I recently watched a TED talk by Sergey Brin and Larry Page which basically blahed on about the awesomeness of google, google gadgets, the googling of yet more google and the philanthropic extension of their company, 'google.org'.
It was all great stuff and if you have some time, sure who does? go check out TED.COM for tons of brilliant lectures about all kinds of fascinating stuff. The thing that caught my attention was how Larry described work life at google. It seems the staff there have a jolly old time of it up at their headquarters in Mountin View, California. It has probably got something to do with the swimming pool, the volleyball courts the canteen serving free gourmet lunches (who says there's no such thing) the pool tables or maybe the annual ski trip to Sqauw Valley. It all sounded great until Larry flashed up the staff photo taken at that year's ski trip. Damn, what a miserable bunch all dressed in white on a white back drop of the snowy mountains. Er...dude, those guys don't look so happy. He even joked that they didn't get too many job apps after flipping that up on the web and they took it down.
So I thought, you know what, our employees seem a pretty happy content bunch. We need a picture of us all together to show everyone how awesome we are. So we moved all our plug in electric cars (does this make us sound googley?) and gathered in front of our sales and marketing building to capture what I hope will be first online staff pic of many. This picture makes me really proud. Ok, we don't have a pool, volleyball courts or a canteen just yet, but like Google, we are the best at what we do.
Pic taken by our resisdent snapper Jim Hayward