That’s It. We’re Calling It. The Healthy Start-Up Office Craze Is Official.

jamie lee curtis Thats It. Were Calling It. The Healthy Start Up Office Craze Is Official.

Not here yet, but getting close.

When GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci threw out his desk chair for a Bosu ball to lose “the founder fifteen,” we had an inkling it was only the beginning. After all, at least some of those early Fitocracy adopters had to be coming from inside the tech scene. Then we found out Michael Galpert–Aviary’s own, personal self-quantifying fiend–was trying to foster (healthy!) competition in the workplace through a shared employee database measuring weight loss down to the pound.

But ff Venture Captial partner David Teten has really gone and done it. He emailed Betabeat to let us know that that ff’s new ergonomically-optimized 5,000 sq. ft. office space on 6th Avenue can basically tell GroupMe’s single Bosu ball can suck it, although not in so many words.

In a blog post that reads not unlike a motivational sermon, Mr. Teten explains that, like any good techie, ff was aiming for disruption, namely of the broken white collar model of sitting at a desk for 8-12 hours and thinking that three gym sessions a week can offset that. (Based on the massive crick in our neck that doesn’t show any signs of healing, we’re with him on that.)

Mr. Teten explains that since they had the luxury of building the space from scratch for ff’s team and portfolio companies like and, they did it with a few maxims in mind. Motion over statis. Standing over sitting. No added costs to living well. And flat surfaces. Did you know, for example, that “up to a third of women suffer permanent problems as a result of their prolonged wearing of heels, ranging from hammer toes and bunions to irreversible damage to leg tendons”? We wish we could forget it!

In any case, here are just some of the amenities ff staffers and its start-ups can expect: “a standing desk with anti-fatigue comfort mat,” conference rooms with ball chairs, hand grippers (for flexing during tense term sheet phone calls), pedometers, wobble boards, and “walking meetings.” Although those are technically outside the office.

Did we say the craze was official? Maybe we meant officially crazy.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Walking meetings is a great idea; running even better.  Better still:  A high quality closed net headset phone for a bike helmet;  this might actually sell.

    BTW, I work up 19 full flights of stairs.  I take those stairs at least 3 times per day.  And not the elevator ever.  But that’s me.  David, call me?

    1. Nitasha Tiku says:

      The bike helmet headset thing sounds very Patrick Bateman.

      1. Anonymous says:

        It’s been too long…why?

      2. Nitasha Tiku says:

        Just because it’s such maximum efficiency, I think he’d be into it. And there would be a pulse monitor, so when he feels homicidal during a meeting, you can watch it rise while his face maintains composure.

      3. Anonymous says:

        Like the boss I had who sold by telephone his whole career and by the time I worked for him, he couldn’t help himself from crossing his fingers whenever he lied.  He would cross them and just wave them around!!!!

  2. Walking meetings, like “David, walk with me,” like West Wing?

  3. “(Based on the massive crick in our neck that doesn’t show any signs of healing, we’re him on that.)”

    I think you accidentally a preposition.