What’s the best way to plan an office space?

Aaron White (Former technology entrepreneur and Co-founder of Boundless)
Keeping a Healthy Office Environment – Boundless Blog

1. Embrace the power of plants, which help reduce stress. 2. Seek natural light. If you don’t have windows, consider a skylight or holding regular brainstorms on a walk outside. 3. Get stand-up desks, to increase energy, prevent slouching, and alleviate back problems. We whip up adjustable desks for just under $70 with easy-to-assemble IKEA parts. 4. Offer healthy snacks. We’ve seen a surprising amount of employees make the decaf switch, and mos… (read more)

What’s the best way to ask for a meeting?

Aaron White (Former technology entrepreneur and Co-founder of Boundless)
Want a Coffee? A Brief Guide for Neophytes | Aaron White

When reaching out to ask for a coffee meeting, be immensely specific about why you want to meet, and what you hope to get out if it. The more specific you are, the more value you’ll get from your potential coffee-partner. If you communicate a clear possible path for the conversation, coffee partners who can’t provide value will self-select out, but even then if your ask is clear, it will make it so much easier for them to forward you to the right… (read more)

What’s the best way to plan an office space?

Aaron White (Former technology entrepreneur and Co-founder of Boundless)
Keeping a Healthy Office Environment – Boundless Blog

1. Embrace the power of plants, which help reduce stress. 2. Seek natural light. If you don’t have windows, consider a skylight or holding regular brainstorms on a walk outside. 3. Get stand-up desks, to increase energy, prevent slouching, and alleviate back problems. We whip up adjustable desks for just under $70 with easy-to-assemble IKEA parts. 4. Offer healthy snacks. We’ve seen a surprising amount of employees make the decaf switch, and mos… (read more)

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
The problem with open offices | A Founder’s Notebook

Like many companies, we increased the openness of our office over time, because removing closed rooms made it lighter, less hierarchical, and less silo-ed. But the risk that we’ve reduced work effectiveness and happiness worries me

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Get a nice office | A Founder’s Notebook

Get a nice office

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Office design: two tips to get seating right | A Founder’s Notebook

There’s often a trade-off between “feeling safe” and light. The walls or cubicles which provide privacy and coziness usually block out light. Light, open environments can also lead to more interruptions and lower productivity.

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Should you give people “ownership” of their work environment? | A Founder’s Notebook

Offer to give employees responsibility for their work environment if they want it. Why not let employees choose plants (with agreed criteria) and take responsibility for their upkeep, if they want to?

Mark Suster (Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures)
When Does Establishing a Good Startup Culture Outweigh Being Cheap? | Bothsides of the Table

Even if you’re winning business, in the press, raising capital and generally doing great things – over time a shitty office environment begins to wear on you. My recommendation any time I provide a round of A or B capital is to spend properly on decent offices. Of course there’s always a balance because you don’t want extravagance. But a great office environment will yield so many intangibles that you can’t measure. A great office helps with rec… (read more)

Mark Suster (Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures)
Do Less. More. | Bothsides of the Table

Score a beautiful and functional office but rightsize it for today not 2 years from now.

Max Chopovsky (Founder at Chicago Creative Space)
Finding an Office Space Both You and Your Employees Love

1. Involve your team in the research. Your team will love that you’re asking for their input. Find out how they like to work. Also figure out when they like to work. 2. Have them assist in finding furniture. [Consider] giving each team member $100 and taking them all to IKEA. The money won’t buy much, but the message of trust and empowerment is priceless. 3. Make a day (or week) out of putting your office together. Let each team member spend his … (read more)

Susan Cain (Co-founder of Quiet Revolution)
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Open-plan offices have been found to reduce productivity and impair memory. They’re associated with high staff turnover. They make people sick, hostile, unmotivated and insecure.

What’s the best way to ask for a meeting?

Aaron White (Former technology entrepreneur and Co-founder of Boundless)
Want a Coffee? A Brief Guide for Neophytes | Aaron White

When reaching out to ask for a coffee meeting, be immensely specific about why you want to meet, and what you hope to get out if it. The more specific you are, the more value you’ll get from your potential coffee-partner. If you communicate a clear possible path for the conversation, coffee partners who can’t provide value will self-select out, but even then if your ask is clear, it will make it so much easier for them to forward you to the right… (read more)

Scott Britton (Co-Founder of Troops)
How To Ask Someone For a Coffee Meeting

[to send a good email …] 1. Intro context: Give the reader context of who you are and how you found them. It’s always beneficial if the context of how you “found” them demonstrates support, eg. reading their blog. 2. Specific context why you’re reaching out. 3. Recognition that they’re giving you their time: When you signal to them that you acknowledge their time is very limited and valuable, they appreciate it. It indicates that you recognize … (read more)

Roy Bahat (Head at Bloomberg Beta)
Also, Introductions and the “forward intro email”

A good forward intro email: 1. Says why you want to be introduced. 2. Includes its own context — enough about you or your startup so that the receiver understands what’s being asked. Always helpful if it includes what’s special about your startup, increases the likelihood the person will want to meet you. Attach a file if you think it makes sense (a deck, longer summary, screenshot). 3. Uses only as many words as you need — the receiver is going … (read more)