I live in England but will be visiting the States next month and am for just one day in San Jose. Can anyone tell me if it's possible to visit Adobe Headquarters? I don't have any specific business or particular reason to go there other than that as a Premiere and Adobe user and lover I'm curious and wonder if there's anything interesting to see. But would I even get as far as being allowed to Park unless I had a legitimate business reason for being there? Can anybody shed any light on this? Many thanks.
I see at least two approaches:
1. Call the CEO and make an appointment to discuss 'an offer you can't refuse'. It is about a take-over and you are specifically flying in from the UK to discuss that. Don't mention whether Adobe is offered a company for take-over or you are taking over Adobe. For these first discussions, you only need about an hour of his time, but would like the opportunity to meet other key players in the Adobe teams, just to get acquainted.
2. Make an appointment with one or more of the key players that we regularly encounter here. Steve Hoeg, Todd Kopriva, Dennis Radeke, Mark Mapes, Mansi Grover, Jeremy Dehne, and lots of others.
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Thanks for the smile, Harm!
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I guess this one is a more serious suggestion, but what would I make an appointment to do? I feel I'd only be wasting their time. I only want to visit as a fan; if I could buy an Adobe cap and say I'd set foot in the building, I'd leave happy.
I'm actually in the Seattle office, and Dennis is on the east coast.
> I only want to visit as a fan; if I could buy an Adobe cap and say I'd set foot in the building, I'd leave happy.
I don't know if there's a place to get Adobe merchandise like caps (not really our core business), but you can see some interesting art in the lobbies in San Jose.
If youre in Seattle, let me know.
Many thanks for the kind offer, Todd. In fact I am in Seattle as were flying home from there, but we'll be driving in about 8pm and flying out early next morning.
If anyone here works in San Jose ...?
If you do go, just realize that the lines for the rides get long in the summer. So make sure you get a “Fast Pass”, for front of the line privileges.
So must see attractions are:
The Premiere Haunted Mansion
Adobe Zone – Tower of Terror
The Pirates of the CS5.5 Suite
(Try to eat outside the park, as the food concessions are expensive, and the food is not that great)
And don't forget the "Follies deAcrobat" show in the evening... the dancers don't dress like a Vegas show, but they do sometimes pull someone from the gallery and put an official Adobe poncho on him to join the chorus line
Thanks for the tips, guys. I'll probably spend most of my time in CS5-land, as I've heard that several of the rides in CS5.5-land stop halfway through or are not as smooth as they should be!
I'm looking forward to the high wire Adobe Acrobats, the Shockwave rollercoaster, the interactive Adobe Discover museum, watching a show in the Encore auditorium and of course recording my thoughts about my day on the way out, in the Soundbooth.
In all seriousness, I have seen an Adobe baseball cap, but do not recall the actual source of that. I would suspect that there is a limited selection of Adobe "stuff," but do not recall ever seeing it listed - only the software. Maybe that cap was from some sort of a promo/demo at NAB, or similar? Wish that I had a source.
Good luck, and travel safely,
Hey, many thanks for the link, most grateful.
And they have a cap too! I'd much rather buy it at the site, mind; any souvenir is certainly more poignant if it was purchased on-site rather than by post. But that's not to seem ungrateful, if I can't get one in San Jose I'll certainly use this link, thanks again.