Have you ever felt like a powernap in a cozy log cabin setting would give you just the boost you needed in the middle of a long, productive workday? Ever wished your office staff would hold meetings inside dimly-lit tents instead of bland conference rooms? I’m sure many of us have daydreamt about enjoying a cold beer straight from the tap at the end of a long workweek … while still in the office.
This is all reality for those who work in the Vancouver offices of HootSuite, which I had the pleasure of visiting during our recent trip to the Pacific Northwest.
HootSuite describes itself as “a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard.” Some of the social networks HootSuite integrates include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and new Google+ Pages, plus social content apps for YouTube, Flickr and Tumblr, among others.
We here at the Revolution and several other MLS clubs use HootSuite for managing the teams' social media postings and monitoring. You can find more info here: https://hootsuite.com/company
The folks at HootSuite were gracious enough to show myself and Jason Dalrymple around their office space this past weekend – special thanks to James, Scott and Sandy for the hospitality – and it is absolutely wild.
There’s a quiet, log-cabin themed room which contains nothing more than a few cots for napping. Adjacent to that space is a yoga room and full fitness facility, open for employees to use as they please. The kitchen – a massive space fully equipped for sustainability – is complete with taps for both beer and wine, open to employees for a late afternoon drink on Fridays.
Oh, then there’s the tents. That was my favorite part. There are tents liberally scattered throughout the office space, just in case you’d rather hold a quick meeting there instead of in a conference room. And it’s not like the conference rooms were too shabby – they were all decorated with elaborately themed murals.
It’s not only employees who enjoy the facilities at HootSuite … it’s their pets, too. Employees are invited to bring their dogs into the office and based on the number of canines (all incredibly well behaved) we encountered on our tour, it would appear as though many take advantage of the opportunity.
Reading about the space won’t do it justice, but hopefully the pictures give you a feel for the atmosphere, which was incredibly relaxed. Obviously the folks at HootSuite feel that the environment is particularly conducive to creative thinking and a productive work ethic, and the rapid growth of the company seems to back up those assumptions.
While our visit to HootSuite was the highlight of our Road Trippin’ adventures, we also had the chance to go for an extensive walk around Coal Harbour on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately we missed the orca whales which swam through the harbor on Friday, but it was still an incredibly scenic walk which perfectly highlighted Vancouver’s contrast of major city with a mountain backdrop.
Probably the coolest part of the harbor walk was the seaplanes constantly landing and taking off from the water. Apparently they’re available for tours so long as you have the foresight to plan ahead. Perhaps if we’re still doing our Road Trippin’ series the next time we’re in Vancouver …
A.J. Soares and U.S. Women's National Team star (and college friend) Alex Morgan rehash their college days in this ussoccer.com video.
Let the stats do the talking. Vote for Bobby for the 2013 MLS All-Star game here.
Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey break down the Revs' 0-0 draw with D.C. United, which ran the Revs' shutout streak to four consecutive games.
Revolution Head Coach and former defender Jay Heaps will be inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 11 of this year.
Heaps, a native of Longmeadow, Mass., earned National Player of the Year honors from the Missouri Athletic Club in 1998 as a member of Duke’s soccer team. A two-time All-America, four-time All-ACC and four-time All-ACC Tournament selection, he helped the Blue Devils to a four-year record of 61-23-1 by totaling 127 career points on 45 goals and 37 assists. Also a four-year member of Duke’s basketball team, Heaps was named second team Academic All-America and was honored as the Scholar Athlete of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1998. He went on to an 11-year playing career in Major League Soccer, garnering the Rookie of the Year citation in 1999 and at the time of his retirement, ranked among the league’s all-time leaders in matches played (3rd; 314), minutes played (3rd; 27,363) and matches started (4th; 299). On November 15, 2011, Heaps was named the head coach of the New England Revolution.
Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey recap the Revs' huge 2-0 win over Toronto FC and the continue hot play of Diego Fagundez.
New England Revolution legend Luis “El Lobo” Fangoso issued this statement in reaction to the news that Gibraltar has been accepted as a full member of UEFA, European soccer's governing body:
“It is with great pride and satisfaction that I congratulate the Gibraltar Football Association on gaining the official status it has long deserved. Though our old rivalries with the likes of Greenland and Shetland provide some of my happiest sporting memories, we are now in the company that we have long deserved to keep. I am glad that this happened while I am still in my prime and have the hunger. I look forward to receiving a call from the GFA for the next national team training camp.”
A star for club and country, Fangoso, 38, is famous for his flowing locks, his ability to play any outfield position and to adapt to all terrain and field conditions. Since his retirement, El Lobo has run his famed football academy – known as the School of Rock – which has been a consistent, if indirect, funnel for soccer talent from South America to the Iberian peninsula. Fangoso also maintains an off-shore tax law consultancy practice.
It's official: Juan Agudelo has scored his first goal as a member of the New England Revolution. MLS has made an official scoring change on the 84th minute goal for the Revolution against the Houston Dynamo last Saturday, and has awared the goal to Agudelo. Here's Juan's reaction via twitter:
— Juan Agudelo (@jagudelo11) May 24, 2013
Watch the goal below:
The Revolution held its second-annual media game on Wednesday, May 22 on the Gillette Stadium field. Members of the local media participated in several small-sided matches against each other, with Revolution players serving as coaches, and Revolution coaches serving as referees. As you can imagine, head coach, er, referee Jay Heaps was pretty heavy-handed with the cards. Rumor has it Jeff Lemieux was red carded for missing an open net!
All in all it was a great time for everyone. Here are some photos from the event, with video to follow soon.
Revolution supporters group The Rebellion have created a limited edition Boston Marathon scarf that you can pre-order here - with all proceeds going directly to the recovery of Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis' father-in-law, John Odom, who was seriously injured in the bombings on April 15.
The Revolution community has been touched personally by the events. As you all know by now, Matt Reis’ father-in-law John Odom was seriously injured during the bombing and is still in serious condition. You can follow his progress as he recovers here at the John Odom Support Page – Boston Marathon Bombing Victim.
John’s family has also created a recovery fund for him where you can see up to date information and donate at John Odom Recovery Fund
As we reach the one month anniversary of this tragic event, the Rebellion has create a special scarf as a remembrance to all those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. 100% of the proceeds of the scarf will be donated to the John Odom Recovery Fund. We will only be selling a limited number of scarves; first come first serve.