Meebo HQ Visit

Silicone Valley is like my Hollywood. Just as a visitor to Hollywood might buy a Map to the Stars and go hunting for their favorite celebrity's homes, I stalk and gawk around Silicone Valley looking for my favorite tech companies. Highest on that list is meebo.

Meebo is a company started back in late 2005 that allows users to access all their various instant messaging protocols via a unified interface all through through their browser*. The nerds among you probably already know all about it. I imagine the non-nerds don't care. Anyway, I've been following the company since its start-up via their blog where they write about the venture capital aspect, the technology hang-ups, the social culture of the bay area, moving from a garage to a real office space, hiring people, etc. etc. Seeing it all in person was something I've been wanting to do for a while.

When we found the location, I was positively giddy. I was so giddy, in fact, I thought it prudent to stroll the avenue for a minute or two before making too much of a fool of myself by knocking on the door. While trying to compose myself on the street corner, I recognized a meebo-er* and lost whatever composure I had managed to regain. Long story short, I finally got up the guts to poke my head in to the office. I was given a quick tour, a smile, and a meebo t-shirt*. I snapped a goofy picture for the blog, and I was out the door. (The giddiness, however, remained for a good 2 hours.)
Sunday April 12 2009File under: travel, USA

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on Mon 13th Apr, 2009 10:33 am PDT EMoore said:
does this mean you're in the USA? And, Can you stay with Thomas 13-27 October? ZAR Trip!
on Mon 13th Apr, 2009 03:48 pm PDT Dave said:
What was distinct about the meebo-er that made you recognize him/her?
on Mon 13th Apr, 2009 03:52 pm PDT Wren said:
I'm just good with faces, I guess. I must have seen a picture of her on the blog before or something.
on Tue 14th Apr, 2009 11:01 am PDT Saxtor said:
Okay, that's just badass.

Your next task is to track down Tom, tell him that he's not actually my friend and then punch him in the face.
on Wed 15th Apr, 2009 07:39 am PDT steve said:
Thank the FSM that Mom clarified the invite!
on Wed 15th Apr, 2009 04:59 pm PDT Joe said:
on Wed 15th Apr, 2009 10:31 pm PDT dave said:
Thank the FSM? The Federated States of Micronesia?
on Thu 16th Apr, 2009 09:22 am PDT Saxtor said:
Dave, I pray that you, too, may be touched by his Noodly Appendage.
on Sun 19th Apr, 2009 07:11 pm PDT Chris said:
I feel your pain on the whole getting excited about things that nobody cares about. Down in Malibu people could never figure out why I didn't get excited about running into Dean Cain, Mel Gibson or David Duchovny but that I had much the same stupid giddiness when I ran into Dave Thomas (No, not the Wendy's guy) at Blockbuster. It was extra awkward due to the fact that I was actually holding a copy of Strange Brew at the time contemplating its rental.
on Mon 20th Apr, 2009 03:49 am PDT Dave said:
Chris, that is so cool! Strange Brew is one of three movies I OWN! I hope he picked up the rental fee for you.

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