The Founders’ Room at Panic Software
The New York Magazine writer who claimed this week that Twitter’s founders are “living in the last dreamworld on Earth” needs to pay a visit to Panic Software’s astounding new offices in Portland. I had the privilege of working there a few days last week, and the place is absolutely breathtaking—a sort of retro-geek Disneyland constructed with such whimsy and attention to detail that it makes simple dot-com amenities like arcade games and snack food look quaint. My absolute favorite feature is what they call the “Founders’ Room”—a small nook that, in sharp contrast to the rest of the modern space, has been transformed into an ironic, wood-paneled study, the kind of place to which the old boys network might retire for cigars and brandy (it even has a hidden bar). It’s inspiring for me to see a small Mac company that has achieved what Panic has, and fascinating to see just how much Cabel and Steven’s awesomeness and sense of humor infuses everything Panic does.