Office space: Stytch’s new digs bring cool to the cloud

Cloud-based business analytics company Stytch creates a homey feel for its new Vancouver office on gritty Granville Street 

Stytch (formerly known as Dun and Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center) is a cloud-based business intelligence and analytics company that helps businesses “stitch together” data from multiple sources to create reports and dashboards and, ultimately, get better insights from their data. In 2015, the Vancouver-based team outgrew its office space at Burrard and Pender. “I liked it down there, but when we started to look for new office space, we wanted to be somewhere more central,” says CEO Mark Cunningham. “We spent a lot of time looking for a location that would fit who we are as a team both culturally and as a business. There is a new innovation core growing up here on the Granville Street corridor and, as an innovative technology team with global customers, we wanted to be a part of that.” He settled on a location at Robson and Granville across from Nordstrom. “It’s got a little bit of the Granville street culture, and then it’s got the modernness of Nordstrom, so it’s got this weird collision that happens on that corner that I think is quite cool.”

Instead of the open warehouse-style space he had envisioned, Cunningham chose the third and fourth floors of a more traditional office building with a wraparound deck. The deck is off an employee rec room with a kitchen, ping-pong table, sitting areas and AV equipment for video conferencing.

Cunningham worked with David Nicolay, co-founder of Evoke International Design, on the decor. “The general vibe that I was looking for was something that didn’t feel like a office so much—it kind of felt like your living room.” He wanted a West Coast modern feel with wood in the mix.

“When you’re in a startup situation, your office space is not the priority,” says Cunningham, “so it’s nice when you get to a point where you can actually spend money on some office space because culturally it makes a massive difference.”