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Office Space: Highfive's office is built for video-conferencing

January 13, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Julie Balise / SFGate

When Highfive started designing its Redwood City office, the stakes were, well, high.

The video-conferencing company considers its product to be a tool that fosters workplace efficiency -- meaning an inefficient office would send exactly the wrong message to customers.


"We are creating a product that helps companies create and have better office spaces for themselves, office spaces that work the way that people want," CEO Shan Sinha said. "You don't see cables and wires and connectors and that kind of thing all falling over. And we said, you know what, we want our office space to reflect the type of company that we're trying to create."


Highfive produces an HD camera and microphone device, also called Highfive, for video conferencing. It connects to TVs or monitors to display meetings, and uses Bluetooth to interact with phones or computers. The microphone picks up voices close and far away. The $799 devices are made in China.


The 2�-year-old company had its first home inside the office of General Catalyst, one of its investors. It moved to a Palo Alto space that was an early Facebook office (Highfive hopes to pick up on some of the good fortune the social network has enjoyed, Sinha said).


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