6 Startup Offices and the Cultures Behind Them

October 27, 2015

9:00 am

The way a company structures its office can say a lot about about it’s culture. Are they collaborative? Laid back? Creative? Or…none of those things. As much as the office’s aesthetics might reflect the culture, the opposite is true as well. These offices all reflect the spirit of the teams that embody them and make these companies successful.

Rocket Games

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Rocket Games is a San Francisco based gaming startup that delivers novel mobile games. So it would make sense that they have games in the office. They have everything from ping pong tables to classic video games. Hanging out at the office after work playing video games and socializing is a huge part of the company culture.

Balsam Brands

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Balsam Brands sells Christmas trees as part of their business, so they don’t have to try too hard to make their culture festive and fun. In fact, they don’t try to make their culture anything. According to CEO Thomas Harman, a company can’t really create a culture, it has to happen organically based on the team. That being said, employees at Balsam are encouraged to step outside to take a break from the work day, and then returned to their office (which just happens to be twinkling with Christmas lights year round) feeling positive and recharged.



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Custom men’s clothing designer Trumaker has an office that makes you want to sit back and sip some scotch while smoking a cigar…with your laptop on your lap so you don’t miss a beat. Co-founder & CEO Mark Lovas was quoted on The Muse as saying “If we’re building the right kind of company, our people are going to find this the most challenging and fully self-expressive work experience of their lives.”



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Having dogs running around the office probably isn’t the best way to boost productivity, but it definitely makes the work day fun and adorable! DogVacay helps pet owners find boarding and pet sitters all around the country. Since pets are the primary focus, it’s part of the company’s culture to have every team member volunteer at a local pet adoption center.



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CommonBond‘s NYC office has energetic pops of blue and desks overlooking the East River. They are a student lending platform whose mission is to lower the cost of higher education and shift America’s borrowing culture to focus on better student experiences and a commitment to community. They are so committed to their mission that they even had a hand-painted canvas commissioned that hangs proudly in their office and proclaims their motto ‘You’re Not A Loan With Us.’



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Andela’s office not only has a karaoke room, but also an in house band called Kode of Konduct (yeah…where’s your office band?). The company’s mission is to train students in Africa to be software developers so that they have better career opportunities. Their office reflects their commitment to helping Africans as eclectic African patterns pepper the space.



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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy