Once upon a time, in a land 3,000 miles away, Alexia wrote a post titled Arianna Wants To Put A Nap Room In TechCrunch HQ. Lol. It was in reference to NapQuest, a relatively awesome initiative at Aol/Huffington Post that includes a small room with a massage chair, a shelf full of books, complete with a full-fledged dentist-style reclining chair and a sleep sound machine.
Along with some other awesome perks of working in this office (like free drinks, a gym, and keg-laden Thirsty Thursdays), NapQuest is only one of the reasons why I personally feel so blessed to work at Aol while still having the benefit of editorial independence, something we talk a lot about at TechCrunch.
So I have decided to practice my editorial independence by breaking the biggest story of the year: Alexia, who has publicly stated that tech bloggers don’t need sleep (and that naps are a joke), was just caught occupying one of Aol’s 5th floor NapQuest pods.
Now, I’ve never actually used the NapQuest, partially because I’m not a fan of naps, and partially because it feels awkward to sleep at your place of work. But I know some TC staffers have enjoyed it in the past, and I see nothing wrong with those who do. But, Alexia probably hurt Arianna’s feelings with that post:
Silicon Valley absolutely, positively doesn’t need a nap room because in theory we don’t sleep, let alone nap (and if we do need to nap — like in an emergency — we take that shiz home, far far away from hungry competitors!).
Especially considering the fact that the boss upstairs (she actually has an office downstairs, but you understand) was only trying to make a better work environment for her employees.
So, this is for you Arianna. NapQuest is a good thing. It lets workaholics like Alexia take a moment away from their desk to regroup before burning the midnight oil, as I’m sure Alexia will do tonight, just as she did last night, and the night before.
That is all.
Alexia Tsotsis is the co-editor of TechCrunch. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, majoring in Writing and Art, and moved to New York City shortly after graduation to work in the media industry. After four years of living in New York and attending courses at New York University, she returned to Los Angeles in order to continue her career in new media, first as LA Weekly’s Internet culture reporter, and then as SF Weekly’s...
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Arianna Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books. Her latest, Third World America, published in September 2010, chronicles the struggles of Americaâ€™s besieged middle class. She is a frequent guest on television shows such as Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, This Week with Christiane Amanpour, and The Rachel Maddow Show. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that...