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Portland's 63rd Fastest Growing Private Company

17 Jun 2016

Portland's 63rd Fastest Growing Private Company

Planet Argon made the Portland Business Journal's Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies list this year!

Congrats to Abby, Annie, Beth, Brian, Carl, Carlos, Casey, Charly, Corinne, Emily, Jack, John C, John L, Jonathan, Kathryn, Neil, Olivia, and Patrick. We all couldn't have done this without you. 2015 was quite an adventure. #PBJ100

Also, huge thanks to all our clients, friends, family, friendly competitors for your role in this.

We 💙 you,

Robby and Gary

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Reflection on the Past and a Look to the Future

22 Dec 2015

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Yoga on Planet Argon

22 Jan 2015

Anyone who has used a computer keyboard as their primary tool of the trade knows the aches and pains that come with it; the achey wrists, tight forearms, stiff shoulders, maybe even some lower back pain from sitting in that “ergonomic” desk chair. Or perhaps you are more familiar with the 3pm slump? The time of day when you begin to start looking for a cookie or search for a comfy spot to take a nap.

At Planet Argon, we’re no strangers to these aches, pains and nap-attacks. That’s why we’ve started combatting it with yoga twice a week. In the afternoons, we stand up and spend about 20 minutes creating space in our joints and between our bones, stretching our muscles and breathing deeply. Every one of us has different aches, different levels of flexibility and varying experience with yoga but we all benefit from the simple action of getting up and moving around.

Some of our regular moves include:

These are some simple moves that, done with regularity, can heal and even prevent those pains and give a jolt of energy without grabbing a cookie or a quick slumber. We can do all of these without a yoga mat and it doesn’t even require you to wear stretchy pants (though you can if you want, we won’t judge).

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Around we go

24 Oct 2014

Around we go

Am convinced that an ideal team size is one that can still fit together on a park carousel.

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Lessons from Planet Argon Junior Developers

27 Feb 2014

Planet Argon hired two Epicodus graduates as junior Ruby on Rails developers: Abby Smalls and Ana Tighe. I took some time to sit down with them and see how things are going so far. It was great talking to them about their experiences starting as junior developers here. We touched on some interesting points, including company culture, favorite apps, music, and some insights for people interested in development.

Abby Smalls and Ana Tighe

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I Survived the Company Picnic and All I Got was this Lousy T-Shirt

6 Sep 2013

I received the honor to design this year’s company picnic t-shirt. Of course, the first thing I thought was “Oh crap, I draw and make art outside of work all the time, but in my happy little sketchbook that no one has to see. Now I actually need to follow through with an illustration that people would actually want to wear?? Pressure is on…” Hmmm. What to do, what to do?

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Remembering Our Mentors

4 Sep 2013

Having our recent 14 year old intern, James, got us thinking about the people our team looked up to in the early stages. I asked some of the folks here in the studio to think a little bit about the people who were inspirations and guides to them throughout their lives and/or careers.

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