As of last week Joel and me arrived here in sunny San Francisco and it couldn’t have been any more enjoyable. There were lots of little hiccups, we still get lost about 3 times for each new location we want to go to, but that’s all part of the plan we figured.

What I like most is the flair here. People are very open and everyone seems on the move just like we are. We are staying at a gorgeous apartment via AirBnb for two weeks and will then look for a more permanent place to stay.

Here is the view from our apartment

We took a little bit of time to visit the city and of course found the beautiful UC Berkeley where we took a few pictures.




Where do we work?

If you are around here in SF, you can probably find us in startup minded coffeeshops. One of our favourite places is called The Summit. Another great spot we found is called CoffeeandPower.


Why are we here?

In short we actually just packed a small suitcase each, left all our stuff behind in the UK and made our way to the US. Without too much planning ahead.

It became clear very quickly that if you are a young and ambitious startup, San Francisco is an amazing place to be. We are meeting lots of new like-minded people each day, something which was hard to do in the UK.

A fantastic experience was to meet Eric and Kelly Kim, the team behind the Twitter App Twylah. We are hustling for lots of more meetings with investors, journalists and like-minded entrepreneurs and it really couldn’t be any better here.

Our main goal is to focus on taking Buffer to the next level. This means to release an API that will allow you to Buffer your Tweets from many more places you are reading news from, such as reader Apps, Twitter Apps and aggregation Tools.

Are you around here in SF too? Let us know @bufferapp and we would love to meet you for coffee.



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Written by Leo Widrich

Co-founder and COO at Buffer. I enjoy working on company culture, customer development and marketing. For more personal posts, check out leostartsup.

  • Good work guys. You’ll love SF, perfect place to be working in the tech industry. Beautiful, liberal City to boot.

    • Hi Chris,

      Awesome, yes, just like you say it is the perfect place to be! Loving how many different people we are meeting here! 🙂 

  • Wow so cool. I will be in San Francisco soon too. You are so right Leo and Joel.It is the place to be

    • woot! Fantastic @twitter-19684844:disqus , let me know when you arrive! We could even do a real-life #ToolsChat together with  @twylah:twitter that would be awesome! 🙂 

  • Great to see it happening for you. I know @socialgreg:twitter will tell you where & when the de riguer #SanFran events are.

    • Hi @osakasaul:disqus , thanks for stopping by! Sure thing, I have set up a meeting with  @socialgreg:twitter for next week, should be a lot of fun! 🙂 

  • and somehow i always imagined Joel to be the taller of you two! maybe because Joel reminds me of my very tall brother! 🙂

    lovely to see the two of you enjoying yourselves! 😀

  • What a height difference.

  • Sorry to rain on your parade but it’s really disappointing to see you go to SF. As somebody just up the road from you back in the UK it was incredibly inspiring to see you bootstrapping a startup locally and making such headway with it. Buffer has literally been a major driver in me knuckling down to try and start something up because you were proving that you didn’t have to be in Silicon Valley to achieve success. To then see you up sticks and move away to SF is really disheartening as it completely reverses that and suggests that you can’t achieve real success back here. It’s obviously unintentional, but you’ve sent out a really bad signal as far as I’m concerned.

    Not to take anything away from your accomplishments so far – I still use buffer, and will still keep an eye on what’s going on, but I’ve been really turned off by this move.

    Obviously you have to do what you think’s best, and all the best with that. Just a shame it has to be there rather than here.

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