This was our address for Citrix between 1990 (?) to 1997. In 1997 we moved to a building off of Cypress Creek in Ft. Lauderdale.
Why did we have an office in Coral Springs? Well, the rumor was that Ed Iacobucci lived in Coral Springs and being that he was the founder it made sense to have the business in Coral Springs. For those of you not familiar with the location of Coral Springs, let me fill you in. It is way out west of the south eastern part of Florida. From a map, it probably would not look too far out compared to the west coast of Florida. It didn’t make it any easier to get their from locations closer to the coast.
As you probably already know, Citrix started in Florida because IBM had a major site in Boca Raton, Florida. Many of the people, including me, came from IBM Boca (as it was called). Boca Raton is probably about 30 minutes drive from Coral Springs. I supposed it wasn’t that far really.
The building we were in was called the upside down building. It looked a little bit like an upside down pyramid. Black glass surrounded the building and it did look very modern (and a bit sinister). It had at least 8 floors and Citrix had all of the seventh floor (If I remember correctly). Even in the early days, it was fairly crowded. As we grew, it became nearly impossible to find places for people.
We used to get quite a few storms out in Coral Springs. Two things I remember about this. One time I watched as a tornado crossed the horizon. It was probably about 10 miles away but up until that point I wasn’t even sure this part of Florida got tornadoes. The second things is that one time the building got hit by lightning. It wasn’t at first obvious since the noise was weird but then we saw smoke drifting away from the top of the building (from within the building).
There are lots of bits and pieces I remember about working there. We had a mixture of cubicles and offices. I was in a cubicle but was fortunate to get a really good window view. People in the offices were usually original Citrites.
We used to go out to lunch quite often. That was one thing Coral Springs did very well. You could go to a different lunch place for a couple of months. Lunch was when we used to talk in detail about what was currently going on.
Okay, so there probably isn’t much point in this post. Perhaps someone will be curious about the early office location.