You could be forgiven for thinking that a team working to build a $100 million streaming service would be working out of a lavish Sydney highrise, complete with massages, free snacks and access to other amenities. But that's not the case for Nine and Fairfax Media's new streaming darling child, Stan. The office where it was born had an outhouse, no heating and a shocking asbestos problem. We went inside to check it out.
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Here's the asbestos-ridden cottage on Channel Nine's Sydney campus where it all started in January this year.
Stan CEO Mike Sneesby took Business Insider on a tour of the company's very humble beginnings. To get in, you've got to scoot past the loo.
Every day the team would do a stand-up meeting in this tiny room.
It was freezing in winter. The heating didn't work and the team was making trips to Big W buying oil heaters. They accumulated so many the power kept tripping.
One day one of the tech guys leaned against a window pane and it fell out. There's also asbestos in the building.
There were no fancy kitchens or ping pong tables.
It was generally pretty basic.
But four weeks ago, team Stan relocated into the Channel 9 sales team's old office.
The new digs are much cleaner, brighter and warmer.
And also a little corporate. Stan is growing up.
There's also a MASSIVE TV the team uses to test its Breaking Bad content is working.
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Originally published on Business Insider Australia