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April 14, 2007

2-Day Trip to the Bay Area

I went to the bay area the last two days, and it was a blast!  On Thursday, I met everyone from NUSEA (National University of Singapore Entrepreneurs Association) at their Rainmakers Live! event.  Shao Rong and Eugene were great hosts and introduced me to everyone there.  The challenge Mint put on was a bit intense.  We had 30 minutes to solve a hypothetical problem for the company.  The thirty minutes flew by.  I'm used to 5-hour meetings and 42-hour case competitions, haha.  At the end of the night I was finally able to meet Noah and Aaron of Mint.  They're a couple of great guys and love what they do.  I can't wait until they allow members of the public to try their service!

Yesterday morning, I went back to up to Berkeley and met Yuki from the Lunar Society for bubble tea.  He's also really passionate about being able to make flying to space (and especially the moon) more economical.  Its awesome to meet people that are really passionate about what they do.  Yuki and I are now working on putting together a national team to find a way to make going to space more economical.  If you're interested, shoot me an email at justin [at] justinricaurte.com.  We need both engineers and business people.

After meeting with Yuki, my friend Brenda showed me around Berkeley.  They have some great architecture there.  My favorite building by far was the Haas School of Business building.  It's beautiful!  I forgot to take my camera, but here are a couple pictures I found online, here and here.  There is also a great view from the big C behind the campus, photo found here (San Francisco is in the distance and the Golden Gate bridge is to the right). 

That was my trip in a nutshell.  I didn't want to make you read a novel. :)

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