It's the same way in Palo Alto around University Ave and to a lesser extent, Menlo Park around Santa Cruz Ave. Your biggest problem with be the inability to escape the "tech world" since nearly everyone you meet will work in tech.
But if you want to meet up with someone to code or chat, the suggestions for both RedRock Coffee (Mountain View) and Philz Coffee (Palo Alto) are great.
I belong to a service organization and most of us are lawyers, real estate agents, city officials, professors, university administrators, and s small smattering of tech people. Again we rarely talk shop.
Go hiking I guess. The hills have lots of awesome trails.
The problem of diversity in the tech industry will not be solved until the industry is forced by its employees to relocate.
I don't think this is true. In San Francisco 12% of the population is tech workers, while the valley is closer to just 30%. I live in Oakland and outside of work encounter almost no one that works in tech.
East bay neighborhoods that have "easy" access to SF/Facebook/Google are just as clogged with tech people as anywhere else, modulo the pain of a daily BART commute.
(Also, arguing about exact percentages isn't relevant. It doesn't matter if it's 12% or 30%, if the group overlaps substantially in lifestyle and interests. If I have to change my entire lifestyle to avoid being surrounded by tech bros, I'd rather just move somewhere where I can go out and not be surrounded.)
Agree with other posters. The challenge is escaping tech. I have two kids and every parent at their school works for Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Apple, HP, some startup unicorn, or some new startup. Me? Oh, uh yeah. I’m a founder of a 50-person startup.
I recommend the Assam tea. Real, loose leaf in a real pot.
It's almost faster by bike when you use the bike bridges and car-limited Bryant St.
I've attended multiple meetings there as both a founder and investor. It's kinda funny actually how much of a default meeting place it is.
Also the office for 500 startups is right down the street, so you'll see a bunch of the 500 startups people roaming around.
Here is a quora post that illustrates this: in 2013 only 12% of people who lived in SF were actually tech workers.
Years ago, they were the first to have WiFi at all in downtown (except perhaps Printers Inc.'s upstairs cafe).
Meetup groups for things like Ultimate Frisbee, Spikeball are good too.
I curated a list based on the feedback.
- RedRock Coffee 9x
- Philz Coffee 2x
- Olympus Caffe & Bakery
- Dana St Coffee
- Coupa Cafe
I talked to a friend who recently moved to MV, and she told me Red Rock does have poor wifi; too many people using it?
When I move to Mountain View - I'll be sure to post it on Hackernews so I can meet up with some folks.
I love programming and I also enjoy playing bullet chess. :)
Trivia: when Moffett Field was still a thing, that 101 exit was known as Moffett South Gate.
Red Rock is a great coffee shop, I'm partial to Dana St, there's the hacker dojo, but for me I enjoy the friends I've found outside of the "forced" situations.
Do update this thread in few months if you happen to really connect with fellow geeks :)