This year also started off with a big office move for the company. We've relocated from the Mission District of San Francisco up to North Beach, and it's been a great switch.
The new location is still in a busy (albeit very different) neighborhood with a bunch of restaurants/cafes/etc. nearby, and the best part is we don't have to share the office space! Additional bonuses include lots of natural light, space, and great views of the Transamerica Pyramid and Telegraph Hill. We've got so much space we can delegate rooms for everything we need to be doing: working, conferencing, and lounging.
It was definitely a bit of a hassle to get settled in. We packed up our old office on moving day and got our meager possessions transferred over in one trip. Then we waited for internet. And waited. And waited. Unfortunately the building isn't fitted for cable, and we had to set up a landline with AT&T to get the ISP we wanted. I guess there are a lot of buildings that don't have the option for cable, since it took over a week to get everything working.
So we busied ourselves with getting new office furniture and other supplies. We now have new work tables and chairs and an awesome chaise lounge that was once in the psych department at Berkeley. We're also trying to find some old school arcade game to put in the lounge, that way everybody will know that we're a real startup. If you've got one in good working order that you want to get rid of, let us know!
We did manage to get a coffee maker, one of those plug-in water boilers, and a combination toaster oven/microwave, but there's still some work to do. Still on the list of things we need are: plants, a rug, things to put on the walls, and maybe another comfy chair. Altogether it's coming along nicely, and once we get the final finishing touches of pics and plants, things should look pretty good.
Also any suggestions for good eats, drinks, etc. in the new hood are totally welcome. While I love exploring and getting to know a new area, it's probably a bit easier to find the really great places with someone's recommendation than hoping to stumble in on them yourself.