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May 26, 2010

One Month Ago, We Moved to Mountain View.
(We Were in Palo Alto Before, If You Didn’t Know.)

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 6:09 pm

Well, we’ve been a little bashful about sharing pictures of our new office, but now that we’ve had some time to clean it up and hide the power tools, we’re ready to share!

Let’s start from the very beginning…

Before finding our dream home in Mountain View, we spent a LONG time looking at other places…
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… but none of them felt quite right.

Then we met 655 West Evelyn.

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When we first walked in, we knew we had a project on our hands…

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…but something about it just felt right.  So we talked, and we talked…

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…and we decided to move in.

We proceeded to pick out paint colors, measure walls, and strip out wires…

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…until the work was done.

And one month later, here we are, in our brand spankin’ presentable new office!

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Relaxation Station

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a month, but living in Mountain View has been incredible so far. Between the Subway across the street and the two hundred Thai restaurants along Castro, we couldn’t ask for a better place to be!

The location is especially superb because of its ridiculous proximity to Caltrain.  There it is, right outside our window.

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Our beverages of choice have remained largely the same…

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As have our spirits…

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And our sense of humor…

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In the end, we’re just glad that the world can finally share in the fruits of our labour.

But please don’t be deceived — moving wasn’t all a breeze.  As most of you know, moving can be a difficult transition for anyone in their lives.

For Zoodles, the move induced a Coke Zero drought that was extremely hard on all of us – Mark in particular.

He can be seen here drinking Diet Coke, a beverage that signifies struggle.

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Luckily, we have now equipped ourselves with enough Coke Zero to last us a lifetime.  So the Zoodles team will soldier on, once in Palo Alto and now in Mountain View, working hard for families everywhere — and thanks to Coke Zero — making Zoodles all that it can be.

May 12, 2010

Welcome to Zoodles…

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 12:56 pm

While Zoodles has been available for about year, today is a bit of a coming out party for us.  We have spent the last year largely “under the radar” working incredibly hard to build a great experience for children and parents.  We’ve been very lucky to have passionate parents who’ve taken the time to not only give us feedback on our product, but even bring their children into our offices and help us better understand how to make Zoodles better for kids!  This feedback has led us to develop many of the unique features we have today, such as:

  • Educational controls that allow parents to promote specific subjects (e.g. – Math or Reading) to their child
  • A violence filter that allows parents to control the amount of violence they are comfortable exposing their children to online
  • Our unique child interface that adapts to a child’s age and cognitive abilities

There are dozens of other changes we’ve made based on user feedback — in fact, in the last year, we’ve updated the service more than 250 times!

All of these iterations have brought us to the point where we are ready to “officially” announce the product and begin marketing Zoodles more broadly.  We are also excited to announce that we have been working with the great folks at Harrison Metal.  Michael & Erik from Harrison Metal have been great partners, and our new financing provides us the opportunity to accelerate user growth and hire more great engineers!

Finally, I want to thank our users for all the feedback that has helped shape our product.  Last year I noted that Zoodles won a prestigious NAPPA Gold Award and today I am excited to share that we have recently won two additional awards:

We have many exciting updates in the works, but there’s really no reason to wait… go ahead and get all of your relatives 8 years old and younger to try Zoodles.  I am certain they will have a lot of fun, and their parents will love it as well!

Mark
CEO & Co-founder

May 9, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day!

Filed under: Family Activities — Erin @ 12:20 pm

We hope that all the mothers out there have a *GREAT* Mother’s Day.  On a personal note, I want to thank my mother for being such a great mom to me and my brother and sisters.  It is only through being a parent that I can appreciate the patience and effort it took for her to raise four children.  I also want to thank my wife for such a great parent to our two little girls.  I would have never started a company if it weren’t for the fact that I have such a supportive wife who is able to handle the ups and downs associated with startup life, while also being a consistently great mom.

So thanks Mom & Tara and thanks to all the other moms across the world for everything you have done!

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