First things, first!
For practical reasons, please add your contact details (phone number, address, birthday) to this Google spreadsheet (not public).
Part 1: setting up your accounts and tools
Google (G Suite)
We use Google G Suite for email, calendars, spreadsheets and documents. We will set you up with a personal Google account (
We use a Gmail tool called Streak to organize and streamline our sales outreach. Streak is a CRM that keeps everyone in the loop. Each account or potential account gets a ‘box’, and all emails related to this account must be added to the box so we can all access the latest (and greatest) updates, so no efforts are duplicated and we don’t embarrassingly reach out to a contact more than once.
We use Slack for internal communication. This gives us all the ability to stalk each other, use GIFs, leave co-workers unobtrusive messages, and more. It comes as a web app, iOS app, Android App, OSX app and Windows app. Just download the apps for your platforms of choice. With **this link** you can create your own Slack account. You can join all the revenant channels of your choice.
Part 2: Office stuff and practical info:
3520 South Morgan Street, Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60609
The office is generally unlocked weekdays from 9a until at least 5p. If you need access at other times, just let us know, and we’ll work something out.
You can park your car for free (yay!) anywhere on Morgan Street.
Inside the office, you’re free to sit anywhere you like, but since we’re creatures of habit, we generally find ourselves in the same chairs everyday—haha. To improve focus we have one rule called the headphone-rule. Headphones on means "do not disturb". Pretty straight-forward, but it works.
At Open Water we tend to lunch together. We often bring our own meals from home but also frequent neighborhood spots. For starters, check out Antique Taco (named top 50 best tacos in America!), Jackalope, Bridgeport Coffee, Vienna Beef, and Homestyle Chinese. Bridgeport is still catching up to many parts of the city on the food and drink front, but we’ve got a handful of great choices :)
Tough luck! Get over it! No, we care for each other so we will feel sorry for you. And everyone is willing to help out if you get in a tough spot being ill at home. To get the needed help or rest, just let your team know you’re staying at home (or going home) via email or slack.
Official Holidays and Vacay!
If you want to head out to enjoy your well-deserved vacation then there is only 1 rule, and 1 rule to rule them all: check/discuss with your team and team lead and then put it in your calendar and team calendar (for administrative reasons). We all have unlimited vacation days and encourage you to take time off as you see fit. We love work and all, but it shouldn’t get in the way of life (too much).
All payroll and employment docs are handled through Gusto. If you’re a paid employee, you should have an email in your inbox inviting you to sign up and set up.