Does this help get funding or what is the deal? :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
Do you want to spend 8 hours a day in a shitty workspace?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A beautiful office is conducive to beautiful design. At least for me.
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.
That sounds like a dumb place to work. :(