We caught up with Jacob Gordon, Director of SoccerPDP, one of our first tenants at CodeBase Stirling.
This week we caught up with Inga Rudzitis, Operations Manager at Float. Float have been a stalwart part of the tech scene in Edinburgh, and have been a key player since the early days. They've tackled a problem close to the heart of every company whether they're starting out or scaleing up: cashflow. They also are fans of rubber ducks.
In the CodeBase office, we're geeks for great stories about building tech businesses. We've each got our own selection of podcasts, blogs, and mailing lists that receive to our various inboxes on a daily basis. We've spent years curating information that we share with our team and with our tenants, but why should we get all the good stuff?
We sat down with one of CodeBase's Hotdeskers, Johnny Mitchell, for a chat about his company Caspian Psychology and basing himself from CodeBase Stirling the past couple months.
What's the nature of your business?
We develop digital and non-digital interactive games for organisations based on clear leraning objectives. These games help organisations achieve their learning objectives through the principles of gamification.
What are your plans for growth?
Currently we have developed three interactive team games that are facilitated by our partners. In the near future we plan to develop short stand-alone apps and games that require no facilitation and can be played in the employees’ own time, but still linked to clear learning objectives.
Why did you choose CodeBase?
I tried out hotdesking and found that I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff. The location is also excellent, the coffee is good and there is table-tennis!
How has being based here helped you?
It’s been great for meeting a range of people that are working in different, but related industries. I think these contacts will be useful to me in the future. The staff at Codebase have also shared their contacts and knowledge with me which will help me as I grow the business.
Left to right : Craig Bunyan, Chris Doughty, Terance Grippon
Tell us more about Seymour Powell and the work you do.
We are an innovation company specialising in 3-dimensional product design; transportation; digital experience; ethnography, trend analysis and research; brand creation and structural packaging. We were founded in 1984 by Dick Powell and Richard Seymour. Since then we’ve been helping make things better for people and businesses by observing, understanding and innovating across a huge range of products and experiences. Some of our milestone projects include: The first Cordless Kettle (Tefal-Calor); the first pocket sized mobile phone (Nokia); the first commercial Space ship interior (Virgin Galactic); the first modular and ethically produced mobile phone (Fairphone).
Your HQ is in London - does the work you do in Stirling differ from that in London?
We like to talk about SP as a collection of experts, we are proud of the fluidity and flexibility of the people who work for us. This ethos of flexibility means that every project involves the people best suited to delivering the best results. Subsequently, our team in Scotland work seamlessly across the projects which are being tackled by the company, in the same way that people in London work on projects won and managed from the Scottish office. Having said that, the main expertise sitting within our Scottish team is related to Digital experience design, as such, we tend to pursue, win and execute work in that area from this office.
What attracted you to CodeBase Stirling?
For the past two years we have been based out of a rural setting to the west of Stirling. Whilst that space had tremendous aesthetic and lifestyle appeal, we found that the isolation from other creative agencies as well as the transport logistics was detrimental to our team’s development. CodeBase offers our team the opportunity to be embedded in a vibrant community of like-minded people.
Tell us about the advantages of working here?
Ready access to good coffee! That, and having ready access to talented and motivated, freelancers. We will have possible partner companies literally on our doorstep, and we’ll be supported by the fantastic staff from the CodeBase team, working to promote everything which goes on within the facility.
Questions : Barry McDonald, CodeBase STL - Events and Community, @TPMBarry
Answers : Craig Bunyan - Seymour Powell Ltd,
SeymourPowell are currently on the hunt for a Digital Experience Specialist to join their Stirling team.
Last week our partners at PwC joined us at CodeBase to answer some tenant questions around cyber security and what those starting out and scaling up need to think about (and when). Cyber attacks are becoming mainstream, regularly making front page news - you can even now buy botnets to instigate DDoS attacks. Colin Slater and Ross Foley at PwC painted a picture of train services, motorway gantries, automated systems for shipping being changed or disabled, with potentially chaotic results.