This year we will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of our company. That was a crazy period of time – so much has happened!
From the very beginning we have been very closely cooperating with Atlassian – an awesome Australian company which brought to the world such software masterpieces like JIRA, Confluence, Crucible or Bamboo. We have also provided custom solutions (related to Atlassian products) to many leading Polish and foreign companies. Finally our commercial products have been purchased by several hundred companies from all over the world, including: VISA, Wells Fargo, Warner Bross Games, Siemens, TF SKOK, DB Schenker and Amazon. Wow!
We have been present (speaking and even sponsoring) at dozens of software development conferences and geek meetups in Poland and abroad. I think we have earned some good reputation (and a title of the most picky recruiters in the area).
Over the course of years we have been contributing more and more to Atlassian products and, lo and behold, we proved that we know pretty well how to develop software and slowly by constantly we have been expending our tight partnership with Atlassian.
Now the time has come to make much bigger leap.
Recently together with Atlassian we have hired several new awesome software developers (we are still hiring!). And ... we have finally outgrew our first cosy office – a house in the backyards in the very centre of Gdansk – between Wrzeszcz and Oliwa districts – in Strzyża (Australians claim we are insane with saving so much on vowels :)). Though we love so much this area that we decided to stay in this district and move to a new place very close to our current office.
So this week we are moving to a brand new A class office building – Garnizon Omega building, where we will be one of the first tenants.
That's an awesome place (just look at the pictures – they are real!). Walking distance from trams, SKM (Tricity train), bus tops, 5 - 7 min walk from our biggest shopping mall – Baltic Gallery. And the place is quite silent – 200 or 300 m away from the noise of the main Grunwaldzka street. With New Słowackiego street almost ready (and already available for car traffic) it's also very conveniently located for people commuting from suburbs via Tricity highway (like I do personally). We almost doubled our effective office space there and we hope that it will serve us well for next few years.
We are still a small company (just exceeding 20 people) and we are proud of it. We used to work for big behemoth corporations and we know how much better is to work in a company where everyone knows each other and where things get simply done instead of being talked about. With new people hopefully joining us over the course of next months, we will grow significantly but we are sure we will still maintain the spirit of a cozy company with very few rules (common sense instead) and a great atmosphere. After all, anthropologists believe that a group of people (a tribe) can operate cohesively and efficiently up to 100 (some say even 200) people without too many extra rules, laws and enforced norms. And the lack of rules, laws and enforcement norms is what we really like. We still have a lot of capacity for growth till we even get close to such limit :)
Today we all visited our new office to pick the place for our desks (and see it in reality).
|That's not our former office :)|
Nope. It's not our new office :). It's a house being dismantled (well demolished) which was on our way. Could not resist taking a picture.
|View from our office|
|One of our open space rooms|
|A dedicated bicycle lot with 3 showers! Yes, yes, yes!|
We are going to organize a housewarming party in September. As the final decoration works are still in progress, we cannot announce the exact date yet. Stay tuned!