Spying on the Uber LA Team
Well, not really.
When the team from Uber invited me to spend Diwali with them at their LA office, it was an easy yes for me - not only because I LOVE Indian food, but also because I was highly curious how a company like Uber would celebrate the Festival of Lights (this is what Diwali essentially means in Sanskrit).
Getting into my Uber to go visit … Uber.
So I got to their uber-swank (pun-intended) offices in Santa Monica at around 4:30 and was given a tour of the space:
L: Great view of the ocean.
R: Me smiling for no reason other than there is a camera pointed at center
I found out later that the space was designed by the same team that designers of the interior of the Soho Houses - it was very well planned out, spacious and best of all - with a view of the ocean.
The Uber LA office was filled with these heartwarming framed testimonials from riders and driver-partners.
So after the tour of the two-story space by the very friendly Uber team, we were led to their communal area and we saw that the area already had a lot of Indian delicacies ready:
...which made it really hard to concentrate on much else other than eating.
But there was also an Indian henna and semi-permanent tattoo artist who did a great job of selecting a piece of temporary art for me.
Of course, no festivities are complete without a bit of song and dance - and we were treated to a couple of Bhangra dancers who taught us some cools steps.
And I was so amazed that within minutes, the Uber team members were able to dance in sync with the dancers like they’ve been practicing for years. I mean talk about #skills:
Group photo for posterity: It was a great night with the Uber Los Angeles team as well as a few other influencers who were invited.
Being an Asian living in the US, I find efforts like Uber’s encouraging and it is very much welcomed, because celebrating Diwali, Chinese New Year or Eid-Al-Fitr is a step towards acknowledging my background and my culture as well as other minorities like me.
So thank you Uber for the wonderful Diwali celebration. Now if only I can figure out how the heck everyone was able to dance in sync after only 10 minutes of training.
That was fantastic! It’s so great for Uber to celebrate Diwali and recognize the efforts of our fellow Asians.
Wow! Such swanky and spacious office Uber employees stay in… I would love to visit there one day!
Uber’s office is so cool!
How fun! And oh, you look so fabulous as always, Heidi!
Love all the pictures! Everyone looks amazing!
I would love to visit Uber offices one day. They all seem very accommodating. I’m an Uber loyal too 🙂
It’s amazing to see so many inspiring Asians living in US.. I am an Asian myself and it makes me feel more at home to be with people who appreciate you and recognize our Asian heritage. Great job, Uber!
That is uber fantastic!! Belated happy Diwali!
So cool, I love the dance steps! Everyone looked amazing, I see Nita Mann with you. Belated happy Diwali to everyone!
I love how spacious and comfortable their office looks. Makes me want to work at Uber!
Awww! Those testimonials were truly heartfelt.. Great job, Uber!
I wish I could also dance like them, I have two left feet, don’t know how to dance to save my life.. Happy belated Diwali celebration to my Indian friends 🙂
Love that temporary art tattoo on your arm, Heidi. It’s so beautiful!
Looked like an awesome event!
Oh gosh, that office is so cool!
Love reading all those moving testimonials It’s nice to know that Uber values its people, both the riders and driving partners.
Such a festive event! Glad to see you all enjoying.
Wow!! That office looks so amazing! I can work in that office all day long!
Love that henna tattoo design! 💗💗
That’s so amazing! It’s so nice of Uber to do this 🙂
I wish I could dance gracefully like them, too! So glad to see you with Nita Mann, by the way. You both look lovely!
You look so beautiful, Heidi!!
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