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I'll take Palo Alto in the early 90s, Alex

It's been well over 20 years since I lived in the Bay Area, and my memory is hazy, at best. I'm looking for the names of two specific establishments that I can vaguely remember from the early 1990s. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Aug 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Choosing a path in the Graphic/Interactive Design industry.

I'm a graduating graphic design student with two job offers in the field of interaction design following graduation. One is extremely well paid with great perks in the tech industry, and the other more traditional studio setting, only three-months long (to start) with lower pay but with more interesting work. Help? [more inside]
posted by drd on Apr 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Apartment recommendations in Silicon Valley

I'm moving to California from Michigan to take a job at HP. Do you have recommendations for a 2 bedroom apartment that meets my needs? Safety and dog walkability are prime concerns. Especially interested in perspectives on Prometheus Apartments Metropolitan and Americana. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2014 - 10 answers

What was Google's early government subsidy, if it existed?

In Rebecca Solnit's latest LRB piece on San Francisco's tensions around the tech boom there, she makes an unsourced reference about "Google set[ting] itself up with the help of a $4.5 million dollar government subsidy". The LRB is very respectable but this claim seems a bit wobbly. Perhaps my Google Google-fu is failing me but I can't find a reference or more detail for this claim online. All I get is very vague and untrustworthy CIA funding conspiracy theories on tinfoil hat crank sites. I can't find anything re: that $4.5m figure. Solnit likely may not mean the CIA at all but some other kind of government subsidy. Can the MeFi hive mind help factcheck this claim? Are there reliable sources with more detail on this?
posted by zresearch on Feb 13, 2014 - 2 answers

How do I get a feel for living in/near Silicon Valley in 48 hours?

I'm interviewing with a major tech company near Palo Alto and planning a weekend trip to visit the area. I currently live on the East Coast so this would be a major change for me. Where should I visit/what should I do there to get a sense of what the lifestyle might be like if I decide to take the job? Do you have suggestions for neighborhoods to visit or not visit? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on Jan 12, 2014 - 14 answers

What was the name of that well-funded mobile app that flopped?

A year or two ago there was a heavily funded mobile startup out of Silicon Valley - I think it had $100 million or more in funding - that never quite got off the ground. I feel like it had a simple one-word name. Anyone remember?
posted by mark7570 on Feb 8, 2013 - 3 answers

New Year, New Home?

Bay Area Rental Filter: How hard is it to find a rental house for January 1 in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin on Sep 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Silicon Valley salary negotiation?

Considering a position as a Senior Software Developer in Mountain View, CA. The company has already indicated that they want to hire me - we are in the salary/compensation negotiation phase and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I get a job in Silicon Valley?

I'm a physicist, working to get hired in the tech sector in Silicon Valley. I'm an experimentalist having worked on collider and free electron laser experiments. I've done a lot of coding, most of it in C++ and Python, scripting in bash etc. The problems I solved, though, seem very different from ones relevant to the tech industry. My experience doesn't seem to count for much! [more inside]
posted by funkbrain on Jul 21, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I know when to leave a good job?

I'm a software developer in my early 30s, working in the defense industry. I'm pretty happy with my job, but wondering if I should move on. I would be looking to move to the San Francisco area. My question is, how do I know when to leave a pretty good job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 - 11 answers

What's fun in the peninsula?

Looking for a weekday date idea in Silicon Valley between Mountain View - Redwood City. Not just dinner. Challenge: It's going to be coldish this week. [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague on May 21, 2012 - 8 answers

What's the best place for me in the SF Bay Area?

What's the best place for me in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards on Oct 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Moving from SF to Silicon Valley - need advice on cars and housing

So I've lived in beautiful San Francisco, California since 2005, but I've recently started a job down in Sunnyvale. I can take Caltrain down there, but it's an hour's trip plus half an hour on either end to get from home/work to the Caltrain station in question. This is not sustainable, so I'd like to move south. I'm 31, single, and a city boy from way back, so moving to The Suburbs gives me pause. Also, I sold the only car I've ever owned back in '05 shortly after I moved here. So I have two questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Map of big Silicon Valley companies?

How can I find a map of large high-tech Silicon Valley companies? [more inside]
posted by harwons on Aug 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Is V-C for M-E?

I am considering a job in Silicon Valley venture capital. I have a background in traditional East Coast banking. I am confident in all the technical issues, I understand the job well, and I like the partners. Help me understand VC culture so I can decide if I want the position and so I don't make an ass of myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Where to buy used remotes in Silicon Valley

SiliconValleyThriftStoreFilter: Looking for a replacement TV remote control. Would like to paw through bins of very cheap, old remotes. Where can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Rash on Dec 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Typical Sysadmin Salaries in Silicon Valley

What are typical Silicon Valley or South Bay Area Help Desk, Tech Support, Desktop Support and Sysadmin Salaries? [more inside]
posted by cnc on May 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Do silicon valley style nonprofits (or for-the-public-good companies) exist?

Can NGOs get beyond the dollars and cents of fundraising and really be creative, dynamic, fun places to work? Is it wrong to want to work for a Threadless/startup-style nonprofit? Also: Am I just asking the wrong questions? [more inside]
posted by Political Funny Man on Apr 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Geeky, fun activities in San Jose & SF area

I will be in Cupertino/San Jose for two weeks starting this Monday. What are some interesting fun things to do when I'm there (besides leaving and going to San Fran)? [more inside]
posted by now i'm piste on Mar 6, 2010 - 20 answers

Crime victim (auto break-in) seeks advice (lost SSN, where to repair in SV)

Victim of auto break-in in Silicon Valley seeks advice about a) compromise of my SSN (Social Security Number) and b) reputable, affordable and speedy window-glass replacement for an old Toyota. [more inside]
posted by Rash on Sep 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Silicon Valley Girl

San Jose/Silicon valley recommendations for spas *or* veggie restaurants for getting a gift certificate. Please help me! [more inside]
posted by bread-eater on Aug 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Foood

Restaurants in the South Bay? [more inside]
posted by troy on Jan 30, 2009 - 15 answers

Where are the hip places to live in the South Bay?

Possibly moving to the Silicon Valley region... any suggestions on a place to live that meets the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by the_bone on Jul 22, 2008 - 23 answers

East meets West...

Last minute San Francisco/Silicon Valley travel advice... [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Apr 11, 2008 - 13 answers

Is Palo Alto really this boring?

What the heck do Stanford students do for fun? Other than homework. [more inside]
posted by crinklebat on Feb 11, 2008 - 17 answers

Where do I find first-generation tech immigrants?

Looking to do a story on first-generation South/Asian immigrants in the South Bay area. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by hobbes on Oct 24, 2007 - 4 answers

What's going on in San Jose this week? How 'bout the week after?

Looking for an event guide for San Jose! [more inside]
posted by TwoWordReview on Sep 30, 2007 - 6 answers

What the heck do young people in Silicon Valley do after work?

What's a good place to live for someone young and working in Santa Clara? [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat on May 31, 2007 - 22 answers

Why can't I get a hotel room in Silicon Valley on December 6?

Why is nearly every hotel on the peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose fully booked for December 6 and ONLY December 6? [more inside]
posted by aaronh on Nov 29, 2006 - 13 answers

The land of high expectations.

What is it like to live and/or work in the Silicon Valley? [more inside]
posted by zhivota on Jul 17, 2006 - 29 answers

Silicon Valley business blogs?

What are the best blogs to read that cover the *business* of Silicon Valley? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant on Oct 20, 2005 - 4 answers

Car insurance in the Bay Area?

BayAreaInsuranceFilter: What's the best and most reasonably-priced Bay Area insurer? [more inside]
posted by symphonik on Jun 30, 2005 - 7 answers

Interviewing in Silicon Valley - what to expect?

So I'm going to be interviewing with a major Internet company in California sometime within the next few weeks, and I'm excited, but also scared to death. I've heard that several of the "big name" companies have very rigorous interviewing processes, and I've done a ton of Googling on the subject, but only seem to find information relevant to interviewing at Microsoft (which I'm not). Certainly some of you have who read MeFi have been through this a few times. What should I expect? How can I best prepare? HELP! [more inside]
posted by superboy422 on Jun 5, 2005 - 5 answers

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