Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Traveling and Relaxing
First off, I dont know why i named my post Traveling and Relaxing - i mean traveling is ok, but there has definitely not been much relaxing in the past few days. Well then again, it depends on your definition of relaxation. I was out to San Diego this weekend and Monday for this conference - GSP WEST. So nice of Dave to get me the waiver, coz without it, i would certainly have gone bankrupt. It cost me a leg and an arm to get the tickets done for this conference to San Diego, but little did i know it would cost me even more to actually rent a car for 4 days there. I am on the streets literally now!! But hey, its fine - i had a blast in Diego and met so many nice people at the conference and in general along my trips. Well worth it.
I actually stayed at an international students hostel on 5th ave. By the way, if you are ever in San Diego as a student, i definitely recommend this place, its an absolute fantastic place to stay - 2 nights for $50 including breakfast and is very clean. They even have trips to Tijuana, etc. I met a Japanese guy - I so forgot his name right now - I think Takashi - but we had a nice cross-cultural share of thought over beer at a nice little down town pub. Mostly over what America came off as to us outsiders. He had interesting things to share. What he said was - he was most impressed by the way the Americans market things. For example, he said, he went to a LA Lakers vs Miami Heat game at the Staples Center and they gave out free stuff - and gave out free tickets to others, etc. He thought that the Americans really knew how to give a great customer experiences to their 'users' (sorry i am too used to software lingo) - and i totally agreed with him. He said, he thought American was much better than he had imagined. Well, thats basically a really satisfied customer right there.
Also, these past 7 days or so have been an extended lesson on how to pitch an idea in 3-10 minutes to people. Me and Suchit participated in the VC3 at Stanford and then I had meetings with people in San Diego and with people at DFJ, not to mention people in Stanford. This has been fun and at the same time exhausting, trying to explain an idea as succinctly as possible without eating up a lot of time - is an art and I need to learn it asap. As such, it helps to have faith in the idea that you are pitching.
I also just got over my work as part of the CS Admin committee - and i so want to blog my brains out about it and how - in the end - i was disappointed by many, many of the decisions that were made. But for reasons best kept unblogged - i will not blog about it in the recent future.
All in all, it has been a good learning experience for the past few days. I hope Suchit gets over his quarter soon, so that i can start some real work real soon.