Ha! I missed blogging in May, oops and sorry.
Yes, I admit it, this blog is beginning to suck. Time for a revival.
So I am now in Washington DC visiting my sister who happens to be on a month long legal training course here at the International Law Institute. I conveniently set up my 10 day break in the east coast before starting my summer internship at Microsoft to coincide with my sister's visit. It's the first time I've seen a family member for 10 months, even in the UK I could guarantee seeing my brother or at least my dad every 3 months or so. Suppose it comes with being an international student in the states these days. So I've been catching up on events in Tanzania, from the recent intense power rationing that his been crippling businesses and ordinary citizens alike, to the performance of the newly installed president.
DC is nice, particularly the lively Georgetown, but I've become very snobbish about the weather these days. I know I was complaining in my last blog post about California weather, but soon after it was more than made up with a continuous 3-4 week spells of clear sunshine and blue skies. Although it's currently in the 90 degrees Fahrenheit now in DC, it's way too humid and muggy! I miss California... If I'm now complaining about the heat in the east coast, how will I ever go back to the grey and rainy UK?
So the first year has come to an end, and how fast its gone indeed. The summer quarter can be characterized by projects, time set aside for travel and lots and lots of parties and events. I really enjoyed the group project in which we wrote a paper on the emerging entrepreneurial space industry. It gave me a chance to apply some of the lessons learnt this year from human resources to non-markets to an industry I’m familiar. I also put on the brakes on campus involvement and ventured out more on the travel side, I finally made it down to San Diego in South California with a visiting friend from the UK.
My venturing out also made me come full circle back to business, I came across a Palo Alto Start-up called Meetro, a location based (geo-tagging) instant messaging platform, that I do believe is going places. Having hung around the Meetro team on and off for the last couple of months, I have been getting my fix on internet start-ups and the web 2.0 vibe... Again, its what I came to Stanford for… Out here and having recently been in New York City last week, the stark difference in the culture for entrepreneurship is now very apparent. But then again, the liveliness of New York City and the historical Georgetown area remind me of what I have been missing in the last year.