We have mentioned this in some of our latest tweets, but this is big enough news for us to be worth a dedicated post. We have taken a break from working virtually and moved into an office. Yes, OAK has an office now ….. and we are located at:
44 Byward Market
Ottawa, ON – K1N 1K1
It’s pretty crazy, we only thought of doing it about 5 weeks ago, and now we’re starting our 3rd week here. It’s a great space, right in the ByWard market, next to SWIX … a company we have come to admire and appreciate over the years. Very exciting indeed.
The space was previously with one of Ottawa’s top consulting firms before, and we were lucky to get really good terms on it. We snapped it up after one visit and a few hours of reflection. Needless to say, all of us fell in love with it the moment we saw it. We both have great bright views of Byward Market (our French windows face the flower and garden kiosks) and awesome access to more than 20 of the best bars and coffee shops in Ottawa. We have over 800 sq feet of space, enough space to easily have 8-10 desks with space to spare. It already feels much more positive than sitting on our own ends communicating virtually.
Co-working was a definite need for us. We have grown fast in the last one year and grown to a point where we needed the added productivity – both in ideation and development – that comes with co-location to keep pace with our growth. We have been together in this new space for 2 weeks, and already we feel that it allows us to act/respond to emerging needs much faster. The only downside (if we can think of one of the top of our minds) is the commute and/or the parking, but the positives more than compensate for this challenge. We are still working on the name for our office … but we already have a clear favorite. More details on that in the next post that we will dedicate to how we are setting up the office …
In the meantime, drop in if you are in the market. We always have water, juice and beer stocked and we are always looking to enjoy a beer with anyone who comes to visit while enjoying the view from our French windows … This feels like a great step forward for us, and we are sure it’s going to lead us to being a more effective team.