Friday, March 6, 2009

Shanghai Starbuck's

Yes, cultural imperialism is alive and well and still serving the Western capitalist lap dogs well! There are numerous McDonald's and KFC outlets in Shanghai so I suppose it was inevitable that Starbuck's wasn't going to be far away either.

The picture above is taken from just along the waterfront looking back into a section of the financial district. Through the fog you can see a fascinating building that has a handle at the top! All of these skyscrapers look wonderful at night so if the weather and time permits I'll try and get out and grab a shot or two. Last night was cold, damp and windy so hanging around on the way back from dinner - at a "German Bier Kellar" restaurant of all things - wasn't a very appealing idea.

Must dash - breakfast calls. Can't decide between the sticky rice mash or the crispy chicken feet today. (And no, I'm not making that up.)


vineel yalamarthy said...

Sir,What qualities are expected in order to get settled in silicon valley? I am asking you from a student point of view.I 'm 20 yrs average Indian IT student.Please advise me,so that I can develop myself these two years? And do you suggest me to read any books to become sophisticated and become attractive for employers?

J said...

Hi Vineel

I think the key characteristics are a) technical excellence and b) a real desire to be there. The first point is key because you have to find a way to stand out above the crowd. There are many engineers here from around the USA and the world so employers have a very wide range of options when hiring. Whether you are a developer, IT person or whatever the role, US companies look to hire the bst they can and you have to somehow stand out. Associated with the second point, US employers value hard work, dedication, initiative and ability. The culture in Silicon Valley is largely that of a meritocracy: the better you are at what you do, the more you will be recognized and valued.

Not sure I know of any books specifically about Silicon Valley culture but I would have to recommened something like Covey's 7 habits of highly sucessful people as a good general guide to how to improve you own professional skills regardless of chosen discipline. However, via the web then you might want to reach out to other Indian entrepreneurs via organisations like this: in order to get much better support to you than I can really give.

Only other advice I can usefully offer is that I found my way to CA via working for an American company that ultimately transfered me over. This is anoter route that's likely open to you as well. Last time I was in Bangalore it looked more like Silicon Valley than parts of Silicon Valley!

Best of luck in your studies.


vineel yalamarthy said...

Thanks for the reply.Where did you graduate from? You answer to my question is very good and the way it's written clearly showas that,it's written by a proper veteran in the IT industry