Jeff Hodsdon: New York City

What’s your historical San Francisco and New York connection?
I moved away from my hometown in 2007 to San Francisco. Lived, worked, and learned there for 5 years before moving to New York. New York has always been a goal — no family or anything there.

Describe your experience in SF and your experience in NYC.
San Francisco was the beginning of my adult life. I moved to San Francisco the same month I graduated high school for an internship at a wine e-commerce company in Potrero Hill. Excited to be in San Francisco doing what I wanted to throughout high school, I moved to Parkmerced for a year. Shortly after moved to Haight Ashbury — I didn’t enjoy Parkmerced at all. Less than a year in San Francisco I got very lucky with getting my dream job at a startup called Digg — also in Potrero Hill. I was 18 with braces still — it was the best. I worked there for the next three years. I consider it to be my college experience and thought me the base of what makes me an adult today. After Digg I went to found a company with it’s founder Kevin Rose for a year before it’s acquisition. There was a gap after that. I wanted to live in New York and so I packed a large backpack and drove my motorbike up through Canada to New York.

New York is great. I found it had all the different things from San Francisco that I needed. More energy, life, people, diversity in work, diversity in people, seasons, transportation, and more. I was single and lived by myself in the East Village. Felt I had the choice of either being alone or going out to socialize. For work — I consulted and made an attempt at my own company for a year before selling it to then work remotely for a San Francisco based company. Never in New York did I feel I was comfortable. I always felt I was working towards something. New York pushes you to work at something I feel. I’ve met great people but I also feel it’s hard to make friends. Especially since I’m not in school, office, or anything.

What was the biggest challenge of moving between NYC and SF?
For me the trip I suppose. I lived for a month out of a backpack on my motorcycle. I didn’t plan the trip much to allow for adventure. The various obstacles along the way were little challenges. I was able to get everything I owned down to 3 boxes that I mailed. That wasn’t difficult.

How can NYC and SF best engage with each other?
Probably in public policy. It seems easier to create things that will change the law in San Francisco versus New York.

Favorite SF secret spot
Views in Potrero Hill. Along 18th street theres great places for coffee, food, and hanging out.

Favorite NYC secret spot
Lovers of Today. Cocktail bar underneath a very noisy bar that opens at 9pm. Go after dinner and you have the whole place to yourself.

If you were not where you are now, what would you be doing?
At the race track on a bike.

Roadtrip Entertainment: tell us what song/album, TV show, podcast, or web videos you’ve been watching lately.
Listen to a lot of 80s tunes and m83 lately.

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

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