Silicon Valley Geek

Silicon Valley Culture

This once-in-a-lifetime success on such a grand scale is so completely unique for those in the Bay Area and specifically, Silicon Valley. Moreover, our Facebook and tech clients at Linx Dating are so down-to-earth and extremely private and this is just as attractive or more so than the quantitative wealth outcome.

The culture of the Silicon Valley, and companies like FB, do not encourage “showing off” wealth like some might envision. People here (regardless of their net worth) are simply low key. Newly minted millionaires and seasoned entrepreneurs don’t really talk about it. Sure, they might drive a fast new car but most are still wearing the t-shirts, jeans, and famous “hoodie” ala Zuck or black turtleneck ala Jobs.

In Palo Alto, anyone on any given day can walk down the street and rub shoulders with a ka-zillionnaire and never know it! The flash and excess doesn’t happen here on a level that some might think. The guy or girl you pass and lock eyes with on Hamilton Avenue leaving the popular Creamery for lunch could be the next big thing but you most likely will never know. They fade into the distance and head back to work to tinker away and code deep into the night.

In the Valley, you have these incredibly bright super star entrepreneur women and men focused on the next big thing, stocking their money away intelligently and figuring out how to create their next fortune. The VCs come piling in, offering term sheets, and currently there is so much cash flowing in the Valley with all the deals that it is THE time for a entrepreneur to hit the ground running and seize their dream.

When these successful young entrepreneurs and techies are out and about socializing, they often don’t mention where they work. If they did mention “FB”, “Zynga”, “Google” etc, so many people would anchor to that, fixate, and then it can become a slippery slope of ‘how many stock options do you have’, ‘how long have you been at the company’ ‘ what is your company’s exit’ and so forth. Instead, most will just “be”, hang within a trusted circle of friends they already know over beers at The Old Pro and if meeting a stranger will be the last to brag about options or wealth.

Importantly, it isn’t just the men who are making the $. We see so many incredibly successful females of all ages (lots of 20 somethings to 60s) who have “made it” coming into our Menlo Park offices. These women desire a guy who is with them for the right reasons, who might have a similar net worth where it simply isn’t an issue and when each respective person’s net worth is equal, it dissipates any possible tension and creates a neutral playing field. A situation where they don’t have to worry and instead focus on really getting to know one another.

Enjoy this video from CNET wanted-a-single-facebook-millionaire

Spring, Linx Babies, New Clients

This has been an exciting week at Linx. Many new clients and finding out another Linx couple had a baby this week…..a gorgeous little girl! I’m so excited for them. Congrats! I look forward to meeting her in May.

Our featured new clients this week include a Caucasian, slender, pretty, leggy blond who’s in her  late 20’s, Stanford educated, and working in finance. She’s super down-to-earth, very athletic and sporty. Literally striking the perfect balance that guys love of ‘can get dirty and actually enjoy camping’ or look stunning in heels and a dress.  Her match is a guy who is brainy, confident, adventurous, and leads his life with high integrity. She is open to all heritages but you must be fit, healthy, and into all sports. 

Our next featured new client is a brainy 30-year-old MD female who is educated from an Ivy equivalent. She loves what she does helping others as a doctor and you will find this gorgeous dark-haired skinny girl to be strong, confident, opinionated, uber smart, and grounded. She’s a sweetheart but no wall flower! She loves tall Indian guys who are fit but she is open on ethnicity. Her match is loyal, sarcastic & witty, intellectual, and family centric. Post graduate education is a must.

Our next featured client is an articulate and confident mid 30’s Caucasian guy who is 6’2″, fit, and cute! He’s extremely grounded, down to earth, funny, and knows how to balance work and personal life well. He works in tech and is well-educated including his MBA. Super well-rounded and always up for anything at least once, you will find this catch to be adventurous, kind, and a great conversationalist with pretty much anyone he encounters. His match is the perfect mix of intellect meets witty. She is any ethnicity under 33 years old, fit, and sexy.

Our next featured client is late 20’s 6’3″ and handsome Asian American man who is Stanford educated for undergraduate and post-graduate work. He works in finance and we would consider him to be “the good guy.” He is super easy-going, amicable, warm-hearted, and very friendly. No hidden agendas with this young man. He is well rounded and loves dancing, grilling for friends, and travel. His match is max 29 years old, slender, and a classic beauty. She is social, willing to compromise (but has a strong sense of self), romantic, and a life-long learner like he is.

Email us if you would like to be considered to meet any of these incredible Linx members! amy@linxdating.com

Taking A Gamble

A week ago, I felt an urge to pull into the local Shell station in the burbs and to walk into the convenience store and, for whatever reason, to buy a lottery ticket. When do I ever do this? Never. I bought two $1 California Scratchers and was so excited to bring them home, grab a penny, and scratch away… to see if I won anything.

I won! The first $1 ticket I scratched, I ended up winning $20. This, my readers, has never happened. For the second one, I didn’t win anything. I can’t tell you how secretly excited, like a giddy school girl, I’ve been about my winnings.

Last night as I drove by the same Shell station on El Camino in Menlo Park, I did a quick U-turn and pulled right into the station to cash in my winnings! I proudly marched into the shop and the girl scanned my ticket and looked at me, wide-eyed, amazed at my winnings and noting how she has never met a winner… ever. She complained that she always buys tickets but has never been so lucky as I had been.

With my car practically drained of gas, I thought why not apply my big $20 winnings to a quarter tank of premium gas. As I whisked away out of the lot, I felt particularly “Bond like” and definitely bad ass with my free gas and being so strangely satisfied from something so simple as a $20 winning Scratchers ticket and a slightly full tank of oh-so expensive gas.

You can apply my spontaneous, do-something-random approach to gambling to your dating life. The message here is invest a little time and energy into someone that you might really like. Dating and finding the right relationship means letting go a bit, it means sacrificing certain things, being vulnerable, and boldly putting it out there if you feel a connection.

It can sometimes feel like the odds are stacked against you in the competitive world of dating and in trying to find “the one”. You won’t know how lucky you are unless you give in a bit, are confident in yourself, and walk into that next date of yours with the “he or she could be my lucky jackpot and I’m willing to jump all-in and see” attitude.

Life is uncertain. So is gambling. Dating doesn’t have to be. I recommend that you wear a safety belt when you drive, but that you take a lot more risks in trying to find love.  Be a hardcore stats person and try to game the system like an intelligent “gambler” would, and increase your chances of finding love today by declaring this to be your winning year.

We have very favorable odds here at the Linx casino. In the last 6 months, one of our married couples is now expecting a baby, another couple gets married next weekend, and we have countless couples who have declared their exclusivity after their FIRST or second Linx introduction.

Read some of our new client testimonials here:

http://linxdating.com/clients4.html

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Talk about walking through the door at Linx and all of a sudden your chances of love greatly increasing! Our success is due to a no-bullshit approach where we are real and honest with you, and encourage you to be the same with yourself – we employ scrupulous methodology with a genuine human element, to match those two clients who are meant to be the winning duo and the perfect pair out of 100 million singles in the US.

My 48 Hour Juice Cleanse

I decided to do an easy 2 day juice cleanse to put some seriously good nutrients into my system and to help give me a nice boost of energy, a glow to my skin, and a more balanced and healthy feel. For the last 6 years I have started each January 1st with a 30 day “Amy cleanse” which has become my own personal ritual to kick off the New Year, and I love it! Given that we are approaching mid March and the weather is icky, I felt I wanted to just feel that my insides were clean and clear of whatever toxins that tend to pile up in our bodies from everyday living. This past January I did a 3-day juice cleanse in conjunction with my standard 30 day cleanse and enjoyed the results very much.  Spontaneously, I felt why not do a 48 hour cleanse, hence this blog.

Day One – this was pretty easy. I started the day by picking up a nicely packaged box of 12 juices in Woodside that were packed on ice – very professional. My first juice was a mint and grapefruit – definitely refreshing and yummy. The second was sweet green (romaine, chard, spinach, cucumber, celery, apple, parsley, and lemon). It too was very good. At around 1:00pm I enjoyed the third juice which was “red greens” (cucumber, celery, beet, carrot, romaine, spinach, rainbow chard, collards, parsley, lemon, and ginger). I loved the little kick at the end of it with the nice ginger to heat it up on the palate. I started to get hungry and was craving “normal” foods around 3:00pm and felt myself not wanting the next one, to be perfectly honest. #4 was spicy citrus which truthfully is my least favorite.  I think for me it feels as if it is the least nutrient-rich and not as satisfying.  It is a blend of water, citrus, ginger, cayenne, and stevia. The cayenne definitely is hot and this one for whatever reason isn’t my fav. Although I had enjoyed 4 so far, I did feel I needed some actual protein so in conjunction to #5, I had a piece of plain grilled chicken with some herbs for taste on it for dinner. Since I’ve been working out a fair amount recently, my body was telling me it needed something more, since my metabolism is up. Plus I do find that when I juice, I sort of miss chewing something. Funny right? You don’t realize these things till you stop chewing and when you just drink, it is a sort of a weird sensation with no chewing. Juice #5 was daily green. This is a combination of kale, romaine, celery, spinach, cucumber, parsley, dandelion, lemon, and ginger. I am not a huge kale fan. Finally, I ended my day with Liv Juices almond milk blend which is filtered water, almonds, dates, vanilla, and Himalayan salt. I love this – it tastes sweet and like a liquid dessert! I think it would be even tastier with some cinnamon blended in there too!

Day Two: I woke up feeling refreshed and balanced. Energy level is up and my body feels good. Today is a repeat of day one. The exact same juices.  It is the afternoon and I almost feel hyper and harmonious. I’ve already enjoyed three so far. I know today will be great too and since I am going to be doing a tough workout, I am going to eat the protein too for dinner. Note, I am a coffee drinker and I have not abstained from coffee. I really need it. I know, I know. If I were uber intense and doing a 7 day shock the system, I wouldn’t do coffee but, for me, it is absolutely my morning ritual and I love the effects of it. I wake up! Trust me, my clients wouldn’t want to know me without coffee and my husband can attest to this! After my third juice today, I was craving some almonds, so grabbed a handful to snack on.  Three more to go. Super easy and it feels great!

A quick update. It’s 5:00pm on the second day and I just finished the spicy citrus which today I liked better. I definitely feel good right now, a little hungry to be honest (might have a bite of grilled chicken in 45 before my dance class) and then will finish the day with 2 more. This is easy! I look forward to more juicing days and also enjoying normal foods too!

Peacocking 3.0

In my quest to understand social dynamics when it comes to dating, it struck me last night at an event how some guys who might not be the hottest dudes score huge points with the ladies when they lead with confidence. It might seem obvious, but it runs deeper and I don’t think it can happen overnight. This learned behavior takes time to master and involves understanding the subtleties.  It’s not about peacocking ala “The Game” or taking a Tony Robbins crash course on a step-by-step approach to personal achievement.  Instead I think this (for both genders) can become an art of awareness, that translates over to perception and the laws of attraction. 

At this event, I couldn’t help but notice one guy was standing in the corner at a party who literally was a spitting image of the late Steve Jobs – granted, a younger Jobs from the early ’90s. Black mock turtleneck, jeans, simple eye wear, and an incredible air of confidence that drew a cluster of women around him for the majority of the night.

Although I didn’t want to stare and be obvious (and the socially awkward one in doing so), I would from time-to-time glance over. I don’t even know if he was talking, nor needed to say much. He stood there at his house party with a conviction in knowing something that perhaps few around him didn’t know. At times he had his arms crossed and looked deep in thought. Perhaps he brought a refreshing Silicon Valley-esque vibe to the very finance sort of crowd. Maybe he is in tech, I probably won’t ever know.

Who was this mystery man and what was it about him that attracted such a group of all different types? I couldn’t help but glance over at another interesting dynamic on a couch. A guy resembling Jeremy Stoppleman from Yelp sat smack in the middle of four women who circled him, similar to Mr. Pseudo-Jobs in the other corner of the room. This guy had a similar energy about him. Seemed all the girls around him did the talking and he would interject at times but didn’t need to say much to keep their attention. Did this Pseudo-Stoppleman have the answers to the mysteries of the universe and know something greater as well?

One could argue that the ratio of men to women was not favorable and thus the natural inclination was for the women either to pod around one guy and make the best of it, or pod off on their own, if they were genuinely interested in catching up with one another instead of trying to be social or “working it.” Sometimes you just don’t feel like working it. It can be exhausting. Maybe one of the secrets to attraction is first to figure out your best physical strength and asset. For the Jobs look alike, maybe after so many people for the last goodness-knows-how-many-years have commented how he looks like the guy, he finally just said to himself in the mirror one day, you know what, we’re gonna make the best of what we’ve got and work it. Embrace the fact that I look like him and use it as a point of conversation – not only as an ice breaker BUT a gateway to talk about passions and interests: technology, Silicon Valley culture, etc.