Our New Year's resolutions (2018 edition)
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Editor's Note --- This post was originally published in April 2014 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.Continue Reading
Here at Red Nova Labs, we’re lucky to enjoy a modern, collaborative workspace. In fact, we recently made the list of Kansas City’s Coolest Office Spaces.Continue Reading
Long story short, we’re kind of a big deal.Continue Reading
It’s been a rough year for America. Most of us are glad 2016 is over. But let’s not focus too much on the bad and forget all the great things that happened over the last year. Our employees accomplished a lot over the last year, both inside and outside of the office. Check out some of the cool stuff we did in 2016!Continue Reading
We’ve already heard from most of Red Nova Labs’ veteran employees, like Chris Klein, Katelyn Wyss, Eric Hankins, Tim Banks, and Ashley Burgener, so this month we’ll be shining the spotlight on Matt Friederich.Continue Reading
Fall is here, which means it’s time for the return of pumpkin flavored everything, football and crockpot deliciousness. The end of summer also means our summer interns have left Rainbow Boulevard and returned to school.Continue Reading
I wasn’t nervous at all to interview RNL’s Sr. Software Engineer, Tim Banks. There’s something about Tim that makes you immediately feel comfortable talking to him. Maybe it’s his crazy curly hair, the way he talks lightning fast or how candid he is with everyone around him. More likely, it’s the fact that he is hands down one of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet.Continue Reading
I had a hunch that Alex Downey, our support engineer, would be fun to interview - and I was right. Even though I haven’t worked with Alex very much, I have gotten to share several hilarious morning coffee shop discussions with her and I was lucky enough to work in her Hackathon group last month. After checking out her team bio, I was curious to get to know her better and to get some dirt on what it’s like to work in the sales pit.Continue Reading
This article originally appeared on the storEDGE blog.
When I was 24 I found out I had been wrapping my headphone wires wrong my whole life.
Okay, maybe you think there really isn't a "wrong" way to wrap headphone wires. But there is a way that can save you time.Continue Reading
There are interns among us. You may have worked with them during Hackathon 2.1, or maybe you’re the one who taught them the house rules of ping pong. Maybe you've sat next to them while waiting for your morning doubleshot at The Grind. If you haven’t met our summer interns yet, you’re seriously missing out!Continue Reading
If you’ve ever worked at or been to RNL, it’s extremely likely that Chris Klein has introduced himself to you. He just celebrated his sixth anniversary at Red Nova Labs, making him our most senior employee. But, honestly, that’s probably not what you know him for.Continue Reading
There aren’t many projects at RNL that lead me to regularly cross direct paths with Beth Donnelly, our product manager. But I sure know who she is. Ever since her first day on the job, she’s tackled any and every project thrown at her efficiently and effectively.Continue Reading
Adam England, our director of engineering, is someone I don’t get to spend much time with here at the office. I’ve bumped into him a few times at our coffee shop and exchanged some casual conversation, which is always grand.Continue Reading
Who on earth could follow the act provided by Dan’s employee spotlight last month? That’s what I wondered as I started thinking about this month’s spotlight. Thankfully, the random number generator chose someone who could give Dan a run for his money: Ashley Burgener.Continue Reading
While I’m honestly excited for every employee spotlight interview, there are those few people out there in the office whose personalities I know will make for a killer post, even if I don’t ask them many questions. Perhaps the biggest of those personalities is none other than our fearless leader Dan Miller.Continue Reading
I knew Kalyani Haridasyam, our quality assurance engineer, would be a blast to interview. She may be small and seem quiet, but she packs a ton of personality. A quick read of her team bio shows off her spunk: she claims to be a developer’s worst nightmare, hopes to smash a guitar after a killer rock performance someday, and boasts that she’s feisty and proud of it.Continue Reading
Every now and then, my random number generator chooses an employee I know very little about. Since Paul Gill is a salesman and works on a separate floor, our August pick for the employee spotlight was one of those instances.Continue Reading
The fondest memory I have of Quality Assurance Analyst Amanda Giese is watching her whip out a Nerf gun from under her desk to join an inter-office war that she helped plan.Continue Reading
RNL Web Designer Paul Losensky is someone who I knew would be entertaining to interview. Because he’s a part of the marketing department, I’ve worked with him on a few projects and have a group meeting involving him every week. And let me tell you, he knows how to get people talking and how to crack a joke.Continue Reading
I have a story for you. Last year I decided to take an indefinite hiatus from writing employee spotlights. At first, it didn’t seem like too many people minded, but then I had several co-workers ask me when to expect the next one. I’d push back and say there wouldn’t be a next one. After many of them either sighed, gasped, or made (surely harmless) threats, I decided I’d let fate decide my next step.Continue Reading
Since we’re always on the lookout for great talent in Kansas City, we attend career fairs throughout the year and encourage our co-workers to recruit their hard-working friends. Through these processes we get a lot of questions about our company culture and what a day at RNL looks like.Continue Reading
Out of all the employee spotlights I’ve written thus far, I figured that my interview with PR Specialist Katelyn Wyss would be the easiest. After all, we already meet every day during our marketing meetings, and she and I work closely on content and link building.Continue Reading
The other day, CEO Dan Miller was explaining at one of our rare company-wide meetings how Red Nova Labs has managed to be so successful. “We’re not a marketing company that does tech,” he said. “We’re a tech company that does marketing.”Continue Reading
Eric Hankins, one of Red Nova Labs’ senior software engineers, has been with the team for more than two and a half years. While he’s proven his brilliance and determination through the development of a number of our products, he’s renowned for coming to work dressed as a pirate and posting humorous descriptions of his day on our company’s private social network.Continue Reading
Congratulations. You’ve made it through another April Fools’ Day. The infamous day that bad surprises and pranks plague Americans from coast to coast.
Here at Red Nova Labs, we live in excitement of being visited by our pleasant pranksters every day. Little did we know, when we moved to our current location, the space was already occupied by something: Gnomes.Continue Reading
So what is this competition that we’ve been harassing you about for the whole month of March? KC Source Link, a local organization that links Kansas City’s businesses to the right resources, hosted its third annual Battle of the Brands competition. And with your help, we won.Continue Reading
In case you missed it, the RNL band got together this week to write and record a song in celebration of reaching 600 likes on Facebook. That kind of spur-of-the-moment creative undertaking is not uncommon here at RNL. We’re a creative bunch of people, and creativity is a skill we seek to bolster, both in and out of the office.Continue Reading
We recently hit 600 likes on Facebook, and to thank you, our band got together to record a song for the occasion:
As we approached the milestone, software engineer Joe Morgan, SEO specialist Beth Cain, and local search specialist Margaret Kocher took some time out of our delicious cookout last Friday to compose the song. They asked people around the office what they would love to have 600 of and set the answers to the tune of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”Continue Reading
Something you might not know about Megan is that she’s kind of OCD. This trait makes her extremely detail oriented and a fantastic marketing director. She’s always juggling many different tasks, from working with the content team on upcoming projects to doing a little design on the side to asking the other departments on dates.
At Red Nova Labs, marketing takes on a large variety of projects and Megan is our valiant leader. She started off as a designer but just a couple months into the position, there was a role that needed to be filled and Megan stepped up to the plate. Now she coordinates all the inside and outside marketing for RNL and loves it.Continue Reading
Every great company needs a great place to work. Here at Red Nova Labs, our environment reflects the values we employ in our work: our spontaneity, our openness to collaboration and new ideas, our focus, and our desire to balance the hard work we do with a healthy dose of fun and relaxation.
From our glass tables that employees can write on to our plethora of work stations that vary in size and level of privacy, our workspace is the dynamic chameleon that the modern office needs to be.Continue Reading
Most people’s excitement comes at 5 p.m. when they can finally clock out of work and head home. Not here at Red Nova Labs.
A mantra spoken by many here is, “I wake up excited to come to work!” That might sound surprising when you learn that our focus is self storage, an industry that may seem far from glamorous.
On any night of the week, you can find RNL employees working long hours on our own volition because we sincerely care about the industry, our products and our clients. What makes our company special? We work in a culture of enthusiasm, trust and transparency.Continue Reading
As the day winds down here at Red Nova Labs and people begin drifting away from their computer screens, the titular ping and pong of a table tennis ball against wooden paddles inevitably draws me downstairs to squeeze in a couple of games – and, okay, one more – before I head home for the evening. The lunch hour, similarly, is filled with a rapid succession of ping pong games sandwiched between eating and the return to work.
We love our ping pong here at Red Nova Labs. At times the rare silence between games becomes more distracting than the noise made during play. It’s even in the picture at the top of our blog pages. And its popularity makes sense. It’s good exercise. It’s a way to bond with our coworkers. And it’s yet another way we constantly push ourselves to get better.Continue Reading
The RNL team during spirit week.
A year ago StorageAhead.com did not exist. That alone tells you how immense the progress has been for Red Nova Labs in 2013.Continue Reading
Every year, people sit down and make a list of New Year's resolutions and that is exactly what Red Nova Labs employees did. A week into the New Year, we decided we should share them with the world as a way to keep us honest with ourselves about our goals in 2014. Here's what we plan to accomplish:Continue Reading
Garrett is Red Nova Labs’ best (and only) sales administrator. Between sips of tea, he’s digging through our database of potential clients to send leads to our sales team qualifiers or he’s cleaning up Salesforce.
He’s fairly new to the RNL team, only starting in September, but he’s proven to be quite the asset. Get to know him a little better.Continue Reading
Last Friday night, the Red Nova Labs basement transformed into a Las Vegas-style casino wonderland, complete with blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and an open bar. Out of town employees were flown in to spend a relaxing weekend in Kansas City, and everyone brought their friends and family to share the excitement of a traditional Red Nova Labs-style party. Newfound gambling addictions commenced, and several employees have already turned to 1-800-BETS-OFF for help.Continue Reading
Red Nova Labs CEO Dan Miller had a birthday Monday so we celebrated in style. Take a peek at the action:
While Dan’s wife took him out to lunch, we cleared our cars from the parking lot to make it look like we’d left for the day at noon. But Dan caught onto this pretty quickly. When he left for lunch later than planned, he noticed the parking lot was emptier than he’d ever seen it.Continue Reading
The third time’s the charm, right? Natalie Bragg and Joe Morgan were interviewed for the spotlight in September and October, respectively, and the charming Rachael Heslop was randomly selected for November’s post. When I asked her if she’d be willing to take part, she sweetly replied that she would love to, despite an irrational fear that she’d have nothing interesting to share.Continue Reading
Day Two of Red Nova Lab's first (and soon to be annual) Spirit Week is Twin Day. We're a big fan of matching here, whether it's with names or clothes, so we decided to get together with our fellow employees and dress alike. Can you guess which one of each pair is the rel=canonical?Continue Reading
A couple of Thursdays ago Red Nova Labs staff, loved ones, and friends participated in our last Kansas City BigBalls Kickball League game of the 2013 season. As the afternoon toil in The Labs wound down, we decided it was time to celebrate Alyssa's birthday as well our upcoming playoff game.
Hey, you, reading this blog - are you at work right now? Would your boss approve of you reading the hilarious musings of this content writer while you're supposed to be coding, or flipping burgers, or whatever it is that you should be doing to earn your next paycheck? Well guess what - she should be happy you're reading this blog, because I'm about to drop some real knowledge on ya.Continue Reading
A year is a LONG time in technology years. It's been a little over a year since the management team came back from sabbatical and nearly a year since my last blog post. Probably a good time to reflect, following our major strategy shift towards toiling in the "Labs" with a singular purpose in the self storage industry. A great deal has changed and Red Nova Labs seems revitalized with more energy, passion, greater challenges and larger opportunities.Continue Reading
This summer was a whirlwind for me. I landed a writing internship I felt severely under qualified for with a company I knew I wasn't cool enough for. After three weeks of muddling through SEO jargon and trying to keep my head above water, I was offered a permanent position as a content writer. With many of my friends still looking for work or moving across the country for one job offer, I can't begin to understand how I got this job a year before graduation.Continue Reading
I applied to Red Nova Labs to fill a sales position for a text marketing platform called BuzzMeDo. I knew Red Nova Labs had several other products: StorageFront, WebWorks, Shop Fauna and Mystery Ball - but just a year ago I thought I was applying to work for a start-up who dabbled in several different areas and was always looking for the next "big idea." Red Nova Labs was (and still is) well-known within the Kansas City start-up community for hosting monthly get-togethers, Venture Fridays, and being a champion for all things tech and start-up culture.Continue Reading
I once came in second place in my fourth grade spelling bee. Although I didn't secure the most coveted top spot, I'd say I still have some clout on the subject of spelling and grammar. So when I accepted my first real job out of college as an SEO content writer, I was in for a surprise when I learned I was no longer in a place that cared whether I used "more than" versus "over" when describing numerals; I was in the world of "teh interwebz."Continue Reading
You're down on your luck with a special lady. She just won't pay attention to you. You don't get it - you've combed your hair, you've bought all the Axe body spray you can find, and you're right in front of her but she just doesn't notice. You decide your only option for her attention is to tempt her with an irresistible tactic: you get a puppy.Continue Reading
When I started working remotely for Red Nova Labs more than two years ago, I knew I had the discipline to get the job done, even allowing for the potential distractions that come from working out of a home office. What I didn't realize at the time was that I would actually miss the interaction with my peers. Sure, we keep in touch daily with technology like Google Hangouts, chats and phone calls…but there's also nobody hiding around the corner from my office door getting ready to launch an attack with a Nerf gun. And some days, I kind of wish there was.Continue Reading
In my last post, I talked about how having a genuine interest in people leads to quality relationships between account managers and the clients they serve. This time I'm going to give you a few resources partly to show you why this happens and partly to show how you can develop these social skills. This is by no means an exhaustive guide. The question is too big and our attention spans are too small.Continue Reading
Self storage owners are busy people. They often wear many hats and are in charge of everything from facility maintenance, hiring, customer service, accounting, operations, marketing and everything else that comes along with running a successful self storage business. As a sales person for StorageAhead, I have the privilege of speaking with these great individuals on a daily basis, and am faced with the challenge of working with their busy schedules, sending the right email at the right time, scheduling follow-ups and researching each brand to know how our products will best benefit their business (thank God for SalesForce).Continue Reading
When I first came to Red Nova Labs, I thought the most difficult part of account management would be the lack of face time with clients. My background is in journalism, specifically profile writing. Getting face-to-face with people and figuring out what makes them tick genuinely interests me.Continue Reading
Unlike most offices, Red Nova Labs gives their employees pretty much free reign on the dress code in the office, resulting in what you would see if you let your six-year-old daughter pick her own outfit for school. However, at the end of the week, several employees drop their Mark Zuckerberg-esque hoodies and "eff-you" flip flops and engage in Fancy Fridays.Continue Reading
One hundred days ago, if you would have asked me if I would still be wearing my masculinity on my upper lip, I would have probably said "No." But alas, I'm a man of phases, and today marks the 100th day of warming my philtrum (For the lazy) with the multitude of hairs more commonly known as a moustache. Frankly, I don't know when I'll get rid of the ol' face furniture.Continue Reading