In September 2016, we officially opened a new office on ground floor of Garden Court 2, Phu My Hung, District 7, HCMC. This was also our second office expansion, and along with the increase in number of employees, it reflects the development of Silicon Straits during more than 3 years. Let’s look back our office through the years.
The very first office
In February 2013, TGM Tech (the precursor of Silicon Straits) was based in third floor of Mirae Business Center, 268 To Hien Thanh, District 10, HCMC. This one was also the office of other familiar startups such as TGM Corporation, 2359 Media Vietnam, and Grab Vietnam.
Moving to District 7
In July 2013, we moved to District 7, and since then, have lived and worked in peace and contentment here. We rented two levels (ground and first floors). The total office space was 293 sqm.
Stage 1: The original space
In the beginning, first floor was used as working place and downstairs was used as a meeting room and English class. We had 30 people in our team then.
Stage 2: Renovating ground floor
The ground floor was renovated into Chocolate Lounge, later renamed to Air Lounge.
Stage 3: The first office expansion
In mid 2014, the number of pirates went up to 40. As we were growing rapidly and new members were joining our company, we needed more space. Hence, we decided to hire the space next door on the same first floor and doubled our office space from 293 sqm to 567 sqm.
In October 2014, our new expansion office was officially put into operation. You can see its original design in the photos below.
Thanks to SpaceWalker’s (our design squad) great concepts, Guardian Angels’ support, and others’ creative ideas, our office became more beautiful, more organized, and more optimized for productive works.
Stage 4: Renovating our old office space
In May 2015, we started to renovate the old office with the highlight on 3 mini-meeting room and more space for pirates to work and relax.
Stage 5: The second office expansion
In September 2016, our team grows rapidly to 90 people. We leased another office space on the ground floor, increasing our total area from 567 sqm to 757 sqm.
Our office has not been built just during the construction time. It is built via the contribution of every Silicon Straits’ members day by day throughout 3 years. Each corners reflects exactly who we are, where we are from, what we believe, and how we grow. We might change and so might our office, but these pictures are our mementos of the days we have grown together as a family.
Speacial thanks to:
- Hai An, Kent Nguyen, Chi Cao, Bao Thinh, Tat Trung, and Chu Kiet… for capturing these memorable moments.
- Minh Tuan and Giap Hong for helping me make this blog post better.
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