Code2040 Retreat 2015

Silicon Valley. SF.

Connections. Genius. Purpose.


In early May 2015, Code2040 + Google hosted a retreat for the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence cohorts in Silicon Valley. This post is much of the trip from my vantage point.

Before we begin — this years marks my 3rd trip to SXSW Interactive, but by far the most rewarding! The EIR announcement happened during SXSW Interactive in March — For a bit more context on Code204o EIR check out this piece in USA Today.

I figured it would be best to tell the story of our Retreat in Silicon Valley through photos [worth more than a million words….].


This cosmic interaction still has me baffled. At our morning breakfast we were befriended by the nicest lady who graciously offered to be our Angel Investor ($20k a piece). She said she invests in early stage companies in Menlo Park…If any of you know this lady — please have her call me back!


Tristan Walker graciously opened his doors, dropping some wisdom for the Code2040 EIR’s.
Walker and Company. Est 2013.
Check this Fast Company piece on Tristan Walker’s story - Navigating Silicon Valley.
Next Up — Tour of Google Campus.

L to R {Jason Towns, Joel Rojo, Rianna Lynn, Talib Graves-Manns}

Our gracious host, Danny Navarro plugging us in with Google for Entrepreneur resources.
The Man with the Plan, EIR Program Director Jason Towns sharing plans for the 12-Month EIR program alongside Code2040 team members Phillip, Aisha, and Rocky.

Code2040 Happy Hour.

Connections. Genius. Purpose.


Jamber, The Mission. SF {LtoR; Wayne, Dan, Ruben, Leslie, Talib}
VC + Founder Connections {LtoR; Trevor, Amy, Sidney, Talib, Joel}

We ‘Break Bread’ (or in this case Taco’s). Kya Johnson, RainbowMe Founder and Rianna Lynn, Foodtrace Founder

Everette came through Impact HUB SF to breakdown Growth Hacking.
Special Thanks to Leslie for the Twitter Visit!{Kya, Leslie}
Twitting!
Every trip to SF has consisted of a Golden Gate run — didn't make it this time — next trip out I will have to do it twice. Keeping myself honest.
Kya taking on Lombard Street. SF.
Dinner in The Mission.
Trolley saved us $15 US. Uber’s add up!
Thank You — Code2040, Google, Andreessen Horowitz, and everyone in The Bay area for a great trip. See you all soon.
Kya Johnson & Adam Klein — Back in NC — Our 1st Day at American Underground in Durham!
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