“My perception is that much (but not all!) of Silicon Valley is riddled with these sorts of people. Smartest in their class, impressive degrees, ability to ace whiteboard interview problems, but very little ability or desire to relate to teammates or even customers as human beings.”
I grew up in the Bay Area, and returned there after grad school to start my family and my career. I’ve been in start-ups, working in design, analytics, data science, and product management. A little over 3 years ago, my family got off the increasingly insane Bay Area train, and moved to the Seattle area, where we’re looking forward to another glorious summer in the PNW.
So much about the Bay Area is amazing. From the now well-known success stories of start-ups launched in garages, to the incredibly fast-paced culture where no idea is too far-fetched, too far-reaching, or too ambitious… If you’re not proposing something nearly absurd, then you’re not pushing the envelope enough.
The Bay Area is a unique, inspiring place. Truly a land of opportunity. It can also be a rather ridiculous roller-coaster ride. If you haven’t experienced it, you should consider getting on for at least one loop around the track. It’ll stretch you in more ways than you expect, and amidst all the twists and turns you just might find your own sweet spot.