There is a sizable population of tech workers based in Oakland who would evidently rather commute one or two hours to South San Francisco or parts of Silicon Valley for work, than call San Mateo, Mountain View or similar towns home.
Well, before I went, I thought it was going to be fun. An invite to a Tech Stars-sponsored book party, specifically for Tech Stars alums and friends of the author, in Emeryville right on the Oakland border, at a loft that an Oakland start-up founder lived in. As a Tech Stars alum (co-founder, People's Software, class of 2008), who recently launched a local tech site, the event seemed perfect: go reconnect with other Tech Stars alums, learn more about this new book, which was a thriller set in the Boulder, CO tech start-up community, and meet the author, who'd returned to Oakland after a spin at Tech Stars Boulder and time as an Entrepreneur in Residence at a venture fund. Dude invited me to come, I accepted, and the plan was to swing by the loft, grub some Arizmendi pizza and Linden Street Brewery beer, say hi, and then head out out to the rest of my Friday.