Clay’s recap of 2018 πŸ₯‚πŸΎ

We have many things to be thankful for this 7th year of building the future of access control. In this recap, we present the memorable moments that define 2018 for Clay.

Take a look at what happened:

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πŸ—’οΈ Project highlights

The projects that made a big impact in 2018:

🀳 New & improved KS apps

To help the end-user achieve their goals in a simple way we took a closer look at the interfaces and improve them in 2018. The new SALTO KS app is built upon a new technological structure that allows great scalability and speed.

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πŸ–₯️ The new saltoks.com

With a fresh new look and clear description of all the benefits, we proudly launched the new saltoks.com in November. Keep your eye on this beauty, because there's much more to come!

CHECK OUT THE NEW WEBSITE!

🌡 Clay HQ redo

To accommodate our expanding team of eventually 30 Bricks, we needed our office to still feel like a home away from home with all the benefits of a healthy working environment. We redecorated the office in 2018 in a big way. A lot of plants, a new pool table, picnic tables, a new carpet and some much-needed wall art led us to what it is now.

SHOW ME MORE!
"Blood, sweat and tears are in this project. Literally" Kristin, Ex-Office manager

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πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’» Meet our dev team

Since we are always on the lookout for new top talent that will enlighten the team with exciting insights from a different perspective we've created this video for new developers to get a better understanding of how we work and why. See for yourself if we succeeded! (and apply if you like what you see!)

πŸŽͺ Events

A year full of events! We attended and visited several events throughout 2018 that left us inspired and full of energy we are going to use to accelerate in 2019.

🎫 KS events

In 2018 we were lucky to meet familiar faces like our integration partners, new potential customers and passionate technology lovers that visited the SALTO KS booth at the following events:

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πŸ₯¨ Visiting SALTO's booth in Essen

In September all Bricks visited the SALTO booth on the biggest security show in Europe: Security Essen. A very inspirational trip, where we learned a lot about other products, and of course we visited the impressive SALTO booth.

CHECK THE GALLERY!

Coworking Europe

Rick was a speaker at Coworking Europe this year, part of the 'How to automate the space operation to let you focus on hospitality and community' panel, joined by industry leaders.

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πŸ€– The Next Web, meet Irem!

One of our favourite events of the year is by far The Next Web! In 2018 Clay's Marketing Guru Irem got to talk during her fully booked roundtable conversation about Leaderhip development, and may we add she #nailedit!

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β›΅ Bricks on Deck

End of July the Bricks gathered to conquer something else then mechanical keys for a change and went sailing. Little did they know the sea wouldn't give in that easily... Find out how the Bricks conquered the sea (which was way rougher than the video shows!)

πŸ‘― A little collage of more fun things that happened in 2018:

For more Clay adventures follow us on Instagram!

☝🏽 Values

In 2018 we defined our 8 core values. These values were subtracted from the heart of Clay: The Bricks. Innovation runs through our veins and together we live by these values to eventually win the battle against mechanical keys. Together.

Read where we stand for and live by

  • Innovation is in our veins; we strive for the best, we aim high.

  • We communicate openly, transparently and thoughtfully.

  • Each of us takes ownership and responsibility for our work.

  • We lead with kindness and by example; we bring out the best in each other.

  • When in doubt we act with courage, take intelligent risks and make wise decisions.

  • With endless curiosity we keep learning and improving, while knowing to seek assistance for rapid advancement.

  • We’re stronger together. As a team we’re passionate, collaborative, playful and proud

  • To achieve the greatest we keep it simple, take small steps and always work smart.

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ Bricks

With 26 Bricks and counting we're in the midst of the key-free revolution. Behold the tight-knit team of Bricks we're always bragging about:

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πŸ’Ž New Bricks

This year our team expanded with the whopping amount of ten(!) Bricks! With Navdeep as the latest Brick edition!!

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baby Eljadah

Eljadah

Back-end baby

baby Melin

Melin

QA baby

baby Ida

Ida

Back-end baby

baby ?

QA baby

To be continued...

πŸ‘ΌπŸ½ Baby Bricks

It's hard to top last years amount of baby Bricks produced (4!) Chantal's support baby waited with her arrival until the 5th of January so we now have two beautiful baby Bricks to present to you: Melin and Eljadah! And again a brand-new baby Brick for next years recap awaits us: Latha's QA edition!

πŸ‰ Year of the tattoo

When battling against mechanical keys you need some bad-ass Bricks on the team.

These are the best bad-ass Brick tattoos of 2018:

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Kat
Simon

🌍 Cultural diversity

Last year we already had a mix of nine cultures that define our awesome multicultural team, but this year we've added four more!

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πŸ“Š Stats

What's a recap without numbers? Check out the stats of 2018:

Nerf

33.567

nerf darts shot

With 6 guns shooting 6 arrows, for 42 fridays and an average of 7,3 reloads, this is a fair estimation.

KMS

3.372

KM's

The accumulated amount of KM's from the five Bricks known to take a run, or to have participated in a marathon. Show-off.

BPS

89

blog posts

Can you imagine? That's an average of almost two articles every week! And in 2019 the KS blog will even play a bigger part!

πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈ In 2018 there were a few Sprint milestones we can't ignore, this is the top 3:

Identity provider

In sprint 63 we released the first version of our new platform and identity provider.

First migration to the new platform

The very first site to be migrated to the new platform was Res:Harmonics, during sprint 65.

Mobile Key sprint

In sprint 67 we delivered Mobile Key, and performed the very first Mobile Key opening.

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πŸ—žοΈ Top 3 most read blog posts in 2018:

Top 5 coworking spaces in Amsterdam

You need to find some peace and quiet to work or a change of scenery to let the creative juices flow, right? Coworking spaces are always a good idea!

Read post

More than fixed desks and WIFI: The future of coworking spaces

Coworking spaces are an integral part of future non-standard forms of employment and are expected to be transformed to host more people from diverse backgrounds under one roof.

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Bring smart locks into your coworking business

Have you read the GWA blog this week? If you’re in the coworking business and looking to simplify your access control, take a look. And read on to dive deeper…

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🀑 Fun facts

We do serious business, but we don’t always take ourselves too seriously. Find out what made us laugh in 2018:

πŸ—‘οΈ Angry neighbours: Trash-gate

Ok, we admit it: The Bricks can be a rowdy bunch. In the summer we play football in the courtyard, on Fridays we have loud music and every day at noon we play pool. Loudly. Things are almost always fine and dandy, we're are even friends with our neighbourhood cat Bram. Yet, this year we had one top-annoyance from both us and our baby-boom neighbours: The bin that wasn’t emptied by the trash-company! Behold the horror:

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🍟 Best of Slack

What would we do without our precious communication tool Slack? It's where the magic happens. On several channels. Check out the best of Clay's #General and #Random channels:

To snack or not to snack

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πŸ’© Brimojis

We asked all Bricks which emoji best captures 2018 for them. These 16 emoji's were most popular and define 2018 for the Bricks

🀯 β€œIt blows my mind how we double in size every year with a constant amount of people" - Ronald, Embedded Engineer

πŸ’ͺ "As I feel stronger and more confident since I started working at Clay, both because of the things I have learned and the support and inspiration that I get (directly and indirectly) from the Bricks" - Agnese, In-house recruiter

πŸ”₯ "It takes fuel to keep burning, but we are on fire!" - Lennart, Software Architect

πŸ”¦ Three nr. 1 spotlight on a Brick video's

Every Townhall we shine a light on one of our Bricks. They get to show a glimpse of their lives in any way they want. These three videos made the best of 2018 cut.

Check them out, especially when you are a fan of the Ukulele!

🎨 Best photof*cks

It's pretty obvious, we love photoshop. The most amazing and often framed creations are crafted by our rockstar designer Ad. Take a look at some that cracked us up in 2018:

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🌯 It's a wrap

This was it guys. We can't wait for next years recap to show you all the great things we will see, learn and develop!

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