[Chugalug] Working for Facebook ...

Rod-Lists rod-lists at epbfi.com
Wed Jun 26 17:25:29 UTC 2013


You should come back for a visit. Especially in the summer.
We are still not where we need to be on some things but things are changing for the better.
It is sad that the people who appreciate this town the most are out of towners and those of us who lived somewhere else.

And no while things are all rosey for me at the moment. I can think of worse places to be.


----- Original Message -----
> On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 7:48 AM, Mike Robinson
> <miker at sundialservices.com> wrote:
> > Fact is, I think that =Chattanooga= just happens to be one of the
> > hottest
> > growing "high tech towns" in America.
> And I wanted to toss the obligatory "all techs should end up in
> California eventually" comment out there. Note that I've been in
> California nearly 18 years, so these experiences are almost 2 decades
> out of date. Although I've got some great friends still in
> Chattanooga, moving to California was the right decision:
> * I have had a way easier time getting paid for my work in California
> than I did in Chattanooga. Had any number of people hire me for
> contract work in Chattanooga, then had to pester the hell out of them
> to get paid a small fraction of what that work was worth.
> * Yeah, it costs more. As Eric Wolf observed, "the currency looks the
> same, but I don't understand the exchange rate". Buy a house and call
> it a savings plan. But for other issues, note that if you lived in
> Chattanooga you'd have to spend several weeks a year at conferences
> to
> get the kind of discussion and exchange of ideas that you get out
> here
> in the Bay Area. So your salary expectations for Chattanooga should
> really be on-par with the Bay Area.
> * On those several weeks of conferences a year, do you make better
> social connections at a few days at a conference, or with your
> cycling
> buddies or the once-a-month gathering on topic X (and seeing some of
> those same faces at the topic Y and Z conferences).
> * I did not understand how much culture and language impacted
> ontology
> 'til I moved to California. Honestly, I love Chattanooga, but the
> possibilities that the culture out here allows us to envision are
> spectacularly different.
> * Yeah, just like in Chattanooga, in select neighborhoods we've got
> gigabit fiber to the home. I think it's $80+ local taxes, hundred
> megabit is $40+ local taxes. (However, I don't have gigabit fiber to
> the home, alas.)
> Can't speak to working at Facebook, I far prefer small companies.
> Dan
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