Will Powley's dad set a standard for cool offices. "My pops was an executive at a big record label in Manhattan, and when I would visit him, it was like going to a carnival," Powley says. It's an atmosphere he has tried to re-create at his multimedia design firm, Mad*Pow (No. 483 on the Inc. 500). At the end of a long day, Powley's two dozen employees can open a cold beer and listen to streaming radio filtered through the office.
"It's kind of like my stress ball -- I am always bouncing it around, spinning it, throwing it against the wall. In meetings, it's a proverbial conch shell; if you're holding it, you get to talk."
"We cover all our creative spaces with this. It's cheap compared to whiteboards and pretty much permanent until peeled off the wall."
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"In 60 seconds, a warm beer is ice cold. Nothing beats this, especially when you just won a new client and need a couple beers to celebrate."
"We often move these speakers around the office. We listen to KEXP streaming radio out of Seattle, a great not-for-profit radio station. We love it, donate to it, and can't keep going unless it's cranked all day long."
"I'd love this touchscreen remote control, which can run everything in your house, including your lights and security system. It's like having your whole house wired to a computer."