Build Your Silicon Valley Startup
Do you have a great idea for a startup? See andreas.com/startup/.
Looking for a Job in Silicon Valley?
I was the National Director of the Tech Writer Trade Group for the NWU for ten years. Our 6,000 members asked lots of questions, so here my pages about job hunting in Silicon Valley, along with living and working in Silicon Valley.
- Writing your resume for Silicon Valley
- Websites for finding jobs in Silicon Valley
- What’s it like to work in a Silicon Valley startup?
- Silicon Valley networks and associations
- How to work a job fair
- How to research a company before the interview
- How to interview for a job
- List of questions to ask in an interview
- Working as a contractor? You’ll need Contractors’ Contracts
- As a contractor, you’ll also need to deal with taxes. See The Freelancer’s Essential Guide to Business and Taxes by Justin Gomer and Jackson Hille (both at UC Berkeley)
- There’s also FAQs on income in regards to race in Silicon Valley, information about overtime pay, immigration visa issues, and how to get cheap health insurance
- And if all else fails, a list of pro-worker labor attorneys, including an immigration attorney
Travels to China, Saudi Arabia, India, and the Berlin Wall
I often write about my trips. Some of these pages are the best guides on the web to that city.
- My account of The Fall of the Berlin Wall
- My trip to Shanghai and Beijing
- Another trip to Sichuan, China
- My trip to Paris, Germany, and Denmark
- My trip to Saudi Arabia
- My trip to Bangalore, India
- Driving the San Francisco Bay Area City Ring
FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions. Mostly Computer Stuff
- How to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury RSI.
- An overview of the types of spam and how to get a Spam Filter
- Learn how to use an RSS Reader.
- Stuff about using computers: how to resize the monitor, stuff about the keyboard, computer fonts, how to refill bubblejet ink printers, types of paper, disks, computer mouse, an overview of the types of printers, and some free wallpaper for your screen.
- There’s also an FAQ on how to install and use Adobe Acrobat PDF, along with how to make PDF files for free.
- If you’re building websites: CSS, an FAQ on SSI, add Paypal online payment to your site, get your site listed in search engines, GIF, JPG, or PNG image formats, an HTML cheatsheet, list of characters, and more.
- There’s also a bit of info about XML.
- A glossary of computer terms.
- A Multilingual Glossary for SEM, SEO, PPC, Analytics, and eCommerce. Credits include: Spanish, German by Andreas Ramos, MA, University of Heidelberg. Spanish: Victor Velasquez. Degree in marketing from Monterrey Tech in Mexico. Chinese: Maggie Guan. Degree in marketing. Chinese: Emily Huang. Degree in finance. German and French: Pascal Maeder. MA in media and communications, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. English: Stephanie Cota, author of books on marketing.
Words, Words, Words…
Here are lots of books for your Kindle, tablet, or Mookie. And yes, I’ve read most of these. (What’s a Mookie? It’s coming.)
- A list of my favorite words
- A list of the top 100 novels of the 20th century
- A list of the top 100 novels of the 1800s
- A list of the top 100 novels of the 1700s
- Where to get 200,000 free books, ebooks, and texts
- A list of the top 1,000 words in the English language
Yet More Stuff
Here are some of the most popular pages at my website: The Berlin Wall, Hokusai, and poetry. Each of these gets thousands of monthly visits.
- My eye-witness account of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Yes, I was there.
- Hokusai changed 20th century art. His inspiration? Dutch wrapping paper… See my page about Hokusai.
- Read several poems by Mary Oliver
- Make a vase filled with fish
- A short review of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio
- Archives of my newsletters from 2000 to 2004
- How to use Free Cell Phones for Emergency 911 calls
Food and Recipes
- If you live in Silicon Valley, here’s my Guide to Breakfast in Silicon Valley, Guide to Happy Hour in Silicon Valley, and Guide to Late Night Food in Silicon Valley.
- You can also learn how to make Mayan Hot Chocolate, as in the movie Chocolat.
- Had enough reading? How about some food? Original recipes by Susan Steinsapir.
- Here’s also The World Famous List of Weird and Disgusting Foods!