Spook Olympics Event 2: Table Tennis!


Round 2 of Spook Olympics came upon us last Friday folks! Another event smashed. This time we competed against each other to be crowned champion of Table Tennis. Absolutely none of us had played table tennis before. Well, not serious table tennis. Some of us had a bash at it years ago, but not on a competitive scale like this! With the weather on our side (bar the odd gust of wind that sent the ping pong ball flying) we raced to the beach, shortly after searching ‘olympic table tennis’ on youtube for some sly tips. The professionals made it look easy, so we started off pretty cocky and it all went downhill from there…








We each broke off into leagues, A,B and C and played against each other, first to 21. The 2 winners from the groups stayed on for semi-finals as did the 2 losers with the best points, and the winners from those two matches stayed on for finals. Phew! I’m not sure it made sense to us never mind anyone reading.

Last week’s champion Dave ended up bottom of the league, what a shocker. We had such high hopes, clearly the wind threw him off course a bit ;)

It ended up Spook founders Laurence and Carlos up against each other in the finals, and it was such a close game! Check out the level of concentration below… brilliant.


Big congrats to Laurence for winning the event. Yay! And commiseration’s to Carlos coming second with only a few point between them. He shed a few tears but soon calmed down after a beer ;)

Table Tennis Results:

Gold – Laurence

Silver – Carlos

Bronze – Waikit

(followed by Tiago, Me (fiona) and Dave. High five guys, we’re all winners really)

Next week Crazy Golf! (Weather permitting!)



A three-part series every founder should read


Just discovered this three-part series of posts written by Zach Holman (an engineer at GitHub) – old posts but still relevant in startup cultures today.

  • Hours are bullshit “You can’t throw more time at a problem and expect it to get solved. Code is a creative endeavour  You need to be in the right mindset to create high-quality code.”
  • Be Asynchronous “Meetings are fucking toxic. They pull you from doing actual work in order to talk about doing work”
  • Creativity is important “We want to foster a creative environment. We love it when employees hack on side projects. It gets people excited. Excitement is contagious, and spreads easily from one project to another.”

Spook Olympics Event 1: Remote control car time trials


Secret’s out everyone, the team behind the Happy Startup School, Spook Studio, are doing their very own Olympics… a series of epicly fun events crowning one lucky spookster Gold champion!

Last week we had our opening ceremony – Remote control car time trials (on a very hot, sunny seafront!)

Carlos drew up a course to drive, we assembled the cones,  dressed up the little toy car in her finest clothes and even had a few spectators along the way.


In true remote control car fashion, the aim of the game was to weave in and out of all the orange cones, reverse drop all the bottles, parallel park in a box and zoom ahead to the finishing line in the fastest time you can. Best of three.

And results were as follows, congrats to Mr.T in first place!

Gold – Dave  (0:35 seconds)

Silver – Tiago (0:41 seconds)

Bronze – Waikit (0:45 seconds)

and runners up were Carlos completing the course in exactly 1 minute, Laurence in 1:32 and last came me in 2 minutes 38. (It was a lot harder than it looked okay)

Women drivers eh?

Next week: Table tennis!



Is this the coolest office you’ve ever seen?

We’ve just invested in a remote control car for races at Spook Towers. Next step, this.


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images: Influx


Ditch the conventional head shots of employees…

… and make everybody in your company their own custom made bobble head. That’s exactly what the whacky Buddy Media have gone for. For every new employee on board, they get their own bobble head that looks just like them for their desks.




It sure makes a nice work of art in the corridor besides conventional suited and booted portraits… even if it’s a tad scary.

images via businessinsider.com


The new startup culture fad

Ok, probably not a new fad, but after our internet travels we’ve seen a trend appearing.

We’re just not sure whether it beats having a dog running around the office.. Food or dog? Food. or. dog. Hmm…




Snack dispensers at Yext, LinkedIn & Google (images from BusinessInsider)


Chocolate bars at Vimeo


Vimeo’s New York offices come equipped with a kitchen load of chocolate to pull workers through the 4 o’clock slump. Amazing.

Can we have one now please?

(image c/o BusinessInsider)