Before we founded No More Pie, we decided early on to be a 100% virtual company. This was part of our founding philosophy, to be truly free from the ancient Protestant work ethic we all know and seem to love. The cycle of 9-5, Mon-Fri is not for us- we don’t even have set working hours, or even a specific time zone. We are free to live anywhere in the world, work anytime we like- when we feel at our best. We don’t even have to stay in one place. Our founders and team members live that dream (nightmare?) every day. All we need is a working internet connection, and a laptop (both sometimes harder to find than you’d think). To be truly creative we feel people need to be happy and relaxed- what better place than ANY place? As I recently explained to some traditional business school people (they wanted to know what it’s like to be a “creative”) you can’t just buy some beanbags and BOOM you have a “creative” company atmosphere… it has to go deeper than that.
So prompted this week by Dr Green sending a snapshot of his office view in Thailand (see above, yes REALLY!), I thought I’d knock up a quick montage of a few offices that NMP team members have used so far this year. Some are home offices, some are schools, we even tried renting a shared space for a few months- but it wasn’t right for us.
There are more- but I had these at hand. The list of nations “occupied” in 2012 include various locations in Finland, USA, Vietnam, United Kingdom, Germany, and France! I’ve also made sure you can “photo reply” to this particular post, so feel free to send us your own workspace images!
UK branch report
Hello there pie-deniers… it’s The Artist here, in residence at my third office location of the year. We at No More Pie started out with an intention for our company to operate from anywhere anytime (with decent internet connection) and for July I’m going to be based in rainy Great Britain. The interesting thing about that is it means a decidedly average internet connection- with a monthly data limit of 10Gb! Can you believe that? Some of our team enjoy way more freedom- such as our Berlin based agent, who makes do with 100Mbit and unlimited data…
So- what am I doing and how are things in general at NMP you ask? Well, we’ve been up to our necks in the game- some deep re-written code of the game, and some massive discussions (arguments, some might say) about our game! We’re very keen to make the right core design decisions, and create something fun to show the world. I’m taking the opportunity this month to make an official NMP appearance at the Develop Conference in Brighton next week. If any of you are there, be sure to contact me (on our twitter) so you can find out just how handsome I am in person…. haha not really, instead you might have a chance to see the current build of our game, so you can give us valuable feedback perhaps? My main tasks for the past few months have been to help our team of awesome interns to create content for this project, we really don’t know what we’d do without the students of this world and we have some fantastic people working for No More Pie. Let’s all have a cheer for them! Enjoy your summer job, if you are also a student.
The weather here in Britain is not looking so great right now- very wet- but we’d all like to wish you a happy summer holiday wherever you are in the world! You might see a few pics that I post here from my travels during July, or of course any exciting news that happens.