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There will be no “Silicon Valley exodus”
posted on May 18 2020

I originally shared the following on LinkedIn.

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“Silicon Valley faces tech exodus.”

No it doesn’t.

San Francisco and Silicon Valley will continue to be the global startup and tech hub. It’s where the medium and large tech orgs are based, it’s where the VCs are anchored (or have a satellite office), and it has a massive pool of talent to fill all roles of a company of any stage.

I’ve not even touched on the amazing weather, food, views, events, and the mix of cultures.

The Bay Area is amazing. For every person wanting to move out, dozens are wanting to move in.

The cost of living is high, but so are the salaries, the benefits/perks, the work experience, and the likelihood that you can not only find a tech company you love (and when you want to change tech jobs your options are seemingly endless), but a job that you love which *also* has a high likelihood of success (e.g. IPO).

Also, this isn’t a zero sum game. The Valley/SF can be incredibly important *while* other cities also exponentially increase in their importance.

We’ve already seen this happen in Boston, Seattle, Austin, and New York City.

I’m typing this from Atlanta, an incredible tech hub that I moved to after leaving SF a year ago.






LOOK
posted on Apr 18 2011

Taken in San Francisco during a March business trip.

End result is a creative, unique city service that’s memorable as it is effective.






Up Close & Personal
posted on Jun 4 2007

sluggerI love going to a baseball game. The food, the crowd, the drinks, the smell, the atmosphere of a great stadium… it can’t be beat. While Boston’s Fenway Park is near impossible to beat, AT&T Park in San Francisco is definitely a premier ballpark.

Set at the edge of the bay, the right field wall actually borders the the water. It does get chilly, but nobody seems to mind.

With Barry Bonds chasing the home run record, I knew close seats were a must. I snagged some seats on the third base side… a good 15 feet from Bonds as he entered and exited the dugout.

I snagged this shot as Bonds was headed to left field to start the inning. Don’t ask me how I scored these seats. All I know is it’s going to be tough to enjoy the cheap seats after this one.

[The bigger version is better]






If You’re Going To San Francisco
posted on May 24 2007

Well, I’m outta here for few days. We’ll be spending Memorial Day weekend in San Francisco and the wine country of Sonoma/Nappa Valley. I’ve been to both places once before, but those of you who’ve visited know that it requires a couple of trips to soak everything in.

I leave first thing tomorrow morning and I’ll get back late Tuesday night, so you’re left to entertain yourselves over the next 5 days. I’ll try to post a couple things along the way… though this is vacation, so I’ll try to stay away from the laptop as much as possible. I’ll also be taking pictures… we’ll see what develops (ba da bum!).

To prepare ourselves for this, here’s a link to the intro to Full House. Danny Tanner was the man.

Have a fun, safe weekend, everybody.






The Random Links
posted on Aug 7 2006
  • Tea Partay!
  • What is your state doing to help support our troops?
  • {A little gross} A homeless man in San Francisco picks his scabs to find a place to inject heroin.
  • BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina
  • Loose Tires