1. Executive chairman of Twitter Jack Dorsey rides the MUNI?! In some parts of the country, the rich and famous travel exclusively in fancy cars and private jets. But in Silicon Valley, even tech royalty can be found on public transportation. You’re lucky if you run into them–you might get their attention until you arrive at their destination.
2. In addition to the tech celebs, a number of Stanford professors ride the Caltrain to get to work. Most live in San Francisco, and spend their mornings and evenings grading problem sets and papers on the train. While they may not fit the Valley stereotype, they have their finger on the pulse of Stanford and can introduce you to their students (aka the Valley’s best talent).
3. Younger startup types also ride the train. Ever since SoMa became the hip Silicon Valley, founders who didn’t want to move to SF began taking the train every day to get to their bustling SoMa offices. These young professionals are often hiring, and have a good sense of who are the up-and-comers you should keep an eye out for.
4. The Facebookers getting off in Menlo Park. When Facebook opened its new headquarters (in the space that was formerly Sun Microsystems), many Menlo Park residents feared an increase in traffic. However Facebook committed to limit the number of vehicles on their campus–only half of Facebook’s employees are allowed to park in the area. So many of the remaining employees take the Caltrain.
5. The Googlers getting off in… oh wait. They take their private buses.
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