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My Y Combinator Experience

Posted December 1, 2014

1555491_10152691116659039_6463490390902653257_nAfter flying cross country, with one layover, and a 30 minute delay to my final destination of San Jose, my short journey had begun.  This was the journey to convince a small room of people that they should help fund our project.  Oh yeah, did I mention, we had 10 minutes to do it?  We were here because we got past the application stage of Y Combinator and were given the opportunity to present our new start up company.  After the interview process was done they said they would either call us to say that they would like invest in our company or they would email us telling us why they had turned us down.  Spoiler alert!  We received an email around 6:50pm PST.  At least the wait was over and it came quickly.

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Customer Service, How May I Help You?

Posted January 4, 2014

Customer ServiceAt least 3-4 times a year, I make a trip back to Southern California.  With every trip, a few things are always involved…  plane tickets, car rentals, going out to eat, and seeing family and friends.  Three of the four items got me thinking of something… customer service.  Even in this last trip, I’ve had to do deal with customer service a lot because of flight cancellations.  Of course, we often associate customer service with talking to an agent on the phone or for specific services, but in food, customer service has a lot to do with your overall experience as well.  Customer service also affects our overall impressions of a company or a place.

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Food-a-Fornia

Posted July 23, 2013

I just got back from California a few weeks ago.  It was a trip of eating and more eating.

Here are some of the places that we ate at…  Guppy Teahouse, Classroom 302, The Counter, In-N-Out Burger, Korean Tofu / BBQ, Aiisen Ramen, YogurtlandSouplantation, and to we finished off the trip at McDonalds at the airport.  Of course there was all the food we ate at the three weddings we went to.  It was only a two week trip but we made the most of it.  🙂

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Cape May

Posted August 12, 2011

A few weeks my wife and I took a little mini vacation to Atlantic City and Cape May to visit the Jersey shore.  Although I liked the outlets and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, Cape May is definitely the place to go to see the shore.

Here are a few pics from the trip…

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Cross country gas expense

Posted August 19, 2010

Just did a quick calculation of all the gas we spent going cross country.  After traveling almost 3100 miles in our little Prius, we spent about $163.76.  Not bad.  Of course, this doesn’t include money spent on food and lodging, but pretty good.  Not doing another cross country road trip anytime soon.

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12 Days and 14 States

Posted July 20, 2010

We finally have arrived in Philadelphia. We drove over 3100 miles, through 14 states. I can’t believe we made it.

Despite it being a great experience, I think this will be the last cross-country road trip in a long time. It just takes too much out you. I have no regrets though. On the way, we go to see so many people that we haven’t seen in a while, got to meet new people, and just see America.

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Road Trip Day 11 – Last day before Philly

Posted July 18, 2010

Today, we went to the meeting in Columbus, OH.  This is our second time here.  Most of the saints were at the college training, but it was still a sweet meeting.  Today was just a relaxing day… fellowship, board games, the usual in the church life.  Tonight we went to Graeter’s for some ice cream.  Very good ice cream.  It just so happened that it was the Graeter’s 140th birthday.  That means, two scoops for the price of one.  The only problem was this… Here’s how I ordered…. I like a double scoop… Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip… then he goes to scoop up the ice cream.  I expect him to come back and ask me what I wanted the next scoop to be.  Then he says, “here you go” and hands me a double scoop of Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.  It was good, but that was a lot of one flavor.

I can’t believe tomorrow we are finally arriving.  I don’t think the fact that we are moving to Philly has hit us yet because we are flying back in a week to ship the rest of our stuff, but it’s just the fact that we are almost done with our cross country journey.  I will say that we aren’t taking a long road trip like this for a very long time.  It just takes too much out of you.  Sorry, no pictures today, but tomorrow we should have more.  We should be stopping by the Hershey Factory tomorrow.  I’ll do a wrap up of my entire trip later this week.

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Road Trip Day 9 and 10

Posted July 17, 2010

We left Champaign, IL today and now are in Columbus, OH. We had a sweet time in Champaign. The home meeting was sweet. It was awesome seeing old friends and meeting new ones as well. This morning we had brunch with Seth and J Liu, mini team reunion. We are around the 2400 mile point of our travels. Our little Prius has been good to us. We actually had some time to take the car in for it’s regular maintenance in Champaign. At the end of the trip, I will give the total amount spent on gas for the entire trip. I can’t see it being more than $120, but that’s just a guess. Going cross country like this is definitely an adventure everyone should experience at some point in their lives. Not many pictures these past couple of days or least ones that I will post but hopefully more to come soon.

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Road Trip Day 8 – Lincoln, NE

Posted July 15, 2010

Not too much to report today.  We are in Lincoln, NE for the night.  Thanks to Sharon’s parents for letting us stay at their house.  We’ve had a sweet time here.  The drive here was very similar to the drive to Fort Collins… a lot of the same thing for hours.  This time, it was a lot of corn.  We did go past the half way point as far as mileage is concerned.  We are getting closer to our destination.  Tomorrow we will be in Champaign, IL for one night.

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Road Trip Day 7

Posted July 14, 2010

Another relaxing day in Fort Collins.  Tomorrow, we will be on the road again, but today was a time to just to relax and have dinner with the saints.  This morning we took a short drive to Horsetooth Reservoir.  It turned out to be a very nice day today.  We went to old town after that to have lunch.  Here are some pictures from Horsetooth Reservoir.

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