If you’ve seen Silicon Valley you know what the Tech-ocracy look like: random things that make what’s supposed to be a place of productivity appear more like a resort. Startups, on the other hand, are a more distilled version of this image. While being fun & hip & trendy, they must also fall sway to budget constraints. That being said, there are a few staples that are omnipresent in every startup everywhere:
Ping pong table: Because nothing says startup like a ping pong table. It’s a selling point for potential new hires. It’s a way to relieve stress. It’s a way of life, man.
Cold brew: Don’t make your employees pay $4 for a cold brew that is mostly ice anyway. Instead, provide them a keg which they can tap into whenever they please. They’ll love you forever and always even if it’s just because you’re their caffeine dealer.
Dogs allowed: Furry friends, when well behaved, are always a morale boost. You’ll find the overly rambunctious shepherd who zips around as well as the snoring English bulldog.
Standing desks: The fancy electric kind that can raise and lower at will. Given that most people sit for 8-10 hours a day (whoa), standing up can improve your health and performance at work.
Stocked kitchen: Snacks? Snacks. You’ve got to have the ultra-organic-vegan juices in addition to Goldfish galore.
Conference rooms (always full): Is it really a meeting room if there are never meetings in it? Expect to never find an open one when you need it most.
Motivational posters: “Punch today in the face”, “We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”, “Any pizza is a personal pizza as long as you try hard and believe in yourself”
Nap pods: When you really think about it, communal blankets and places to sleep are kind of weird...
Kombucha: You’re not sure what it really is, but you know it’s hip and supposedly healthy. It’ll balance out the three breakfast tacos you crushed at morning meeting.
Beer: Comes in all sizes--cans, bottles, and (ideally) a keg. Not much better than enjoying a cold one after 5pm with some co-workers.