The new Campaign Monitor office

By David Greiner on 24th August 2010

Towards the end of 2009 we really started pushing the limits of our current space. All our closed offices were taken and we were squeezing more and more team members into crowded workstations. Eventually it looked like we’d need to get rid of the precious ping pong table to free up space. To avoid a staff revolt, we started the search for a new office.

Our space at the time was located right across from a park and near the beach. It’s a great spot, so when we learned we could take over almost the entire floor instead of relocating elsewhere it was an easy choice. Construction started in November 2009 and we excitedly moved in last month. I wanted to walk you through the finished product in the hope that you might find something useful to take away and apply to your own workplace.

Here’s a quick video tour of the end result to whet your appetite.

A video tour of the new office, shot and edited by Ben

Getting the balance right

In our experience, the ideal office environment is about finding the right balance between socializing and getting stuff done. Too much of one or the other has its downsides, but there are some fundamentals you can put in place to help get that balance right. It should be easy for everyone to remove any distractions, put their head down and get into the zone. Just as importantly, they should be able to take a break, hang out with other members of the team and generally switch off.

To make this happen, we teamed up with the same architects who designed our last office and gave them this simple brief:

  1. Closed offices for everyone.
  2. Large dining area where we can all eat lunch together.
  3. Enough space to cater for our ping pong obsession.

After a few iterations the new design really took shape. The architect came up with the idea of having a huge open area right down the middle of the space containing the kitchen, dining, library, gaming area and lounges. Flowing either side of this open space would be two corridors of offices. They managed to fit 40 private offices into the new design, more than enough for the 20 staff in our Sydney office with plenty of room to grow.


40 private offices and loads of open space - See the full plan (PDF)

Why private offices beat open plan

For us, private offices were non-negotiable. Over the years we’ve had fully open plan, only offices and a combination of both. In my experience, closable offices for each team member are by far the best configuration for a software company. I think Paul Graham said it best:

“After software, the most important tool to a hacker is probably his office. Big companies think the function of office space is to express rank. But hackers use their offices for more than that: they use their office as a place to think in. And if you’re a technology company, their thoughts are your product. So making hackers work in a noisy, distracting environment is like having a paint factory where the air is full of soot.”

Paul Graham, Great Hackers

Of course, I can understand why open plan is popular. It works for small teams. It’s flexible, cost effective and gives the illusion of great communication. But the moment a team grows bigger than a few people, cracks start to appear.

Getting into the zone

When you’re designing, building and supporting software, you need to juggle lots of complex ideas in your head at once. This can take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour of thinking about a problem, and that’s when the juicy stuff starts flowing. You get in the zone and solutions start presenting themselves.

The last thing you want is to bother that person with a stupid question, force them to overhear your phone conversation or any other kind of distraction that isn’t related to what they’re working on. I don’t care how disciplined your team is or how good your noise cancelling headphones are, this kind of interruption is unavoidable in an open plan office.

Jesse working hard with the door closed

Jesse working interruption-free on the Campaign Monitor UI

The research is in

This isn’t just anecdotal either. There’s been plenty of interesting research into open plan vs closed offices too. A study by Microsoft showed just how destructive interruptions can be to productivity. Here’s some commentary by Bill D’Alessandro on the findings:

“The researchers taped 29 hours of people working in a typical office, and found that they were interrupted on average four times each hour. Here’s the kicker – 40% of the time, the person did not resume the task they were working on before the interruption. The more complex the task, the less likely the person was to resume working on it after an interruption.”

Microsoft Research, A Diary Study of Task Switching and Interruptions (PDF)

Last year a team of Australian scientists came to a similar conclusion. They found that working in an open plan office leads to lower productivity and higher staff stress.

“The evidence we found was absolutely shocking. In 90 per cent of research, the outcome of working in an open-plan office was seen as negative. It has been found that the high level of noise causes employees to lose concentration, leading to low productivity. The research found that the traditional design was better - small, private closed offices.”

Dr Vinesh Oommen, Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management

There’s no doubt that open plan is more flexible and cheaper than putting in private offices. But is 20-30% extra in your fit out costs enough to justify all the extra interruptions? It’s not just about productivity either. Solving challenging problems and getting things done is a much more rewarding experience on a personal level too.

Big, well lit offices all with closable doors

Big, well lit offices with closable doors

The closed door policy

It’s only slightly harder to walk in someones office to ask a question than to yell across an open plan office. Having private offices is one thing, but you need to have a system of mutual respect in place for them to work. At Campaign Monitor we have a simple rule: If my door is shut, don’t interrupt me.

It’s common sense anyway, but making this clear to everyone has made a big difference. If you want to get stuff done, shut the door and you won’t be bothered. If anyone needs to talk to you, they can come back later, send you an email or leave a message in Campfire that you can reply to when it suits.

Don’t forget the social side

Like I mentioned earlier, you need to find the right balance between removing interruptions and spending time with the rest of the team. While we all get out of the office for some crazy activities every few weeks, we also made sure the new space included plenty of room to hang out together.

Eating a meal together every day

At SXSW earlier this year I was lucky enough to have dinner with the founders from great companies I respect like 37signals, Wufoo, Dropbox and Freshbooks. The dinner was organised by the always awesome Dharmesh Shah, the man behind HubSpot and On Startups. At the dinner, Dharmesh shared a little secret of his that I hope he doesn’t mind me passing on here.

He explained that the best conversations almost always happen over a meal. Because of this, he organises many of his meetings to take place over lunch or dinner. He even goes as far as to research the best location in a restaurant (quiet area, round table) beforehand.

Dharmesh’s experience reinforced my belief in the value of the entire Campaign Monitor team eating together each day. We provide free breakfast and catered lunches which brings everyone out of their offices and together for a meal. The conversations aren’t necessarily work related, but are always entertaining and a great way for us to get to know each other, especially those we don’t work with often. It’s my favourite part of the day.

The team eating lunch together

The team sharing lunch together in our new dining area

A new kitchen and coffee machine

In the same vein, we also installed a massive new kitchen that’s fast becoming a popular congregation spot. To keep up with the serious coffee demands of some team members, we also installed an integrated and programmable coffee machine so staff can set up their own coffee profiles for the perfect cup.


The new kitchen

Library and games

The architect also came up with some beautiful joinery that runs the length of the new dining area to house our growing book collection. To satisfy our ping pong obsession he managed to fit in two new championship tables, some custom joinery for bat/ball storage and a touch screen scoring system.

The gaming, dining and kitchen area in the new office

The new ping pong arena

For those wanting to recover from a hard game of ping pong, we also added a new lounge and gaming area with a few consoles and an increasingly popular Guitar Hero setup.


Xbox 360, Wii and Guitar Hero ready for after work sessions

The new space has been quite the journey. The planning started around a year ago and construction went from the end of last year to just last month. It was a long process, but has been totally worth it. If you want to see more pics, we’ve thrown together a photo gallery on Flickr. Many thanks goes to This Ain’t No Disco and Office Snapshots for featuring us on their blogs.

Looking to fill one more office

If you like what you see and you’re a talented UI designer, we’ve just opened up a brand new position on the team. Check out the details to see if you fit the bill.


  • Bjarni
    24th August

    Very nice environment indeed

  • Martin H. Normark
    24th August

    That looks astonishing! Who wouldn’t be inspired to work in an environment like that?

  • Alan van Roemburg
    24th August

    Beautiful office guys! Congrats.

  • Anthony Short
    24th August

    I can’t even begin to think about the amount of work I could get done in an environment like that. Amazing!

  • Brendan Falkowski
    24th August

    Interesting notes about the architecture and productivity. Love the kitchen lighting too.

  • Dean Robinson
    24th August

    o_O Very nice, very nice indeed. Love the video and all the background info and reasoning behind the choices too.

  • Brian Klepper
    24th August

    Wow! What an amazing working environment, congrats on the hard work.

  • Justin
    24th August

    Wow - Stunning! Amazing space…

  • Bjorn van der Neut
    24th August

    Looks like you have a great company and the atmosphere looks awesome!

  • Niclas
    24th August

    I sent the video to my boss, maybe he’ll be encouraged to some modifications.. :)

  • Simeon
    24th August

    Great stuff guys, beats my home office hands down.

  • Quang
    24th August

    This beats my current setup 100-fold!

  • Sukh Dugal
    24th August

    Good work guys. There is a sense of rare calm which is good to see.

  • Mark
    24th August

    Beautiful and inspirational office guys. And interesting to read about the closed door policy.

    We are about to move into new offices and are going through the same decisions. Exciting.

  • James Lipscomb
    24th August

    Wow! I love your offices, really inspiring and packed with nice ideas. Can I come work for you!!

  • Darren Bayliss
    24th August

    Fantastic, absolutely fantastic :)

  • Ian Haydon
    24th August

    Inspirational ping pong play!

  • Kaelig
    25th August

    Phoenix !

    Love the french touch :)

  • Farrel
    25th August

    SHUT UP!!! WHAT!!!

    I’m almost crying…

  • Ben Duncan
    25th August

    Awesome office guys - Where are the surfboards and a break after lunch? ;-)

  • Vero Pepperrell
    25th August

    Wow, just wow.

    Dave, we can tell how much you care about your team and their wellbeing. This is entirely reflected in the incredibly thoughtful office layout, as well as in what I’ve witnesssed of team relationships over the years.

    Giving this kind of support to your team means they’ll be able to give back in the quality of the work they do. Smart.

    An inspiration to all businesses, small and large!

  • Sharon
    25th August

    In a previous life I employed my own ‘closed door’ policy for one hour every morning from 9 to 10.  This meant I could focus on something that I considered important without interruption.  I would have given my right arm for another hour a day with a closed door!

    This aggravated my boss at the time no end. So many bosses / management structures struggle with delegating projects / jobs / tasks. Allowing people to take complete responsibilty for a task includes trusting them to manage their work and time - to be able to focus.

    Dave you are setting up your team for success rather than mediocrity or failure.

  • Wayde Holmes
    25th August

    What is this ‘Templates’ screen design on Mr Dodds’ display?

  • Jesse Dodds
    25th August

    You’ll just have to wait and see Mr. Eagle-eye :)

  • Martin Baker
    25th August

    Very nice. I particularly love the lighting strip design.

  • Brian Thies
    25th August

    Truly amazing!!

  • Anderson
    25th August

    Truly inspiring.

    A few questions:

    1. So is the Freshview thing completely over? I notice reception still includes the old logo mark, but not the name.

    2. And… what does “Who’s sick for this shit?” mean on the Lunch Order screen?

  • Salman
    25th August

    How about going over the cost of your office? :)

    Looks great!

  • Andy
    25th August

    I read years and years ago that research had proven the most productive environment was individual offices surrounding a common area where you could have informal meetings. Looks like you’ve reached the same design !

  • Niall
    25th August

    Personalised coffee profiles?! Best. Office. Ever! :-)

    Great read, thanks for sharing.

  • Joshua Hughes (Fifty Digital)
    25th August

    Incredible! I do love it when teams do lunch together. Takes a work day to a whole new level.

  • Joseph
    25th August

    Jeez, these are really nice digs.

  • Aaron
    25th August

    Wow! That office looks stunning. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Raphael Campardou
    25th August

    The office looks remarkably quiet and we know those ping pong tables are only for luring in new recruits.

    You gotta love the Rework reference in the video.

  • Daniel Sroka
    25th August

    Wow, I really love the new space, and love your philosophy over work space (private offices, closed door policy, coffee maker). Making me jealous!

  • Rick
    25th August

    Looks truly great and no doubt it will work inspiring.

    Question is for how long, no? I expect these employees are human and adapt to their surroundings. So sooner or later, routine will kick in. And then what?

    But again, it looks very smart and am very jealous!

  • Andrew Cornett
    25th August

    Really stunning guys.

  • Derek
    25th August

    Very nice! How many square meters do you guys have now in total and how big (average) is an office?

  • Jason Foss
    25th August

    Inspiring. I am extremely jealous! :)

  • Jim Richards
    25th August

    How do you get any work done with all those distractions? Free coffee, food? Ping pong? A park and beach nearby?

    Inside I’m dying. Back to the cubicle.

  • David Greiner
    25th August

    Thans for all the amazing comments everyone, I’ve passed all your kind words on to our architect and builders too.

    @Anderson: Freshview is basically the name of of the company, and Campaign Monitor is a trading name. We’re slowly phasing mentions of Freshview out, and will update the Freshview site to reflect that soon. As for “Who’s sick for this shit? in our lunch app, it basically means “who else really likes this meal”. Personally, I prefer or version.

    @Derek: All up we have about 750 square meters of office space, plus some parking and a bike rack on the ground floor.

  • Ashul Shah
    25th August


    You have set two standards for me and my business.

    1. .NET devs can be cool and work in a cool environment
    2. Seeing your growth over the last few years makes me feel inspired and determined to follow suit!

    Congratulations to all involved great story :)

  • Paul Khoo
    25th August

    Very impressive. I’ve been there and ping ponged there and enjoyed it.  I hope Tricia’s ping pong has improved. Has she been working too hard and not practising enough ping pong? Congratulations.

  • Scott
    25th August

    Congrats!  You guys are building an amazing company.

  • Matthias
    25th August

    Great office, unfortunately the video seems to be down.

  • Tijs De Boeck
    25th August

    Great new office! I’d love to see some technical stuff as well, I’m very much into that stuff as well, since it’s an important part of you offices.

    Could you do a blog post maybe on what kind of hardware you use, software etc, all the stuff to that makes all the stuff you’re building possible…


  • David Greiner
    25th August

    @Matthias, sorry about that. It’s a licensing issue in germany with the Phoenix song we have in the background. You can check out the same movie on Vimeo, which should work everywhere.

  • suhail
    25th August

    instead of a cabin for each and every individual, i would prefer to sit in the same area with my colleagues and work together, so at any time we can communicate, no need to walk to the other cabin to communicate to your colleague or to chat on im or call on phone, i feel a face to face interaction and conversations are much better when working in team, it really does make a difference.

  • David Greiner
    25th August

    @suhail: While being able to easily interrupt a workmate to get your own question answered might suit you, it sure doesn’t suit the person getting interrupted.

  • Nicola Connolly
    25th August

    Inspiring set-up guys! Looks like a great working environment; fun and professional. Really interesting to hear the reasoning behind your choices too, thanks for sharing :)

  • Matthias
    26th August

    @David: thanks, that’s great! would love to have more companies like this in Germany :-)

  • Ryan Carson
    26th August

    Looks amazing! :)

  • Anton Z
    26th August

    OH MY GOD!  Your office is amazing! Well done….

    If I beat you in table tennis will you hire me ?

  • Mathew Patterson
    26th August

    @Anton Ha! Personally the last thing I need is someone else to beat me in the rankings ;)

  • Mikhail St-Denis
    26th August

    Rocking pad ladies and gents.
    Jealous! :)

  • Anton Z
    26th August

    @Mathew Patterson hehe nice one - I play with Mark V too.

    As others mentioned, would love to see a more technical video on how you work and what tools you use at your office etc.

  • JohnONolan
    27th August

    Absolutely amazing, massively impressed!

  • Steve F
    27th August

    Absolutely adore this office (as well as the beautifully shot video), just the kind of design I love!

    More pics please! :)

  • Brian Klepper
    27th August

    Thank you so much for posting this! Campaign Monitor has truly inspired me to want more from life and my current undertaking. This shows that there are business out there that inspire to bolster it’s employees with the proper workspace and creative environments. This is truly amazing :)

  • Marco Sousa
    28th August

    Brilliantly divided spaces, great environment and setups :)

  • Jim
    28th August

    Obviously making too much money!

  • Small Business Owner
    29th August

    Great office and design however, I now understand why you guys don’t want to charge a fixed monthly rate fee - like Mailchimp does. Obviously the absurd $5 flat campaign fee you guys charge is paying off. I don’t understand why a company would blatantly advertise such an extravagant expense on its website and seriously ignore a review of its fees (which seems to have been a big talking point on your blog over the last 18 months) to attract small businesses or entice better returns for current customers. As a business owner wouldn’t you be a bit more selective on what to brag or not brag to clients?

  • Mathew Patterson
    30th August

    @everyone in general: On behalf of the Sydney staff at Campaign Monitor, thanks! We really appreciate what we’ve been provided with here, it’s a great office to work in.

    @Small Business Owner -  Thanks for your feedback too. Keep in mind we don’t have any contract fees or setup costs, so nobody is being forced to pay for something they don’t find valuable.

    There are cases where our pricing model won’t be the best fit, and there are also plenty of cases where people find it excellent and actually save a bunch of money.

    That’s not to say there will never be any changes or other pricing options, but no matter what model a business chooses, it won’t suit everyone all the time.

    As for us ‘blatantly advertising an extravagant expense’:
    As someone working in the Sydney office and has worked in a lot of other places, I can tell you that being in such a great environment does affect me. It makes it easier to do my job, and it is a sign to me that what I do for Campaign Monitor is recognised.

    This post is about letting other people know about the place that Campaign Monitor is made, and also an advertisement for us to future employees. Hiring the best team members is easier when you have the best office for them to work in.

    We’re looking for a designer at the moment, and we’ve got an awesome office for the right person. Maybe they’ll read this post and contact us.

  • Brendan Kilfoil
    30th August

    A true inspiration - nice work guys :)

  • Bardia Housman
    31st August

    David, very sexy offices. Well done and congrats to you and the team!

    Bardia (@bhousman)

  • Johnny Dinh
    31st August

    Very nice office! I’m always interested in looking at how people or companies organize and plan their office or work place. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jason McFadden
    31st August

    what music is playing in the background.. really dig it… congrats on the new office too

  • Brian
    31st August

    Such a nice space! Thanks for sharing.

    After being in an open cubicle for 5 years and finally moving into an office this year, I totally agree with your thoughts on concentration. I can’t solve problems efficiently when constant interruptions are around and I was always feeling stressed in a cubicle environment.

  • Amanda L. Sage
    31st August

    I want to come work for Campaign Monitor!!!

  • Philippe Creux
    31st August

    Very nice! We are checking out coffee machines for our company right now. Just wondering what you got? :)

  • Chelsea Cankar
    31st August

    That office is amazing and good choice in song (I see you are having a listening issues, I have contacts with tons of bands that can replace the song instead of Phoenix). I love how relaxed it is, I really think that makes for a more effective work environment. What firm designed it?  I enjoy getting your newsletters in my inbox by the way, they are very informative. You all do need some more females in the office though? When should I start?

  • Chris Schultz
    31st August

    This is super cool to see! No wonder your company has the online reputation that it does. It’s real!

  • Amanda
    31st August

    Love the video. I wish I was brainy enough to work with your crew.

  • Jacques
    31st August

    Wow! When I make it big selling CM to my clients, I’m making a special trip from Canada to your Aussie office. You guys inspire me.

  • Samuel Lavoie
    31st August

    Nice video stop on the Rework book from the guys @37Signals! congrats on the new offices, it should be a dream to work there :)

  • Robin
    31st August


  • sharon
    31st August

    What you have made is the PERFECT setup for knowledge workers. Open plan for small teams is great when working close together on project. As you mentioned it gets noisier and distracting when things get larger. When you have people working on different projects with different job functions. Design next to sales anyone?

    Too much energy is wasted blocking out the noise.

    Well done on the progressive approach; the payoff will be great, I’m sure.

  • Diego
    31st August

    Interesting, we have been pushing for an open concept of our small studio. We are 5 at the moment, but I can see how in the future as our team grows we may need to implement something similar, on tighter budget though.
    Amazing and inspiring guys - Great to see where the awesome MailBuild App comes from.

  • Donna Vitan
    31st August

    It’s pretty simple and functional, well done! I love the private office and the full glass windows so it still feels open.

  • Rhonda Mason
    31st August

    So inspiring!

  • Travis White
    31st August

    Wow, what an amazing office space! Looks like a great place to work!

  • Kain Tietzel
    31st August

    You’ve created an incredible work environment that quite clearly fosters participation and creativity. I wish all organisations thought as much about the work environment as you guys do, then who knows what amazing things people might produce!

  • Harish Sharma
    31st August

    Awesome…. What an office.

  • Federico
    31st August

    Wow! I love Ping Pong!

  • Shannon
    1st September

    I’m jealous. and I hate you all. much love :)

  • Jop Berkhout
    1st September

    Beautiful guys. It get’s us inspired for our next office. And boy, do I agree with private offices!

  • Gavin
    1st September

    Congratulations.. the offices look fantastic. Its a great mix of personal space for focusing on work and a play area for relaxing and brainstorming. We do most of our creative thinking and team work over lunch its such an important part of the day… We unfortunately had to put our ping pong table in storage until we find bigger offices!

    What is the tech setup for the office like? It would be interesting to see the architecture of of the computers and networking/storage

  • Sergei Filippov
    1st September

    Sure seems like a fantastic work atmosphere. =]. Great post!

  • Telkom
    1st September

    All it needs is bunk beds, cos I sure as hell wouldn’t wanna leave! That’s right up there with the Red Bull and Google spaces.. awesome.

  • Matt
    2nd September

    I’m just wondering how big each office is square footage wise, they look huge!  Nice job!

  • Matthew Wehrly
    2nd September

    Great set up guys! Love the office and the environment you have created with your employees. Thanks for sharing.

  • Alexis
    2nd September


  • Lucy
    3rd September

    omg I would kill for a private office…
    I am the only graphic designer in a marketing company, working in an open plan office, and the insignificant constant chit-chat does my head in!
    I want to work here!

  • Ben
    3rd September

    I’m jealous.  My job sucks and so does the work environment.

  • Sue Wickes
    3rd September

    I love it. One thing I noticed when watching the video is that there is not a single female in this video. Why is that? Is it by accident that you only have men on your team? Just curious.

  • F Young
    3rd September

    You amy have balance in the work space, not so in the work force - do you have something against women?

  • Mathew Patterson
    3rd September

    There is actually women in the video, just not for long! We have 6 women on our team (several are remote team members).

    If you are the best applicant for any role, you’ll be on our team, man, woman or super intelligent extra terrestrial.

  • LYKC
    3rd September

    Very very cool! Interesting setup with the private offices and valid rationale for your choices. I find open plan to be quite distracting sometimes depending on if the loud colleague is in, so can definitely see the benefits!

    Love the ping pong tables too. My old workplace had a Wii and sky sports. Great to boost team spirit and add an extra edge to the day! Nice one, hopefully more companies will follow suit!

  • Annie L
    3rd September

    Love your new space and reading about the thought process behind it, the only thing i think you’re missing are plants to bring some of the green from outside in and make it even friendlier. :)

  • Ros Hodgekiss
    3rd September

    Hi Annie L! We’ve actually got a planter box here and a couple of thriving plants. Don’t tell Dave or Ben, but I’m planning to purchase some shrubbery for my window sill… Hopefully mine will be the friendliest office of them all :)

  • Daeta Robinson
    3rd September

    Wow, I’d almost work for free in an environment like that. If you added apartments on another level then. Well. I doubt I’d leave the building. Just think of the productivity in not traveling and working in that office.  Bugger the wage, I might give money to work there:-)

  • Paul
    3rd September

    Have to laugh when I read “Getting the balance right”. Sounds like something one of our politicians would say.

  • Julian Schrader
    4th September

    Wow, that looks amazing — I like your office(s)!

    The only thing I’m concerned about: Do you people enjoy having see-through glass behind your backs? I keep my room’s door shut almost all the time because I don’t like too much “open space” behind me — it’s a feng shui thing.

  • Simon Mahony
    4th September

    I’m really quite gobsmacked that there’s no mention of the almost identical article and office design posted by Joel Spolsky nearly 2 years earlier:
    The Campaign Monitor office design is clearly inspired by Joel’s office and I’m surprised that it’s not being recognised.

  • David Greiner
    5th September

    @Simon, you’re spot on there, a lot of the thinking that drove us to closed offices originally was Joel’s article from a few years back. In fact, we referenced it in our last office write-up back in 2008. We know Joel and Michael well, and I personally wrote them an email when I published this post to again thank them for the early inspiration.

  • Gareth Boyd
    5th September

    Absolutely awesome, if this doesn’t make someone want to work with Campaign Monitor then I wouldn’t know what would! Plus to the matter of fact it’d really motivate your employees to come into work. Damn.

  • Big T
    5th September

    I love the office, and it is really inspiring ... Just out of curiosity how much an office like this would cost?

  • Luke Parkes
    5th September

    Nice One boys,
    I really like the design and layout of the entire area.
    Your Architect knows what you are thinking thats for sure.
    Im surprised your staff aren’t working for free with an office space like that.

  • Aaron
    6th September

    Beautiful office and I’m sure it will be a very inspiring place to work. The one thing I wan to know is where you guys got the headphone stand that is in the photo of jesse working. I like!

  • Olly goldstein
    6th September

    Maybe I saw it wrong but on the lunch order system UI where u say who is ordering am sure on the video I saw it say “Who is sick for this shit ?”!!! Do I get a prize for good observation skills? Maybe a job? Or a new office like yours?

  • Dharmesh Shah
    7th September

    Congrats on the new space.  It looks awesome!  I’m envious of your group lunches (but not breakfasts, I’m rarely up early enough to have breakfast).

    Personally, I’m on your side of the fence in terms of open vs. private office layouts.  But, we ended up going with the open layout at HubSpot for one simple reason—that’s what the team wanted.

  • Stephen Jesson
    7th September

    @Aaron Although my set up isn’t quite as impressive as Jesse’s (I have a Little Dot MkIV SE amp with an accompanying Little Dot DAC_1 and a pair of HiFiMan HE-5’s) we do however share the same taste in headphone stands, and I can confirm that these are Sievekings ( which can be found at ). I believe Jesse has the ‘Walnut’ colour while I have the ‘Cherry’ :)

  • Graham
    8th September

    You guys continue to inspire with everything you do - ver very cool.
    I certainly would love to work with you guys!

  • YvesHanoulle
    8th September

    I agree with the research for getting into the zone;  don’t agree with private offices as the speed of a development team is based on the slowest person and not on the fastest one.
    Yes it is harder to get into the zone. Yes individuals work slower, but the total team goes faster.

  • Mathew Patterson
    8th September


    Could you elaborate on how not having private offices would make a slow developer faster? People here often move into a shared space when they do want to work on the same thing, it isn’t like being permanently isolated.

  • Marc Sanders
    11th September

    Absolutely amazing. So when can I start!

  • JB
    16th September

    Who’s the little man sitting on the television?

  • Jesse Dodds
    20th September

    @JB That’s ‘Sad Keanu’ ... It’s an internets joke that’s been going around for the last little while: Read about it here

  • Bryan
    9th October

    Curious how you licensed the phoenix music? Do you have to purchase a license or something? How difficult is that?


  • Renee Ralph
    27th October

    Love your office - the balance of professional work, creativity, fun and energy within the workplace!

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