How to work in an open office

We've discussed the pros and cons of an open office , but many times team members don't have a choice in what type of office in which their company operates. Although open offices have been known to make employees feel like they are part of a more laid-back environment and are definitely trendy in tech startups, they can sometimes be damaging to productivity, especially if you're introverted and need privacy.

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Ready For The Next Chapter

This week, we officially announced that we’ve raised $2 million in a seed round of financing led by Primary Ventures, with participation from RRE Ventures, Triangle Peak Partners and a roster of strategic angel investors. Sounds fancy, we know.

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Does listening to music impact your productivity?

It's become common practice to plug in headphones and listen to music throughout the work day, especially if you're at a desk job working on a computer (and coincidentally, 7 out of 9 members of TheSquareFoot team are plugged in right now.) But, does music have any impact on your productivity positively or negatively? We searched around and the answer is...sort of. Here are the pros and cons of listening to music during your work day.

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10 things you need for your desk (that you might not have thought of)

We already know that your work space can greatly affect your mood, help you concentrate at work , and generally make or break your entire work day. If you're like most people, you have the essentials on your desk: computer, notepad, empty(ish) coffee cup... and that's about it. Here are 10 desk items you might not have thought of that will make your work day just a little bit better.

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The Impact of Office Space on Corporate Culture - from our friends at Integrate

This guest post was written by Allie Danziger of Integrate. Integrate is an award-winning agency that stays true to traditional public relations roots while integrating the limitless strategic potential and power available with direct communication via engaging social media, community partnerships and clever marketing. They thrive on teamwork, strategic coordination of marketing efforts, unifying messages, and harmonizing your brand's voice across multiple communications channels.

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Security Deposit Struggles

Most companies are skeptical about such a large security deposit, but it really boils down to whether or not you have a track record (3 to 5 years) of generating a profit. If so, landlords are more open to negotiation, and security deposits can be lowered to the equivalent of around 6 months rent.

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Connectivity - Los Angeles Office Space of the Week

This week we are featuring Connectivity, a forward-thinking and fast-moving b2b technology startup providing customer intelligence solutions to businesses. Their passionate and inventive team is helping other growing businesses provide the most value and best services to a targeted audience, through allowing these businesses to truly understand users, behaviors, and solutions. Growing quickly, it was time to revamp the office at their Los Angeles location. The Connectivity team partnered with Homepolish and talented designer Allison to redesign the space. They collectively transformed Connectivity’s open industrial space into a warm, casual, and inviting workplace.

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5 Commonly Misinterpreted Leasing Terms

Even as experts in the commercial real estate space, leasing office space is no simple task. There are many complicated processes to undergo and terms to understand along the way to brokering the perfect deal. Below are several commonly misinterpreted and misunderstood terms that are beneficial to know to ensure you are getting the deal you want, and avoiding the hidden fees and agreements often overlooked or masked in the commercial leasing process.

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