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It's Christmas again, and it's the first one in the new office at the new location (Wapping)
Whilst some things might be staying the same, such as secret Santa and decorating the office like a grotto, we went all out this year....
That's right, we dressed up and went underground into a medieval fortress. Unlimited drink, food and entertainment followed - and then a disco.
A great night!
There’s nothing better than eating cake, unless of course every bite you take raises money for charity.
I couldn’t be more proud of the team today, so many beautiful hand backed cakes, bakes (and maybe a couple of fakes). Just look at the work that’s gone into these cakes! So much ymmyness.
Cakes were sold and voted upon, until we had a cake champion and raised loads of cash for charity.
The upstairs office didn't want their pool table and table tennis table any more. CRAZY PEOPLE - so we nabbed it off them for free.
Why didn't we think of this before?
We are incredibly fortunate to be a well funded London startup. There aren't hundreds of us around
in London. In fact we have over 40 investors at Flubit. Every 4-6 weeks I send a detailed update email to them about what’s been happening with the Company, but we felt like it was time to get everyone together into the same room, and allow them to meet the team.
We have investors from all over the world, and on a wintery evening in November, over 60% of our investors managed to make it to our drinks evening. We had investors fly in from New York, Bulgaria, Amsterdam and more.
Our amazing investor base tonight met our amazing team, and a number of presentations took place. It looks like those weekly demos introduced by Steph 3 years ago are really paying off.
Back in 2011 I wrote about the desire to start and continue a Flubit tradition of giving every team member a Flubit mug, and ever since then we've continued that tradition.
However, as tea is drunk in the gallons, sometimes we need a refresh, so here's to the new Flubit mugs, and gosh aren't they stylish!
Wow, what a view!
In a slightly wet November evening the team trecked up to the top of the O2 in Greenwich (Millennium dome) and then went bowling (it is Flubit after all).
For the first time in Flubit history we have adverts on the Tube and Trainline. This is really quite a remarkable moment.
Although we've been very real for the last few years.... now we're really very, very real. Does that make sense?
People have already been texting me about this!
Today we had a major feature in the Evening Standard, they even sent a photographer.
This is a major acomplishment for Flubit and our web stats shot through the roof from this artcile.
This halloween were smashing paper-mache ghosts filled with sweets and taking part in spooky 'pub/office' quizes.
Thanks to the team for arranging and putting on.
If we consider having Barclays as a partner as a perk for allowing us to have a stand at retail shows, then this takes the biscuit.
Barclays were the major sponsor of this years' Mercury awards at the RoundHouse, and allowed us to take a team along to the nights event.
Hosted by Radio 1 breakfast host Nick Grimshaw, the event was a night full of bands I hadn't heard of, but probably will know in a few years time!
A great night for the team.
It was my birthday again. And this year the celebrations got extreme!
Thank you so much to the team, it's really unexpected, and certainly not needed, (but i do love it).
As we've grown as a team, we've also grown our tech teams too.
We now have around 20 developers who come from all different technical backgrounds.
The technical teams now run monthly Tech Talks that enable everyone to share their learnings from around the web.
Why not look to join Flubit as a techie, and be part of the revolution in eCommerce?
Being partnered with a major bank such as Barclays has many great advantages, one being their budgets stretch further than ours, and they can have awesome stands at Retail shows.
This time we got to join in, complete with Flubit branding t-shirts. Say hello Andy!
This was an odd talk to be asked to do. The Digital Doughnut were doing an evening on search, and Flubit were asked to talk about Search.
The only real issue with that request, is the one thing Flubit don't do, is search.
On Flubit you provide a URL of the product you want to buy, and we'll create you a lower price. This is the disrupter compared to other industry marketplaces that ask you to search.
It was a great opportunity to compare the differences between the power of search, and the power of demand.
If having worked in the offices for a number of weeks wasn't official enough, the landlord has finally put the Flubit signs on the wall.
So now it's really official.
Oh and look at that view! That's the view directly from our office window!
With the Office move, we have a new local! The Prospect of Whitby is the oldest riverside pub in London, and the stones on the floor date back to Henry VIII !
Not a bad place to have team drinks every week.
Earlier this year we signed a major deal with Barclays Bank. If you hadn't noticed the logos on the screen, that's what the 2013 Big Meeting was all about.
It was such a success that Barclays signed a major commercial partnership with Flubit, which is a huge achievement for the entire team.
Today the Barclays senior management team dealing with our project came into the offices to let our team know how they're going to be using our technology.
It is all very exciting.
It turns out, we need more Blue in the new offices.
Gary is our in-house marathon runner, and convinced the team to go run the Olympic Stadium 10k.
6 members of the Flubit team, complete with branded t-shirts supporting our charity all managed to complete the 10k.
Congratulations Gary, Andy, Bertie, Ben, Agne & Dilek!
How do you move 2 entire offices from Hoxton > Wapping, without any downtime in worktime?
Answer: With the help on an amazing team!
Over the past 3 weeks, Aaron and Cornel have been spending half their time down in Wapping networking up the entire new office, getting it ready for us to come in.
Then came MoveFriday. The movers had brought us boxes in advance, and everyone packed up their surrounding area into massive crates.
Some even packed themselves!
Then came time to move out. A very sobering day, moving out of an office which we probably shouldn't have moved into in the first place.
But onto ventures new! Flubit is growing, and with that growth we need a new office!
It's summer, there's sun, there's drinks!
We're moving offices!
After 2.5 years in Hoxton, near Old Street, we're moving to Wapping.
We're swapping screeching buses, for the view of the Thames.
We're swapping hustle and bustle for some piece.
BUT we're still only a short ride away from the centre of London.
To introduce the team to the new offices we decided to do our 2nd team full day out.
We left the office and headed to King Edward memorial park to play games and have a picnic. We then headed around the corner to Shadwell Basin where we had an afternoon on the water and on the high ropes course.
THEN, without anyone knowing, we surprised the team by taking them to their new offices, right around the corner.
Interesting Fact: Did you know Only Fools and Horses was filmed at Shadwell Basin.
Welcome back to the Tamebay tournament where we have played in the last two annual tournaments, and still looking for our first win.
But this year it's different. This time we have a new kit! We have new players! We have practised every week!
We didn't win a game. Wow.
Next year it is!
In our building, downstairs, there's some sort of illegal rave club thing.
We're not 100% sure when it operates, or if it's actually allowed to; either way, there's a basement with a space.
We've decided to run our own standup comedy night, just for the team! This is something really different, and just something we wanted to try.
Some of the team in the office arranged to get a stand up comedian in, and we headed downstairs with our office chairs to watch.
It was really good fun!
With the Flubit team grown to 40, we've decided to celebrate all things chocolate with an Easter party.
Egg and Spoon race - check
Lots of chocolate - check
Boiled Egg Painting - check
Egg Hunt with clues - check
Welcome to all the new team members, thanks for joining Flubit!
4 amazing things are happening at the company right now. For example, we have a new design, we’ve just signed an amazing new deal, we’re disrupting more than we’ve ever disrupted before… well the cake picture says it all.
One of the Flublisophy rules is to always appreciate what we've done, so that's exactly what we're doing today with this 4D party!
It's nearly spring, so we're doing a bit of Spring decorating, it might also have something to do with the fact that the CEO of a major partner is about to come to our offices too!
We've decided to create photo montages, create a sitting are upstairs, make the kitchen area really nice, paint the doors bright blue, and even create a chocolate cupboard.
A great team effort over the weekend, thanks everyone for helping!
This year the team made the pancakes. YUM!
It's time for another Flubit Xmas party and fun.
This year the Flubit telescope became the the tree, and we played Haribo Nativity.
Never played Haribo Nativity? How strange, well it's quite simple, all you have to do is use masses Hairbo to create a festive scene (Bible related or not). Joining the gooey goodness together with toothpicks.
Once that was over, we handed out our secret Santas and headed down the road to a resturant that had upcoming chefs cook the meal!
Luckily for us, Liverpool Street (just a short walk away) has opened up a new ice rink - so we paid for the Flubit Team to go try it out.
Not all of us can skate, but we certainly all gave it a shot!
After an hour of wall-holding and floor sliding, we left to go get a hot drink down the road!
A fantastic winter team building activity.
It's that time of year again, CHRISTMAS!
And boy have we up'd ourselves from the last two years.
#HelloSantaGrotto ... or something like that.
Mass festivities by the team at Flubit.
When you're running a tech company, especially a young startup, big meetings for the company, mean big meetings for everyone.
It's a time in your existence where everyone must group together and deliver a show.
For us, one of these shows is coming up, and we have lots of "the other company" comping in. We need to impress.
To help us get there we re-arranged the entire lower office to create a big meeting area, almost like a major board room. We wanted to demo our work, so rather than have a projector, we connected a bunch of monitors up together, all connected to a single PC.
It looks so cool, wherever you sit, you can see the Demo, without craning your head.
UPDATE: It worked! The meeting was a huge success, and everyone played their part... including the team upstairs who were monitoring the systems as they were demo'd. So proud of everyone!
At the last Web Summit, Flubit were victorious in the PITCH competition. This time we are the one of the judges!
Loads of great startups presented, including one startup that has a founder called Bertie... extra bonus points from me!
It's my birthday again! Thanks team :)
What do you do with with two projectors, two playstations, and two games of FIFA?
The first every Flubit Fifa tournament. We spent the evening competing in a round-robin and then knockout tournament, where nearly everyone got to some sort of final.
I didn't win.
Every week at demo day we play a game before the demo from a team member.
We've done a variety of games, but this was potentially my favourite.
Lower the Line.
If you have a team at your work, or a group of friends, try it. Stand in a line, everyone put their finger out, and then have someone place a meter ruler, or something harder than string along the line of fingers.
Ask everyone to lower the line to the ground, WITHOUT letting their finger leave the line...
What will happen?
Do it and find out!
What a remarkable day, it's 1 year exactly since we launched Flubit V2, the demand-driven buying platform.
We've transacted millions of £ on the platform, and celebrated with a cake and an evening of drinks and table tennis.
Everything went to plan, aside from the sparklers on the cake, they set off the fire alarm and evacuated the building.
Every week at Flubit we now have Demo Days to help people practise their public speaking.This is useful, because every now and then team members get asked to speak at public events.
This week I was invited out to Zurich to speak at the GDI (Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute) about how we took an idea in a bedroom into a £mm revenue company.
This was a first for me, as I had a translator... I learned quickly that you have to speak slower than normal, or risk an angry translator.
Today was a really cool day, everyone brought a lunch dish to work, and we had a feast!
We had some really creative dishes, some international specialties, and then Andy brought in ham sandwiches.
We had A LOT of food, we may not have done the calculations, with ~30 people in the office, and everyone bringing in food for about 15-20 people... we could feed about 600 people....
Incredibly within 2 days, we've managed to each all the food.
Ever since the Summer Demo Day in 2013, new COO (Steph), decided that we should have this as a regular feature in our lives at Flubit.
Whilst we can't allow teams to stop work for a whole afternoon every week, we can afford for an hour.
Every Thursday at 5pm, we stop work and head down to the lower office. We play a game, and then get a demo from a team member of something they've been working on.
It's a fantastic way to allow me the chance to speak to everyone in the office as a group, someone to show off their work, and also practise the art of public speaking!
With memories of the first Flubit team day out still fresh for everyone, we decided to use that to inspire another evening out.
We've been bowling before, but this time was different, as we headed down to Elephant & Castle Bowl - my (Bertie - CoFounder & CEO) old University Stomping ground. Rumour has it that many a lecture during Uni were spent here... they have not been verified.
Sadly, the many hours of prior practise were not good enough top the leaderboards, BUT the finger food was great.
August 2013 marks a new beginning at Flubit. To mark that new beginning, we started what we hope will become a new tradition - Team Days out.
In the past we've gone to do socials in the evening, but this is the first time we've managed to take a whole day off work and go away with the team.
We were very lucky with the weather and we headed off to North London to Go Ape. But before we went climbing trees, we sat and played games in the nearby park - team building games.
After an incredibly fun day out in the trees we were rewarded with a BBQ. An amazing day out with the team.
Same again? Hopefully!
One of our goals at Flubit is to try and create the best team spirit possible. That's an Americanism I picked up from my time at high school. But it makes sense, as long as you believe spirit means morale, not ghosts.
To help everyone get to know each other, we had every team member complete a survey. This survey included photos, tid-bits and interesting facts about you.
Over weekend we created posters about people, and stuck them all over the office!
The office is absolutely baking, but that doesn't stop us from working. What does stop Team Flubit from working however is a Summer party. We even have bunting!
Drinks, food and punch (somehow not classed as drink) galore, Flubit partied into the evening, hopefully without distracting our neighbours too much!
The sun is out, our office is right next to Hoxton Square, what could be better than a team picnic?
The operations team all decided to bring their own dish to share, and they had a feast!
We're in the middle of 2013 and there's nothing better to make sure there's no mid-year slump than having a company wide demo day.
More important than the above however, it gives everyone in the team the chance to present some of the amazing things they've been working on.
Whether it's the Merchant team talking about how they've been growing the sellers on WeFlubit, our marketing team taking us through the month-on-month growth, or a range of technologies, nearly all team members had the chance to show off their work.
The entire Wednesday afternoon was shut off, phone lines were turned off, and the presentations began.
We were even joined by one of our first investors, Patrick Perez!
Marcin is unlucky here, he has a machine gun pointed at him. Luckily it fires soft, foam pellets. But still, it's never nice to have any gun pointed at you.
Whilst at Flubit we try to install a generous helping of freedom to make mistakes, someone felt it would be a good idea to buy this device.
The device is USB controlled, and the development team hocked it up to the codebase, so if a test doesn't run successfully, it fires.
Luckily for us, we don't have a formal HR team to complain to. I may need to lawyer up however.
Back in 2011 I wrote about how part of the reason for moving into our offices was because SongKick resided on the top floor.
SongKick had raised lots of VC money, and were a big name in tech/startup world.
So we decided to challenge them to a PingPong match. We even taunted them in the run up to it.
We got destroyed.
SongKick 1 - 0 Flubit
To say thank you for everyone's hard work that enabled us to win the Web Summit, we took everyone out for a slap up dinner down the road.
Not everyone wished to be photographed however, and some who did may regret it too :-p
This is sort of cool. One of the most amazing things about working at Flubit is the diversity of people. We have team members from all over the world who bring new experiences and learnings to the Company, every day.
We decided to draw a map of where everyone is from. We can almost walk from UK to New Zealand, only going via countries where team members have passports.
We found out about a pub (not so far from the office) that has a few handy table tennis tables.
It turns out that we're not as handy at the game as we thought, but nothing that a few drinks couldn't help!
Well this is crazy!
The Web Summit has quickly become the leading conference on the circuit for tech companies to go to. Last year we pitched at the competition and didn't make it through the first round!
This year we managed to win it! We're gobsmacked, and incredibly thankful to the judges for voting for us, but also the team, investors, advisors who have got us here.
We first pitched at the smaller stage, and then when we won our group, we had to pitch at the main stage.
It's a few days later and we still can't believe we won!
It's the start of a brand new year (2013) and we're kicking off with an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today. An awesome gig arranged by our marketing team.
This year is hopefully going to be huge for us! I managed to take a few sneaky snaps, and an image of my notes for the interview.
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