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What Was The Address of Your First Real Office?

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I’m fascinated with first offices.  I’m not talking about the bedroom, the dorm room, the garage, or the apartment.  I’m talking about the first real office.  Here’s mine.

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Bill Warner took this picture of me standing in front of 875 Main Street in Cambridge, MA last year.  My first real office – for Feld Technologies – was the fourth floor.  The building is a narrow five story building (three windows on the front) – long and skinny – 1600 square feet total.  The elevator opened directly into the office, the front of the building (that you see) was to the left; the bulk of the space was to the right.  I vaguely remember a cave like office near the back along with the bathroom and lots of open space in the middle.  When we moved in all of the left over shit from Pegasystems was still there – they were the previous tenant. 

While I had offices in my bedroom at my fraternity (351 Massachusetts Avenue) and in my bedroom at my parents house in Dallas, this was my first real office.  We had to take out the garbage and the place always smelled like damp, sweaty, anxious nerds.  We had some great times and some awful times, but this was where it all really started for me.

Where was your first real office?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/StartupTrekTV StartupTrekTV

    20111 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino CA 95014. I had been in the Corporate world for 20+ years after grad school, and the grind of cubicle life had taken it's toll on me. Over reacting, I commissioned DFM (Dependable Furniture Manufacturers) of Oakland, CA to outfit my office suite in custom Cherry Mahogany, from the reception area, through all the offices to mine – to the tune of $250k. It was legendary, but in retrospect i went overboard (photos available on request).

    DFM basically, takes huge trees in one end of their factory, and out the other end comes beautiful, fully-custom furniture. They made their name outfitting Oracle's offices in Redwood City, CA. No complaints about them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaronbrethorst Aaron Brethorst

    1 Microsoft Way ;)

  • http://Www.prismventure.com Woody

    175 Main Street, Charlestown, Ma

  • http://www.facebook.com/roblindberg Rob Lindberg

    51 Broadway – The spot of my worst, best, and biggest lessons in failures! ;)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/StartupTrekTV StartupTrekTV

      Rob, i may have shared space with you during my soes trading years. Was that the 4th floor, around 2001-2? Broadway trading, or Island? I worked there trading my own account for about six months. Before Island became Island.com, and WAY before the Island ecn was acquired by the nyse.

  • http://twitter.com/GrandCentralVC @GrandCentralVC

    675 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square

    A corollary question: What was your first email address? Mine was @ai.mit.edu at that same time which, back then, had a certain cache.

  • http://twitter.com/GVRV @GVRV

    How old were you at the time Brad?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      21

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      21

  • http://twitter.com/markloranger @markloranger

    Cool discussion…5 Cambridge Center, 2nd Floor

  • http://twitter.com/andyidsinga Andy Idsinga

    Excellent post. It reminds of of some of the feelings and sentiments that Michael Pollan talks about in his book "A Place of My Own".

    Now I'm going to be day dreaming on and off all day :)

  • http://twitter.com/girlasaurus_rex Amy Little

    3800 Sollie Rd., Mobile,AL: I started in a cubicle and it sucked. After about a year I got moved upstairs to an office with a door AND a window. I was so excited about that window! :)

  • http://twitter.com/andyidsinga Andy Idsinga

    Excellent post. It reminds of of some of the feelings and sentiments that Michael Pollan talks about in his book "A Place of My Own".

    Now I'm going to be day dreaming on and off all day :)

  • StillVisitMyOffice

    My first office was 147 Milk Street in Boston. I was working on a project for the City. I still visit there a lot. It's now a Harvard Vanguard center, and my doctor is in the building. When I go to the Lab for Tests, I'm sitting right where my boss used to sit. I gave blood for the job then, and I still do now…

  • http://www.facebook.com/johndmc John McCarthy

    Beijing Hotel, Room 1136
    33 East Changan Dajie

    1987, US China Business Council

    • http://www.preetylove.com herve leger

      i am in beijing too…
      68 chaoyan road,china.

  • Frank Ronchetti

    If you're talking about when I first formed my own company, it's Patanka 3, Prague, Czech Republic. Try this lat-long in Google maps for a look: 50.112931,14.382777. The "ta" in this word is pronounced like "tyah". The building is actually reached off a street called Na Stahlavce. Both pronunciations were difficult, and trying to tell somebody who did not speak Czech how to get to our office was tough. The main attraction of this office in Prague in 1991 was that it came with 5 phone lines, a huge coup when the wait list for an additional phone line was a year long.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/vinniv vinniv

    16 West 19th St, NY

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/micah105 micah

    16th and Wykoop in Denver. It was 900sq ft on the "garden" level of the Union Square building. It was $11/sq ft, and every time I brought my dogs into the office, we would either get yelled at for making a ruckus, or they would pee/poo in the corner.

    It was glorious.

  • StillVisitMyOffice

    My first office was 147 Milk Street in Boston. I was working on a project for the City. I still visit there a lot. It's now a Harvard Vanguard center, and my doctor is in the building. When I go to the Lab for Tests, I'm sitting right where my boss used to sit. I gave blood for the job then, and I still do now…

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/digagency Aaron

    206 SW Stark St., Portland, OR.

    A brick building built in the late 1800's (no steel frame). There was an earthquake while we were in there – not a comfortable feeling.

    • http://twitter.com/andyidsinga Andy Idsinga

      Aaron – I used to work in that building too! HA! I used to work there when the Irish Bank bar and Rice Junkies were down on the street there :)

      • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/digagency Aaron

        We were there when I had a UX design company called Tweak Interactive. Rice Junkies was still there, but Mothers was in the rest of the ground floor, and the Bar side was our Friday afternoon conference room. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/scodtt Scott Yates

    My first company shared space at 9News in Denver, so while I loved it, it wasn't really _my_ address. My second company had an office on Grant Street, close to the capitol but also hard by Colfax. A couple of old winos would hang around out front. I loved it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/scodtt Scott Yates

    My first company shared space at 9News in Denver, so while I loved it, it wasn't really _my_ address. My second company had an office on Grant Street, close to the capitol but also hard by Colfax. A couple of old winos would hang around out front. I loved it!

  • Laura Lear

    Mine was 2 World Trade Center in New York. I worked for AT&T on the 72nd floor and I just thought it was the bomb. I have pictures from my window and they are amazing, particularly now that those towers are gone….

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/labunleashed labunleashed

    I am in my first *real office* right now! After about 12 months bunking in with the Zipcar folks across the street, 5 of us moved to 2 Canal Park, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA.

    The office is 1 10×12 rectangle, 2.5 desks, and now 6 FTE + 5 interns roaming in and out. We've established a corporate culture of "1 company, 1 soundtrack", meaning we have a company playlist that we can all add to that plays continuously off the old macbook in the corner of the room. There are also other startups in surrounding offices and nice common areas.

    To me it is the most exciting 120 square feet on earth!

  • anthony

    The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/jokeefe jokeefe

    55 Cambridge Parkway on the 5th floor when I started in Lotus Technical Support.

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