12 comments

  • Marco SousaMarco Sousa, 8 years ago

    I'd say it's a bit more the opposite, as in the funding helps getting a good office space that helps to attract talent.

    12 points
    • Stefan HoardStefan Hoard, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

      Spot on. Also when you are working in a horrible environment how well do you work? Probably not comparable to the work you do when your comfortable and in an environment that promotes it.

      3 points
  • Tim ParkerTim Parker, 8 years ago

    Talent. Want people to want to work for you? Give them a nice place to work, nice food, nice location, nice setup and they will be more likely to want to join. Staff happiness!

    10 points
  • Dominik SchmidtDominik Schmidt, 8 years ago

    As a designer it's just awesome to live in a nice beautiful office. At least better than in a little dark room. I like it.

    3 points
  • Account deleted 8 years ago

    Do you want to spend 8 hours a day in a shitty workspace?

    2 points
  • Ryan RushingRyan Rushing, 8 years ago

    When you can't pay competitive salaries to get good talent, offer ping pong, beer, coffee, "flexible hours", 4-day work weeks, and snacks. Those things won't pay the bills, but at least the talent will feel good while working.

    2 points
  • Dan SherrattDan Sherratt, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    I think if there's a blank canvas there's no reason not to have a creative workspace, they don't have to be expensive. More corporate companies might spend a ridiculous amount on posh office chairs, where a startup might just get comfortable basic ones and then spend the spare cash on fun things like ping pong tables and quirky prints etc - the space itself makes a difference as well, NYC Loft style barebrick walls etc.

    2 points
  • Nathan ManousosNathan Manousos, 8 years ago

    I would totally spend way too much on a nice office if I had the cash to do so. If I spend almost all my time there, I want it to be awesome.

    1 point
  • Jordan Price, 8 years ago

    Fancy offices, catered lunches, and unlimited Naked juice are cool for a bit and might be enticing for a job candidate on the fence. But working on a product that is exciting and personally meaningful is really much more important in the long run. I'd rather work from a laptop at Starbucks on an awesome product than on a cushy designer bean bag at a Series D funded startup that's making boring product.

    Of course, the ideal scenario is working at a fancy office on an awesome product that generates real dollars.

    0 points
  • Ben LeeBen Lee, 8 years ago

    A beautiful office is conducive to beautiful design. At least for me.

    0 points
  • Sabrina MajeedSabrina Majeed, 8 years ago

    It helps attract, keep, and inspire talent.

    Though, I'll admit I found my last workspace to be overly "designed" to the point that it hindered productivity. They installed expensive wallpaper so I could no longer hang work in progress up on the walls (and also refused to order boards for me to place in front of the walls when I requested them). Not to mention out of a limited number of meetings rooms which were always taken up one of them was a "music room" which although beautiful and cool was pretty inefficient and several other rooms had low couches and coffee tables in-conjunction to formal meeting room tables/chairs which was just awkward all around. The whole office looked like it came out of an Urban Outfitters catalogue which is cool, but not productive.

    0 points