Why Lisbon?

by May 2, 2018

In Part 1 of this “SDI is going to Lisbon” blog series, we talked through why a company would take 100+ employ­ees to Europe. So that leads us to the next ques­tion… Why Lisbon??

Part 2 —  “Why Lisbon”

What does the the earli­est surviv­ing lati­tu­di­nal map of the world as known to Euro­peans and the announce­ment that Search Discovery is taking our entire team to Lisbon have in common?

Quite a lot really.

In this image of the Cantino plani­sphere or Cantino world map (circa 1500), we see the world just start­ing to be filled in, a snap­shot of the cumu­la­tive discov­er­ies of oceanic routes and lands made by the Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries, a period histo­ri­ans call the Age of Discovery. We also see in this image a snap­shot of the most tech­no­log­i­cally advanced feature of the era, the emer­gence of lati­tu­di­nal mapping (meaning places could be mapped by coor­di­nates on the globe), which was good news for the safety and advance­ment of the explor­ers and entre­pre­neurs of the era.

In several ways, the entre­pre­neur­ial spirit of these explor­ers who sailed from Portu­gal to explore, trade, and learn is alive and well at Search Discovery and closely paral­lels our own Core Values.

Working on the leading edge of the data indus­try requires a culture that values both a pioneer­ing spirit with the courage to pursue new paths and the vision to imagine how things could be in order to create a better tomor­row. We live these core values every day at SDI by keeping people at the center of our enter­prise. If we wish our people to lead global compa­nies in lever­ag­ing data to create change, we must provide our team with oppor­tu­ni­ties to apply their skills and exper­tise to rich, novel chal­lenges. To do this, we must give our people the time, educa­tion, and support to make discov­er­ies. At Search Discovery, we create oppor­tu­ni­ties for our data explor­ers to drive discovery and success for our clients, because when we make the expe­ri­ence of work awesome, we make awesome work for our clients. This is why we’ve chosen to travel together to Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in western Europe, home to the mariner vanguard of explo­ration and discovery.

Over the years we’ve enjoyed the bene­fits of bi-annual, company-wide on-site weeks that we’ve previ­ously hosted in Atlanta. These events have been a.) LOTS OF FUN!, and b.) crit­i­cal in creat­ing shared expe­ri­ences and creat­ing mean­ing­ful personal connec­tions for our team. But with our global focus, expan­sion into Europe, and overall growth, we’ve outgrown our Atlanta head­quar­ter on-sites. Trav­el­ing together to Lisbon—a city with deep roots in explo­ration and one of the hottest tech scenes in Europe—will allow us to bond, share novel and excit­ing expe­ri­ences, and create singu­lar memo­ries that will last a life­time.  

We set sail for Portu­gal this Satur­day May 5th. Stay tuned as we map our latest discov­er­ies.

What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any other expe­ri­ence can bring to him? Discovery! …To give birth to an idea–to discover a great thought–an intel­lec­tual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain–plow had gone over before. To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find the way to make the light­nings carry your messages. To be the first–that is the idea. To do some­thing, say some­thing, see some­thing, before anybody else–these are the things that confer a plea­sure compared with which other plea­sures are tame and common­place, other ecstasies cheap and trivial.

Mark Twain, from The Inno­cents Abroad