Why We Exploded Hardware and Put it on Our Walls

An inspiring place to work is more important than you think

Space is important. One of my favorite things about startup culture is that tech companies understand the power of space. Everything from the office layout, the number of private rooms, the color temperature of the light, and the kinds of materials used affects employee happiness and performance. Most startups go to great lengths to build office spaces that incorporate many of these psychological factors. Some well-known startups spend millions of dollars furnishing hip office spaces that allow them to attract the best employees in the world. When we built the Bolt space in Downtown Boston, we decided to prioritize spending on employees and equipment rather than space, so we had to watch every penny when it came to making a great place to work. We came up with a neat way to pretty-up our space without breaking the bank.

The back wall of our large conference room. Decked out with exploded versions of Dyson Air Multiplier, Apple MacBook Pro, OLPC XO-1, Apple iPad 1, Sony Flip Clock, and 3COM Palm V.
  • Braun 5567U Razor (original Dieter Rams version)
  • Microsoft ArcTouch Mouse
  • Microsoft XBox Controller
  • 3COM Palm V
  • Dyson Air Multiplier
  • GoPro Hero2
  • iRobot Roomba 780
  • OLPC XO-1
  • Apple iMac (“lamp” version from 2002)
  • Apple iPad 1
  • Apple MacBook Pro (unibody, late 2009)
  • Sony Flip Clock
Closeup of Dyson Air Multiplier
One of my favorite mechanical linkages in a consumer product, the 2002 “lamp” iMac display arm

President and COO at Ten Percent Happier. Previously founded @BoltVC, EIR @EclipseVentures.

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