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Liferay Retreat 2008

Company Blogs December 18, 2008 By Brian Chan Staff

Here are some pictures from our third annual company retreat in Los Angeles.

It was really fun hanging out with everyone.

And what do we do when we get together? Play an international sport everyone loves. Soccer! That's Ed, our head of sales, chasing Sang, our general manager in South East Asia. Glad no one got hurt.

Look at Dave chase that soccer ball. If you think he looks intense there, wait til you see him solving complex problems at a client site.

Our German and Spanish offices duked it out in the finals of the soccer tournament. Our US, China, and Brazil offices just didn't stand a chance against the eventual winner, the Spanish office. That's cause they had Jorge, and he really, really wanted to win.

But it wasn't all fun and games. We talked for hours about our business and technology in ways that can't be done except in a face to face meeting.

And then we got back to playing more games. This game involved building a structure out of marshmallows and toothpicks. The first person would get to the see the structure. He would then have to communicate what he saw to another person who would then have to tell another group of people how to rebuild the original structure.

We split up everyone into 10 teams and then competed for gift cards. Here's Scott's team intensely building the structure. They worked hard but didn't win.

Bryan may look confused... but his team won. They came up with a very good system of communication and nailed every detail.

We're always looking out for ways to save money. And the best way to save money is to house as many core developers at my house instead of at a hotel. This year, we had 9 people staying at my tiny 1000 square foot, 3 bedroom, and 2 bath house. That's actually not the record. Two years ago, we had 11 people staying in a 1 bedroom apartment with 1 bathroom. But at least we had a fast connection and were quite productive. :)


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nice!! I'm very glad to had participated on all... Thiago Leão Moreira December 18, 2008 11:26 PM
Way too fun! I look forward to it every year... Sang Baek December 19, 2008 6:23 PM
Next time you are in Germany we should play... Oliver Lauer December 20, 2008 2:53 PM

nice!! I'm very glad to had participated on all these events!

um abraço!
Posted on 12/18/08 11:26 PM.
Way too fun! I look forward to it every year from Malaysia. Enjoyed getting to know the new addtions to our Liferay fam. Thankful that we're still hiring in this economic downturn.

RiceCountries Utd aka Team Asia will return with a vengeance! One miracl goal from Team BeachBods prevented us to the final. We will not rest Gavin next year!!!
Posted on 12/19/08 6:23 PM.
Next time you are in Germany we should play soccer, too.
You know we love this game here, much, much more than we love sausages :-)
Have a nice Christmas time!
Posted on 12/20/08 2:53 PM.