Hi there! My name’s Edward, and you might be seeing a little bit more of my face around this place from now on, as I’m the new host over at Vulcan TV.
I’m immensely proud to bring our current series of Office Tours to you. They offer a unique insight into some of the most visible companies in the world, and we feel really privileged to have been granted often-unparalleled access to the people and workplaces behind the famous names.
You might have recently seen our episode over at the Yahoo! Singapore office, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Hot on its heels will be our visit to the Spotify Asia HQ. Whilst I don’t want to give too much away, I thought I’d just give you a little sneak peek into what we got up to, just to whet your appetite for the episode ahead!
As most of you probably already know, Spotify is an online music streaming service that you can use on a number of different platforms, and they currently boast over 40 million active users in 58 separate markets. It’s also well known for being at the forefront of technological developments and the latest trends, and so with all that in mind we were expecting big things from their new office space in Singapore, which also acts as their Asia HQ. We weren’t disappointed.
Located in a converted shop-house on the scenic banks of Boat Quay, the Spotify Singapore office perfectly matches the cool, fun and funky vibe that the company itself is known for.
There were beanbags. Comfortable beanbags. Lots of comfortable beanbags.
And the number of designated “chill out zones” really leant an aura of calm that belied the frenetic energy and excitement of working at the world’s largest music streaming service of its kind.
And obviously there was music, with employees either taking it in turns to decide which tunes to play throughout the office on the networked sound-system, or alternatively hooking into Spotify on their computers with their personalized headphones.
As Singapore also serves as the HQ for their entire Asian market, the office regularly plays host to visiting employees from other branches around the world. And with the laid back vibe, guests dropping in, and the music posters all over the wall, it almost felt like I was hanging out at a really cool friend’s house (with a much better stocked pantry!)
We were also given the opportunity to speak to Sunita Kaur, Managing Director of Spotify Asia, about the company’s journey in this part of the world so far, as well as some of the fantastic new initiatives that are on the horizon. I’m already wary about giving too much away though, so I guess you’ll just have to watch the full upcoming episode coming soon on Vulcan TV!