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What’s in a name? How Sequoia, Myntra, Unacademy named their conference rooms

How employees refer to their conference room can say a lot about their internal culture and working style.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 17, 2019, 06.08 PM IST
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For many companies, the conference room is a chance to tell employees, customers and all who enter what their brand and organisational culture is really about. (Representative image)
In most companies, a conference room is just a room. Depending on the company you work at, it could be a glass conference room, a wood-panelled room or even an open space designated for collaboration.

But for these companies, it’s not just a room but a chance to tell employees, customers and all who enter what your brand and organisational culture is really about.

From inspiring to whimsical, here’s how some companies went about finding the perfect name for their meeting rooms:

Sequoia Capital - Inspired by Legends
Shailendra Singh, Managing Director at Sequoia Capital, recently announced that they would be renaming their conference rooms at the Singapore headquarters after legendary sportspersons across different sports. “We believe the best founders are like great athletes. They bring to work, tons of tenacity, commitment, teamwork, heart,” he tweeted.

Singh’s tweet was met with a lot of cheer and numerous suggestions for the other conference rooms poured in. Truecaller cofounder Alan Mamedi even chimed in with one of his own.

Unacademy - A touch of ‘Hogwarts’
When ed-tech start-up Unacademy shifted offices in 2016, the four co-founders who are all Harry Potter fans used the opportunity to christen the meeting rooms after the founders of their favourite school.

“I thought we can keep the names as Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. One for each founder to have their meetings. Now the question was which founder will take which room. And then it hit me. The first initials of our four founders are similar to the initials of the four houses of Hogwarts: Gaurav Gryffindor, Sachin Slytherin, Hemesh Hufflepuff, Roman Ravenclaw. And no I did not choose my co-founders depending on their initials :P” quipped CEO and cofounder Gaurav Munjal on a popular question-and-answer platform.


Myntra - Taking a page out of Fashion
When co-founder and former CEO of Myntra, Mukesh Bansal, designed the online retailer’s Bangalore offices (with design studio Designtude), he wanted employees and visitors alike to only think of fashion. To this end, the 36,500 square feet office had a lobby decked with mannequins and racks of clothes, corridors featuring wall murals of fashion capitals and conference rooms named after famous fashion designers like Coco Chanel, Gianni Versace and Ralph Lauren. Each room featured ceiling to floor black-and-white illustrations of the respective designers.

​Inside Myntra's Bengaluru office. ​
Inside Myntra's Bengaluru office.

SpaceX – Reaching For the Stars
Billionaire Elon Musk has long championed space travel so it is fitting that the conference rooms at his SpaceX headquarters pay homage to the people who have made giant strides in the history of celestial exploration like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn. Some conference rooms also honour those who have made ground-breaking discoveries in physics, most notably Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla. Each conference room is said to feature a plaque with a brief description of the innovator’s accomplishments.

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With spaces designed to raise the spirit, NBA India’s office combines a busy yet light environment.Dozens of action posters lining the walls, over 15 unique basketballs (each with their own story) and of course, a larger than life screen to watch the game, the NBA India office in Mumbai is the ultimate workspace for those who love basketball.

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