PS: I just realized that I take pictures of all the wrong things. My expenses instead of the food I bought, my entrance pass instead of the cool office I visited… I’ll try to photograph more cool stuff in the future.
I arrived in San Francisco on Sunday 18th. I’ll stay here for at least 1 year, working for a startup called Metadata and finishing Praxis.
I thought I’d experience anxiety, tons of emotions and this sort of stuff when leaving Brazil. In fact, it was the opposite. I was very neutral, relaxed, while my relatives were freaking out.
Anyway, I arrived and the only thing I felt was fear of being robbed. I had no idea about how many homeless people are there in downtown San Francisco. I arrived at the international airport around 10 am, got a BART (like a subway) to Civic Center and from there walked ~15 minutes towards the hostel I’d booked, the HI San Francisco City Center – a pretty good hostel, by the way. I was carrying 2 big suitcases, one backpack, and my violin.
I managed to get to the hostel around noon, untouched, after entering in several stores every time I saw someone suspect. After leaving my stuff there, I went for a walk to get to know my surroundings, grab lunch and buy a US phone number.
I ate a terrible $4 Vietnamese sandwich, found a very charming mall nearby, got my phone number, and bought some stuff for my breakfast next morning. Also crossed in front of a place made for some of my friends back in Brazil.
After sleeping very poorly on the flight the night before, I went to bed early, around 9 pm.
Next day, Monday, first day at my new job. Here’s a view of my way to my office every morning.
I arrived at work at 8:30 am and met 3 of the 4 people who interviewed me – Will, Cameron, and Moran. Only the CEO wasn’t there yet. The office is small, but pretty cool. There’s a shared kitchen, a bathroom and a lounge on our floor, as well as a baseball hoop attached to our meeting room. Occasional visits from Kelev, Metadata’s dog, are also a thing.
On my first day, I learned more about how our Sales process works and started prospecting. On my Customer Success end, I visited one of our current customers – Nutanix. When I arrived there, I finally felt I was in San Francisco (although its office is actually in a nearby city, San Jose). Basketballs on the floor, bean bags, standing desks, all kinds of cool technologies everywhere.
On Monday my lunch was a delicious Thai fried rice with beef and vegetables. It was automatically delivered by Forkable – an app in which you fill what foods you love/hate, generating meal suggestions based on your answers, and ordering/delivering the food to you. In my case, Metadata has a subscription that covers up to $15 meals, every Monday and Thursday. The other days of the week, I eat something nearby, order a delivery or bring something from home.
Fast forward a bit, the other days of the week were pretty good. I’m ordering most of what I eat through an app called Eat24. It’s not expensive and the food is always good (tried only American, Thai, Chinese, Japanese) so far. I can also have a lot of variety without having to worry about cooking.
By the end of the week, I met up with some other Praxians in the city, Austin, Max, Kelly, Jake and Luke. All of them work at PandaDoc, the company I’d be working at if it weren’t for my visa problem. It was a fantastic time, we ate at a food truck festival, walked by the bay and all the way through the city, and I crashed at their house (conveniently nicknamed Pandahouse), in the beautiful Glenn Park neighborhood.
Although I’m not working with them, I’m really glad I ended up at Metadata. It’s a smaller/less structured company, so I have to do a bit of everything. This allows me to understand and contribute to the business as a whole, as well as to acquire experience in several areas instead of specializing in just one.
It’s been a good time. Fast-paced, exhausting, but amazing. As I was expecting.