Josh(ing) Around at the Company Retreat

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No matter how busy business gets, it’s important to be able to take a step back and decompress. Whether you’re an evolving startup or an established company, spending time together outside of the office is a great way to connect with coworkers in all the other facets of life.

As a startup, it is important to not only be concerned with building a great product, but also building the right culture. Team building events, such as an annual or semi-annual company retreat, can help build that culture that is so critical to foster growth. With so much on all of our plates, a weekend getaway to Palm Springs was exactly what the Josh.ai team needed to rejuvenate.

The opportunity to bring everyone together is special for us, especially since the company is split between offices. The last time we were all together was at a very busy and successful CEDIA that didn’t afford us too much downtime. Since then, we’ve been adding to the team while diligently working on Josh Micro. For the newbies, the retreat was the first time meeting the other office members in person.

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Enjoying great food and conversation at the Sparrows Lodge

Before arriving in Palm Springs we joked that the retreat was a ploy by upper management to make us work more. However, with our engineering in Denver and the business office in Los Angeles there’s plenty to discuss when we get the chance. The in-person back and forth is where each side gets organic exposure to the workflows that we’re all aware of, but don’t necessarily tackle on a daily basis.

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CTO Tim leading the charge up the cliffs

Between the group meals, hikes, and pool time it was a treat to unplug and get to know one another on a more personal level. Being a small company, we’re already a tight knit group with our respective office-mates. However, for those of us that mostly interact via video calls or Slack messaging, it was fun to let loose with each other.

After our bonding excursions Friday and Saturday, we culminated the weekend with a fun look towards the future possible directions of Josh.ai, with every member of the team giving a no-holds-barred presentation of what he or she wanted to see Josh do in the coming years.

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Jason giving his presentation on “Phase 2” — which includes more than expert photoshopping

One of the best parts of working at a startup is having your input valued. The Sunday presentations were a platform for each of us to share our vision of where the company can go in the not too distant future. By presenting our topic of choice, we got to talk about what inspires us while gaining insight into the aspirations of one another.

For any company, the time spent together outside of the office strengthens and forms relationships. For us at Josh.ai, it also motivates and aligns us with our lofty goals of building a revolutionary product. Our weekend away from the day-to-day was a welcome change of pace, and now it’s back to work innovating the home control experience!

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Casey is a member of the Josh.ai Business Development team. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Casey graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration. A former collegiate athlete, he enjoys staying active and going on new adventures.

Josh.ai is an artificial intelligence agent for your home. If you’re interested in learning more, visit us at https://josh.ai.

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