Everyone please head over to Bloomberg and read a very nice little deadpan send-up of how techies name their meeting rooms.
In addition to opening a little door on what the day of a tech bro might feel like, the piece does a beautiful job of letting techies hoist themselves on their own douche petard.
At Tilt, a San Francisco-based app for helping people pool money, every mundane workday meeting is organized around nothing less grand than humanity's dream for freedom. Want to get together with colleagues to discuss app upgrades, mobile marketing strategies, or the office's new hot desking arrangement? You first need to pick a meeting space named after Tiananmen Square, Tahrir Square, or another location "where collective action changed history," as Tilt Chief Executive James Beshara explains.
Oh it gets better.
Among the 12 conference rooms is a space named Bastille and another dedicated to Liberty Island, where tourists collectively gaze upon a statue. It's unclear if meetings held in Robben Island, a room named after the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years, feel as if they drag on.
So wonderfully provocative. Makes one wonder what other startups could do with an idea like this. For instance maybe Twitter could name their meeting rooms after places where collective action failed and have employees gather in the "Our Board Took Over 100 Days To Name A CEO" room.
But some startups are less whimsically challenging of their employees and instead go with an even lamer a more spiritual approach.
Sprinklr's conference rooms are named Honesty, Passion, Perseverance, and Humility. "It would be kind of hard to be arrogant in a room named Humility, wouldn't it?" Sprinklr's founder Ragy Thomas told Walter.
We're jut going to assume that Thomas gave this quote while standing in the Humility room and immediately proved himself wrong.