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FleetWeek San Francisco 2010, Adventures With Scribd

FleetWeek San Francisco 2010, Adventures With Scribd



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Published by Jessica Valenzuela
FleetWeek in San Francisco 2010, diversity in one sailboat. Thanks to social network, technology and the startups who make change happen.
FleetWeek in San Francisco 2010, diversity in one sailboat. Thanks to social network, technology and the startups who make change happen.

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Published by: Jessica Valenzuela on Oct 12, 2010
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Adventures with
and a stealthy startup
Jessica Valenzuela, photography byErin Loscocco
Jared Friedman, Richard Price, Matt Brezina, Immad Akhund, FatemaYasmine, Anusha Su, Gabor Cselle, Erin Loscocco, Jessica Valenzuelaand friends from Peru, Poland, HongKong and Texas.
FleetWeek 2010, San Francisco, CA
Fleetweek in San Francisco, is uber Americana. Every patriot andtheir pet is out. To navigate your way around from point A to pointB, one hasto wake early (8AM on a weekend!) to ensure two things:1) you make it to your destination without being stuck in traffic and2) an ideal parking spot that will not cost an arm and a leg.I was sure we’d be able to wiggle our way through the day, but younever know. Thanks toErin Loscocco, he made sure we took the“backroads” to get to Pier 39 from Treasure Island.At 1:38AM on 10/09/10 I received instructions from my friend ,host and Chief sailing mate, Jared Friedman aka co-Founder andChief-Technology-Officer atScribd, the world’s largest book club andself-publishing social destination. The note contained a list of whatto bring, including:
SunblockSun glassesCameraWarm clothing in layers (leg warmers, face mask, sweatshirt and jacket)Flare gun (JOKE!)
Check, check and check. Woops, I need to grab strawberries andchocolate! I promised to bake my famous flourless chocolate cakefor this session, but no time for that now!After our chocolate strawberry hunting...yes we found some lusciousstrawberries dipped in dark chocolate along the touristic corridor ofFisherman’s Wharf. Note to self, next time check out the TraderJoe’s or Safeway on Bay Street. I discovered that these twoestablishments existed nearby five hours too late. I should have usedmyWhereiPhone App! Argh!
At exactly 12:45PM, all aboard! Shouts Captain Friedman. After theritual hi, hellos, cheerios with beerios with the rest of the crewincluding fellow co-Captains Richard Price, aka Founder ofAcademia.eduand Matt Brenznin, fellowMaiTaier, Founder ofXobni  and the new stealthy startup.HeyZap’sco-Founder Immad Akhund and his lovely wife, FatemaYasmine and Scottish/German born, Gabor Cselle of Google werepresent. Lionheart’s Fleetweek crew had international representationfrom Peru, Poland, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, HongKong, NewYork, San Francisco and Texas. Diversity in one sail boat onFleetWeek. This is how it should be.
What Startup People In Silicon Valley Talk About?
The conversation ranged from startup histories, user numbers,kiteboarding, sailing, startups, Social Network the movie, go karting,startup holiday parties, planning a wedding, diamond ring sizes andmore.Excited screams, laughter and clap clap clap could be heard inbetween the chatter as the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels madenose dives, flips and repeat. Simply riveting!

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A total must-read for all Scribbers!!! You have said it so perfectly and it's exactly what a small group of us talked about Saturday night following Scribd's Litquake event!!! I like your style of writing and the terrific way you posit how the Net is forever changing our lives while at the same time we DO have to weigh the benefits vs. risks and decide what, in the end, will make us happy! Also
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That's what I love about this new sociality: OPPORTUNITY.
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