Reope

Reope is now the name of our company in Norway. We’re changing it from Bad Monkeys to Reope.

I have always been a late bloomer, and have finally come to understand that when you build a company, you also build a brand. And when you build a brand for a company, you need to control and own that brand. It’s as simple as that. We cannot control what the Bad Monkeys brand does, and frankly, I wouldn’t want to! I love the idea of the monkeys running wild, so to speak, and also think that anyone controlling the monkey brand would ruin the monkey identity.

So, we need the company and the network to be two different things; Reope – part of the Bad Monkeys network.

Being part of Bad Monkeys offers a lot of benefits. We collaborate on projects and products. We share resources and knowledge. And we meet up whenever global pandemics are not happening, which is always great fun.

Why Reope?

For us, Reope means a recurring surprise, or a new discovery by accident. It consists of re and ope, where re is Latin for starting over again, and ope is midwestern for oops! This is how it is to program for us. Like I tell my friends sometimes: I just click all the buttons and see what happens.

Our Reope rebrand launch video, where I explain to my mom what’s going on.

So how can Reope help you?

Reope operates as your software development department. Instead of hiring one developer who knows perhaps one or two things really well, you hire us and together we deliver a range of services to you based on what you need most. You get a team of specialists who obsess about delivering valuable tools to you and your organization.

If you’re a building owner, you want to hire us to help your project teams deliver better designs faster. Your hired guns will operate at a higher level of efficiency, deliver more information faster, and spend their time working on value-adding activities and not assembly line repetitive distant look monkey work.

If you’re an architect or engineer, you’ll hire us to reduce your team’s wasted time on projects by scaling your dream workflows to your entire organization. We help your colleagues understand automation and we increase your Level of Happiness (LOH) through the removal of meaningless tasks. You get better tools and processes and happier architects and engineers.

And if you’re a contractor, you would want to hire us to turn the above into profit.

Because we’re architects and engineers, we understand which problems you need to solve and why. That’s also why we deliver fast. Send us your Dynamo script today, and you get a Revit add-in tomorrow.

We have been doing this for 3 years now, and it works. If you want to know more about who we are and what we’ve done, have a look at our website. If you want to know more about our business model and pricing, call me on my phone at +47 918 67 069 or email me at havard@reope.com. If what you need aligns with what we do, we will make your life better.

Thank you Architects who code

About a week ago I posted a job advert for Bad Monkeys on LinkedIn and YouTube. I didn’t know there were so many of you!

I’ve been completely overwhelmed by your feedback, enthusiasm, funny comments, and anger. Most of all the anger. I’ve received some unforgettable applications. Legendary stuff. One application was titled “CV of an angry Architect.” I’m still laughing with you, brother.

I’ve been surprised by the amount of interest. Of course, I had a feeling that “it’s not just us who feels angry,” but I did not expect so many people worldwide to react to this call to action. It’s so far away from anything I ever expected that it almost scares me. But most of all, it reinforces our confidence in what we believe so strongly; More people need to start learning to program and if you already know how to, you should code instead of drafting door schedules.

Here’s the link to the advert: vasshaug.net/jobs/architect

Clarifications

The job is in Oslo. You need to move here and have a permanent address here if you don’t already. Also, it’s a full-time position, not an internship.

Qualifications

“I know Dynamo, Grasshopper and a bit of Python, but I can’t code.”

Look, I’m no expert on terms and frankly, I don’t really care if it’s called programmer, coder or hacker. But in my book, if you know visual programming, you know how to code. At least enough for this position. If you are self-sufficient in Python you sure as hell know how to code.

If you’re not sure if you’re qualified, send an application anyway and find out. The worst thing that can happen is that one of us says no and that’s not a problem. Also, as I write in the advert, I am serious when I say I’m looking more for personality and attitude than technical qualifications, but remember that what you accomplished says something about your attitude.

Lastly, ladies – We’ve all seen the statistics saying women who are not sure if they’re qualified or not, tend not to apply. I’m asking you to please apply.

Questions

“What do you actually do?”

We are architects and engineers who code on projects and products. We build parametric Revit models, we build Dynamo scripts, we build Revit addins, we build generative design workflows in Grasshopper, we automate BIM at night with Python, and we have fun. We do whatever it takes to make projects and processes better for our clients and their clients by building and implementing better workflows in projects, while also transferring skills to the people we work with. The key here is projects. I’m now a firm believer in project innovation (I wasn’t before), so we try to do as much development on projects as possible.

We have some work to do in the marketing department, but in the meantime, you can read a short story about what Jostein has been doing here.

Can I work remotely?

Yes and no. You will be asked to participate physically in our office environment in Oslo. We want to build a team where people develop personal relationships. And if you work on a project in Oslo, you will probably have to be onsite occasionally. Same if you want to work on a project in NYC. Then you should probably be there. So basically, it’s a nice balance of working remotely and working with your other badass teammates.

PS. Thanks to Marius Sunde at Snøhetta for creating this .gif. It’s my mom’s proudest moment.