I moved to San Francisco 9 months ago from the East Coast bastion of Boston. Despite having experience living in a major US city, I found quite a few surprises coming here. Some have been great, while others not so much.
If you're planning the move here, I hope this will help you know better what to expect. And if you already live in SF, this should give you a laugh or two and hopefully inspire you to leave a comment with anything I missed.
Of course one of the most interesting things happened last week for me was LeWeb, but there are also something more:
1. Why First Round Capital funded a lawsuit
You can imagine the scene in the board room.
The CEO of our portfolio company, Techforward, is discussing a “make the company opportunity” — Best Buy wants us to to power their nation-wide buyback program. And Best Buy is talking about launching it with a Super Bowl commercial! We had just finished a pilot test in several Best Buy stores and the results were very strong – and now, before we moved forward with the national rollout, Best Buy was asking us to provide them with access to our proprietary analytical model. This model was our crown jewels — we had invested years and millions of dollars building it. But we had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Best Buy – and they had assured us the information would remain confidential and was critical to moving forward. The board ultimately agreed to share the model – knowing we were protected by our confidentiality agreement.
2. A new book The Startup Chef by Hunter Walk and Maya Baratz
A cookbook by people who make technology products may seem a bit counterintuitive at first. Technology, after all, is about bytes, not bites.
But the creative process that goes into cooking a great meal — and the raw vision, passion and imagination one applies to making something new out of a sum of unsuspecting ingredients — is not so different from the process of creating innovative technology products.
3. Tim Cook’s Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks
Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free. “He goes, ‘I never want you to ask what I would have done,’” recalls Cook. “‘Just do what’s right.’ He was very clear.” In Cook’s first 16 months on the job, Apple has released next-generation iPhones and iPads and seen its stock price rise 43 percent. Though it hasn’t yet expanded into new product categories (still no Apple TV set), the company has changed in significant ways, largely because of Cook’s calm and steady influence. In his most wide-ranging interview as CEO, Cook explains how Apple works now, talks about the perception that he’s “robotic,” and announces the return of Apple manufacturing to the U.S.
And good advice from Doug Leone
Craig Weich (@craigweich) December 08, 2012
There was an awesome event this week called LeWeb where amazing Entrepreneurs shared their stories. So I selected some interesting moments, LeWeb – The Internet of Things.
Ladies and gents Loic and Geraldine LeMeur the founders of LeWeb.
Nest is pretty amazing device! I have not tried it yet, but definitely will. Tony Fadell, Founder & CEO, Nest Labs, Inc. & Xavier Niel, Founder of the Iliad Group, Free’s parent company; Vice President & Director of Strategy, Iliad Group
Hot Ariel Garten is the CEO of Interaxon, a company building consumer products that can read your brainwaves. In this interview with Loic Le Meur she shows off their product, the Muse Headset, and Loic tries it out live on stage.
In a truly fascinating talk, Benjamin Cichy, Chief Software Engineer, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, Jet Propulsion Laboratory shares the story of the massive technological feat he and his team overcame to land the Mars Exploration Rover on Mars.
Scott Harrison, Founder & CEO, Charity:Water shares his story about how he started the amazing charity and why Water is so important.
Ben Gomes, Vice President & Google Fellow, Google & Loic Le Meur, Founder, LeWeb talk about the future of search and how it will integrate with the internet of things.
Peter Deng, Director of Product Management, Facebook & David Kirkpatrick, Founder & CEO, Techonomy Media
Next day Marko Ahtisaari, Executive Vice President, Design, Nokia announced the launch of the Nokia Lumia 620, a colorful new smart phone.
Awesome talk by Dr. DJ Patil, Data Scientist in Residence, Greylock Partners
Bill Tai, Angel Investor, Venture Captialist & Kiteboarding Athlete & Susi Mai, Pro Kiteboarder talk about building their community of Kiteboarders and their experiences as entrepreneurs.
Scott talks about running, and the lessons he’s learned from his favorite sport that he can apply to building companies. So decided to run few miles tomorrow, inspiring talk.
Michael Lazerow, CMO, Salesforce Marketing Cloud & Robert Scoble, American blogger, technical evangelist and author, Rackspace
Kevin Systrom adresses Instagram’s decision to stop allowing Twitter to display photos in their stream. He also talks about how Instagram has integrated with the Facebook team since the acquisition, and where Instagram is headed in the future.
Day three starts with high energy talk by Ramon de Leon, In this talk, Ramon shares how he’s created amazing customer experiences for people using social media.
Team BlackSheep makes amazing flying drones that you control by watching a video feed through goggles that are attached to the devices.
Founders Cameron Robertson and Paul Gerhardt Demo Lockitron at LeWeb Paris 2012. Lockitron is an internet connected device that allows you to lock or unlock your door from anywhere, using your phone. It also notifies you when someone knocks, and can automatically open your door when you walk up to it.
Really interesting technology by Sascha Klement
Marcus Schappi Demos Ninja Blocks at LeWeb Paris 2012. Ninja blocks are connected objects that allow you to creatively make connections between different things using the internet.
Natalia Vodianova discusses her career as a model and how she’s used her success to help people all over the world.
Thank you Loic, Geraldine and all the Team for such a nice event, hope to join your soon.
Hi there my friends! This week I was a homeless guy for seven hours while came up with whole new idea of Postys main page, that was a good week. And there is some following interesting stories happend last week:
1. Why I love Twitter and barely tolerate Facebook
For the past decade, I’ve tried every new social media product to come along but I find myself returning to the two giants of the industry most often: Twitter and Facebook. I’m optimistic and delighted every time I open up Twitter on my browser, while Facebook is something I only click on once or twice a day and always with a small sense of dread. This week I sat down to think about why that is.
2. Instagram Co-Founder Mike Krieger’s 8 Principles For Building Products People Want
Mike Krieger, Instagram’s founder, thinks you can build apps that fit in the real world by watching what people want, not guessing. He presented his eight core product design insights today at 500 Startups’ Warm Gun conference. Here’s the cheat sheet to his talk.
3. The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed?
I’ve been hearing about the so-called Series A Crunch for at least six months, and in recent weeks, I’ve spoken with more than 20 venture capitalists, angel investors, incubator heads, lawyers, and other necessary cogs in the ecosystem trying to get some details about it.
4. This infinite pictures ‘inside Amazon‘
5. Meet the Obama campaign’s $250 million fundraising platform.
When I first joined the Digital team at the Obama campaign back in June of 2011 the fundraising stakes were as high as they could get. There was speculation in the press that we would raise a jaw dropping $1 billion and while that seems like (and is) a lot of money, we were up against newly instituted Super PACs that could raise an unlimited amount of money (thanks Citizens United!). Not to mention that we would also eventually have a “businessman” opponent that would surely have a strong fundraising operation.
by Kyle Rush
founder pro tip: most startup decks focus on Product, Product, Product, but most of your risk is Distribution, Distribution, Distribution.—
Dave McClure (@davemcclure) December 02, 2012
This needs to go viral. http://t.co/YUdixG89—
Julie Schuchard (@julieschu) November 29, 2012
Girish Mathrubootham (@mrgirish) December 02, 2012
Farmer denied permit to build horse shelter. So he builds giant table & chairs which don't need permit. I love this. http://t.co/WF8VbZoN—
Shervin Pishevar (@shervin) November 29, 2012
Will be happy to read your comments, be inspired and take care!
Hello my friends, here is some interesting things from last week you may miss, enjoy.
What Has Changed
As I read this post in the WSJ about the changing nature of VC funding of consumer web companies, I thought that we may be looking at the symptoms and not the disease. As the WSJ notes, VC funding of…
Facebook makes it official — an external advertising network is coming soon
Included in the changes that Facebook recently announced to its privacy and governance policies was an admission that it aggregates and shares data on user activity with advertisers — and Facebook says it plans do so not just inside the network but on external websites as well.
Here’s how to build a red hot business-to-business startup
Guest Post Here are my three fundamental tips for B2B entrepreneurs, which are based on the lessons I have learned during my career.
by Roman Stanek as guest at VentureBeat
G.E. Looks to Industry for the Next Digital Disruption
General Electric is betting that Internet-era technology is ready to sweep through the industrial economy, much as the consumer Internet has transformed media.
And as usual some interesting tweets
First-mover advantage maybe worked for railroads and oil companies. In tech, it's the best-mover that wins.—
Aaron Levie (@levie) November 24, 2012
this "learning from failure" thing is overrated & gets too much PC play. I'd rather take risks, not fail & learn from success.—
Josh Felser (@Joshmedia) November 24, 2012
iPad mini is a Moleskine, down to the exact corner radius. It’s the little things. flic.kr/p/dvV2VX—
Randy Reddig (@rr) November 25, 2012
There will always be people who make fun of you for trying too hard or caring too much. You may have to leave them behind.—
Elliot Loh (@Loh) November 25, 2012
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