Ian Lurie Mar 1 2017
Moving. I tried to come up with an analogy for something that incites misery, throws out your back and reduces you to a gibbering lunatic while forcing you to blog using your phone as a mobile hotspot.
But, after much suffering, Portent has moved two blocks south of our old location. Our new address is:
307 3rd Ave South, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104
We’re in the Mottman Building, directly upstairs from Salumi. If you’re from Seattle, you know Salumi and know I’ll probably be gaining a lot of weight over the next few years. Anyplace that says they offer “artisanal Italian meats in sandwiches and by the pound” spells trouble.
We moved for three reasons:
- We had a mind-blowing view from Smith Tower, but the office used a long, curving racetrack layout. I didn’t see some folks for days. I couldn’t even bellow to everyone
- I wanted us in a space that promotes chatter and collaboration. We’re a bunch of instant message nerds. The new office mitigates that, rather than promoting it
- We paid a lot of money for the view. Our new space cuts our rent in half. Seriously. In. Half. I agonized about this move until I realized I’d have a nice chunk of cash to invest back in the team
Show Us the Office!
OK! OK! Some photos:
Note the nifty hardwood floors and exposed beams:
Also note the “classic character” of the office, which includes sloping hardwoods. The building warped a bit in the 1965 earthquake. No damage in the Nisqually Quake, though. Maybe 1965 shook out the problems. Hopefully.
I have always wanted a fishbowl conference room. I don’t know why. But now I have one, and I rejoice:
My office, which no longer looks out upon Puget Sound. I will miss that view. A lot. But King Street Station is a pretty cool piece of architecture. And the Capitol Hill streetcar goes by occasionally, dinging its adorable little bell:
The Dalek and TARDIS have landed:
And there’s a random valve in the middle of the office. Turns out it does nothing. Sniff:
Not photographed, because I suck at photography:
- The new workstations. Portent-ites will have about 2x the old space
- The other conference room
- The neighboring building. The roof completely collapsed. They’re tearing it down soon to build something new
What Did You Name the Conference Rooms?
I’m glad you asked that question!!!! The big one is Actual. The small one is Pegasus. The Pegasus was bigger, but Actual flew the better Battlestar.
If that means nothing, just move along slowly. Nothing to see here.
See You Here
Hope to see you soon. You can look around. Then we can go downstairs for some artisanal Italian meats.
Off to unpack more boxes…
CEO & Founder
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More