I have a friend working at HomeAway, one of the more well-known startups in Austin, and he was gracious enough to give me a tour of the HQ a few days ago. Their building is in a great location, across from the Whole Foods HQ and a few blocks away from the heart of downtown, and it’s filled with quirky, vacation-themed decorations and nice employee amenities.
I was pretty impressed with some of the stuff he told me about the company. When I asked him if he’d ever return to a big company, having worked at IBM before, he said something along the lines of “not a chance.”
Here is one of those quirky decorations I mentioned: an automated snow globe shaker.