You might not know this, but, at least in part, Red Giant Software is a virtual company. While our development and support teams are based out of Portland, OR, many of us live in other cities like New York, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Fort Wayne, Los Angeles, and even that giant city above the United States (I think it’s called Canada).
The entrance of the Red Giant office in Portland, OR. From this picture, you might surmise that we are a green-friendly company. Nothing can be further from the truth. Our gas-powered bicycle jetbacks are just off-camera, being refueled.
Twice a year we meet as a whole company to brainstorm, find solutions to challenges, and share ideas.
Sean Safreed gets tips on growing mutton chops from Joe Kadera.
We each give departmental presentations to talk about things like what we’d like to do in the next few months, ways we’d like to improve on what we have, and some of the new super-secret software goodies we have in the pipeline (hint: think light sabers and fembots).
Andrew Little talks about new markets (like iPhone apps and Sony Playstation), I talk about communities and social media (how to waste time while still getting paid), and Darth Vader gives us a very stern talking to about fire safety.
Stu Maschwitz (@5tu) tweets out that his presentation is going really well, while the rest of the team waits "patiently" for him to get back to it. Up front: Andrew Cheyne and Karen Gautier. In the back: Some guys who wandered in to the meeting and sat down. No one said anything. It was awkward.
The best presenter gets a chance to go on to the final round of "American Presenter." Simon can be pretty brutal, but Paula is always encouraging. Who's the other guy? (pictured: Joe Kadera, Debbie Rich, John Kerr)
We, at Red Giant, are a family. And while getting together for these meetings is serious business, we work hard to keep it fun and positive and to not take ourselves too seriously. We know that, at the end of the day, these meetings are really about you, and our finding ways to best support you through our great products and training. And they are, of course, always a good excuse to eat.
We're smiling, but secretly we're wishing the waiter would put down the camera and start taking our orders. Especially our drink orders.
Thanks for all of your support! We look forward to hearing from you.
Shameless plug: Random Plastic Bullet photo of Nate Sparks, Jeremy Hill, Joe Kadera, and Mandi Vernoy.