Dec 09

Exactly one month to the day from arriving in the Bay Area, I pulled in an hour ago to my driveway back home in Tempe. What a month! The pictures from the trip say more than I possibly could in a single blog post. I met a ton of wonderful people in the Bay and made some great connections for our company. Here’s some stats from the trip that are interesting:

  • total distance traveled = 2987 mi
  • gas consumed = 166.558 Gal
  • total trip expenses = $2078.32
  • # days on the road = 31
  • business cards collected = 32
  • unique beds/couches = 17 (including a garage floor ;-)
  • total spent on hotels = $124
  • total spent on parking fines = $170
  • # of Executive Summaries sent = 22
  • # of VC funding sources pitched = 7
  • value of the advice, visibility, contacts & goodwill generated for JumpBox = incalculable
  • All told the trip cost a hair over $2k (which was way under budget). I want to personally thank all the people that went out of their way to give me a meal, a pillow, a piece of advice or an introduction to a valuable contact – the trip would obviously not have worked without the generosity and hospitality offered by these people. In chronological order here are some people that get a shout-out:

    Christopher Birdsall – for a pit stop at the halfway point in LA
    Scott & Sarah Yancey – for their repeated hospitality and their spectacular rooftop office
    Ben Flajnik & Corey Marrs and their roommate Justin – for a comfy garage and access to do laundry ;-)
    Francine Hardaway – for a fantastic intro and access to her beautiful house in HMB
    Robert Scoble – for letting me be on his Podtech show as a guest
    Andrew Hyde – for being on our podcast and putting on a killer startup weekend in SF
    Tony Jeffries – for all the key intros and drinks at La Bodeguita
    Josh Margulies and his fiancee Liv – for an aerobed and many connections (congrats on your engagement!)
    Jen Margulies – for 2 critical intros (happy birthday!)
    Mark Fletcher – for meeting with me and sharing entrepreneurial advice and a helpful contact
    Jay Margulies – for critique on our exec summary and letting me partake in two family celebrations
    My brother Connor – for hooking me up with a place and fixing my Quickbooks issues (happy 30th!)
    The Carroll family – for allowing me to join the family on Thanksgiving away from home (RIP Pop Carroll)
    Jen Behan and her family – for round #2 of pumpkin pie and a warm home on a cold Thanksgiving night
    Tom Jackiewicz – for a thermarest and a stellar selection of connoisseur tequila
    Jasmine Antonick – a key intro to an important connector
    Debbia Landa and her crew – 2 intros to solid funding sources and a wonderful meal
    The Hamilton family in Newport Beach – for a crash pad and a family feast at the end of a long trip

    To these people my couch and home are yours anytime. More on some of the many things I learned on this trip in a later post. For now, I’m really looking forward to my own bed. Here’s a cool video I shot yesterday while driving back down the coast on Highway 1:

    And here’s what a month’s worth of receipts and business cards looks like ;-) G’night.


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