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Saturday September 20, 2014

NY Convergence ORIGINAL

A VC Firm That’s Pumping Up Startups…and Muscles?

ff Venture Capital intern Franklin Bi seated...on a ball (Credit: ff Venture Capital)

NY Convergence recently received some correspondence about ff Venture Capital, a NY-based VC firm that invests in tech startups, such as Klout.  What we found interesting, however, was the VC firm’s office itself.  Unlike other VC firms in the city (or for that matter, most offices period), the firm prides itself on promoting a “fitness-friendly” office.  This includes meeting rooms that have gym bouncy balls instead of chairs (see photo to the right), electronic, adjustable desks that allow users to work while standing, and a main conference room that includes a wine rack, for dinners, board meetings and such (don’t they say that a glass of wine a day is good for you?).

The office also sublets its space to some of the startups that they fund, including the company Parse.ly, a startups that specializes in a personalization API for web publishers. Since setting up shop, the startup has also taken to working while standing.

We can only assume that startup founders who’d sooner go to Dos Toros than to Equiniox might want to avoid subletting here in the near future.

David Teten’s blog