Flying High

Monday was my first full day of work for tivly at Dogpatch Labs in Palo Alto. It rained that day, to which my gracious AirBnB host commented, “I’ve lived here for 30 years, and this is the first time I’ve seen it rain this time of year.” So it’s only fitting that I dedicate this summer to the mantra “there’s a first time for everything.”

Silicon Valley is an intimidating place—everyone is busy with his or her own grand ideas, unbounded talent, and world-changing ambition. It makes you ask yourself, “where do I fit in?” But that’s the funny thing, that everyone here welcomes newcomers like they just came returned from a brief vacation. More of a welcome back than a first arrival.

At the end of my first week, I can safely say I have greater understanding of the “highs and lows” of entrepreneurship that everyone talks about. We went from belief in our solid business model on Monday, to crippling defeat on Tuesday and Wednesday, and finally an alteration on Thursday that some advisors got giddy about.

Five days, not one even slightly similar to another. Exactly what I signed up for, and I can’t wait for more. I think this is how an addiction starts.

So this summer, and the start of my professional career, is about new things and lessons learned. Welcome to my journey through Silicon Valley, the birthplace of the first time for everything.


Next week: We’re starting development of the tivly MVP, so look forward to updates on that. Feel free to follow my blog at


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