Weekly Wrap Up - Other Side of the Tracks

17 Jan 2017
Weekly Wrap Up - Other Side of the Tracks

For many, a new year brings new beginnings and experiences, and we’re living up those experiences in a new temporary office space.

Oh yeah, we probably didn’t mention this back in December, but our main HQ experienced a partial floor and thus ceiling collapse—where thankfully no one was hurt and many lost Nerf darts were discovered—which lead us to look for a new home on the other side of the train tracks. Literally.

If you cross the train tracks from Walnut Street over to Pearl East Circle, you’ll find us at our new temporary Sphero HQ, and we’re settling in nicely to our current digs. While the building may be lacking some identifiable Sphero branding, we’d like to think we’re operating incognito with fiberoptic cables descending down from the ceiling to each desk, looking like something out of The Matrix, to keep us plugged in and working hard for the coming big year.

If you’re wanting to drop by and say hello, hit up our buddy Clayton to be first in line for a tour when HQ reopens. Our new floor will be happy to meet your acquaintance.

If you can’t wait that long, cross the train tracks to find us at new HQ somewhere between a tree and a Marriott. And while you’re at it, would you also mind picking up a few Spheroites who still haven’t found their way? We’re slightly worried about Tom.

A Day In The Life: Leslie Ainza

Weekly Wrap Up - Other Side of the Tracks

Q. Hello, nice to see you. Mind telling us your name and title here?

A. Leslie Ainza, Event Manager.

Q. Hi, Leslie. What do you do at Sphero?

A. I plan, organize, and manage all of the events Sphero participates in around the world with the help of my trusted side-kick Jan (Event and Marketing Coordinator).

Q. The dynamic duo. What advice can you impart for others looking to get into event management?

A. Don’t, unless you are crazy and I by that I mean the good crazy who loves to organize and plan, and then organize some more. We are a rare breed… but if you love that stuff you are born for this job.

Q. Are you able to share with us what’s on deck or is that under wraps?

A. Hmm, a bit of both I guess.  I am currently juggling two big events. First up is Bett in London, our biggest EDU show across the pond. Here we will showcase SPRK+ to teachers and the education community in the UK. Right after that we have New York Toy Fair where we'll show all of our super top secret 2017 product line to buyers from all over the US.

Q. Besides getting us to some cool shows, what do you love most about working at Sphero?

A. I LOVE THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH! It sounds cliche, but really these people have become some of my best friends. It’s awesome to get to work alongside them. The traveling also has its perks, this job has taken me to so many new places.

Q. I’ll say. Which of our bots is your favorite?

A. SPRK+. There is nothing like being at an EDU show with children and seeing them learn and smile. Seeing that spark light within them to learn more about coding and programing makes it all worth it.

Q. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

A. When I actually get to be home and I am not traveling to an event, I am a bit of a homebody.  I like to binge watch shows on my big comfy couch, go on walks with my puppy Blue, cook, read, hang out with my boyfriend. You know, the usual.

Q. Pretty good usual, if you ask me. What do you love most about living in Colorado?

A. Being from California, Colorado is totally different but in the best way possible. I love that living here has gotten me out of my comfort zone and into exploring the outdoors. Who knows… I might even camp for the first time this summer.

Q. I’d highly recommend it. Any places you recommend we check out?

A. Any places that sells TACOS I am usually there! My favorite is Comida at The Source. Their tacos are next level, and don't  even get me started on the guac.

Q. Guac? Say no more. Ok, last question: What interesting tidbit can you share about yourself?

A. I used to work in the fashion industry and never thought I'd leave. Ive since traded the labels for robots and have never looked back. Needless to say, you never know where the world will take you. Oh, and I also listen to way too much rap music.

ICYMI Top 5

  1. Battle-Worn.
  2. Droids in a row.
  3. No sink, just swim.
  4. Art deco.
  5. Morning commute.
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