Tour of SmugMug

While I was out in Cali, I had a chance to meet an old friend and comrade of mine, Philip. He wanted to show me his new gig, SmugMug.

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Here’s the entrance.

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When you first go in, you’ll see photos covering every wall, including the floors. Just to get to the top of the stairs takes a couple minutes because there are so many stories behind each photo.

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As you walk up to the second floor, you get the sense of quirkiness and a laid back kind of environment.

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There’s definitely a theme of large awesome photos from their customers, as well as a strange assortment of furniture. While the chairs look comfy, this room is a little crowded with furniture.

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There are photos of their team, most of which are family members. SmugMug is a family operated company that hasn’t taken any funding. Pretty amazing that they’ve stayed competitive for the last decade. Props to any company that can do it without taking a mortgage.

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Here’s a pic of their café. They’re actually remodeling their kitchen, and from the sounds of it, they have a legit chef that comes in to cook.

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While most of the space is dark, there are occasional sky lights that let in a fair bit of natural light.

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Almost every surface is plastered with photos, filled with rich detail and history.

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Here’s a pic of San Francisco during the great fire. How the photographer managed to get this photo is beyond me. There’s a diagram of the setup, and it uses a kite. It’s mind boggling.

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One of their developers had to hack together their own office/castle. You’ve got to love the energy of engineers. ^_^

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There are actually office rooms for all the employees. Unlike the open space, these walls provide visual screening, but are semi-open, letting in ambient noise.

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I guess the semipermeable walls could be a good and bad thing. Probably not awesome if you have someone really noisy next to you. Noisy neighbors could be a bummer.

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I mean seriously, some of these landscapes are incredible. And to see them blown up to a wall mural is astonishing.

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And there’s always something on tap. I’m talking about the exquisite, obscure, and most desired beers. These guys are serious about their brew.

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Thanks Philip, for giving me a tour of your new gig. The space is pretty interesting, and the relationships that your company has built with customers is remarkable.

By the way, Philip is going to be a dad soon. Congrats to him and his wife! Hopefully I can be other there again soon to check out the kiddo when he/she arrives. ^_^ Cheers buddy!

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