72 Hours in Silicon Valley

Special thanks to everyone who took time out of their day to meet with us and to Navid and Nadeem Nathoo for organizing this pivotal experience.

Over the past three days, I was lucky enough to be able to tour and meet with people from 8 companies, 2 venture capital firms, and 2 universities. This all started around March with a challenge we did for Airbnb during a TKS session, but I never would have guessed that six months later I was actually going to be in San Francisco. This experience has completely changed how I perceive life and what I know is possible for me in the future, and I’m excited to see where I go from here.

Here’s a (very) brief recap of what I learned:

  • Stay hungry — hunger fuels curiosity and drive. It’s what allows you to keep learning and keep growing. Ask questions, start conversations and get the most possible value out of every experience.
  • Know your intentions — there should be a reason for everything you do. If not, you’re spending your time doing something that won’t help you accomplish your goals or get you where you want to be. Write it down alongside your goals and refer back to them often.
  • Surround yourself with the right people — your connections and relationships matter. Don’t waste your time with people who don’t add value to your life. One of the best pieces of advice I received on this was to surround myself with people I can call at 2 a.m. to ask for help. I think that puts it into perspective and helps me evaluate which relationships are beneficial to me.
  • Figure it out — don’t be afraid to start something out of fear of not knowing how to solve a problem. You’ll figure it out when you get to it. Difficulty should not limit curiosity and will to learn. With the amount of information available in the world, there is no limit to what a single person can learn and do.

So… Now What?

For time’s sake I kept this article short, but there is so much more that I learned during those three days. Being in the Valley was a shock to my system, and I can’t even begin to describe how different the environment is in comparison to Toronto. This trip has humbled me and shown me how much I have yet to learn and experience… I don’t know where I’m headed from here or what I’m going to do.

All I know is that this is only the beginning.