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My First Week in San Francisco

Ruika Lin
Ruika Lin
Ruika graduated from the University of Virginia in the Class of 2011. Originating from China she’s travelled from coast to coast in the US and is currently exploring the world of crowdfunding and self-publishing.

I moved to San Francisco in the summer of 2013.

Having lived in Virginia and been used to the suburb environment for so long, I was irrationally surprised by the liveliness of this city on the other coast of America.

When I looked at all the people waiting at the metro station, I remember thinking to myself, almost naively: Wow, there are people living their lives on this strange land!

It felt like I gained a new sense of wonder and my life would be restarting in this unknown place. I had no idea what was waiting for me, and that sense of vast uncertainty was both scary and exhilarating.

When I moved to the US at age 18 back in 2007 had a very similar feeling.


My first day at Indiegogo was also quite interesting and unexpected.

I arrived in the office at 9 am, amazed by the open floor design of the office space, which resembles a large college library with no cubicles (later I learned it is a typical startup environment).

Nobody was in the office except for the front desk lady. She escorted me to my desk and helped me set up my laptop and monitor.

People started to slowly arrive at the office, friendly greeting one another. I was really excited to start this new adventure in a brand-new work environment.


The first week, I learned that my new company holds a weekly “standup” with all employees in SF, NY, and LA offices. They do that every Tuesday, keeping everyone updated on the week’s efforts, initiatives, projects, and accomplishments of the company.

One of the co-founders of the company invited me to introduce myself as a new employee who started that week.

It was fun to present myself in this way in front of all my new coworkers and received cheers from them just the second day at work.

I made a lot of new friends at work just the first week, feeling connected and welcomed at this young, vibrant, and new company.



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