Tech Pup of the Day: Airbnb’s Nutmeg

Xconomy San Francisco — 

Toiling among the elite technology specialists of Silicon Valley and San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood is a class of workers whose pay is low, and who are often barred from company dining areas and kitchens. However, their standing among their co-workers sometimes approaches adulation, and their perks may far exceed those granted to their colleagues.

We celebrate one of these quiet workplace heroes today.

Name: Nutmeg

Title: Morale Officer

Company: Airbnb, San Francisco

Profile: Mini Australian Shepherd, female, 8 years old, excels at catching squeaky tennis balls in air

Job Duties:

  • Immediately upon entry into lobby security area, eat dog treats from guard’s hand
  • Participate in Morning Stand-Up meetings of engineering team, roll over on back in center of circle
  • Encourage belly rubs from co-workers in engineers’ Nerd Cave lounge
  • Gracefully accept frequent public displays of affection from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky
  • Accompany co-worker Tanya Breshears as she helps with whole-day interviews of job candidates. “They’ll start petting her unconsciously,” Breshears says.

Professional Associations: SOMA Tech dog meetups at 8th & Brannan ballfield

Notable colleagues: Brian Chesky; Tanya Breshears, Airbnb engineer and designer, Nutmeg’s office mate and housemate

Contact: nutmegthedog@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/nutmeg.breshears

https://twitter.com/nutmegthedog

Photo credit: Tanya Breshears

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  • AndrewKarpie

    Toiling among the elite technology specialists of Silicon Valley and San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood is a class of [HUMAN] workers whose pay is low and are often not businesses’ employees with benefits. I don’t know if they are barred from the businesses dining areas.