A few days ago I blogged about being on assignment in San Francisco for the IBM LEADing to Africa program. Last weekend I decided to explore Silicon Valley a little, taking advantage of my temporary proximity. I did a “tour of tech” (as I called it on my instagram account). Like the geeky tourist that I am, I headed to a few large tech companies to snap some cell phone photos.
I visited Facebook, on 1 Hacker Way:
Apple at 1 Infinite Loop:
And for the sake of nostalgia, Yahoo!:
It was interesting to notice which companies had tourists, on a sunny Sunday morning, and which had me as the lone visitor trying to take awkward selfies.
Predictably, Apple and Google had lots of people taking photos on their campuses (particularly Apple). Facebook had quite a few as well, but not as many. Yahoo! had none as expected. What surprised me was Tesla having none. So much so that I almost felt like I was trespassing there.
Come to think of it, I have friends working at most of these companies (exception made for Tesla), so while I’m here I’ll probably be able to organize a proper tour of the facilities and not just look at the impressive buildings.
Nevertheless it was a fun way to celebrate my passion for technology. I realize it might look silly, but it’s meaningful to someone like me who usually watches Silicon Valley (both the TV show and the real place) from the sidelines.