My First Office – 875 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Everyone remembers their first "X".  Last Thursday, I spent the day in Cambridge at the TechStars Boston office.  It’s in Central Square, just down the block from where I lived for four years while at MIT (351 Mass Ave) and around the corner from my first office (875 Main Street).

Feld Technologies very first address was 7310 Hillwood Lane, Dallas, TX  75248 (the house I grew up in).  At some point the address changed to 351 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA  02139 (my frat).  I wonder how many other companies used that address at one point or another.  In 1987, my first real business partner Dave Jilk joined me and we decided we needed an office.  Somehow we ended up at 875 Main Street, directly behind our fraternity. 

Bill Warner took this great picture of me standing in front of it Thursday night.  We were on the fourth floor – the top left window that you can see in the picture was actually my window.


I can’t remember the length of time we had the office at 875 Main Street, but it was less than a year.  At some point we realized we couldn’t afford an office and Dave and I moved the company into our apartments (at which point Feld Technologies official address became 6 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA  02109 (at the time it was an executive office suite – we simply had a mailbox there). 

I’ve had many different offices since then, but I’ll always remember my first one.

  • hey – _i_ took that picture! though all credit is due bill – i just did exactly what he told me to and pressed the button a few times 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Oops.  Credit to Shawn!  I was so busy posing that I didn’t notice who pressed the button!

  • There's a saying about calling your fraternity a "frat" . . .

  • DaveJ

    We were there May or June 1987 through Feb 1988, so 9-10 months. I can still picture the landlord, although I don't recall his name. Shawn – when did you start?

    • Shawn never worked out of that office.  His first day on the job was sitting in your second bedroom three inches from you.

      • DaveJ

        Um, yeah, I know that. I was wondering how long it was between shutting down 875 and firing all our employees, and hiring another one. It seemed like a long time, at the time, but I bet it was only another six or seven months.

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  • I came across this page while looking for a picture of 875 Main. I worked at Flamingo Graphics there in 1988 (not my first office ;-), though we later moved out back to 19 Bishop Allen Drive, as Fred Kimberk had redeveloped it. I think he's the landlord whose name was not remembered in a previous comment? When I left Flamingo in early 1991, it was to work with Bill Warner at Avid, even if he didn't take this picture! However, he instigated many great things, often by simply saying [with boundless enthusiasm] "Why can't we do that?"! BTW, Fred has owned Cafe on the Common in Waltham for a number of years, and that was the roundabout way that I arrived here! See:

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