A geek's journal about a sillicon valley adventure

Relatively Factual

We came, we saw, we hacked

This post was originally published at Joget Unplugged.

It was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in the Bay Area. Spring was finally here (well actually in the Bay Area, spring comes and goes when it feels like it. Kinda like a case of relatives you don’t really like coming over when you least expect it) but in this case, spring was actually here. Not a cloud in the sky, warm weather, nice cool breeze and the occasional concussion when you get in the way of someone playing fetch with their dog.

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Civic Commons

A few weeks ago, I attended Code for America’s (www.codeforamerica.org) open house in their swanky new office someplace in downtown San Fransisco. Because of the natural synergy that CfA and Joget has, I’ve been very excited about what we could both achieve together from the get go. From a personal standpoint, I was enormously glad that they had the cool new pad that they do now. Might have just been me but it seemed like they would have to amend employee benefits to include either “large baseball bat” or “ferocious Rottweiler” if they haven’t moved.

In any case it was a really fun party. There were a number of “celebrities” there coupled with a generous amount of booze. Had a blast with general networking and even managed to snag Tim O’Reilly for a quick exchange. As a matter of fact, the only time I realized that I’ve had too much to drink was when I was midway thru my conversation with Tim, and I finally noticed that he was tremendously bulky, of african descent and didn’t speak english all that well.

Oh well, at least I made a new friend in Nokolulu Attwell.

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This one is KEWL!

I geeked out a little bit over the weekend. Saw John Britton’s demo with Twilio ages ago and always wanted to play around; and finally got around to it. Ironically the Plugins I built took me about an hour or so – to write and test – while the darn video took me a few days 😛 Its still a little pixellated in areas so watch it in HD. All you telly junkies out there should be thankful I chose the life of a software geek and not an AV dude. If it had been the latter, House would look like Spongebob Squarepants.

In any case, I just felt that some things are worth the effort and should be done…especially when they’re beyond cool 🙂

PS: Should have added this on the first go so my mailbox didn’t die from the question about links. Check out Joget and Twilio.


Pitching to VCs

Ok don’t quote me on this. I’ve been doing this for a remarkably short time so I won’t go near the terms “experienced” or “seasoned”. A whole bunch of you who are about to embark on your entrepreneurial adventures have been hitting me up and asking what the VC scene is like in the Valley and how best to approach it tho so I’m going to pen my thoughts. If any lawsuits come my way connecting this article to any failure to secure funding, I’m responding with the standard “Me no speeka eengleesh”.

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