Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"

If you think Bamboo rocks, then you'll love our latest t-shirt design. Inspired by rock band t-shirts, we are excited to reveal our latest bamboo "merch," designed for Bamboo roadies and fans around the world. Hotter than Lady GaGa's meat outfit, our latest Bamboo t-shirt comes in not one, but TWO awesome colors - Grunge Gray and, of course, Bamboo Green.  Coveted by end users, administrators, and SharePoint "rock stars" alike, the legendary Bamboo t-shirt has been known to create mass hysteria at SharePoint conferences, recalling an era before Ticketmaster was online.  The power of a cool t-shirt cannot be understated!

OK, I think you get the point.  As hard as we work here at Bamboo, we play equally hard as well. You've seen our videos, read some goofy blog posts and yes, you know we love t-shirts. You can't imagine what a fresh batch of t-shirts does for morale.  Now, as fun as it is to get the final product, the other half of the equation is the "fun" we have designing them.   

Bamboo ShirtsBut first, let me ask you something: How many "conference" t-shirts do you have at home at the bottom of an overstuffed drawer? That's right, I know your dirty little secret. The SharePoint industry has been secretly providing you with shirts to mow the grass in, sleep in, and, well, maybe even to wax your car with.  While I really hope there isn't an errant Bamboo shirt in that mix, I am pleased to unveil our latest t-shirt design, one that I'm certain will earn "favorite SharePoint t-shirt" status for at least 25 Bamboo Nation readers (more on this later).

Arriving at a new, community-pleasing design is no, excuse the pun, little feat.  I've lived through no less than 5 t-shirt design rounds and each of them brings out the best and the worst in our staff.  Here are real comments I have received:

"Make our logo as big as possible, cover the entire back with it"

 "Will this show armpit sweat?"

 "How about a large panda on it?"

"Just make it white.  I need a white t-shirt for tennis"

Oh yes, everyone seems to have an opinion, which is exactly what I love about marketing.  I'm kidding. Picking a design pits cotton versus organic, men versus women, jorts versus the finely pressed dress shirt and flip flops versus Jimmy Choos. Don't expect everyone to agree on one design!  

So, knowing this challenge awaited me, imagine my excitement when we discovered, at the beginning of our design effort, that the next Project Runway star was working right here at Bamboo... as a summer intern!  Currently a student at George Mason University (go Patriots!) and, though possibly more familiar with Greek Week than Fashion Week, our newfound designer had all the credentials we were looking for - cool, young, techie... and available on the cheap.  While his usual gig is studying, he makes time to indulge in one of his passions: designing awesome t-shirts.   

With experience on our side, we whittled down a few very smart designs to a simple, yet universally appealing one that met our tasteful requirements - keep it simple, make it green and by all means, don't let it end up as a rag for someone's car.

So, let's give it up for our summer intern!  And, let's raise our lighters for the back-up talent, our most generous and awesome custom t-shirt printer, Reston Shirt and Graphics.  Yes, you can find cheap screen printed t-shirts on the Web, but don't be fooled; the quality (or lack thereof) of the material will be of a piece with the cheap price.  Reston Shirt and Graphics helped us to refine our design, and sourced high-quality shirts that wash well, feel good and look fantastic. 

By now, you're probably asking, "How do I get my hands on one of these new Bamboo t-shirts?" There's no need to camp out for days or pay a scalper, just be one of the first 25 people to respond to this post as described below, and we'll send you a FREE shirt.  You'll be among the first to rock the new Bamboo look.  Just ask one of the 25 lucky customers who got new t-shirts this week by simply participating in last month's Bamboo Customer Survey

Here's what you need to do.  Simply leave a comment on my blog post by telling us either:

  1. Why you love Bamboo, or
  2. How a particular product is helping you achieve your goals, or
  3. What new SharePoint product you'd most like to see offered from Bamboo.

After you post your reply, make sure you send us your name, your company name, your shirt size/color, a valid mailing address and phone number.  Of course, you can always look for Bamboo staffers at upcoming SharePoint events, and you may be lucky enough to walk away with a t-shirt.  

Cheers!


Posted Sep 23 2010, 01:45 PM by Lily

Comments

Kevin wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 23 2010 2:38 PM

I love Bamboo because of the flexibility of the tools.  Products like the in and out schedule board can be easily customized to solve other business problems.  (e.g. scheduling)

Plus, at this rate, my entire wardrobe will say Bamboo on it!

Lily wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 23 2010 2:54 PM

Thanks Kevin for your reply.  I think you made our In/Out Schedule Board Product Manager very happy.

I hear you on the Bamboo wardrobe - We base our tenure here at Bamboo on how many t-shirts we have.

Look for your new one in the mail, soon.

Only 24 shirts left!

Lily

Tony R wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 23 2010 4:02 PM

I love Bamboo because of the Knowledge Base Solution Accelerator.  I was able to implement the KB quickly for a department that needed a solution and they love it.  That is a "win-win".

Shawn Miller wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Fri, Sep 24 2010 12:59 PM

Well, since we're talking about free stuff, I'll mention that I love the free weather webpart.  I received more rave reviews about having the weather on our intranet than any other piece when we rolled out SharePoint.  So anything that helps drive user adoption and use is helping make our intranet a more valuable resource.

dspringall wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Mon, Sep 27 2010 10:47 AM

I love Bamboo because of its customer responsiveness. Thanks, Matt!

Michael wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Mon, Sep 27 2010 12:38 PM

A simple web part can be so powerful!  

I would have to go with the weather web part.  As I was gathering requirements for our call center's site, they asked if they could have a way to view time zones, as they take calls from across the US all day.  I said, let me see what I can do.  It hit me, Bamboo has a web part that displays dates, time and weather based on the configured location.  We are now displaying the five US time zones (including Arizona, which doesn't change) across the top of their site.

The web part has been very successful.  It helps our call center reps to "connect" with the customers.  Talking about the weather is always a nice ice breaker.

Lily wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Mon, Sep 27 2010 12:58 PM

Thank you to everyone who has participated thus far!

I'm a bit of a weather geek (just ask my coworkers), so the World Clock and Weather replies are quite appropriate responses to my post. :)

T-shirts are in the mail to you...

Rob Roach wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Mon, Sep 27 2010 1:22 PM

I love bamboo for the companies commitment to the SharePoint Community!  A constant sponser at SPSaturday and user group events and for me the Sharepoint Daily e-mail is a 'must have' to keep current with SharePoint!!  

EricJ wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 4:13 PM

I love the combo of the List Rollup and Calendar Plus webparts - an integrated, cross-site calendar was the first thing I was asked for at my job, and that's the best solution I've found.

The Time and Weather part is also a big hit - we've got employees around the world, and it's a good way to check on what time it is where they are.

Michael wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 4:33 PM

I love Bamboo since they not only provide inovative and professional solutions but also a fantastic community of brilliant users who contribute and assist each other.  

our sharepoint teamsites implementation uses a few bamboo webparts and we're looking at more!  in addition we are using a couple of the free web-parts.  When it is hard to get other vendors approved its great to have Bamboo already in our arsenal and so many choices of web-parts to choose from!

Bamboo nation 4ever!

Michael wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 4:35 PM

 I love Bamboo since they not only provide inovative and professional solutions but also a fantastic community of brilliant users who contribute and assist each other.  

our sharepoint teamsites implementation uses a few bamboo webparts and we're looking at more!  in addition we are using a couple of the free web-parts.  When it is hard to get other vendors approved its great to have Bamboo already in our arsenal and so many choices of web-parts to choose from!

Bamboo nation 4ever!

Bray wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 4:44 PM

I remember when Bamboo was just a little fledgling company....Really awesome to see what it's grown into. ( A great rresource for SharePoint professionals and enthusiasts)

Grow Bamboo grow!

Lily wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 4:51 PM

Thank you to everyone who has participated thus far!  

Don't forget to send me an email (marketing@bamboosolutions.com) with your name, address, phone number and your shirt size/color.

Lily

Brian Milton wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 5:01 PM

Hi, sadly we only use one Bamboo web part. But we use the rollup web part extensively over our sites. It is great to see its just been updated to v5.0.

But I do agree Bamboo have some fantastic web parts that we have looked at and I hope to make use of some more in the near future. I also have to say Bamboo keep me update on most sharepoint topics. My first point if call when Sharepoint 2010 was released was Bamboo.

Keep up the great work!

jenny30534 wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 5:14 PM

We have used quite a few Bamboo webparts and they have always worked great!

When my boss asks for something out of the ordinary I always think, "I bet Bamboo has a webpart for that! :)

jenny30534 wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 5:17 PM

We have used a variety of Bamboo Webparts and they have always been great!

Whenever my boss asks "Can we do this?" I always think "I bet Bamboo has a webpart for this!" :)

vaughnrik549 wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 5:23 PM

Our Problem Management Team needed a colorful status page that would show the priority status color coded for each problem being worked.  I used the Bamboo Data View Web Part.  In under 30 minutes I had what they wanted on line.  Saved me from going into SharePoint Designer and creating a Data View and saved me a ton of time.    Management was very pleased.  They just marvel at how fast we can respond to their needs.

johng wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 5:33 PM

Love to see when SharePoint Knowledge Base Solution Accelerator will be released for 2010

Jimkatoe wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 6:50 PM

Please create a tool to extend the ability to create dynamic audiences based on a profile attribute, to create sharepoint groups based on a combination of profile attributes. It would be a powerful security tool and make administration easier in large farms.

amila wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Wed, Sep 29 2010 9:11 PM

there are several interesting products, but what I like most in bamboo is the aggregation of blogs, especially the sharepoint experts blog feed which is the first in my rss reader.  This is a great service you are providing.

tubody wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 1:22 AM

My project managers just love your Project Management Portfoliio Dashboard product.  

Keep up the great work!  

lamsie wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 2:00 AM

I've been using the List Rollup webpart for several months now and it has been a tremendous help when managing data from multiple projects.

Can't wait to try out the new version soon. :-)

rvstaay wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 3:45 AM

Yesterday I met Gina (Georgia Kyriakopoulou) at the Sharepoint Conections I would love to help Bamboo expand their name throughout the Netherlands. Moreover I like the products and solutions.

stefanie.paul wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 7:25 AM

I love your products because they make me look like the hero for finding solutions to the sometimes impossible feature requests I get.  Your Calendar web part is so sweet.  Looking forward to getting on SharePoint 2010 soon.

Oh yeah, did I mention that your new t-shirt would be perfect for casual Fridays?

stefanie.paul wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 7:27 AM

I love your products because they make me look like the hero for finding solutions to the sometimes impossible feature requests I get.  Your Calendar web part is so sweet.  Looking forward to getting on SharePoint 2010 soon.

Oh yeah, did I mention that your new t-shirt would be perfect for casual Fridays?

snowskier79 wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 7:54 AM

Our company uses your List Rollup web part in many different areas in our SharePoint environment.  Easy to setup, configure, and deploy . . . Bamboo Solutions rocks!

Hopefully I'll be the cool guy on casual Fridays rocking a Bamboo Solutions shirt!

Thanks,

Stu

snowskier79 wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 7:56 AM

Our company uses your List Rollup web part in many different areas in our SharePoint environment.  Easy to setup, configure, and deploy . . . Bamboo Solutions rocks!

Hopefully I'll be the cool guy on casual Fridays rocking a Bamboo Solutions shirt!

Thanks,

Stu

popoff wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 9:33 AM

We use the Alerts Plus web part. It's so flexible that we use it in many different senarios. Thanks for making your products easy to use and affordable. Sure beats waiting around for our developers to get to my "little" projects!

Trudy wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 9:47 AM

I love Bamboo because so many of your products work with the free version of SharePoint.  We are a small shop so the free version is a better fit for our size and uses but it is often hard to find solutions to will work for us.

We use the Media player, the world clock and weather, which our users love, and the video library just to name a few.  

We also enjoy so many of the informative Bamboo news articles.

Keep up the good work!

Trudy Hutzler

kemperflow wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Thu, Sep 30 2010 1:38 PM

We like the Bamboo products because they are well supported and price competitive. We use the list search web parts and the list import web parts, mostly to help our clients with using Sharepoint as a document management platform.

Two important feature additions we'd like to see are: The ability to URL drive the search parameters in the list search web part. This allows us to pass in the search parameters and take the user directly to a search results page. We'd also like to direct the search output to another web part (like a doc libary part) so we have control over the output.

Good stuff though!

Lily wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Fri, Oct 1 2010 8:37 AM

Two more shirts are up for grabs...

Thanks to everyone who has participated thus far.

Lily

b0bbyt wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Mon, Oct 4 2010 9:44 AM

I use and test quite a few Bamboo webparts. My first experience with your products were the List Rotator, which we use on our intranet homepage to display firm announcements, events, etc.

Currently testing the Visual Indicator and the new Calendar.

Would love to see some InfoPath form webparts/integration.

Bob

b0bbyt wrote re: Bamboo Rocks: Unveiling the New Fall Line of Bamboo T-shirts at Our Virtual “Merch Booth"
on Mon, Oct 4 2010 9:50 AM

I use and test quite a few Bamboo webparts. My first experience was putting the List Rotator on our intranet homepage, where firm wide event and announcements are kept current.

Currently testing the Visual Indicators and updated Calendar webparts.

Looking for Infopath webpath/integration.

Bob

Office and SharePoint wrote Wearing SharePoint On Your Sleeve
on Fri, Nov 19 2010 6:54 PM

SharePoint t-shirts for the discriminating admin or dev. ...

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