This March Break (mid March 2015), I visited the campuses of Google, Apple, Facebook, and Tesla — as well as touched upon the offices of Pinterest, Uber, Square, Yelp and Airbnb. My family (patient wife + 2 energetic boys — six and two years old) also joined me in my 3G — “Great Geek Getaway”. Here are 10 thoughts and beliefs that I confirmed as I strolled through Cupertino, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Francisco:
I still remember that bus ride to Markham about 2 years ago when I heard two teenagers discussing how cool it would be to “get a listing of jobs around you”. Both were commuting from Mississauga from a job that they could reasonably find in their neighborhoods as well. After a fantastic MaRS engagement, countless meetings with our advisor, Nathan; several startup competitions; generous grants; great support by friends, family and strangers; the entire team at AppLabb, a humbling Google NEXT cohort, media mentions in Techvibes, Huffingpost, CBC Radio, The Auroran, Aurora Banner, and more — and several pivots – LocaWoka launched this early Fall!