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This Startup Left Its Office When Covid Hit. The New Tenants? 20,000 Bees


The headquarters of Santa Barbara, California, software company Invoca have been empty since March. But unbeknownst to the staff, the office was buzzing with activity. Specifically, with bees.While Invoca’s 210 employees were working from home amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a colony of honey bees was busy building a nest inside the walls of the three-story building the company rents on State Street in Santa Barbara. By the time the bees were discovered this month, they numbered 20,000. “We’ve talked a lot about the challenges of coming back to the office,” says Gregg Johnson, the company’s CEO. “We have not thought about …

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