Working in a noisy and crowded office can be really distracting and annoying; thereby hampering your productivity. With a userbase of over 100 mn, India’s only homegrown messaging app, Hike, certainly cannot afford to have disturbed and unproductive employees. Its previous office – located in Signature Tower Gurgaon – was about 10,000 Sqft spreading across two floors. But it was not enough. Kavin Bharti Mittal – the 27-year-old founder and CEO of Hike – could sense the lack of space affecting his employees. He, therefore, decided to build a new headquarters for Hike; and this time it’s spread over a gross leasable area of 59,584 sqft, with a carpet area of over 35,000 square feet.
Entering the Worldmark 1 building in Aerocity, New Delhi – where the Hike HQ is located – was like entering a fortress. Upon entering the building, which is still under construction, the security guards; apart from asking me the usual question, asked for my identity card. Taking pictures of the building was also prohibited; however, I managed to click a few. I took the elevator to the fourth floor and arrived at the welcoming reception of Hike’s new HQ.
On entering my details in the tablet at the reception desk, my Envoy Passport was automatically generated and mailed to me. Envoy is a San Francisco-based startup that offers iPad-based sign-in software that helps in registration and checking-in process for office visitors. Before the novelty of the situation could sink in, I was guided into the swanky new office, where a host of other novelties were awaiting my senses.