Why are we going to the north, and Americans are fleeing Silicon Valley?
Silicon Valley has long been regarded as an ideal place for science and technology and innovation, and Silicon Valley has also brought together high, fine, sharp talents and entrepreneurs in various fields. But with the development of the era of shared knowledge, the development of science and technology in all parts of the world has been developed in different degrees, and the only status of Silicon Valley has changed. The author of this paper is Preethi Kasireddy, now a block chain engineer. In this article, she recalled her experience of going to work in Silicon Valley after graduation and three years later leaving Silicon Valley. Maybe she has some inspiration for you to work elsewhere.
I'm tied to Silicon Valley
Five years ago, it was the summer of 2012, and I moved to Silicon Valley. I was just graduating from college at that time, because I got a new job offer came here by chance. I wanted to start my career here in an urgent and nervous mood. Frankly, I didn't know what to expect at all.
In fact, I was very lucky, Silicon Valley is one of the best places in the world, there are many outstanding entrepreneurs, engineers and diversiform dare to try, hope that through technology to change the people in this world. This contrasts sharply with the life scenes in my hometown, New Jersey. Most of them are educated at the community college. After graduation, they find a nine to five job. They live comfortably and comfortably at the age of 25. In such an environment, the choice of space is very small, whether it is for the ideal, the adventure, or the career development.
So, I can imagine that I came from New Jersey and got a cultural shock after I went to work in San Francisco. All of a sudden, I found myself surrounded by the atmosphere of technology and innovation, and I found myself in a community environment that challenged myself. The three years of working and living in San Francisco have had a great impact on my life, because I began to understand that those willing to devote themselves to those seemingly crazy ideas and willing to challenge risks are actually not crazy.
The first challenge: Goldman Sachs
After graduating from college, my first job was at an analyst position at Goldman Sachs. In this position, I collaborated with CEOs and CFO to prepare for listing and takeover, and I understood the financial situation of technology start-ups. This is a great help for my direct collaboration with these technology companies, and it also lays the seeds for my interest in solving problems with software.
After a year of working at Goldman Sachs, I realized that the job in the banking industry was not what I wanted to do for a long time. I wanted to be an engineer as I did in college. So I quit this glamorous work left goldman. Where do I go next?
The second challenge: a16z
At that time, my greatest possibility was to enter a small industrial start-up business as a system engineer, but after a cold accident, a series of accidents followed. I received a a16z trading team post offer, this is definitely a chance not to refuse the goodness, I do not take things too hard to refuse.
I spent the next two years in a16z, where I learned from all kinds of Internet pioneers, such as Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz and ChrisDixon. I see thousands of companies coming to us, I know their ideas, their team, the challenges they face, and their strength. I learned all the details of starting a successful technology startup, and I learned some common mistakes that lead to failure. Most of all, I met a lot of incredible entrepreneurs who inspired me to be like them one day in the future.
The third challenge: back to the engineering field
After I left a16z, I turned to the software engineering field, and I was young, and I wanted to create something for the world. You can say I am jealous of those entrepreneurs, I also want to create their own products, and ultimately create a own enterprise. The transition was very surprising. I'm learning, and I'm growing at a breakthrough. I was passionate about my work and I was excited about my work. To be frank, as an engineer, I feel so much fun, and I don't even feel like I'm working.
In addition to love this job, I feel that I can do something before I wouldn't ever think of things, because the engineers work let me have the freedom: as long as I want, I can whenever and wherever possible, to create anything to heart freedom; to understand the basic operation principle of anything the freedom and freedom; Professor authorized new developers; and most importantly, to become a creator, from scratch to create something free.
The feeling began to change
After I left a16z and returned to work as an engineer, I began to change my feelings about the life of Silicon Valley. Thanks to the free way of life for the developers, I