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Foursquare’s Coastal Offices Are Connected by a Video Feed Called ‘The Portal’

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Foursquare’s engineering office in San Francisco has just 20 out of the company’s 100 employees. But rather than working as an autonomous unit, AllThingsD’s Liz Gannes writes today, the teams are connected by a constant video feed. Called “The Portal,” the feed is powered by Cisco meeting software and allows the satellite office engineers to have stand-up meetings with their New York co-workers throughout the day. The Portal was installed in July and each office can control the other’s cameras.

“Code doesn’t care where it’s written,” San Francisco site lead Benjy Weinberger told ATD. Read More