silicon valley

Renting a Home in the Bay Area: Know Your Rights

With real estate prices in the Bay Area continually skyrocketing, buying a home is not an option for many residents. In addition to the low affordability, high prices equal high risks, which is particularly concerning for expats who are not planning to relocate permanently and would, therefore, be looking for a short-term investment in a home. Hence, most of us turn to renting a home.

Playdates: Are they really for the kids or the parents?

When it came to being social, we “dropped by” to see if someone wanted to play. It was always a bit impromptu and go-with-the-flow. I can’t imagine doing that in Silicon Valley. People would think I was nuts. Or more likely, people wouldn’t be home. If they were home, they would likely be getting ready to go somewhere and would ask to be sent a reminder email to plan a play date.

Playdate in the grass

What it’s really like to work in a Silicon Valley start-up?

What is it like to work in a Silicon Valley start-up? I have been working in a tech startup for over a year now and this is my story. In August 2013 my wife and I moved into the Bay Area after she found a job at Stanford. Because of Stanford’s vicinity to Silicon Valley, I was excited to join her and decided to leave my electronic engineering job in The Netherlands. In January 2014, I met my current bosses at an Internet of Things meetup in the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View. They had a cool idea for an industrial Internet of Things start-up and needed an electronic engineer. I […]

Geek Guide to Silicon Valley: Part 2

One year ago I moved into Mountain View. Six months later I started working for a start-up company and I’m still learning about the Silicon Valley atmosphere. In Part 1 I familiarized you with Silicon Valley terminology. This post is about nearby geeky places to visit. Google garage 232 Santa Margarita Ave, Menlo park. The garage where Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google in 1998, 6 months later they moved out. You need to enter the drive to see the garage. The house is now owned by Google. Sand Hill Road 3000 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park. Sand Hill Road […]