retreats

Planning a Company Retreat for a Growing Team

We keep on growing, and this brings new challenges for our company retreats, too. Read how we plan our retreats and what happened in April 2017!
Francesca
July 11th, 2017

Balsamiq Summer Camp: How We Planned Our 2016 Retreat

Annual retreats have become an essential part of working together at Balsamiq. From our first gathering as an entire company in 2010, we realized seeing each other face to...
Natalie
July 12th, 2016

2015 Balsamiq Retreat in the Loire Valley

Since we are a remote, distributed team (9 from Italy, 5 from California, 1 from France, 1 from Germany, 1 from Netherlands, so far - and more are coming!),...
Francesca
July 3rd, 2015

2014 Retreat: Learning From and About

Ride pride Friends, I can't believe it's October. Before summer becomes a distant memory, I want to tell some stories from this year's Retreat. If you've been following our...
Val
October 20th, 2014

Sketching the 2013 Retreat

Our home for the week Hi all! Ben here again. As Val already posted, last summer we had our annual company retreat. This was my first opportunity to attend,...
ben
November 4th, 2013

Happy 5th Birthday, dear Balsamiq!

With the SuperMoon shining upon us, the friends who make up Balsamiq met in San Francisco to celebrate our company's 5th birthday. Our team is scattered around Europe and...
Peldi
July 17th, 2013

2012 Balsamiq Company Retreat

My suitcases are not yet unpacked because I have Balsamiq Jetlag Syndrome (BJS). Luis defines that as "A complication of ordinary jetlag, where the subject is kept awake by...
Peldi
June 18th, 2012

Company Retreat Powers Balsamiq Quality Boost

Would you trust your software to these people? You bet What is it like when a small, dynamic, distributed software company gets together for a week-long sleepover at the...
Anna
July 3rd, 2011

From our RetrEAT: a team that cooks together stays together

One of the hardest things about working with my beloved distributed team (aka balsamici*) is our not being able to see each other in person more often. Just once...
Peldi
June 24th, 2011

Our response might be delayed...we're on retreat!

Hello friends! I am super-excited as I type this. I am alone in the office today because it's an Italian holiday, a French holiday, and OUR WHOLE US TEAM...
Peldi
June 2nd, 2011

Our First Company Retreat

I'm on a boat! Being a Balsamiq employee for just over two weeks, I wasn’t sure my perspective of the staff retreat would be of much value. After all,...
Natalie
July 19th, 2010