My First Month Working in San Francisco (in tech, just like everyone else)

The Bay area and Silicon Valley has an openness I’ve yet to find anywhere else. It’s not just an open source phenomena, where everyone can contribute code to a project.

Silicon Valley is an open knowledge economy.

Ideas, contacts, best practices, everything is extremely fluid. The population density is also less than many of the other tech centers, which makes for a close community inside industry niches. San Francisco proper only has 850,000 people, in comparison to 1.6 million in Manhattan.

The good: The community is always supportive. Open to sharing, open to learning. Back-to-back meetups are held for everything from Virtual Reality technologies to durian tasting.
The bad: Housing. The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment is $3150, higher than anywhere else in the country. Due to strict zoning laws, San Francisco can’t build up or across.

The good: Weak ties reign supreme. Everyone is a friend of a friend (of a friend), or you just might discover you guys share the same Uber driver.
The bad: Getting spit on the face by a homeless person. Or having your phone stolen from your hand while Instagraming. Don’t forget to smile.

The good: The burritos. Any tacqueria is a happy tacqueria.
The bad: Nothing bad about burritos. That’s blasphemous.

The good: Everyone works at the newest unicorn startup.
The bad: Everyone works at the newest unicorn startup.

The good: Unemployment rate is the lowest in the entire country at 3%.
The bad: Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ doesn’t apply to many young tech males. The male-female ratio for 18–25 year olds, especially in the tech industry, is pretty wacked up. There’s a startup to fly attractive women from New York to San Francisco.

The amazing: Strong meritocratic systems in San Francisco ensure that hustling and talent are highly valued.

So far, it’s been absolutely amazing. San Francisco isn’t for everyone, but for diving into startups and technology, there is no place better.