Awesome Offices: inside another 6 fantastic startup workplaces in New York

source: www.thenextweb.com - author: Mundo Resink and Stefan Blokker

Awesome Offices: inside another 6 fantastic startup workplaces in New York

 

Last month you got a peek inside 15 of New York’s coolest startup office spaces. But that doesn’t mean that we’re finished. So, for another bite in the Big Apple, here’s part deux, with 6 more.

7. Atavist

Atavist enables anyone to tell their story through digital apps, ebooks, and magazines. Its software lets you create, produce and publish your work to iPad, iPhone and web browsers. Their award winning publishing arm, The Atavist, features original pieces of longform, nonfiction journalism. The company has its office in a historic factory building, complete with freight elevators and brick walls. All of which used to serve as the Grand Union Tea Company.

Based in DUMBO (‘Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass’), Brooklyn, the team has an amazing view of the Manhattan Bridge, with coworkers sometimes crowding around the windows to spy on those outside. There’s no fixed end to the work day, and sometimes the workday simply relocates downstairs to the 68 Jay Street Bar. For a change of work scenery and for a few drinks of course.

 

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8. 20×200

“(Limited editions x low prices) + the internet = art for everyone.” This is the formula that online art startup 20×200 lives by. This team envisions a world in which everybody collects art, and for an economy to emerge that allows more artists to make a living doing the thing they love. 20×200 also works with many artists from outside of New York. The presence of these sort of companies does solidify the city’s reputation as the creative capital of the world (check Artsicle and Art.sy, two companies we featured in the previous post).

The 20×200 team works on 568 Broadway, a building they share with other startups, including Thrillist and Foursquare. A sewing factory from 1895, the building’s outside is a New York City landmark. For some, the copious amounts of candy at the office are second best reason to come to work every day. After, of course, a shared love of art, dozens of prints line the 20×200 HQ walls.

 

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9. Canvas

Digital agency Canvas describes itself as a company that helps clients sleep at night. It’s based just a block off Union Square, in an open-plan office that allows for maximum collaboration and general good times for a team that’s 25 people strong. Workplace centre-piece is a kitchen that moonlights as a working area and hangout spot.

There’s 424 square feet of whiteboard space and two floor-to-ceiling chalkboard walls, used as a playful and creative forum for company messaging and group brainstorming. NYC’s staple food is also a Canvas favourite, and the team keeps count on its website: so far, ‘Bagel Wednesdays’ have accounted for 7,165 bagels consumed. Stacked, they’d create a tower higher than the Chrysler Building.

 

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10. Custora

For most, predicting the future may be magical or mythical. Not so forCustora, builder of predictive analytics software to help Ecommerce sites turn shoppers into loyal customers. The team works from St James Building at 1133 Broadway, it’s a couple of blocks up from the flatiron building.

Even though they don’t have a Google budgets to pimp their office (yet), the Custorians have managed to create a similar spirit. Parts of the floor are coloured, there’s designer furniture and the office even has an indoor basketball net.

 

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11. Holstee

Perhaps not so much a tech company, Holstee is an online store that offers practical and accessible sustainable alternatives to everyday projects. All their products carry a unique story about how they were made and what they were made from. Besides designing products itself, Holstee also curates products from like-minded designers. To stay true to its ideals, Holstee has its own manifesto, which is proudly displayed on the wall.

Based at 28th and Broadway, an area known as ‘Silicon Alley’ or ‘NoMad’. The team originally started out with three people: brothers Mike and Dave Radparvar with Fabian Pfortmüller. They’ve grown to a team of ten like-minded folk, convinced that together they can leave this planet a better place.

 

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12. NewsCred

Many websites would like to fill up their pages with nice-looking content, but they can’t hire journalists or bloggers to do it for them. This is whereNewsCred steps in to put content at the heart of every business through its content marketing solution, which includes licensing and syndicating news stories from well known publishers such as the Guardian, the Economist and Forbes.

The company designs, builds, and hosts B2B and B2C content-powered sites that drive measurable business growth with innovative technology. NewsCred now works out of a loft space in the Flatiron district with more than 40 people who work alongside the team from Daylife, a company that NewsCred acquired a couple months back. Before the new offices, the NewsCred team worked from a single table at General Assembly (remember that space?).

Now it has its own office and offices in London and Dhaka as well. Happy hour here is on Thursday, and once a month NewsCred takes it up a notch with ‘Content + Cocktails’, sessions with inspiring speakers that usually attract over 100 people.

 

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To be continued… WOVOX is going stealth mode for a while

We’ve spotted an opportunity that makes us super-enthusiastic. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from our clients and we generally see a market for it. So we’re going to narrow our focus for a while: more development-geeking and less storytelling.

For a sneak peak and to sign up, check WOVOX.com/2013. In the meantime, feel free to keep telling us which companies you’d love to see featured: we’ll be back! And have a great 2013!

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