Story of HubPages Part Two

San Francisco Days

On August 15th, shortly after HubPages was opened to the public (August 5th, 2006), we moved out of the Berkeley garage. We now have new digs at 95 Minna Street in San Francisco. The new office came with built in desks, so all we had to do was move our chairs and computers and we were up and running in our new office.

In September, we hired our first two employees. Jason Menayan and Tom Schirmer. Jason runs marketing and Tom is our third engineer. We'll most likely remain small for the foreseeable future.

Although we are in a new place and a couple new people, things mostly remain the same. We drink lots of coffee and eat together almost every day.

Our big focus is improving the site, driving more traffic and finding people to create high quality Hubs. Drax, on the 75th day of the site published his 100th Hub. He's the first person to reach a status of "All Star". This means he has 100 Hubs and an author HubScore over 75. Will Drax be the first person to reach the "Hall of Fame"?

So, what's next? We are hard at work on new features. Many new things will be released before the year is out and we will continually work to make it better. If you would like to help, you can. Just take your personal expertise and turn it into a Hub.

Couldn't have gotten this far without my family and Hummer Winblad:)

Starting a company takes a lot of work. I have two small children and I get a ton of support from my wife Robin, my parents and my brothers (some more than others). I'm still waiting for Alex and George to make a Hub:)

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gredmondson 10 years ago from San Francisco, California

Wait till you see my Hub (hub?) on the Kon Tiki Inn. (I inteviewed the owner today -- that was interesting) It's coming soon!

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Drax 10 years ago from NYC....

Paul, I had a feeling I'd regret bringing you back.. but seriously.. thank you and all the team for Hubpages (and the mention). I think it's a fantastic product, intuitive to use and with a minimal learning curve. It is a perfect example of how the balance of power is shifting away from the mega media companies Hubpages Success ...Slainte !

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Paul Edmondson 10 years ago from Burlingame, CA Author

Thanks Drax and Jimmy.

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Poetic Muse 10 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA, USA

Do you ever feel like you are married to an English teacher? Mine would roll over in their graves if they see all the atrocities I commit.

I'm addicted to Hubpages. Someone stop me before I hub again.

Shoshana 10 years ago from Seattle

Will there be a Members Helping Members section?

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Paul Edmondson 10 years ago from Burlingame, CA Author

Yes, we are working on some help forums. You can also email team <at> hubpages . com with questions. I check them at least twice a day.

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Moonmaiden 9 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

I just noticed Jimmy had made the Hall of Fame. Is there a list somewhere so I can see who else is in the Hall of Fame?

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Paul Edmondson 9 years ago from Burlingame, CA Author

It's just Jimmy for now, but we are working on a view so you can see everyone who's in.

nu2uall 7 years ago

Wow this is my first day discovering Hub and I am excited. So I going to be patient and learn the in and outs of this brainchild as I embrace this literary adventure.

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chuckfizz 5 years ago from indianapolis, Indiana

Seems that some really great things emanate from these elusive "California garages". Hmmm, maybe I'll have to look into getting one for myself.

It could become the beginning of a business; a Midwest franchise for California Custom Business Building Garage Centers where we could bring in interested investors by offering free engineering specifications for jacking up espresso machines and adding more power for ones espresso experience...

Well, in any case, the HubPages framework is fantastic. The learning pages, which are totally awesome by the way, lead me to reading about the history of HubPages and its team. Reading about the companies history inspired me and so maybe I just got a tad bit carried away. You folks seem to have that effect on people. Keep up the great work!

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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Facinating and brilliant. Thank you for your inspiration. I certainly enjoy writing here.

I am researching how a nonprofit social group best creates a network site and thought I would find out how hubpages began. It is all very complicated for my non-techie brain.

We are not looking to create anything like hubpages- not that we could. We are attempting to create a site where articles could be posted from approved sources, with a bit of flexibility for external comments, etc. Are there hubs addressing these issues? I don't seem to know where to find them.

In the meantime, thanks again for coming up with such a great idea.

Aram 2 years ago

If you can give briefly information about history of 95 minna street or where i can find begining years of building .Thank you

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