-comfortable dining room chairs!) to our first official office space where we grew from small start-up to "growing-now-VC-funded-small-start-up" expanding from 4 employees to 12. We then progressed to a "Rabbit Warren" of an office on the 9th floor of one of the older buildings in Downtown, complete with "Caution Asbestos Hazard" signs in the bathroom! While there we grew from 12 to approximately 50 employees, outgrowing our space weekly it seemed. We actually had a number of developers who's desks were in the hallways! (No Joke!)
Which brings me to today at Newsgator! We've moved! And the excitement here can barely be measured! We have room to move around! Hell you can actually get winded walking from one end of the floor to the other! A number of folks here have commented that they can turn in their gym membership and start running laps around our parameter corridor! (I bet 16 laps makes a mile).
But the really spectacular part of the new digs is the view that comes with now residing on the 25th floor! Magnificent!
One fun thing we have done is changed the naming conventions on our conference rooms. Rather than the old "really creative" names we used like "Conference Room 1" and "Conference Room 2," we have acknowledged a few of our's love of Poker and Vegas and named our conference rooms after Vegas Casinos. The Executive Conference room is of course Bellagio, we have a Venetian, and a Gold Dust. But the piece de resistance is by far "The Stratosphere!" An open area in the southwest corner, designed for collaboration and community (and the occasional company meeting). It has, for 30 feet in either direction, an unobstructed floor to ceiling view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and the city of Denver Colorado. It is breathtaking! I cannot do the view justice, but here's a taste...
I have noticed a bit of gawking taking place today as we all acclimate ourselves to our new surroundings. We all hope it will serve as inspiration to our creativity and willingness to excel to even greater heights.