This is the door to my office. Well, it used to be. We moved office today. The move was necessitated by our rapid expansion. When I first started out in 1999, there were 4 of us. The new office has 6 meeting rooms of various sizes and capacity for 65.
I’m actually very excited about out new office. It’s in the same building but we’ve moved from the 6th floor with now view whatsoever, to the top (28th) floor with stunning views of the Huangpu River and the Bund. If you’ve ever been to M1NT club, our building is right next to M1NT, so the view is identical.
The down side is that for the first time in over 10 years, I don’t have an office. It’s part of the growing trend for open plan offices. It’s not a big deal. In some ways it’s going to be nice to be sitting with everyone else, but I will miss my own door with my name on it.
I was thinking how ironic it is that this kind of office design is very common in western companies (at our London office, the MD sits at a desk like everyone else), while in Chinese companies, I don’t think it would ever happen – the big boss sitting at a desk with his staff. And yet isn’t it China that’s the communist country where people are supposed to be equal, not the western countries.
Anyway, at least now I can say to my staff, come talk to me any time, my door is always open for you!