SF Cars and Coffee: LaFerrari


I never thought I’d see one of these (the LaFerrari) in person. Actually much smaller than you’d expect…


It’s too bad they didn’t rev the engine. I’m really curious as to how it sounds.


It’s hard to believe that you can’t just go to the dealership and buy one. There are only 499 units made.


Horsepower: 949 HP
MPG: 12 city / 16 highway
MSRP: From $1.416 million
Battery: 2.3 kWh 480 V lithium-ion
Engine: 6.3L V12

Check out the full specs here.

San Tung’s Fried Chicken

As a part of documenting my experience in California, I’m going to start sharing my experiences with food here. I’ve asked my friends to recommend some of their best eats for cheaps… so this is going to be fun.

Today, I went to San Tung, a Chinese restaurant that is known for its fried chicken wings. Easily accessible from the Muni, and there seems to be plenty of parking in the neighborhood. Patrick and I arrived around noon, and there was a short line outside. I’d say the wait was approximately 20 minutes. As soon as you walked in, you pretty much saw everyone with a plate of chicken wings. While this restaurant served other dishes, it was apparent that wings were their *thing*.


So we ordered some wings and tried out a dish of steamed dumplings. The wings were pretty good—deep fried wings with a blend of sugary, salty, and peppery sauce. There were seasoned well, though a little on the sugary side. The balance, however, was right. The skin was crispy, and wasn’t over battered. When you compare the wings at San Tung to Bon Chon’s, I’d say that you could easily eat more wings at San Tung. For some reason, Bon Chon’s wings are so heavily battered, that the average person can probably only eat 6 wings before tapping out.


The steam dumplings were pretty good. I’d say the dumplings probably needed to *be* served with a nice vinegar sauce to really elevate the flavor. Nonetheless, it was decent.

Overall price was about $10-12 per person, and it was satisfying. I’d say that the one thing you shouldn’t do is order too much. The wings don’t look like they would reheat well compared to Bon Chons’ wings.


My only criticism of their wings is that once you get to the bottom of the plate, there is an excess of sauce, which makes the last 3 or 4 wings really… well, saucy. Some may like this, but my last couple of bites were a little too rich.

Would I go back to San Tung? Sure. It’s pretty solid. Truthfully, it’s not the best wings I’ve ever had, but it hits the spot when I want something similar to a Bon Chon’s.

Here’s San Tung’s address:
1031 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
Inner Sunset

If you have any recommendations of cheap eats in SF, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks!

The Product Metronome

”Product is the metronome of a team”

Hooman’s been feeding me with some profound nuggets of advice. As I dive into the role of product, he explained that it’s more than just creating growth and delivering things. It’s about helping the team find a cadence and rhythm not only for releasing, but an attitude around a company. When you’re calm, cool and clear, everyone around you will mirror that—and that’s a part of building product culture. Creating a cadence is something I’m going to have to work on. And being consistent with that will set an example of excellence.

If you had to choose between two teams (with the same output), which would you rather have?

a) A wired team filled with raw horse power and brute force?
b) A calm team that’s highly efficient that continually improves.

And the real question that Hooman alluded to—“which one is going to scale better in the long run?”

As I take on this new challenge, I will need to find balance in my life. Finding some zen will help me become a better metronome. The best is in front of us, and I look forward to our team playing together as a symphony.


”All great leaders have a platform of people that they can lean on.”

Hooman hit me with another bit of sound advice. For example, Mark Zuckerberg always seems to have a calm cool persona… but he relies on a network of people around him to put his thoughts together. But what most people don’t realize is how much he leans on his platform of advisors to guide him. Same goes with the president of the United States. One could say this about all leaders.

When Hooman asked me who I could talk to about the following things, I didn’t really have a good structure for how I utilized my network:

  • Someone to bounce creative ideas.
  • Someone to vent to when I’m frustrated.
  • Someone to run through strategy and growth.
  • Etc.

Having a network of people that you can lean on for wisdom, creativity and sometimes to lend an ear, is a platform that you can use. And the sum of having a platform of people you can lean on plus acting as a metronome is a great formula for becoming a leader.

It’s a lot to think about… but I’m pretty excited to be working on creating new systems, not just for design, but for building companies. This is going to be epic.

Simplifying My Stuff

After reviewing all my options, I’ve decided to put my condo up for sale. I’ve lived here for about 7 years, and after weighing my finances, logic dictates that I get my equity out of the house and put it towards the next things in life.

It’s time to look forward, because that’s where we’re going to live.

And in that statement, I’ve had to make some hard decisions. Moving sounds simple, but there’s so much more to it… especially when you you’re downsizing and simplifying.


And that’s the key word, “simplify”. As I reduce the amount of things I take with me, I realized how much stuff I’ve acquired over the years, and how little I’ve actually curated my belongings.

Would you believe that I’ve been shaving my head with the same $20 clippers since high school? That’s one hell of a purchase that’s paid itself off numerous times. I can’t say that about all the other stuff I’ve kept around for the last two decades.


As I prep my condo for sale, I’ve decided to categorize things into 3 buckets.

1. Things I haven’t used in a year.
These are things that need to be sold, given away, or disposed. While it may seem like a trivial task, it’s hard to throw away things that I’ve spent money on at one point or another. These will be the largest branches of stuff to prune. I’d say about 90% of my belongings will fall into this category.

2. Things that I use frequently.
Stuff like my toothbrush, laptop, cloths, and daily items fall into this bucket. I’d also like to say my stereo, TV, couch and car could be lumped into this as well. While I don’t need my TV, it’s just a really nice thing to have, and makes a new venue feel more like home. In general, I’d like to make sure that my basic necessities only take up 3 boxes max.

3. Lastly, the “keep-sake” and sentimental items.
These are things like photographs, relics that have been handed down to me, and personal gifts people have given me over the years. These are items that cannot be replaced, and are in some ways priceless to me. The goal is to keep this bucket limited to a single box. This will be the most challenging to curate.


And once I can get things down to the bare essentials, I’d like to try living a more simple life for a while. As a rule, if I purchase anything new, it needs to replace something within my collection.

There’s an old saying in design, “less is more”.

My mom has echoed this to me over the last few years as well. It makes a lot of sense, but living under those conditions requires one to be more thoughtful with each choice. Keeping your belongings down to a limited mass is challenging. But, if you can do it, I think you’ll have less things to maintain, and ultimately less distractions.


It’s been an emotional week pruning all my stuff. I’d say I’m about 80% there. Like I said earlier, I just have to keep looking forward because that’s where I’ll be living. I’m hoping I can share a photo of what I’m actually taking with me to Cali and what sentimental box contains. Stay tuned.

Back to DC

It’s been two weeks now in San Francisco, and now I’m on my flight back to DC. I can say with certainly the following things:


1. The last two weeks have felt like 2 months. The pace is fast, and the race is on.


2. My network in SF is truly talented. I am pushed, challenged and encouraged by everyone around me. The density of talent in this area just blows my mind.


3. I am now obsessed with learning everything I can from this opportunity. There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by that I haven’t learned something massive.


4. It is clear that I need to be in SF to take advantage of my new network and build things faster. Being there gives me front row seats.


5. We need to move faster on Flare. We are putting a lot of process in place to understand the mechanics of everything… but it’s time to but we need to focus on delivering builds faster, iterating on designs/research, and we need to get this thing to grow.


As I reflect on all the things I’ve learned in the past two weeks, I realize that I probably should start blogging a little more and sharing the little nuggets that I’ve picked up.


I’ll be in DC for the next two weeks to sell off more of my stuff and prepping my condo for rental. I certainly need to spend time with Annie and my family, but I need to get back to SF as soon as possible to keep the momentum.