linkedin has an employee rock band, and they’re pretty awesome
At LinkedIn, employees are encouraged to be as busy as a rock star in a well-stocked room
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The company\'s music program began in 2010, at a monthly community event --
Construction activities held by the company in a few days.
A week after engineering director Michael Olivier joined the company, he took part in the final of the LinkedIn Idol singing contest, a month-long daily event.
One of the finalists was Caitlin Crump, a data scientist who recently joined LinkedIn.
\"I was taken away by her song,\" Olivier told Business Insider . \".
\"I wanted to play music in Mountain View, so I followed her to see if she was interested.
After they found the drummer in another game
When new employees were asked to show a special skill, they decided to form a band together.
They named themselves \"next play\" after CEO Jeff Weiner\'s business philosophy \".
Legendary Duke basketball coach mike Krzyzewski shouted \"the next game\" when the team finished the game, regardless of the progress of the game \".
Rejection of failure tells Weiner the way to lead, a big buzzword in the office.
Once three of them worked on next play, the band contacted the company for funding.
\"It\'s right around the IPO, so obviously it\'s a good time, but they \'ve been supporting the idea,\" Olivier said . \".
\"There were many musicians here.
\"Unlike your classic garage band, NextPlay starts practicing at a loading dock that has been converted into a temporary studio.
They installed their equipment in a dusty corner with exposed raf and packed file cabinets.
NextPlay staged their first show on November 18, 2011.
During the lunch break, dozens of people came to watch the band perform.
Courtesy of Facebook.
Three years later, the music room has improved a lot.
When the weather is good, they can open the garage door and play nearby.
Art AV equipment, drums, guitar, keyboard, microphone stand and stage lights.
LinkedIn\'s music program includes well-
Their Mountain View headquarters and offices in San Francisco and Dublin have well-developed facilities.
Soon their Sunnyvale and New York City outposts will also have music rooms.
Now there are two other bands in town: MYMK (
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Panic colonel, this is a quirky pun about kernel panic, the name of what happens when a computer freezes.
But none of this would have happened without next play.
The original band held an impromptu performance every Friday, which anyone could attend, and their performance was a key feature of the company\'s tour for executives and interviewers visiting the campus.
The band also changed a lot because some members changed offices and others left the company completely.
The current team includes key and vocal aspects of Olivier, senior system engineer for guitar, Andre Bibi, senior product marketing manager for guitar, Andrew Kaplan, senior for bass, and senior videographer and AV phil Jackson, technical engineer.
Crump is still ahead of the band.
Olivier describes their voice as \"a eclectic mix of rock, pop, blues and funk\", mixing 70 and 80 years old songs with today\'s radio hits
They also played several original songs written by Olivier and Krupp.
As part of the company\'s Cinco de LinkedIn anniversary celebration, next play takes the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheater, a huge 22,500-
Capacity site with Mountain View.
This is their biggest show so far.
\"When we practiced, we all saw Jumbotron behind us, but we were happy that we couldn\'t see it when we actually played,\" Olivier said with a smile . \". “It was aonce-in-a-
We can play a lifetime of experience on this stage, there are so many worlds on this stage
Have played class musicians.
\"NextPlay usually practice an hour during lunch twice a week, but anyone interested in music can enter the facility after completing the appropriate training.
Employees can even learn acoustic guitar, piano and drums.
According to Olivier, not only are amateurs hanging out in the drum group.
\"It\'s hard to make money in the music industry,\" Olivier said . \".
\"These people are great musicians, but they also happen to work for a technology company.
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