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8 Entrepreneurs Share Their Most Innovative Office Designs

Scott Gerber
Scott Gerber

For a team that spends a lot of time working, having a great office space is important. But a traditional office is going to yield traditional results.

To find out how others have avoided this pitfall, we asked 8 founders from YEC what they added to their space to boost innovation and collaboration among their team.

Below are the innovative office designs these bright minds came up with—get ready to be inspired!

1. A "War Room"

We have a "War Room" that is covered floor to ceiling with whiteboards so that people can each have their own space and collaborate together on projects. This allows everyone to work together and more effectively collaborate as a team. – John Rampton, Due

Ping pong conference tableImage via Z Studio NYC

2. Ping Pong Tables (Instead of Conference Tables)

Any way you cut it, meetings are traditionally stuffy. Cram into a room, melt into a chair and resist the urge to zone out. So we decided to test replacing two of our conference tables with ping pong tables. The results have been amazing: meetings in these rooms have higher energy, boosted creativity and much happier team members. – Joel Holland, VideoBlocks

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3. Treadmill Desks

My secret is a treadmill desk. It’s about 6 feet high and 6 inches wide and has hydraulics and swiveling arms for monitors. It boosts my productivity and ability to innovate, and by the end of a workday, I’m ready for a rest. For lunches and other work breaks, I notice that I actually want to sit down -- which is a refreshing break from the status quo. – Brian David Crane, Caller Smart Inc.

4. Beds and Sheds

We have an open workspace and we love it, but we also know that sometimes people need to work in solitude in order to focus. Instead of the traditional cubicles, we bought outdoor sheds, decorated them and have them in the middle of our office. Opposite the sheds are two daybeds that are perfect for meeting or napping when it's needed. – Kelsey Meyer, Influence & Co.

5. Shared Office Space

Our office is made up of multiple startup companies that are well-established. It is great to walk over to the next table and ask another CEO how they overcame certain obstacles. We also have speakers with backgrounds in entrepreneurship come in about twice a month and speak to the entire office. – Jayna Cooke, EVENTup

Related Article: Feng Shui & Fuzzy Feelings: Creating Company Culture Through Office Design

Whiteboard wallsImage via IdeaPaint

6. Whiteboard Walls

Traditionally, walls are used to separate people. But at BeenVerified, we use walls to bring people together. In meetings, it’s common for ideas, diagrams and sketches to be drawn on walls. We want our entire team to bring fresh ideas to the table -- or in this case, bring them to the walls. – Ross Cohen, BeenVerified

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7. Integrated Offices

We have no "golden corridor," we don’t silo the office space by the C-Suite, nor do we sort by department/title. We have offices with two-four team members per room. The layout is fully integrated so that departments (engineers, sales admins, and executives) are on par with one another. The offices are integrated and we are seeing this seating format drive innovation, communication and transparency within our team. – Zoe Barry, ZappRx

8. Communal Living/Working Spaces

Our developers live and work in the same building. It helps us to give them more flexibility, reduce commute and other wasted time, and stay closer together as a team. In the future we plan to offer flexible living between our offices with similar arrangements to our current development office, given its success and reception so far by the team. – Alec Bowers, Abraxas Biosystems



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Scott Gerber
Scott Gerber Member
Scott Gerber is the founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Gerber is also a serial entrepreneur, regular TV commentator and author of the book Never Get a “Real” Job.