Xobni Moves West: Second Gear

Sorry for the long absence; Xobni has moved to California! I’m writing this article overlooking the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island from the balcony of the Kiko founders’ new apartment. Having friends to stay with while searching for Xobni’s west coast headquarters has been invaluable.


We left Boston over two weeks ago. According to Google maps we drove over 3,100 miles. It is appropriate to add an extra 10 miles per day to account for Adam’s daily search for the closest Dairy Queen off Interstate 80.

We spent one week in my home town of State College, PA. My mom’s cooking fueled long hours of coding. The week of undisturbed coding in State College, save a few hours for clay pigeon shooting, proved that product development can often progress quickly by getting away from the city.

Our trip across the country involved a Guatemalan wedding in rural Indiana; a two hour Greyhound bus conversation with a recently incarcerated Chicago gang leader and drug dealer; the largest collection of wind turbines I’ve ever seen; 80% Ford, Chevy, and Dodge pickup truck market penetration in Laramie, Wyoming; and nearly running out of gasoline between the 100 mile distant gas stations in the salt flats of Utah.

We also made an observation that other startup founders might find useful should they decide to switch coasts; the straight roads of Iowa, Nebraska, Utah, and Nevada allow for near optimal passenger programming. Somewhere between Wyoming and Nevada Adam made Xobni’s first query parser. We’ll discuss the value of those lines of code at some future date.

We arrived in the Bay Area and were welcomed by friends. We want to thank the Kikos, Shoutfits, Likebetters, and Scott for their help. Things should get really fun out here when the Kikos begin their weekly startup dinners.

If our first days in San Francisco are any indication of the months ahead, Xobni is heading into exciting times.



4 Responses to “Xobni Moves West: Second Gear”

  1. 1 Dharmesh Shah October 16, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    Exciting times indeed.

    Cambridge will miss you guys. Wish you the best of luck out on that “other” coast.

  2. 2 Gabor Cselle October 18, 2006 at 6:12 am

    Good luck in SF! Did Adam carry a map of all Dairy Queens in the continental US?

  3. 3 Matt Brezina October 19, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    Actually he didn’t Gabor. Instead he carried his treo 700wx with EVDO. This allowed us to find any Diary Queen in the continental US. More importantly this was a saving grace in the barren plains of Nebraska where finding a McDonald’s with $1 chocolate sundaes was a welcomed oasis.

  4. 4 Bryan November 14, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing. We love your new place.

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