Marco Pracucci

Spreaker Retreat, Spring 2016: Wrap-Up

by Marco Pracucci Comments

The Spreaker “Spring 2016” company retreat has officially come to a close and I want to publicly share the highs, the lows, and everything in between!

For those you don’t know yet, two times per year we gather the whole company together. Spreaker covers all the expenses - flights, accomodations, meals and fun activities. The retreat is a great chance to personally meet new employees, set the pace, share ideas, and chill together.

People is Amazing

The retreat is actually an empty box. People fills this box, and has the chance to make it great bringing their energy, diversity, knowledge and ideas.

During the years, we did our best to build a company culture with a strong identity. At the beginning, it was far from being perfect and we did many mistakes. We learned from our errors and iterated over it many times. The huge effort we put in building the company culture has finally showed some great results, and I’m super proud of the people I’m working with.


Sharing is the Key

One of the key factors of Spreaker is hiring people with an insatiable desire to learn. Thus, we structured this retreat like an intimate conference, where each single person brought a 30-minutes talk. We deliberately choose to not introduce a topic, giving everyone the freedom to share something related to their job.

This Spreaker retreat was like an intimate conference, packed of talented people.

I personally enjoyed every single presentation. The more a talk was far from my daily job, the more interesting it was. Learn some tips on how to write a story, or how the company is seen by new employees, or ideas to help eachother, is not strictly related to my daily job, but opens my mind and starts constructive discussions. Sharing and learning is exactely what I expect from the company retreat.



If you’re curious about the talks, here is the full list:

The Location

We spent our days in a cottage on the hills close to Bologna, Italy. Pictures speak louder than words ;)




Photos by Sandro.

Work Hard, Play Hard

The retreat schedule was pretty tight and packed of stuff to do. It was supposed to spend an afternoon hiking all together on the hills, but we screwed up the schedule and we didn’t have time to do it. However, we had other moments to spend time together, including cooking lunch and dinner, or play some games during the evening. And we had an amazing BBQ too!



The Next Retreat

This was the second official company retreat (the first one was last December in Barcelona). The organization of this retreat was definitely better compared to the first one, yet there’re still some things we wanna improve at the next retreat:

Tired, but happy, I’m back home, full of positive energy and ideas, looking forward for the next retreat!

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Upcoming conferences

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