Sunday night hot pot with Patrick, Kevin, Hannah and Annie.
Annie’s over here for the next week, and we’re taking a little time off to do a stay-cation. We figured it’d be nice to get a small group of friends together for some hot pot. There’s nothing like eating comfort food in the company of good friends. And they surprised us by bringing dessert!
What’s wild is that Hannah and Annie are cousins, and they haven’t seen each other for over a decade. They’ve followed each other on instagram, but it was pretty cool that she’s in SF as well. I had met Hannah’s parents
Eating dinner with Justin and his girlfriend at Pho Ha Nam Ninh.
I had a great time catching up with Justin and his girlfriend last night. He’s about to embark on another journey around Europe. Who knows when he’ll be back, but I’m sure he’ll have amazing stories and photos of his travels over the next few months.
I’m not sure exactly what this was, but it was absolutely delicious. I need to get the name of the dish. I’d actually like to come back, but I’m feeling a little hesitant. My bike almost got stolen!
I heard the sound of a drill outside and then saw sparks flying. I got up from our table and then ran outside, yelling. The guy bolted off pretty quickly and said “I’m sorry”. I probably could have caught him, but it wasn’t worth it. I just needed to scare him off–no need to take unnecessary risk and put myself in a dangerous situation.
Just to give you context, I locked my bike with two high quality Abus U-locks. As you can see, the thief was able to cut through a little of my first lock. He probably only needed a minute or two to get through the locks.
Almost everyone I know in SF has had their bike stolen. Ugh. So a warning to all my SF squad, be alert.
Photo of Manny escorting James and I to get some afternoon coffee.
Manny recently moved to San Francisco recently all the way from San Diego. I’ve been really enjoying our conversations about how to build products, building teams, and how to pick co-founders. He’s probably the most chill person I know–perhaps it’s because he’s a surfer at heart.
By the way, I really like how this photo came out. I think I no-scoped it while I was holding my coffee with the other hand. There’s something really organic and analog about this.
I’m really looking forward to building Input with him, as well as other projects in the future. He’s a humble guy, but don’t let him fool you–he’s filled with wisdom… and humor!
Camille sharing some major keys about marketing for early stage companies.
Camille covered a lot during her preso, but the one awesome take-away was to focus on our HXC–Highest Expectation Customer. The HXC are people that are potential customers/users of your product, but they are the hardest to convince. However, once they believe in your product, they will be the biggest advocates. Companies like AirBnb and Dropbox used this technique, and it also humanizes the language and voice you need to use in order to speak to this audience.
Side note, Camille shared an additional preso that captured the Voice Brand Standards for First Round… and I need to get a copy of it. There was some really juicy information in there too.
Photo of Joe exploring the dried up waterfalls in Little Yosemite.
It was kind of a last minute decision to go to Little Yosemite in Sunol (located about 1 hour south of SF). I pretty much looked at google maps and pointed at a little patch that looked green and decided that I wanted to go on a hike. Joe and I have been talking about doing more outdoorsy stuff for a while now, and it was so convenient hopping in a car and getting out of the city.
The images don’t really do the scenery justice, but this was one of the gorgeous trails
The trail was really easy and absolutely scenic. However, you’ll noticed the sound of planes fly overhead ever so often. I guess it’s really hard to get away from it all… but overall, it was really relaxing spending the morning doing a light hike.
This is where we stopped and turned around.
I’ll probably come back here again soon… and maybe bring my bike. I’ll need to do some research first to see if they allow it in this park.
If you notice the sign, it says “Watch out for snakes!”
I may need to bring a longer lens next time as well. There’s a ton of wild life–we saw deer, turkeys, etc. Also, a little tip, if you decide to visit Little Yosemite make sure to bring extra water–it’s hella dry.
Photo of Patrick enjoying the day on a beautiful saturday afternoon.
A couple years ago, Patrick years threw a birthday party and cooked for everyone. This year, he took a more practical approach and invited everyone out to Washington Square Park.
We spent most of the day laying out getting vitamin D and eating plenty of food. It was great seeing everyone and catching up.
The pizza from this place was insanely delicious.
Walking to china town to get egg tarts. Apparently, there was some sort of fall moon festival.