The Ford GoBike is a bike share program in the Bay Area, sponsored by Ford. We visited the office, listened to a presentation given by an outreach co-ordinator Alex Garcia '17 and met with Saul Carlin' 09, the founder of SubCast and Pi Areepipatkul '17, a marketing strategist and Econ major to talk about their career paths from Wesleyan to the Silicon Valley.
We visited the headquarters of Asana is an application that enables companies to communicate and track member’s work in a streamlined, effective way. We then had dinner with several Asana employees and Wesleyan alumni, including those we’ve already with Alex, Pi, and Mika, as well as Max Gunawan, Adam Smiley Poswolsky, and Nina Chen. - Rosa Munson-Blatt '21 & Frederick Corpuz '20
We visited 500 Startups, a venture capital with a vision of “Since our inception, we’ve made it our mission to find and empower talented founders, whether they’re across the world or overlooked in our own backyard.” Upon entering the space, we felt a buzzing atmosphere with a seminar with 50 rising entrepreneurs in attendance and other teams in the background working on whiteboards, sticky notes, and desktops. - Frederick Corpuz '20
We visited Snapchat, the popular multimedia messaging application, and spoke with several employees there. The San Francisco headquarters, which started in one building has now expanded to the two neighboring buildings as well, showing the company’s rapid growth since the app’s release in 2011. - Sabrina Kentis '20
On Day 4 we visited ZhenFund, an angel investment fund based in Beijing and managed by Xu Xiaoping and Sequoia Capital China. - Yu Qin (Hayley) '21
We visited the headquarters of Pixar where alumni Elyse Klaidman and Noah Newman gave us a tour. We had the opportunity to see internal exhibits that Elyse had curated on the recently released film Coco as well as the upcoming Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 movies. - Kiana Autry-Dawkins '18 & Rosa Munson-Blatt '21