IT & Network Infrastructure : Facebook Finds New Digs in Vintage Silicon Valley Office
In mid-May, Facebook moved its main offices from downtown Palo Alto, Calif., to a more "rural" setting on California Avenue just off the Stanford University campus, in a 45-year-old two-story building once used by research engineers at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent. It isn't the prettiest, best-equipped building in Silicon Valley, but it is quite functional for what the 800-employee social networking company is looking for. "And we got it for cheap," CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg told eWEEK. "Look, we don't need a fancy-looking place to impress everybody. We just need a good, comfortable space for our engineers and creative people to collaborate and make new things that our subscribers can find useful." The new headquarters is about a mile from the restaurants and social life of downtown, but Facebook managers have provided some good stay-at-home features: a cafeteria that's open all day long, a basketball court, a ping-pong room, a video games room and plenty of lounge-type furniture to make everyone feel right at home. Here are some highlights from the recent Facebook open house.