In 2016 ReignDesign will open a new office in Bangkok, the dynamic capital of Thailand. This will be our fourth global office, after our current offices in Shanghai, Barcelona and Santiago.
ReignDesign already operates as a distributed organization. Our designers and developers work remotely across the globe, and we heavily use tools like Basecamp and Slack, as well as tools we've built ourselves, for communicating in a asynchronous way. We've got team members with young families, who regularly work from home. That said, we still believe having physical office spaces is important: it's a great way to connect our team-members face to face, and to meet with clients and local tech communities in a professional environment.
So - why Thailand? Thailand has a healthy startup ecosystem, and we're really looking forward to connecting with innovative startups in the region, though community organizations like HUBBA, Bangkok Startup and WebMob. South East Asia has a young, digital-savvy population. It's worth noticing that the most Instagrammed location in the world was previously Siam Paragon mall in Bangkok.
Bangkok is also a convenient hub for transportation throughout the Southeast Asian region. You can expect to see ReignDesign attending many more events in Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and so on now we have a South East Asian hub.
And don't forget "the food is great, the people are friendly, and it's always warm." - while it might sound glib, the lifestyle in a city can and should have a major effect on where to place an office. The more attractive a city is to live, the easier it is to recruit global talent. (Did I mention that we're hiring in Shanghai, Barcelona, and Santiago?)
Like all of our global offices, we'll be starting small - a couple of people in a coworking space - and slowly building our network in the region. We'll also share the knowledge we've gained about mobile app design and development, and doing business in China, Europe and South America with local entrepreneurs.
If you're based in Thailand and would like to know more about partnering with ReignDesign, do get in touch!