Moving from Alabama to Boston to join a startup. How do I adjust to this new city and the startup culture there?
So 6 1/2 years ago I asked MeFi if I should move to Boston or Seattle
... and then I chose Seattle
. I loved it there, and after 4 years I moved back to Alabama in December 2012 to join a tech company here.
Flash forward 2 years and I've joined a Boston-based sports startup and we're moving again.
This isn't my first rodeo. I cannot imagine a bigger cultural adjustment than moving from rural Alabama to the heart of Seattle. Having spent the last two years in Birmingham (whose culture is incredibly underrated) I don't expect the adjustment to be as difficult as some might want to paint.
What do I (we -- 4 years married to my wife) need to know about the city in general and the startup/tech culture there? (We've traveled there a handful of times, but never in the winter.)
One thing people told me when I moved to Seattle was "Invest is a good waterproof jacket that you can take anywhere... because you will October through June. That, alongside "pedestrians rule", "no one in Seattle likes Starbucks, but everyone drinks Starbucks when they have to", and forewarning about the "Seattle freeze".
(Also, if any of you ever want to meet up for beers or coffee, holler via direct message.)