Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

I just came back from a trip to San Francisco today and it was a mix of business and pleasure but more to spend Memorial day with his college friend/best man. This was my first time there and my husband’s third and I had a wonderful time. Not once did we eat at a food chain and that also enhanced the experience – being able to eat at hidden gems. Just to name a few, we ate at Mission Beach Cafe (brunch – amazing brioche French toast), Cha Cha Cha (dinner – a Cuban fusion also the BEST meal of the trip) and Left Bank Brasserie (dinner – didn’t eat here but had an amazing cocktail).

Over the weekend, our host took us to the waterfront in San Francisco, we drove through Napa Valley, along the coast by Point Reyes (Limatour beach), down to Stinson beach, across the Golden gate bridge and also to have brunch at Fred’s Place in Sausalito. It was a touristy and fun trip. I may have gained a pound or five but it was definitely worth it. Another plus is that we did a lot of walking so I was able to exercise a bit in there.

While there, my husband did his first presentation on behalf of Microsoft (despite everyone thinking he was there for an interview at some company) and we visited other tech companies like Github, Twitter, IMO.Im and EA Games. As I mentioned before, he works for Microsoft, and one thing I found particularly interesting is the female to male ratio in these companies. From what I’ve seen in the last three years, with his team and just waiting around when I pick him up from work, there are way more men than women. I may see a few when I go to pick him up but still not that many.

Twitter was our first stop on our first day and it was a total shock for me to see so many women there. We then went to, I saw one woman there. On to Github and out of about 20 people again, only 2 women. That seemed more normal to me. Don’t get me wrong, it was good that so many women are in the Twitter office but I’m sure it can be said that the tech industry is dominated by males and wherever there is an abundance of women, one may be forced to do a double take or just simply be in shock. At the same time, as a woman, it was nice to see.

As much as I enjoyed the trip, I have say that the next time I go back with my husband, he is banned from tweeting, or sharing any status about being there. For those interested in meeting him or showing him around, please consider that his wife is with him and my face hurts after a while of pretending to be interested in any conversation about your projects. This trip was an exception. I encouraged him to see a few places and I wanted to see them as well since I heard so much about them. Sometimes my smile is genuine because I actually do know what is being discussed and I’m assuming you don’t think I do.

I will say I feel more inclined to take a class or two on programming so that I won’t be totally clueless with some jokes also just to get a kick out of seeing the look of shock on my husband’s face when I mention something he thinks I’m clueless about.

To document my visit/tours I got the following shirts and I intend to have some fun wearing them and have people guessing what I do for a living :).

I will have a followup post with pictures coming but I had to get this text part out while it was still fresh in my head :P. Hope you enjoyed this post!