Alright, it wasn't a real jail, but we did lock up our Zappos Family Managers a couple weeks ago for an exercise to show that drinking and driving doesn't mix. Special thanks to our benefits team for setting this up and turning the blog bus into a jail cell for a day!
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This quarter’s Tech All Hands meeting was a rousing success! In addition to covering all of the new and exciting work that’s gone on in the past several months like:
Public API! - We launched our public API (http://developer.zappos.com) that allows the developer community to build their own applications with Zappos data.Zappos uses the API inhouse to power our mobile apps as well as various functions throughout the actual website.
Sizing Project Completed! - Reinvented how product measurement data is stored and processed to make it easier than ever to find the perfect fit for nearly any type of product.
And celebrating the team’s successes with awards, acknowledgements, and drinks like:
Grey Goose shots
More Grey Goose shots
Everyone’s favorite CTO, Arun (pictured above),announced that Zappos IP, Inc. will be opening an office in SF. Will Young will be heading up the new office and had this to say:
“We are very excited to be opening up a small San Francisco office. We’re jazzed to go back to the Zappos Family's Bay Area roots and surround ourselves by the many amazing people and companies who make the world a happier place through technology, arts and culture. The San Francisco office in some ways will be a mini-start-up within the Zappos Family. Our office is going to focus on experimentation, incubation and off roadmap projects. We will want to try a lot of fun and new zany things that might become the future of how people shop online or may end up in the huge pile of unused ideas “that sounded good at the time”. We’re eager to work and partner with great Bay Area companies to really put out some WOW.”
We were entertained along the way with videos and skits covering everything from hunting bears (don’t ask) to “Zappos Next Live Model” featuring men in drag (you may not want to watch it). But by far, the favorite video of the night featured a rendition of a well-known and loved scene from “A Few Good Men.” Check out our version below.
Everyone is super excited about the great work the team has done in 2010 and looking forward to 2011. We are looking for “A Few Good Developers” to join both our Las Vegas and SF teams. And by “a few” we mean a lot!!!!! Check out all of the tech openings HERE
Zappos.com and TLC (The Learning Channel) joined forces to send approximately 25,000 lucky customers free flip flops last month. This is just another way to wow our amazing customers and help to get them ready for summer.
Special thanks to Sonnet Treptow of our KY Video Team for filming and editing this awesome video!
Our blogger and best buddy Melissa L. was in an accident riding her bike a few weeks ago, and she has been at home recovering for over a month! Today, my friends, she returned to us, and we are so delighted!
Melissa hails originally from San Francisco, CA and started Zappos in the summer of 2008 as a video blogger. Even after the accident, she still managed to go ahead with her wedding, which was set for a week later. On October 3, Melissa married her best friend Igi in a beautiful ceremony in Temecula with many Zappos people in town.
Melissa, we are so happy to have you back!!!
(Melissa and Igi!)
Yesterday we had an unhealthy food cook-off, and I had some leftover bacon, 1 piece to be exact. I asked everyone if they wanted it, but it sat around for a couple hours. Around 1PM Pacific time I placed said bacon in Brett’s bag. A few hours later we had Andrew J. Rosenthal from Happier.com in the office for an interview/tour. While I had the camera out I asked Brett to show us what was in his bag. You won’t believe what happens next.
UFC fighter Frank Trigg and his family graced us with their presence at the Zappos Headquarters yesterday and our very own wrestling enthusiast Brett H. got the chance to sit down with Frank and ask him, well, pretty much whatever he’d like.
Yesterday the Pipeline team invited everyone over to their area for a Hot Dog Social! Brett had a chance to talk to a few pipeline instructors and ask a few questions about classes, and of course enjoy a tasty Dog! Is there a dancing class coming up in the near future?