We have a running joke at AdverseEvents that whoever is on a long-haul flight has to write the weekly blog post. Guess who’s been flying a lot recently?
I flew out last Sunday to Boston to visit our East Coast biz dev team. The atmosphere there couldn’t be any more different that our Santa Rosa office. In Boston, we have seven people sitting in a room the size of a closet. While the energy is fantastic, I’m not sure how they focus when everyone’s on the phone at the same time – but they can, and it’s truly awesome. Space is at such a premium that they don’t even bother with whiteboards, choosing instead to just write on the glass walls.
The trade-off is that the team works out of a great shared workspace right in downtown Boston. They have access to delicious lunch spots, public transport, and even beer on tap (which, everyone promises me they only sample on Friday afternoons….). Conversely, our Santa Rosa office is out in the country – with all the pros and cons that implies. More space, more quiet, and fewer passable lunch options. But just as the energy in the Boston office seems to feed the sales group, the quieter atmosphere works well for our analyst and tech teams. I asked a new analyst how she was enjoying the job and she said, “I love it, it’s just like a library.” Yep, I kind of love that too.
From Boston, I went on to London for our quarterly shareholder and board meeting and to spend some time with our partners at Evaluate Limited. This was the first time I’d been to London with my long-time friend and co-founder Bob Kyle. Despite working on three different companies together over the past 17 years and countless individual work trips to London, we’d never gone there together. I think I may have scared Bob with the fact that in all my travels to London I’ve never been to a museum, castle, church, tower, bridge, or anything else remotely cultural. But I wear it as a serious badge of honor that I know the best place for crispy aromatic duck in Chinatown, more than one amazing 1-star Michelin Indian restaurant, the ins-and-outs of the various pubs around my favorite hotel, and that I’ve seen matches at five different football grounds in London. I guess it all comes down to priorities.
Currently I’m on the flight home from London. It’s one of the vagaries of international travel that you almost always end up with a day flight flying to California from Europe. This means 9-10 hours of “productive time” to catch up on all the movies I’ve missed and to stare out the window for hours. One of my favorite parts of these flights is crossing over Greenland. I don’t know why I always find it so mesmerizing – maybe it’s the vastness and the deceptively peaceful appearance. Maybe it’s knowing that watching it glide by from 38,000 feet is as close as I’ll ever get. Or maybe it’s just knowing that if I’m flying over Greenland in the daytime it means that I’m coming home after a long week on the road.