And from the Ashes? Growth
Even though the cafe had been lost, the crew worked to maintain the spirit of the culture and connection that it had afforded them. While they no longer had their de facto clubhouse, they continued to work, socialize, and support each other outside of the office. The events of the previous year had served to bring them closer together, and they remained a tight knit group.
With the influx of new DirectTV subscribers, Speakeasy's growth resulted in national recognition: The company debuted at number 47 out of Inc.'s 500 fastest growing companies in the country.
The building that the Cafe had been in, however, continued to stand, and was a painful reminder of what the organization had lost. Later that year, the community crowned it with an elegant angel sculpture, which remained until the building was eventually razed a few years later.
2002 marked Speakeasy's complete focus on its broadband services businesses, a new chapter in the company's story.