Back in the saddle again, Back in Silicon Valley
So there I was sitting in a window seat on SouthPest, climbing out at 12,000 feet northbound from Ontario International in Southern California San Jose
As soon as we landed I noticed members of the Borg Nation had put on their ear gear and were frantically grabbing at buttons on their head sets. Lots of impassoined calls about information on term sheets, deals and new hires. I shrugged into my ruck and fled the terminal. Soon I was headed up 101 north past concrete tilt-ups that had housed four or five start-ups in their short six year lives.
The real money in Silicon Valley
Some Silicon Valley
I was intrigued by their meal and recognized the chunked green vegetable in their salads “hey, you guys like Haas avocados?”
Both entrepreneurs are I sent a box of mixed Reed and Haas avocados to at the beginning of the last fall season. “Hey, can you send me some more of the big round ‘cados?”, one of them asked. “I can’t get them in the stores up here and they’re very good.”
I laughed but didn’t tell him that very few Reed avocados ever leave San Diego Riverside Counties Escondido
But it’s the one example of a way to make money while other technological trends blaze and die out in cycles. Going back to the Gold Rush, who were the real winners? Simple answer: The orchardists and farmers who produced fresh goods and arranged for its transport to the mines, along with necessities like Levi’s waist jeans, and iron tools.
The one image that makes me cringe today is the site of a high wheel Caterpillar D5 ripping out a grove to make room for tilt up offices. It may be the price of progress, but in the end arable land and the ability to grow things for markets and family tables that remainsis business proposition that’s sustainable and a major benefit to California
I’m a native Californian who never outgrew his love for the smell of emerging citrus blossoms, the taste and texture of a perfect Sequoia strawberry picked and consumed early in the season or the sheer pride and enjoyment of providing my family and friends with produce that I grew. I may use a computer and cloud computing technology to plan my life and communicate. But, at the end of the day, when I go home to my little mountaintop in Escondido Silicon Valley