A few weeks ago, my former boss from Investools (their CEO at the time) introduced me via email to a former colleague of his from Salomon Brothers named Nick. Nick was going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he thought the two of us would hit it off, particularly since Nick was kind of a data god (with particular strength in natural language processing, a fairly hot field right now).
I told Nick to meet me at Coupa Cafe here in Palo Alto at 1:30. I don’t meet people in person that often, but I was looking forward to this, because Nick was very plugged-in to a number of companies at a senior level. In addition, I had never been disappointed meeting someone my former boss had suggested.