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Office Insider: ResearchGate – a company culture to put Google to shame Written by Charmaine Li on 10. September 2012

An ambitious lot

Spanning three floors in the heart of Mitte in Berlin, ResearchGate is stocked with employee-friendly goods to make this “Facebook for scientists” HQ the envy of everyday office workers. With all the bells and whistles of a “work, rest and play” environment, the team of 80 get a free daily feed (with personally selected meals), a recently acquired floor solely dedicated to eating and playing games on your lunch break – with showers for those who took their match (or two) of ping pong a little too seriously, and an upcoming sleeping room – one for the gents, one for the ladies – to recharge those overworked batteries should the need for a nap arise.

Co-founder and CEO Ijad Madisch took VentureVillage on tour of ResearchGate’s headquaters where I sung in a round of Guitar Hero (and maybe nibbled on a deliciously prepared lemon chicken meal, just to test it all out for quality control of course…)

Where: The back-house of Invalidenstrasse 115, Mitte (but a friend of friend told me that you can get lost up their first, old office floor in a separate building at the front…)
Who: Chilled 20-35 year olds donning coloured tees and jeans. Corporate types appear forbidden.
Mission: To revolutionise the way scientists and researchers collaborate and connect on a global scale
What they’re drinking: Club Mate, of course
On today’s menu: Tortellini filled with spinach, lemon chicken with rice and mixed salad, and soup with smoked pork, pickled cucumber and potatoes. Yum.
On desks: Giant gummy bear figures
Wish: Those giant gummy bear figures were actual giant gummy bears
Listen out for: Sounds of out-of-sync 80’s rock from the games floor’s Guitar Hero
General colour scheme: Apple green and white
What’s missing: Well, they can eat, sleep and work there really. A gym? Spa? Heated indoor pool?

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