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City Start-Ups Reveal Office Spaces’ Open Future : Slideshow

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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At online shopping website Gilt, there are no offices; everyone sits at tables with other members of their team.
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If workers need privacy, they can use a conference room; Gilt’s conference rooms are named after cities and countries.
Every AppNexus worker recently got a pair of Beats headphones. In open offices, they’re both a method of drowning out noise and a “do not disturb” sign.
Noam Galai
Noam Galai
When they need more quiet and privacy, AppNexus employees can use “phone booths,” complete with soundproofing foam.
Noam Galai
Some engineers wanted more quiet in order to concentrate, so they set up an additional space on the 6 ½ floor.
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An erasable whiteboard explains where to find the companies currently occupying space at Betaworks. Findings, Swirl, News.me and Branch all share a single room.
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The White Board in action: (clockwise from left) Swirl, Findings, News.me and Branch, quietly working at Betaworks.
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This graffiti mural remains on the wall in an empty room at Betaworks, after the company that painted it, SocialFlow, moved on to larger quarters. Betaworks launches companies, and their aim is, according to their “director of people” Jonathan Basker, to “constantly be firing ourselves.”

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Engineers play ping pong at Spotify offices. Hacker advocate Andrew Mager says taking breaks for ping pong isn’t just allowed: “It’s encouraged.”
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At start-up accelerator TechStars, 13 companies share a single room. Techstars associate Zack Perret recalls that when one company recently needed assistance setting up payroll, he just went across the room and asked another company for help.

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The offices of 2Tor, an online education company.
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The offices of 2Tor, an online education start-up, include an outdoor deck, overlooking Chelsea piers.
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The offices of Warby Parker, an online glasses retailer.
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Warby Parker’s office doubles as a glasses showroom.

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