Cruisin through the first real day at Piston Cloud yesterday, I felt like I’d been dropped in some ethereal twilight zone, starting with my new hire orientation which was awesome! Thanks Ashleigh! Coming from a tightening the belt to stay competitive, I had forgotten what it was like to work at a place that still has “all the snacks your could ever need”, lunch brought in Mon-Thurs, commuter expense help and my favorite so far, the bean bags that I could literally dive into from my desk.
There’s no offices, I sit in the engineering pit with some really smart folks, which I believe promotes communication and keeps the creative juices flowing. In one day I away able to meet almost the entire company. If they arent in the engineering pit, they are in the room on the other side of the wall. I sit next to the CTO Josh and a Software engineer Gary, who is no longer the FNG, as it’s now yours truly.
When I first started interviewing I kept getting asked the same question “Are you ready for a startup?”. I thought sure, I already put in 16 hour days, 8 for meetings, 8 for hands on with the products, how bad Can it be? As it turns out, it’s the same buzz I remember back in the day when I left my first “big company” for a startup. There is a sense of being part of an a organic technology that has the potential and momentum to change the face of enterprise computing. Actually, I also had that feeling 8 years ago whe I joined VMware. Hardly a startup at 800 people, but Diane Greene did a great job of maintaining that startup buzz for far longer than most could.
Oh and when you book a meeting in the conference room, its just labeled, The Conference Room.
I would have to say the highlight was the new hire care package. It included a DVD of The Princess Bride. One of my all time favortie movies, and one I quote often to my kids… “You keep using that word. I do not think it means, what you think it means.”
For atmosphere, it’s awesome. Now it’s time to get to work.
More on that coming…
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