This year was bonkers and traumatic and challenging and interesting on so many levels that it feels a bit overwhelming to summarize — but year-in-review posts are a tradition (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), so here we go, in little tidbits, without any expectation of completeness.
On December 4th our company turned five years old — wow, how time flies! Over these years we went from four people to thirty, from one client to dozens, from zero revenue to millions. Pretty incredible, looking back at the whole timeframe.
The following points came up in an internal discussion we had about the role of our office and I found them to be worth sharing. They have been lightly edited. We haven’t made any decisions yet, but I imagine other companies are having similar discussions.
“Write, plan, collaborate, and get organized. Notion is all you need — in one tool.”
This post contains my observations on Notion, the no-code champion that’s eating up the productivity tool space. If you don’t know what Notion is or haven’t used it before, then this post is probably not for you. I should mention that as a company at diesdas.digital, we love Notion and have been using it so extensively that it has made most other tools we previously used redundant — it’s become our operating system and I don’t know how we would run the company without it…
A little more than half a year ago we decided to become a more remote-friendly company. Little did we know how important that decision would become only a few months later: in early March we had to close our office due to the corona virus pandemic, practicing social distancing, all 24 employees working from home.
That’s a big change, but we had practiced remote work and home office for months, we had the tools in place and we knew that our work would continue. …
2019 is almost over and what a whirl it’s been … I managed to cross all things off my to do list before Christmas, except one: the year-in-review post, which is a bit of a tradition (2016, 2017, 2018). So without further ado let’s take a look at 19 things that happened with diesdas.digital in our fourth year in business.
This is the only team photo we took this year—with our wide angle meeting room camera, which is why everyone looks a little squished. …
As a company we have pledged to leave the world better than we found it and we’ve already taken many steps to improve our ecological footprint:
When we founded our company in 2016 we all happened to be in Berlin and to this day most of our 26 employees come to the office each day. While people are free to work from home, we’re still very much an on-site company.
That is about to change because a few weeks ago Sev, one of our most experienced developers, announced he was moving back to his home country for personal reasons and therefore he had to reluctantly quit his job with us. Our immediate reaction was: Absolutely not, we’re not letting you go this easily. …
As some of you might now, we’ve been running a book club since August 2017. It was never focused on a particular genre, but rather about gaining a better understanding of the world around us, listening to other experiences and opening yourself up to new thoughts. Sometimes we read fiction, sometimes popular science. We have a core group of participants who always attend and, more times than not, new faces show up as well. It has stayed small, but we’ve enjoyed every single meeting.
At the same time we feel a few changes are overdue.
Most of us have been there: You’re still studying or just finished uni and the first real job is looming, usually starting with an internship. You’ve done your research, the company is nice, the people are friendly, everything seems good … but then, towards the end of the interview, you ask about pay and they respond:
“Please take into account that you’ll be learning a lot here and that it’s really an investment into your career. Also we usually make people an offer afterwards, …”
Then they drop the number and it’s 400€ per month. Or 200€. Even unpaid internships…
Surprise, we’re back! The last party was supposed to be a farewell, but you know what, screw that! 🎉
Save the date on August 2nd at 7pm, as you are all invited again for a casual evening of chats, drinks and laughs. No matter if you’re a former colleague, friend of a friend, client or follower on social media: our doors are open from 7pm and everyone is welcome, even if you don’t know anyone yet!
As always, drinks are on us, available in large quantities, without and also with alcohol. Please note though: We want this to be a…