The Lyft driver picked me up from work today and, gesturing at the spaceship-like building behind me, asked: “Do you work at NVIDIA?” I said yes. He said: “Wow.”
He told me that 8 years ago, his wife got offers from both Qualcomm and NVIDIA. She chose Qualcomm because she didn’t want to work for a tiny company that only made gaming chips. “Then her Qualcomm stocks went straight down,” he said. “If she had taken the NVIDIA offer, we’d have been retired by now.”
Well, if I had bought Bitcoin 8 years ago, or invested in Facebook, or Amazon, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now either. Aren’t chaos and fortunes the same thing in Silicon Valley?
Disclaimer: I didn’t verify whether he actually bought the Tesla S or not. This is what he told me.
Today, Dani and I went to watch Baby Driver. It was meh. The director seemed to have problem deciding whether to make an action or a romantic movie, and he ended up doing both. The best part of our cinematic experience was actually the Uber drivers taking us back and forth.
The first driver was an earnest guy in his mid 20s. He drove a nice Toyota Corolla whose window pockets were filled with water and granola bars. “You’re welcome to have some.” “No thank you. I’m good.” When Dani and I saw a checker cab with “You can book us online with curb” painted on the side, I wondered out loud if “curb” was Uber for taxis, and the driver laughed hysterically. I was feeling pretty good about myself until I realized that he laughed hysterically at almost every attempt at jokes we made. Continue reading “[Day 486] This guy bought a Tesla Model S to drive Uber select hoping to potential investors”
When I was interviewing with Netflix, I reached out to my friends to see if anyone has experience interning there. The universal reaction I got was:
“What? You’re interviewing with Netflix? I thought they didn’t have an internship program. They don’t even take recent graduates.”
Continue reading “[Day 412] What it is like to intern at Netflix”
One thing about being at Stanford is that you never know who you are going to run into next. You keep hearing conversations such as:
“I almost ran over a Nobel laureate. Pray he doesn’t remember me.”
“Look that’s Mark Zuckerberg in the Gates basement. Nvm it’s just another dude wearing hoodie.”
I myself have had several surreal experiences. The tall, buff man I talked to while waiting in a line turned out to be a Pulitzer Prizer winner. The nerdy guy whose fried chickens I stole all the time was actually the world’s second youngest chess grandmaster. I googled the strange Math professor who lectured with his eyes closed and found out he was a celebrated magician.
Continue reading “[Day 22] I met Google Now Cofounder”
I first met Linh Tran Hai seven years ago when I was still an antsy teenager. At that time, Linh was 23 and CEO of Lenovo Vietnam. I met him once, added him on Facebook and we went our separate ways. What would the youngest CEO in the country want to do with me anyway?
A few days ago, Linh messaged me saying he’s in Bay Area and would love to catch up. I jumped at the invitation. We had dinner, and I got to learn about his incredible journey from an unemployed college undergrad to a country manager at 23. Continue reading “[Day 5] How to become a CEO at 23”