California, 2011

Since I’m in the process of (finally!) organizing my photos, I found these ones that I never got to upload — from last year (2011) on a business trip with Denis Lowe and Rowan Jacobson: at the time Cognitive Match was just opening their offices in Palo Alto so we turned up for 2 weeks to make sure everything was right icon smile California, 2011 photo    photos fun time blogroll  wine san francisco rowan jacobson palo alto napa valley golden gate bridge denis lowe cognitive match california amit shanbhag

We started in San Francisco:

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First morning though saw us being transformed into proper “Silicon Valley boys” as we had some live production environment issues to sort out — nothing spells Silicon Valley more than a bunch of geeks with Mac’s in a hotel lobby icon smile California, 2011 photo    photos fun time blogroll  wine san francisco rowan jacobson palo alto napa valley golden gate bridge denis lowe cognitive match california amit shanbhag

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Luckily we got that sorted quickly — with enough time to head off to Napa Valley… via Golden Gate Bridge icon wink California, 2011 photo    photos fun time blogroll  wine san francisco rowan jacobson palo alto napa valley golden gate bridge denis lowe cognitive match california amit shanbhag

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Finally we made it to Napa — with time to visit about 4 wineries and have a few private tasting sessions too:

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Monday was then time to finally step in the new Cognitive Match office in Palo Alto — which at the time wasn’t exactly kitted up for us icon smile California, 2011 photo    photos fun time blogroll  wine san francisco rowan jacobson palo alto napa valley golden gate bridge denis lowe cognitive match california amit shanbhag

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I’m not gonna make it any comments on what Rowan and Amit were doing here though icon smile California, 2011 photo    photos fun time blogroll  wine san francisco rowan jacobson palo alto napa valley golden gate bridge denis lowe cognitive match california amit shanbhag

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On the way back to London, we took another short trip to San Francisco:

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Obviously had to visit a few tourist attractions icon biggrin California, 2011 photo    photos fun time blogroll  wine san francisco rowan jacobson palo alto napa valley golden gate bridge denis lowe cognitive match california amit shanbhag

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And then roam freely for a few hours around the city…

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And had to experience some more Californian wine — check out the awesome colors!!!

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