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My Winter Trip 2017:
Tourist in Silicon Valley & around
Kristi Rohtsalu © February 2017
“You are on holiday… in Mountain View? Why?”
The guy who had just agitated me to join a local movement,
seemed astonished. As if nobody came to Silicon Valley for
holidays…
“Because I like here and nearby – and because I
find the place inspirational.”
For me, travelling has two complementary dimensions:
a) External journey: changing environments physically
b) Internal journey: withdrawing from daily hassles to look at
things from perspective
2
Landing in San Francisco International Airport
(Ok, my plane landed late in the night and I stayed there in the airport
over night.)
3
San Francisco for a “normal” tourist on a cloudy day
This view inspires songs like
"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"
Pier 39 Famous California sea lions on Pier 39
4
San Francisco for a “normal” tourist on a sunny day
In Golden Gate Park
University of San Fransisco Market, the end of Market Street
5
AT&T Park
6
San Francisco for a FinTech tourist
SF Big Analytics Meetup (11 Jan 2017) SF FinTech Meetup (17 Jan 2017)
Lunch in Eatsa, an automatic restaurantOffices of Lending Club, the U.S. largest online credit marketplace
San Francisco: Pics of local life
Lifestyle of choice? Hard to believe but may be… Life and work in Startup Basecamp – getting a not-so-representative
idea during a Friday Happy Hour meet-up
Protests against big companies like BlackRock and New Balance Pete’s Tavern: Just charging my laptop downstairs 
7
Passing by and sleeping over
Megabus from San Francisco to Los Angeles Hotel North Beach
Caltrain from San Francisco down to the Valley Tour bus to Yosemite
8
9
Two days in Los Angeles
Walking through the LA Financial District
Chris Burden, Urban Light (2008) at the Wilshire Boulevard entrance to
the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Grove
10
“Home” in Emerald Hills near Redwood City
Climbing Emerald Hills: the last ascent 
A view to the Redwood City in the night time
I found this place via Airbnb.com for very reasonable price.
Enjoyed walking in the neighborhoods
Going to Sand Hill Rd Starbucks
My name in US English – or so they wrote it in StarbucksNormal picture on a Sunday afternoon
11
On the way Here it is!
Looking around in Stanford University
The study room seemed well equipped.Students in action?
12
A sidewalkStanford as-you-know-it from the pics
Residential areas for wealthy people
Atherton Station: only during weekends Just a residence on Atherton Ave, Atherton (between Redwood City
and Menlo Park)
Just a residence on Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park Just a residence on Middlefield Rd, Mountain View
13
Sniffing around in Google’s places
From a Google bike on the road, one can “smell” closeness of
Googleplex
Many white cars in the parking lot, means many ambitious people
working there
Not-so-often pictured Executive Briefing Center
14
One of the buildings in Googleplex: there is The Garage, a community
of hackers, makers and designers
15
Santa Clara
Driving thru Silicon Valley 2017 Hiring Event to see what it looks like Costco Wholesale
A street view; I think it was Monroe St near Lawrence Station In Intel museum: Golden words from the founder of Intel
16
Meeting up: SVE Demo Night on January 25th
Introduction to Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs (SVE), one of the largest
grass root movements of founders and developers in the Bay Area
Panelists (VCs) introduce themselves
8 company demos; here is one of them Audience
17
In front of one of those famous garages, the HP garage
18
Side trip to Yosemite National Park
Going with the Extranomical Tours
The bus and our driver-philosopher-babysitter
A job in Yosemite: watch for “stupid tourists” trying to enter temporarily
closed trails
Famous El Capitan Another beautiful view
19
Side trip to Yosemite National Park: The Inspiration Point
My new “home” in Mountain View
“The key is hanging on the wall”: I liked full self-service
Living room
20
I found this shared accommodation also from Airbnb.com for a fairly
reasonable price
Neighborhoods
Trying out: Google’s self-driving car Waymo and Tesla
Waymo: Sitting in a car without the wheel feels a bit… unusual Waymo: A number of those were driving on the streets
Tesla, Model X; According to the description: the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history
I’m in no position to comment on this, but it felt great. Elegant car in any case!
21
22
4h in Computer History Museum. Geek appeal: *****
Tried to understand how slider, Napier’s bones and abacus work(ed)
Browsed through 20 collections from calculators to computers to supercomputers and robots
23
Visiting NASA's Ames Visitor Center
This seemed the only building accessible for visitors
Inside a spaceship: A staff member encouraging an interested student
to apply for an internship at NASA Ames
For someone from the street… looks like a strange thing
Some food for astronauts
24
Sunday coffee. Appeal for workaholics: *****
That’s now a big Starbucks in Redwood City, inviting everyone to join
Coffee Workshops
Inside Red Rock Coffee, second floor
A typical picture, no matter the day
Inside Red Rock CoffeeRed Rock Coffee, arguably one of the best places to spot VCs
25
Modern day “pilgrim walk”: Apple’s places
Original Apple Garage, now just like any other garage in front of which
is a red warning: “NO TRESSPASSING. Security Cameras Are Filming.”
Apple Headquarters, 1 Infinite Loop
Apple Campus II: In construction Apple Store in Palo Alto: very active salesmen there
26
Sunnyvale & some old memories
My memories: In this hotel we stopped during the Enterprise Estonia
Field Trip in October 2012
Pieces of local history
I had been here before…
27
Silicon Valley NewTech Meet-up on February 7th
Four company demos, incl:
“Hi, Mycroft! Who made you?” – Cool!
The judges, that is audience: hungry for pizza and for new information
The evening started out with pizza and beer. A quick intro to the meet-up and the format of the evening
28
Books, books, books…
Mountain View Public Library
I messed up with the busses and arrived to the Write To Influence!
Meet-up just when it was about to end.
What’s on display?
“Data Science”, “The Agile Consultant”, “Leading Creative Teams”, …
DigitalGuru Technical Bookshop; arguably, they have a wider technical
selection than any bookstore chain
Inside DigitalGuru
29
Pics from the street: Last but not least
An armchair to give away Some are working out after work
I wondered why this window in the wall… That’s what a local dinosaur thinks of walls…
End of holidays.
Welcome (back) to ESTONIA, the Silicon Valley of Europe!

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Tourist in Silicon Valley - My Winter Trip 2017

  • 1. My Winter Trip 2017: Tourist in Silicon Valley & around Kristi Rohtsalu © February 2017
  • 2. “You are on holiday… in Mountain View? Why?” The guy who had just agitated me to join a local movement, seemed astonished. As if nobody came to Silicon Valley for holidays… “Because I like here and nearby – and because I find the place inspirational.” For me, travelling has two complementary dimensions: a) External journey: changing environments physically b) Internal journey: withdrawing from daily hassles to look at things from perspective 2
  • 3. Landing in San Francisco International Airport (Ok, my plane landed late in the night and I stayed there in the airport over night.) 3
  • 4. San Francisco for a “normal” tourist on a cloudy day This view inspires songs like "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" Pier 39 Famous California sea lions on Pier 39 4
  • 5. San Francisco for a “normal” tourist on a sunny day In Golden Gate Park University of San Fransisco Market, the end of Market Street 5 AT&T Park
  • 6. 6 San Francisco for a FinTech tourist SF Big Analytics Meetup (11 Jan 2017) SF FinTech Meetup (17 Jan 2017) Lunch in Eatsa, an automatic restaurantOffices of Lending Club, the U.S. largest online credit marketplace
  • 7. San Francisco: Pics of local life Lifestyle of choice? Hard to believe but may be… Life and work in Startup Basecamp – getting a not-so-representative idea during a Friday Happy Hour meet-up Protests against big companies like BlackRock and New Balance Pete’s Tavern: Just charging my laptop downstairs  7
  • 8. Passing by and sleeping over Megabus from San Francisco to Los Angeles Hotel North Beach Caltrain from San Francisco down to the Valley Tour bus to Yosemite 8
  • 9. 9 Two days in Los Angeles Walking through the LA Financial District Chris Burden, Urban Light (2008) at the Wilshire Boulevard entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art The Grove
  • 10. 10 “Home” in Emerald Hills near Redwood City Climbing Emerald Hills: the last ascent  A view to the Redwood City in the night time I found this place via Airbnb.com for very reasonable price. Enjoyed walking in the neighborhoods
  • 11. Going to Sand Hill Rd Starbucks My name in US English – or so they wrote it in StarbucksNormal picture on a Sunday afternoon 11 On the way Here it is!
  • 12. Looking around in Stanford University The study room seemed well equipped.Students in action? 12 A sidewalkStanford as-you-know-it from the pics
  • 13. Residential areas for wealthy people Atherton Station: only during weekends Just a residence on Atherton Ave, Atherton (between Redwood City and Menlo Park) Just a residence on Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park Just a residence on Middlefield Rd, Mountain View 13
  • 14. Sniffing around in Google’s places From a Google bike on the road, one can “smell” closeness of Googleplex Many white cars in the parking lot, means many ambitious people working there Not-so-often pictured Executive Briefing Center 14 One of the buildings in Googleplex: there is The Garage, a community of hackers, makers and designers
  • 15. 15 Santa Clara Driving thru Silicon Valley 2017 Hiring Event to see what it looks like Costco Wholesale A street view; I think it was Monroe St near Lawrence Station In Intel museum: Golden words from the founder of Intel
  • 16. 16 Meeting up: SVE Demo Night on January 25th Introduction to Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs (SVE), one of the largest grass root movements of founders and developers in the Bay Area Panelists (VCs) introduce themselves 8 company demos; here is one of them Audience
  • 17. 17 In front of one of those famous garages, the HP garage
  • 18. 18 Side trip to Yosemite National Park Going with the Extranomical Tours The bus and our driver-philosopher-babysitter A job in Yosemite: watch for “stupid tourists” trying to enter temporarily closed trails Famous El Capitan Another beautiful view
  • 19. 19 Side trip to Yosemite National Park: The Inspiration Point
  • 20. My new “home” in Mountain View “The key is hanging on the wall”: I liked full self-service Living room 20 I found this shared accommodation also from Airbnb.com for a fairly reasonable price Neighborhoods
  • 21. Trying out: Google’s self-driving car Waymo and Tesla Waymo: Sitting in a car without the wheel feels a bit… unusual Waymo: A number of those were driving on the streets Tesla, Model X; According to the description: the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history I’m in no position to comment on this, but it felt great. Elegant car in any case! 21
  • 22. 22 4h in Computer History Museum. Geek appeal: ***** Tried to understand how slider, Napier’s bones and abacus work(ed) Browsed through 20 collections from calculators to computers to supercomputers and robots
  • 23. 23 Visiting NASA's Ames Visitor Center This seemed the only building accessible for visitors Inside a spaceship: A staff member encouraging an interested student to apply for an internship at NASA Ames For someone from the street… looks like a strange thing Some food for astronauts
  • 24. 24 Sunday coffee. Appeal for workaholics: ***** That’s now a big Starbucks in Redwood City, inviting everyone to join Coffee Workshops Inside Red Rock Coffee, second floor A typical picture, no matter the day Inside Red Rock CoffeeRed Rock Coffee, arguably one of the best places to spot VCs
  • 25. 25 Modern day “pilgrim walk”: Apple’s places Original Apple Garage, now just like any other garage in front of which is a red warning: “NO TRESSPASSING. Security Cameras Are Filming.” Apple Headquarters, 1 Infinite Loop Apple Campus II: In construction Apple Store in Palo Alto: very active salesmen there
  • 26. 26 Sunnyvale & some old memories My memories: In this hotel we stopped during the Enterprise Estonia Field Trip in October 2012 Pieces of local history I had been here before…
  • 27. 27 Silicon Valley NewTech Meet-up on February 7th Four company demos, incl: “Hi, Mycroft! Who made you?” – Cool! The judges, that is audience: hungry for pizza and for new information The evening started out with pizza and beer. A quick intro to the meet-up and the format of the evening
  • 28. 28 Books, books, books… Mountain View Public Library I messed up with the busses and arrived to the Write To Influence! Meet-up just when it was about to end. What’s on display? “Data Science”, “The Agile Consultant”, “Leading Creative Teams”, … DigitalGuru Technical Bookshop; arguably, they have a wider technical selection than any bookstore chain Inside DigitalGuru
  • 29. 29 Pics from the street: Last but not least An armchair to give away Some are working out after work I wondered why this window in the wall… That’s what a local dinosaur thinks of walls…
  • 30. End of holidays. Welcome (back) to ESTONIA, the Silicon Valley of Europe!