Do you have a favorite celebrity or musician that just the thought of makes your heart flutter? I do but, there’s also a company I feel that way about too. Can you guess???
Yup, Pinterest. As you can see from this blog, I have grown way beyond a casual Pinterest user and last weekend, something magical happened… I visited Pinterest headquarters!
Far away from the rolling prairies of my Texas home I travelled with my husband and some friends a for a getaway to the California wine country. It was a trip we had been planning for over a year to celebrate my birthday.
The weather was perfect and the vineyards were beautiful.
To get to this beautiful oasis, we flew in and out of San Francisco International Airport. It just so happens that Pinterest is based in San Francisco. On our last day, my traveling companions were kind enough to indulge me in adventure to find Pinterest on our way to the airport.
A quick Google search revealed the address and turn by turn directions. I felt like a teenager ready to see their idol. As we got closer I got nervous. Would we be able to see anything? Would they let us in? Would they call security?
The building is located in the SoMa area of San Francisco, away from the high-rise buildings and trolleys of downtown. It’s red brick with huge widows. I was so nervous when I got there, I forgot to get a picture of it. This one is one by Owen Thomas from BusinessInsider.com
Pinterest moved from Palo Alto, CA to San Francisco in July of this year. Looking through the windows, we could see that that there is some construction in progress but, the building is still pretty empty. We walked around to the other side of the building and through a set of glass doors, we saw a beacon of hope. We saw the Pinterest logo.
We walked in and there were people busily working in a bright white open space with touches of red here and there. There was one conference room where a group was meeting. Were they discussing the next big change? Was Ben Silbermann, one of the co-founders of Pinterest, in there?
We approached the front desk and a beautiful girl in her 20’s greeted us. I hadn’t planned on what to say. I told her about writing Oh So Pinteresting and asked if we could just get a picture of the logo on the front of her desk, I didn’t want to interrupt anyone.
She said she would have to ask someone if that would be ok. That gave me a minute to try to take it all in. There was so much energy, so much happening there among a sea of Apple monitors. On the wall to my left, above a desk was this quote by Steve Jobs.
When she came back, I was introduced to Annie and another lady from Pinterest communications. Annie was so kind, she asked about my blog and I tried to explain my enthusiasm for Pinterest with out sounding like a complete lunatic. She said I could take a picture but not to disrupt anyone. I stuck with the original plan and got a shot of the logo on the front desk.
There were no official interviews, there was no grand tour but it was great! My life and the lives of many others have been changed by Pinterest. Artists are being inspired, educators are finding new ways to teach, weddings are being planned and homes are being remodeled with help from Pinterest. Businesses are finding new customers, books are being written and new businesses are starting all because of Pinterest. Having the opportunity to see where it all happens is something I’ll never forget. It was an incredible end to my already amazing birthday trip.
Hopefully, I will be able to go back someday for a more “official” vist. Until then, I’ll keep following from afar and keep you updated as Pinterest continues to change and grow.
Cynthia Sanchez is a Pinterest marketing consultant and expert. Cynthia created OhSoPinteresting.com, one of the early leaders in Pinterest education for businesses. Contact Cynthia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthiasanchezrnbsn