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Old 11-27-2005, 05:35 PM   #1 (Print)
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What is TiVo Headquarters like?

Are their people dressed up like TiVo guy dancing around all day? Are their TiVo's in every office? Are they all networked? Phoneline or ethernet? Is the building shaped like a TiVo? Do you eat lunch together? Can a staffer e-mail the big guy? Is there a big Summer Solstice party?

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Old 11-27-2005, 06:15 PM   #2 (Print)
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Is the building shaped like a TiVo?


Sorry, it's just a typical industrial park type of building. I work very close to there and pass by it often (it's pretty cool to see that TiVo logo on the building and come to the realization that this is the TiVo folks who gave us such a great technology). You can see it from the freeway, so they take advantage of that and hang huge banners on the building to advertise TiVo. Here are a couple of sites that show pictures of the headquarters.

http://www.inwap.com/tivo/1million-a.jpg

http://www.sadsalvation.com/weblog/firstdaypage5.html
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Old 11-28-2005, 01:16 AM   #3 (Print)
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It is pretty cool inside. But it isn't like Willy Wonka built the place. :-)

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Old 11-28-2005, 12:01 PM   #4 (Print)
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It is pretty cool inside. But it isn't like Willy Wonka built the place. :-)


Thats actually what I was hoping for.

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Old 11-28-2005, 02:46 PM   #5 (Print)
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Are their people dressed up like TiVo guy dancing around all day?
Not all day. Just sometimes. (My team did borrow the TiVo guy costume for a Halloween video skit last month, and the video prominently featured the TiVo guy dancing... But I can't release that video, sorry.)

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Are their TiVo's in every office?
None of us (except the CEO) have offices -- we're all in cubes. I'd say about half of the cubes have a TiVo DVR and small television set. Then there are the labs. Lots of DVRs in those.

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Are they all networked?
Nope, not all. Most are not networked together.

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Phoneline or ethernet?
Both! But mostly ethernet.

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Is the building shaped like a TiVo?
Two buildings, side by side, two floors each, and they're pretty much just shaped like buildings. There are lots of TiVo logos inside, however, such as the giant TiVo logo on the soda machines.

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Do you eat lunch together?
Who has time for lunch? But each day a sizable group of employees do gather for lunch in the "town center" of our main building.

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Can a staffer e-mail the big guy?
Assuming you mean the CEO -- absolutely. He encourages it.

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Is there a big Summer Solstice party?
Nope, but we do celebrate a date near the vernal equinox:

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-v...ad.php?t=231902

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Old 11-28-2005, 04:16 PM   #6 (Print)
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Hey Stephen, this type of info, with a few pictures added, would be GREAT for the new TiVo blog!
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Old 11-28-2005, 04:23 PM   #7 (Print)
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Good idea -- I'll let Nova know.

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Old 11-28-2005, 04:25 PM   #8 (Print)
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Personally, seeing those pictures of the building.....sort of depresses me. Not that I was also hoping for Willy Wonka, but a little more pizazz would be nice. Heck, there should be a big TiVo guy out in front, sort of like the glass pyramid is out in front of the Louvre.

Oh well, one can wish and spend the company's money........

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Old 11-28-2005, 06:40 PM   #10 (Print)
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I used to work near there and even went to Alviso for lunch on occasion, and to the driving range. This was before Tivo occupied that building, I think. The last time I was in the area, around 2000 or so, I don't recall Tivo being there, but I may have just never noticed. I didn't join the Tivolution until last year.

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Old 11-28-2005, 06:56 PM   #11 (Print)
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Personally, seeing those pictures of the building.....sort of depresses me. Not that I was also hoping for Willy Wonka, but a little more pizazz would be nice. Heck, there should be a big TiVo guy out in front, sort of like the glass pyramid is out in front of the Louvre.

Oh well, one can wish and spend the company's money........

Yeah, the first picture kinda looked like an old seedy Ramada Inn you might find off an interstate.

The other pictures looked better, though less "high-techy" than I would have imagined

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Old 11-28-2005, 07:09 PM   #12 (Print)
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I agree the outside is a bit dull (we just lease the buildings after all), although there is some beautiful marshland right nearby.

However, the inside decor is very nice. I've heard it has won an award or two, and we were featured on the cover of a "Corporate Interiors" magazine in 2000.

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Old 11-28-2005, 07:09 PM   #13 (Print)
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Thank you very much for your answers! I am glad that TiVo HQ seems as lively and exciting as I imagined it. I am glad to know that you celebrate the last Friday of March as Blue Moon Day (even if there is no blue moon)! I will celebrate it too.

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Old 11-28-2005, 07:16 PM   #14 (Print)
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Personally, seeing those pictures of the building.....sort of depresses me. Not that I was also hoping for Willy Wonka, but a little more pizazz would be nice. Heck, there should be a big TiVo guy out in front, sort of like the glass pyramid is out in front of the Louvre...




Or a tech world answer to Bob's Big Boy!

I can actually see it! There SHOULD be one!

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Old 11-28-2005, 07:25 PM   #15 (Print)
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Personally, seeing those pictures of the building.....sort of depresses me. Not that I was also hoping for Willy Wonka, but a little more pizazz would be nice. Heck, there should be a big TiVo guy out in front, sort of like the glass pyramid is out in front of the Louvre.

Oh well, one can wish and spend the company's money........




TiVo should have a contest....build the most creative, practical TiVo HQ model. It's brilliant!! The winner gets a trip to TiVo HQ to test some new gear and lunch in the "town center" with everyone involved at TiVo HQ.

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Hmm...I guess there IS a TiVo answer to the Big Boy statue?



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Does the doorbell make TiVo sounds, and, if so, does it get answered really fast if you ring it three times?
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Old 11-28-2005, 09:35 PM   #18 (Print)
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However, the inside decor is very nice. I've heard it has won an award or two, and we were featured on the cover of a "Corporate Interiors" magazine in 2000.
IIRC, if you go into the lobby of the 'right hand' building, then go through the left door out of the lobby into the building, along the right side of the hallway there are glass cases built into the wall - and in one of those is an award for the interior design.

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IIRC, if you go into the lobby of the 'right hand' building, then go through the left door out of the lobby into the building, along the right side of the hallway there are glass cases built into the wall - and in one of those is an award for the interior design.


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Better yet, I heard if you come late to a meeting in the building, you can hit instant replay a few times to get back to the beginning of the meeting! This is all assuming the beginning of the meeting is still in the buffer.

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...there should be a big TiVo guy out in front...


Thats it! TiVo needs to start selling an inflatable lighted TiVo Guy for the front yard! You know like the Turkeys for T-day and Santa's for X-mas. I would buy one of those for sure. They could even make a TiVoClaus (TiVo guy with santa hat), TiVoTurkey (TiVo guy with tail feathers) and a TiVoBunny (Easter bunny ears). Now that would be advertising.

How about a TiVo guy balloon for the Macy's Day Parade. Then they could just tie it to the top of the building the other 364 days a year.

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How about a TiVo guy balloon for the Macy's Day Parade. Then they could just tie it to the top of the building the other 364 days a year.



And if it injure's people due to high wind...they can just run past footage!

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Does Tivo have an open refrigerator policy ala Microsoft? I heard at Microsoft all the softdrinks are free. And all there lunches are catered my Mariot or someone like that, and they are only a few bucks. This keeps the employees fat and happy and content, less likely to seek employment elsewhere.

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This keeps the employees fat and happy and content, less likely to seek employment elsewhere.


I imagine a bunch of free TiVo's and service would also keep employees happy!

Back in the booming late 90s, a small company I worked for had free soda and Starbucks for all (not to mention a game room with Dreamcast, foosball, and bean bag chairs). Then they decided they needed to focus on making a profit and sold out to a larger company and the goodies went away.

Google's catering seems very cool, but they are FLUSH with cash...
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Better yet, I heard if you come late to a meeting in the building, you can hit instant replay a few times to get back to the beginning of the meeting! This is all assuming the beginning of the meeting is still in the buffer.


I'm thinking TiVo is like most companies, in that the employees would rather fast-forward to the end of the meeting.

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I wonder if Tivo has some in-house calendar software that let's people schedule meetings with a UI just like Tivo for television.

"NOTE: You cannot schedule the RCA Conference Room at this date and time because it is already scheduled for another meeting. Click Select to go back to change the conference room and or date/time."

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I wonder if Tivo has some in-house calendar software that let's people schedule meetings with a UI just like Tivo for television.

"NOTE: You cannot schedule the RCA Conference Room at this date and time because it is already scheduled for another meeting. Click Select to go back to change the conference room and or date/time."



or for some userids - click here to cancel previous meeting and schedule this one
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I'm sure they clip late meetings using Overlap Protection based on attendee seniority.
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I'm sure they clip late meetings using Overlap Protection based on attendee seniority.


And if you don't alert the system if you'll be late for work, or even out, then you will get a nag message on your cell phone every 10 minutes until you call in.

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