Visiting These Tech Sites May Just Compel You to Move to SF

If you like tech, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a web developer or just someone looking to move here or the confines of Silicon Valley, you need not ask how tech-friendly this side of the planet is going be the moment you call it home for a few months or a year; it’ll just be.

Even the buses that take you to work has Wi-Fi to get you working right away and as soon as you arrive in your office, assuming it’s one of those big companies, you’ll have free food from breakfast to lunch and dinner, so you can keep on coding away. Yes, you can even rent the bus.

Back to your corporate apartment, you may also have some tech conveniences all around you, which can free you up to do other things. Back at work, you may also want to think twice about playing hooky, because these days, your company may just have an on-site doctor or clinic to find out what could be ailing you.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Before you envision yourself working here, especially for a startup, you might want to know what’s it like to go to visit the tech companies here–or where they got their start.

Visit 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino to see the fruit logo. It just re-opened last September 19 after being closed since June. It has an Apple retail store that sells Apple-branded products. Actually, it’s the only Apple store that sells Apple T-shirts, caps and accessories with their logo.

Before you hatch your startup, visit South Park, no, not the TV show. People here refer to it as the ground zero of the internet boom, where ideas were born. It’s where Twitter was conjured by Jack Dorsey, while eating Mexican food with a colleague. And to think some scowling politician wants to deport all Mexicans.

Do you know who thought of a big tech company on 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto? It’s where college buddies Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their business, but it’s off limits to visitors. You can probably just pass by.

Look around Gourmet Haus Staudt in 2615 Broadway Street in Redwood City. Someone might have dropped the next iPhone or IoT device in this beer garden. If anyone recalls, it’s where someone from Apple dropped an iPhone prototype some years back. He probably had too many beers.

At 232 San Margarita Avenue in Menlo Park, there’s a garage where Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed — guess what? — Google. Last we checked, it’s okay to check out the garage they eventually bought to remind them of their roots.

Finally, if you want to go to geek heaven, visit 1401 Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View. It’s where Computer History Museum offers the largest collection of computing artifacts.