Ex-porn star PAs and the lonely engineers of 2nd Street

Summary:I popped into the MySpace Developer platform launch the other day and picked up a couple of interesting nuggets about MySpace.A lot of the execs in the Santa Monica headquarters have personal assistants, and most are very good looking.

I popped into the MySpace Developer platform launch the other day and picked up a couple of interesting nuggets about MySpace.

A lot of the execs in the Santa Monica headquarters have personal assistants, and most are very good looking. My source tells me that at least two of the executives love to boast about their PAs as being former adult movie actors, including the names of their top movies.

It is wonderful that MySpace is an equal opportunity employer. Silicon Valley firms should learn from MySpace.

The MySpace launch was at 625 2nd St in downtown San Francisco. It's very familiar to me because I used to have a desk there for a few months last year. My floor used to be packed with people who were part of a dozen or more startups also renting desks.

In December 2006 the Wall Street Journal ran a story about the building saying it represented a return to boom times for the south of Market neighborhood. [Please see:Epicenter of Web 2.0 boom]

Late last year everybody got kicked out of 625, so that MySpace could move in. All eight of them. Eight engineers in a space that once bustled with people.

"We're hoping to hire more engineers, tell people MySpace is hiring," I was told. OK. Software engineers! Come join MySpace, where each cubicle is 1000 square feet.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Browser

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In May 2004, Tom Foremski became the first journalist to leave a major newspaper, the Financial Times, to make a living as a full-time journalist blogger. He writes the popular news blog Silicon Valley Watcher--reporting on the business of Silicon Valley.Tom arrived in San Francisco in 1984, and has covered US technology markets for leadi... Full Bio

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