Monthly Archive: October 2015

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#everything: A Trip to Twitter

It’s Day Two into Startup Catalyst’s whirl-wind tour through Silicon Valley and today’s been one filled with extra excitement for me. We started with a visit to an Equinox data center in San Jose, then made a stop-off at Jon Jon’s, a local favourite of Steve Baxter, but perhaps the most exciting part of the day was the visit we made to Twitter. Twitter resides in the middle of San Francisco’s Tenderloin, in an unassuming antique building. The only way that you’d know that Twitter was even in the location is purely from the @twitter sign on the corner of...

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Day 2: Equinix

On the 29th of September, myself and the Startup Catalyst crew visited the Silicon Valley Equinix data centres. The data centres were huge, monolithic cubes with no windows, signage or banners. We approached what appeared to be an entrance and started looking around for signs of life. After a few moments of us standing around awkwardly, the front doors mysteriously swung open slowly, as if in a horror movie, presenting us with a dark, empty hallway. A security guard walked into view and directed us to the correct data centre. From there, we were greeted by security personel who escorted...

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Day 1: Atlassian

Our middle session of Day 1 consisted of a visit to Atlassian which is located on Harrison Street in San Francisco. Atlassian is a software development company and they make (awesome) software for teams. For non-tech readers: Atlassian’s claim to fame is JIRA and Confluence. Last summer I completed an internship in the Sydney Atlassian office and was fortunate enough to meet some of the San Francisco team whilst I was there. I reached out to my connections and was able to organise for our group to have a tour and a presentation. When we arrived at the office we...

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Day 1: XERO

We visited the Xero office in San Francisco. The Xero office was great – they have an impressive view from their balcony and had a great balance of serious and fun in their office space. I think we were all pleasantly surprised by how interesting the visit to Xero was. Most of us didn’t know what to expect at Xero — how interesting could accounting software really be? From the moment we walked in, everything was insanely smooth and well organised. We had two talks in store for us, one from James Maiocco, ‎General Manager and one from Sidney Maestre,...