An ultra-violet 125 gallon saltwater fish tank greets you as you enter the suite. The water is settling and the PH levels are being balanced before two dozen South American Cichlids will be introduced to their new home. Beyond these exotic fish lie the people who make up Extensis… and we can relate to what they’re about to go through…
When we started the evolution of our product practices to be more inline with an agile mindset, we realized that one of the barriers to this would be physical proximity of the teams. The extreme answer was to knock down all the walls—so that’s exactly what we did!
We’ve embarked on a sweeping change for our Portland, Oregon office. We’re tearing down the walls.
Yup, it’s a bit exciting, as well as a bit scary, as any office remodel can be. It’s all to help bring new and enhanced efficiencies and collaboration to our teams. It all started when our engineering teams adopted the Scrum method of agile development and increased use of pair programming. The benefits of closer integration of our teams were visible, and it became evident that we all could benefit from working closer together.
So, at the end of 2014, much of our Portland team vacated our current digs and demolition began. With much dust, debris and a five story garbage chute, the walls and cubes came down.
Check out a ton of demolition pix after the jump.
Last month, 11 Mo Bros volunteered to take part in Extensis Movember Madness. We’re excited to announce the winners and share the results!
First, a huge thanks to all the Extensis Mo’s who participated. It’s great to be able to contribute to a worthwhile cause at your expense. 🙂
Movember is behind us, and there are at least 11 sinks with freshly shaven whiskers left behind. There are also an equal number of wives who will kiss their husbands for the first time in a month tonight (despite having to clean up the whiskers).
What is Movember?
Formerly known as November, Movember is dedicated to supporting and increasing awareness of men’s health issues. The Mo Bros of Extensis are taking part to help raise money for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
This past weekend, those of us in our Portland, Oregon headquarters celebrated the holidays with a company party. We moved it into January this year and it was a fun extension to the holiday season.
This year featured karaoke as well as a casino night. While all casino games were played with play money, it was a hoot to see people win and lose their virtual fortunes at roulette, craps and blackjack.
Here are a few pictures from the event.
Extensis was founded in 1993. 20 years ago. Cast your mind back to then. Maybe you just threw a blank tape in the VCR to record the new episode of the X-Files. Or, maybe you’re checking to see if you received any new notifications on your pager.
Think of 1993 and images of VCRs, Walkmans and Polaroids pop into your head. This picture from Reddit, titled “1993 vs. 2013” sums up the evolution of technology over the last twenty years
Back then, if you wanted a touchscreen device with video recording, a music player, cell phone capabilities, watch, and the power of a laptop, you’d have to buy all of them separately. It was also seriously expensive because very few people owned a computer or even a mobile phone. If you wanted information, you’d have to look it up in a book as the internet was still in its infancy.
Besides bringing back memories of home videos and AA batteries, the picture reveals how technology has simplified our lives by condensing the use of eight devices into a single device: the smartphone. From cameras and music to emails and phone calls, the power of the top technology in 1993 can now easily fit in your back pocket.
Let’s take a look at some of the technological breakthroughs which took place in 1993 when Extensis was launching:
- Intel introduced the Pentium Processor. The Pentium was the fifth generation of the ‘x86’ line of microprocessors from Intel, the basis for the IBM PC and others. The Pentium introduced several advances that made programs run faster i.e. the ability to execute several instructions at the same time and support for both graphics and music.
- Microsoft released Windows NT 3.1
- “Doom” is released by id Software in late 1993. An immersive first-person shooter-style game, Doom became popular on many different platforms before losing popularity to games like Halo and Counter-Strike. Doom players were also among the first to customise the game’s levels and appearance. Doom would spawn several sequels and a 2005 film.
- The World Wide Web was born at CERN
- The Debian GNU/Linux distribution is founded by Ian Murdock.
- The Mosaic web browser is released. Mosaic was the first commercial software that allowed graphical access to content on the internet. Designed by Eric Bina and Marc Andreessen at the University of Illinois’s National Center for Supercomputer Applications, Mosaic was originally designed for a Unix system running X-windows. By 1994, Mosaic was available for several other operating systems such as the Mac OS, Windows and AmigaOS.
Since then we’ve come forward in leaps and bounds. Who knows what the next 20 years will bring?
We had some lunch, played kickball, had a prize raffle, guessed the number of toy plastic lizards in a jar, ate ice cream, played horseshoes, socialized and saw who could throw the frisbee most accurately.
It was a great time. Here are a few photos from our afternoon.
The Extensis headquarters are firmly rooted in the land of microbrews and skinny jeans here on the left-coast in Portland, Oregon. In our Portland and LA offices you’ll find two creative workflow experts helping companies maintain license compliance and improve their workflows using Extensis font and digital asset management solutions:
Kari Friedewald, Regional Business Manager, Extensis Portland Office
- Favorite color: Orange
- Latest book: Accidents in North American Mountaineering
- Ideal vacation spot: A long and remote climbing trip.
- During my commute: Listening to NPR
Max, Systems Engineer, Extensis LA Office
- Favorite color: Red
- Latest book: The 900 Days: The Siege Of Leningrad
- Ideal vacation spot: Must have a good mix of relaxing beaches and great ATV (four wheeler) courses.
- During the commute: Electronic and Alternative music
Both enjoy long walks on the beach and ensuring that font and digital asset management projects are successfully completed on time and under budget. To learn more about what Kari and Max can do for you, please check out our Professional Services page.
February 15th, 2013 by Alexandra Barltrop
Check out this collection of fonts which contain our names – and give an insight into who we are…
But he could be King one day…
Talk to the Christopher Hand….
His teachers would never believe that Chris has handwriting like this…
Torsten…could use a new pen…
Alex is looking quite sensible as usual…
JP always comes in handy…
Kevin’s trying to be different, but not too different!
Alison is quite formal but with grace…
Russell has his own style…
JM hasn’t given up on the old typewriter yet…
Nigel won’t settle for one, he needs a whole harem of fonts…
But alas Davor is the only one without a font to call his own…!
At Extensis, we love fonts, so feel free to share your namesake fonts with us!