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!
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on Mon 13th Apr, 2009 03:48 pm PDT Dave said:
What was distinct about the meebo-er that made you recognize him/her?
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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.
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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.
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on Wed 15th Apr, 2009 07:39 am PDT steve said:
Thank the FSM that Mom clarified the invite!
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on Wed 15th Apr, 2009 04:59 pm PDT Joe said:
uhhh...wow.
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on Wed 15th Apr, 2009 10:31 pm PDT dave said:
Thank the FSM? The Federated States of Micronesia?
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on Thu 16th Apr, 2009 09:22 am PDT Saxtor said:
Dave, I pray that you, too, may be touched by his Noodly Appendage.
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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.
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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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