Few places have held more allure for me than Google headquarters. I’ve never had much interest in visiting Microsoft or even Facebook- but the Google campus has always intrigued me. I have seen articles about the ‘wacky’ interiors and workspaces. I recall reading an article years ago about the tent-like work spaces and napping pods. It all seemed to be in high contrast to the brilliant thinkers and innovation factory.
And so last week I was able to visit Google. It had already been a long week with a day trip to Chicago, then to Minneapolis in a blizzard to Dallas and finally to San Francisco. I had about 8 hours of sleep in 3 days…but nothing was going to stop me from making the meetings at Google. And a special shout out to my beloved American Airlines* for helping me make my connection.
The first thing you notice as you walk on the campus (um, which is just a collection of buildings) is the childlike humor. Odd sculptures, rainbow colored bikes and quirky décor at every turn inside and out. It feels a bit like a corporate environment decorated by a pre-school in some places. And others feel very ‘star trekky’ –like the giant bank of screens where it plays YOUR videos larger than life. This was super fun.
We had meetings with the smarty smarts at Google (which it seems is pretty much everyone; I heard the cook in the cafeteria discussing his coding work on HIS new site. No joke)….and after many hours of conference room chats…it was time to leave.
But not before my friend and colleague Chris AMBUSHED my photo.
It’s not really his fault; the Google environment makes you kinda kooky, and brave and happy.
Just Google it.