Using the cloud to store, share, and collaborate on data is not only a good option—it’s the safest and most secure one. This is not just the foundation of Logikcull’s powerfully simple software, it’s how we approach work as well.
In true Logikcull fashion, both our software and our engineers are “cloud-based.” Our engineering team has members spread from San Francisco to England! Our remote team includes some of the best engineers, spread around the world, and they don’t need to be physically in the office to make a huge impact on our company and culture.
That being said, it’s a blast when they visit as well. Many of our engineers have been working for Logikcull for years (Grayson Hodnett’s six years is fairly typical) and the team is extremely close. Two months ago we hired our VP of Engineering and invited everyone to San Francisco to spend a week working, bonding, and having fun!
“Some of the most creative ideas occur when you mix things up a little, so I wanted everyone to be able to work with people and on projects that they normally wouldn't get to.”
This was the first opportunity for the engineers to meet Adam Brill, our VP of Engineering, in person. Adam took full advantage of the week and organized a two-day hackathon. “Some of the most creative ideas occur when you mix things up a little, so I wanted everyone to be able to work with people and on projects that they normally wouldn't get to,” Adam said of the hackathon. “I wanted them to have a chance to sit with each other and collaborate in real life. Remote pairing can work really well, but there is something special about being able to actually look over someone’s shoulder and learn about how they program.”
At the kickoff, everyone on the team proposed ideas to work on. These ranged from practical to funny, from updating plugins for elastic search to a Trello board to track bathroom occupancy! The team chose the top three, and split into groups to work on them. (The Trello board idea didn’t make the cut.)
This was a solution that had a real impact on customer happiness and satisfaction.
By the end of the hack days we had a few awesome features to demo. Some were internal to help us work more efficiently, but the highlight was a customer facing feature: background uploads. As a result of this feature customers are now able to navigate away from the tab they are on when uploading data. The data will continue uploading in the background, while the customer continues working on Logikcull or anything else. This was a solution that had a real impact on customer happiness and satisfaction.
We we had a couple of very packed workdays, but we made sure to take time to have some fun as well! Our VP of Finance owns a batting cage and we made it our monthly event. Everyone tried it out and had a blast. One coworker from Britain had never hit a baseball before! It turns out cricket skills are transferable—he knocked it out of the “park.”
While the engineering team is always a strong presence in our office and culture, it’s great when we can all work together for a couple of days, and everyone is looking forward to our next visit!