Heading To Napa Valley

PR, Social Media, Tech, Travel

After a long day yesterday at the hugely successful Reality Digital Social Building Blocks ’09 conference, we’re heading out to Napa Valley today for some wine tasting. Just working with colleagues in the UK to put some finishing touches to the frthcming  Social Networking World Forum event that is taking place in London in a week or so and then heading out.

There’s a party tonight being held by Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi – and currently much anticipation in San Francisco that it’s going to be huge.

So, I’m looking forward to watching England v Ireland in a bleary eyed state with Rob at 8am PST tomorrow…

The Trip’s Over (& I’m Out)

PR, Social Media, Travel

Well it took a while but the trip back was pretty painless, what with the complete lack of sleep whilst I was away resulting in a 6 hour crash out on the flight.

I certainly can’t pretend to know San Francisco well, having only been twice for around a week in total but, of the various US cities I’ve been to, I think it’s my favourite. There’s a terrific combination of personal appeal – the sea, approach to lifestyle etc – and professional appeal (being global HQ for the web). So, despite (because?) I’m currently trashed and having been absolutely 100% immersed in work since first switching on my mac en-route to the outbound flight four days back, I’m already looking forward to heading back.

Weirdly, a friend and former colleague of mine got in touch with me via facebook last time I was over there, at which point he had relocated to Cupertino and was working for Apple. Having not spoken to him in the intervening 12 months, the exact same friend contacted me again, one hour prior to departure. Hopeless of me to not have picked up the phone to him in advance really and I know that a tweet was most likely the reason for it but even so, it still struck me as highly bizarre. Next time Mr Pope, next time…

James Ryder of web agency Willoughby Stewart tipped me off about this new blog, from a Mr Sergey Brin, (I’m sure I’ve heard his name somewhere before) called ‘Too’. He says:

Welcome to my personal blog. While Google is a play on Googol, too is a play on the much smaller number – two. It also means “in addition”, as this blog reflects my life outside of work“.

Silicon Valley Update – Day 1.5

Health, PR, Social Media, Tech, Travel

Actually I’m going to give up trying to figure out what day it is. As my colleague Ben just pointed out to me, I’ve had 4.5 hours sleep in the last 45 hours, which is a little concerning to be honest.

Pulled up outside Reality Digital’s office last night to find that the building is directly opposite Adobe’s global HQ. More on this, in an official media announcement capacity, in a few weeks time.

The new Macbook Pro’s finally come into it’s own. Apart from the aforementioned nonsense with the charger on the plane – and the fact I despise Entourage (and therefore am using Outlook within Parallels Desktop – the media aspects are terrific. For example using skype with video to call home and check in on the domestic front was both cheap (free) and easy. And a much more pleasant experience than just the usual call. Finally figured out how to cope with ‘forward deleting’ too – guess I should perhaps have read the manual before now.

There’s all sorts of heated talk about a late night tonight. Frankly, if I make it past 6pm, I’ll be pretty happy…

More on the outcome of the day’s PR strategy planning to follow.