My last major stop for the Hacker Tour has been complete! Last week took me to Cornell (Ithaca) and MIT (Boston). Travel luck was not on our side: in San Francisco, we had a delay to Newark, NJ so we ended up missing our flight. We decided to drive from Newark to Ithaca instead. Then on our way home, we had a delay because of the fog in San Francisco (shocking!). I still have Berkeley and Santa Cruz left but that will be child's play.
Travel woes aside, I had a lot of fun traveling to these campuses to talk about Readyforce, meet recruiters from companies I love (hello, Playstation, Codeacademy, Squarespace, & Knewton) and hand out LOTS of swag. These students were ambitious, interesting and excited about talking about job and internship opportunities. A highlight was talking about my experiences so far on our tour -- including the differences between their school and Texas A&M! My colleagues were at CMU (yes, I missed the fair in my hometown), Purdue and Penn State at the same time. Everyone was always visibly shocked when I told them we are a ten person startup since we were in so many places at once.
I was happy to fly back on Friday night and to be picked up by my familiar Mini Cooper with Jeff and....my Little! Meghan was touring the West Coast for American Eagle and managed to time it so she ended up in San Francisco for the weekend. Because of her, I finally had the chance to visit Berkeley (Cheese Board Collective met every one of my expectations). We also had to fulfill one of Meghan's dreams: a visit to the world famous Tartine for bread and pastries in the Mission. I loved having her here as our first house (apartment) guest.
It was such a good weekend and now the question is: who is visiting us next?