It’s finally that time where S@HCP teams start to arrive! A big welcome to Connor & Nam, the first team in this year’s class to move into our space. Here they are being welcomed by Susan Randall, our venerable & super friendly receptionist that you’ll remember if you’ve ever visited our East Coast office. Of course, being a trailblazer has its pros and cons as we work out the wrinkles hosting teams in our new office (just ask C & N about the carpet cleaning & AC over the weekend!).
A big congratulations to Julia for graduating from Harvard College last Friday! Here she is moving into our S@HCP space the following “business day” (I remember Matt Lauzon of Gemvara doing something similar after he graduated from Babson back in 2007). No, that is not her diploma she’s receiving from Highland’s Mark Swan, rather keys to the kingdom - security cards for 7X24 access to our building and floor.
Some of the “pros” can be pretty cool as well. Working late, Connor and Nam were the lucky recipients of two extra tickets to the Red Sox vs. Tigers baseball game courtesy of Bob Higgins and Robbie Greenglass. It took only a little convincing for them to put Ruby on hold for a couple of hours. As an added bonus, Boston went on to defeat reigning American League MVP and Cy Young award winner, Justin Verlander (plus the rain stayed away until late in the game).
With more teams arriving on Friday, time to take some of our conference rooms offline for a summer hiatus. Our Shanghai room in Cambridge will soon be home to a five-person team (and not quite have the same look again until September). BTW, can’t help but put IKEA’s flat-pack innovation on display once again - they’ve built an amazing company around it!
Our London Conference room is starting to look a little crowded… Actually this isn’t the final layout. It will get more team-oriented functional once the conference table is pulled out (a little matter of making sure we do so and not damage the fiber running into it) and replaced with those more flexible IKEA tables. From past experience, for smaller teams especially this type of “bullpen” model works great in terms of camaraderie and collaboration if coupled with some additional space that they can occasionally breakout into for calls, small meetings.
We mixed things up for our first East Coast Speaker Series and excused Highland folks from the room for the session on “Maximizing Your Summer@HIGHLAND Experience.” Speakers were founders from the S@HCP Class of 2011 and everyone was encouraged to be as candid as possible on how to make the most of the summer. A HUGE thanks to Aaron Ganick & Dan Ryan of ByteLight, Tuan Ho of Tivli, Shannon Varney of lemonwise, Tom Coburn of Jebbit, and Mike Norwood of Type-U for taking the time to come by and share their perspectives with the teams.
This is what a busy work space starts to look like after 10 days. First it’s a dirty coffee mug making an appearance. Then, after a long weekend and some late nights, boxes of ramen and other things like banana peels, nutella, empty yoghurt containers start to show up. Totally get it. The bag of foam peanuts though? Baffling!
We experienced a little bit of extra excitement in our Kendall Square neighborhood today (see below). This photo of the Marriott Hotel was taken from our office in the aftermath of the incident. There were probably another dozen squad cars on the surrounding streets. The situation was a little reminiscent of the shooter in Union Square from last summer’s Bolt bus trek to NYC…
2 in custody after gunfire erupts in Kendall Square
Man may have jumped onto MBTA train
UPDATED 6:18 PM EDT Jun 13, 2012
Police are investigating a shooting near the Longfellow Bridge in Cambridge.
The shooting happened outside the Marriott Hotel at 55 Broadway in Kendall Square in Cambridge.
The gunmen initially tried to flee in a silver 4-door Oldsmobile Alero, but abandoned the car and fled over the bridge into Boston, police said.
The gunmen then may have jumped onto an MBTA Red Line train to get away.
State police said they have two people in custody in connection with the incident.
No injuries were reported in the incident.
The Red Line was halted for a time, and trains were experiencing delays in the area, the MBTA said.
It was a beautiful Boston afternoon for our annual Strawberry Shortcake Social. We owe many of these traditions to Susan, our receptionist, who looks after us as superbly well as she does our guests. The gathering also served as a nice send-off for Team Axio before their flight to San Fran for a big week out in Silicon Valley. Mark (far right; member of our IT team), looks to be carefully eyeing up the bowl of strawberries and debating whether to go for seconds. Can’t say we blame him - it was delicious.