Networking · Sales

I am a developer, how do I network in San Francisco?

David Adler Python/JS expert and surfer

Last updated on January 30th, 2018

About me:

- A senior developer: node, python, react, sql ...

- Interests: property, fitness, travel ...

I am moving to San Francisco on January 29th for exactly 50 days. My primary objective in life, right now, is to cofound a profitable company that I believe in. (A vague but loaded sentence). In San Francisco I hope to find inspiring like-minded people that will ultimately lead to founding a company.

Since I have a clear deadline and objective, I would like to make some ambitious well defined goals for my stay in SF. Here are my current strategies for achieving that goal:

  1. Live in a hacker house.
  2. Go to at least one tech / entrepreneurship meetup per day via, accelerator websites and eventbrite .
  3. Try and sneak into at least 5 Stanford lectures on entrepreneurship and or CS.
  4. Meet in person with at least 5 people from my existing contacts.
  5. Reach out to at least one stranger via email per day.
  6. Create a 1 minute elevator pitch video about what my objectives are in SF and my aspirations.
  7. Crawl Angel List once per day for interesting start ups and contact when appropriate.
  8. Take a coursera in sales for example.
  9. Take how to start a startup, Udacity
  10. Go to all startup weekend events
  11. Put a sticker on my laptop which allows people to look me up.

How could I improve this list? Criticism welcome

Lisa Westhafer Founder @ Simply Listed

Last updated on January 22nd, 2018

Hey David! I’m in Silicon “Beach” vs Silicon Valley, but I have a concept that I have been working on for a year and was just about to start looking for a CoFounder developer... We should talk! Otherwise, your plan is ambitious, and inspiring! I have no doubt something powerful will come out of this experience for you.

freedom freedom A good listener, vibrant and active in business. Always ready to learn new skill.and submissive

February 25th, 2018

Hi Am in nigeria a computer engineer and a software engineer How can i be of help in the company

Chaitanya Nijhara I like solving meaningful problems!

January 22nd, 2018

Hey David,

I like your goals and clarity! I'm involved in the tech scene here in SF as well and have done quite a few things that are on your list.

Since you are only here for 50 days, my overall suggestion would be to increase networking opportunities and decrease learning goals. In such a short time, if you can have a bunch of great conversations and make meaningful connections, that in my mind would be a great win vs. sitting in a lecture here or there.

So here is what I would do / suggest:

1. Meetups & events: Do networking mixers (there are a ton, most are tech focused! Let me know if you can't find them) along with some tech events.

2. Stanford lectures - Just watch some online when you get back home, I wouldn't waste my time here

3. Meeting 5 people - Meet MORE! This is the goal that you should be more ambitious about. This is everything! Don't limit yourself to your network, reach out to to your network's network!

4. Coursera & Udacity can be done back home as well. Low priority

5. Startup weekend - I've done this. It is very basic (in my opinion). I would rather join some interesting hackathons. If you must participate in Startup Weekend, one should be more than enough.

In addition to all the above, I'd be more than happy to meet you over coffee / beer or help you out in any other way.

Feel free to reach out!


Mariah Johnson Looking for great app developer as cofounder

January 23rd, 2018

You seem increasing humble. Wish you were in Chicago. Hard to come across great developers like you in the City.

Nikoan Johnson Determined. Hardworking. Optimist.

January 23rd, 2018

Hey Dave, I have an app startup that I founded called SkillConnect. the Android version of the app is built. I think we should about forming a team and getting into Y-Combinator or some other incubator. Reach me at

Musicdbn Music Database Network CEO and Founder

February 27th, 2018

Hi David,

Have a very promising Music related tech start up seeking a first round of funding. I have already invested in this venture, and in the process of putting in place a very talented team. Please let me know if you would like to take a look? Or, if this is something you would be interested in being a part of? We are currently looking for a CTO. Can send you our Presentation and Executive Summary. Thank You!
Stewart Lowinger
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Marrione Pol Camacho Builder of opportunities for entrepreneurs and communities

January 22nd, 2018

One of the best things about SF is you never know who you'll meet and/or where you'll meet them. Just to add on #5. Be your own brand. It's important that you understand your "WHY."

Good luck!

Boris Esanu Founder & CEO of (We make ideas happen)

January 22nd, 2018

David, shoot me an email at with your availability after Feb 7th and I'd be happy to grab a coffee with you. Safe travels!

Stiff Rich CEO

January 22nd, 2018

Helo, Kindly send me your Project Proposal ''' or I look forward to working with you!!

Douglas Davis I am a private/ silent investor looking for entrepreneurs with good projects.

January 22nd, 2018

I am a private/ silent investor looking for entrepreneurs with good projects.

The ideal potential partner is someone who is ready to build a business — someone whose best years are ahead of them.

I am looking for entrepreneurs with the right mix of experience, drive, creativity, and cultural fit.

In return, i will provide funding, tools, and resources to help my partners reach new heights of success.

Email me at