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.

In collaboration with WOVOX.com.

1. Knewton

Knewton’s founders believe education’s undergoing a monumental shift; from a one-size-fits-all factory model to a personalized model. Taking part in this change, Knewton’s technology analyzes data about the performance of individual students, similar students on its platform, and the relevance of the educational content – all to serve up the best activity for each student at a particular moment in time.

The company has an office close to Union Square, filled with sofas, bean bags and other comfortable work seats. The kitchen has a stocked pantry and two fridges, one of which is strictly for beer. The Knerds (as Knewton employees are known to the outside world) spend a lot of time together outside of working hours. They’ve formed several sports teams (basketball, volleyball, etc.), organize video and board game nights, hold craft nights and go at each other in nerf gun battles. Friday’s tea time marks the end of the work week, during which everyone gathers for beer-fridge drinks.

 

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2. YellowHammer Media Group

Taking its name from the state of Alabama’s mascot bird, YellowHammer Media Group is a full-service online advertising and technology company. But instead of just creating ads, YellowHammer’s developed a range of digital tools to upscale, optimize and analyze its clients’ marketing campaigns.

Based in the Chelsea area of New York, this office practically fits in between Madison Square Park and Korea Town. Play here isn’t restricted to your old fußball, ping pong and Wii bowling; coworkers here proudly own their very own ‘beer-pong-table’, fully equipped with company colours, running water and mascot. Very useful for team bonding, but also to entertain clients after work.

 

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3. Noom

Noom built a range of mobile lifestyle and fitness apps for Android to encourage healthy living. Examples are a Wellness Coach, CardioTrainer, and a food logging app. Working at Noom’s New York HQ means working healthily of course. You may find a bouncy ball instead of a regular chair. There’s a ‘chill space’ to refuel, mingle or get work done in a relaxed environment. You’ve even got your very own in-house chef who cooks lunches every day – healthy ones of course.

Great food also encourages the team to spend more time together (which we’ve seen happening inside eBay’s Berlin office). Add to that a kitchen that doubles as a late-night hangout, and you’ve got certified fresh ingredients for making people feel at home.

 

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4. littleBits

Play-time at this office is actually work-time. littleBits is an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping and play. Put simply: it’s an electronic version of Lego. Much of the team’s office space is designed and sourced from craft stores, hardware stores and schools, with items like school lockers, peg-boards and picnic tables.

Furniture comes from local artisans, one of whom is Tony Garcia, who designed the desks and conference room table. The desks are made from reclaimed wood from a farm in Pennsylvania, specifically from the room where hams and sausages were cured. The conference room’s tabletop is made of old wooden rulers and the base designed with a steampunk theme.

 

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5. Lover.ly

Probably the pinkest office we’ve ever encountered, The Next Web dubbed Lover.ly as “a visual search engine for weddings.” And as you might expect from wedding planners, Lover.ly’s office design is a team effort. Each part caters to the wants and needs of the department working in it.

It’s still a work in progress, but they’ve definitely got their arrows pointed to a very pink experience. As chief marketing officer Cathleya Schroeckenstein puts it: “We want visitors to feel like they’ve stepped into our website when they step into our office – soft pinks, loverly imagery and decor all around!”

 

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6. MyCityWay

Founded in 2009, MyCityWay created an app to act as a fully featured city guide. It shows users WiFi hotspots, parking spaces, coffee shops, transit times and even traffic camera locations. The company’s based on the quiet side of the West Village, with the Hudson River serving as a backdrop for meetings, lunches, coffee breaks and celebrations.

Special events are very dear to the company, the team always makes time to celebrate them. One of these events is Happy Hour, which is on Fridays. Another important happening at MyCityWay is ping-pong, the team often organizes their own ‘Ping-Pong Championship of the World’ tournaments.

 

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