Joseph Turian: San Francisco

What’s your historical San Francisco and New York connection?
New York is where I was born, and to where I shall return. Many of tech + science friends are in San Francisco, and that’s where I choose to focus the next phase of my life.

Describe your experience in SF and your experience in NYC.
NYC is a great place to experience the randomness and energy of others and revel in diversity. SF is a great place to focus and seriously dig in to excellent things of your choosing.

What was the biggest challenge of moving from NYC to SF?
That social circles in SF are more tribal and tightly knit, and it’s much harder to encourage cross-polination between diverse cliques in SF. That sucks, because one of my passions is curating cool events.

How can NYC and SF best engage with each other?
I don’t have a good answer to this. SF should engage with Oakland more. If that happens, everything will magically fall into place.

Favorite SF secret spot
SF is funny because nothing is truly secret here. Almost everything is Yelped. But anyway: Central Parc, a bistro in NOPA, for their brunches. Best eggs benedict in the city, and you can always get seating immediately. (Compare that to 45 minutes waits at lackluster brunch spots that shall rename unnamed.)

Favorite NYC secret spot
Pippin. Vintage jewelry at amazing prices. For men, trays of cufflinks, tie bars, etc.

If you were not at UPSHOT, what would you be doing?
“et ignotas animum dimittit in artes naturamque novat.” (He set his mind to unknown arts, and changed the laws of nature.) I spent my 20’s understanding machine learning and natural language processing. Now I shall apply them, to have a great impact. I would do that regardless of whether I was running UPSHOT.

Roadtrip Entertainment: tell us what song/album, TV show, podcast, or web videos you’ve been watching lately.
Boilerroom mixes (podcasts) are great. They span the gamut, two of my favorites are Flume’s.

From the 2905 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + SAN FRANCISCO

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