Bacon and Beer on Alameda Island!

Love Beer? Love Bacon? Always wanted to see what they can do together? Come on down to McGee's on Park St on Wednesday October 18th from 6pm - 9pm for Bacon and Beer. Test your creativity on a team of 4 solving a problem that must utilize bacon and beer. Not a drinker or bacon connoisseur? Well there's more for your team to consume! Only requirements are the use of your imagination. 

McGee's kitchen will still be open serving their full menu as will the bar should you choose to partake in something besides bacon and beer. Email any questions to

Tickets are $25 per person and are discounted to $90 for a team of 4!

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Don't Worry! Rocket Juice Will Return Soon

Rocket Juice has had to take a short hiatus but we will be back in November with more Hackathons and the same great recruiting and resume services you've come to know and love. What's even more exciting than that?!?! We'll be heading to Boston this Fall for a Hackathon and we will be solving problems with bacon and beer on Alameda Island for starters.

Have some open positions coming up that you think you'll have a hard time filling? On the job market for the first time in years? Reach out to us at

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Rocket Juice Needs Your Help Tonight!

From 7-9pm the remaining three teams for TechCode's AI Hackathon are giving their final presentations and we need a full house to cheer them on. TechCode is located at 1172 Castro in Mountain View. Come network with the Mayor, NASA and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. This is a free event and will be a lot of fun to watch.

See you in Mountain View!

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Come On Over

If you are anywhere near Mountain View please feel free to stop by TechCode Mountain View at 1172 Castro St. Doors open at 6pm and final presentations start at 7pm. We are down to the final 3 teams so lets fill the room and watch all their hard work.

We have a killer judges panel which includes Ken the Mayor, Ashley Clark a Stanford PhD candidate, Aaron Miller or, Shawn Flynn of TechCode and Dawn Maher of the Chamber of Commerce.

Each teams gets some pretty great presents to turn their idea into reality. So come on down tonight. All the cool kids are coming like me :)

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Recovering From Epic Failure

The first rule of failure is to keep trying, it's only a failure if you give up. So keep trying! Don’t just embrace your failures; make them work for you. Failures happen whether we embrace our mistakes or not, so instead of admitting defeat learn from your mistakes. Failing, particularly early in your career, can help you make more informed decisions about the next step and sending you down the anything but straight path to success.

Name a successful entrepreneur that hasn't failed several times. J.K Rowling called herself "the biggest failure she knew", Michael Jordan didn't make it on his high school team because he wasn't tall enough and Sir Richard Branson was told he would either end up in jail or as a millionaire. He failed more times than he succeeded but that has never stopped him. The key lesson here for entrepreneurs, or anyone facing challenges in their life, is to be resilient, persistent, and constantly looking to learn from mistakes. These are the traits that have made many successful as entrepreneurs, presidents, and sports stars throughout the world.

Last night was a rather humbling evening for me. After 6 weeks of hard work, sleepless nights, calling in favors, networking and taking out loans my event did not turn out as well as I expected. Life is what you make of it and no one but you can change your mindset so I am choosing to look at this as a valuable lesson. To err is to be human right? I've learned very quickly that as a entrepreneur to expect the worst and hope for the best. So do I give up? Or do I evolve?

The key lesson here for entrepreneurs, or anyone facing challenges in their life, is to be resilient, persistent, and constantly looking to learn from mistakes. These are the traits that have made Sir Richard Branson and the other examples highlighted here successful as entrepreneurs, presidents, and sports stars throughout the world.

If you're near Mountain View this weekend stop by TechCode and consider joining a team. Free of charge of course. Our Judges Sunday night include Ken the Mayor of Mountain View, Dawn Maher the Chief Evangelist of Mountain View's Chamber of Commerce, Shawn Flynn the Business Development Manager for TechCode, Aaron Miller of and Ashely Clark an Engineer finishing up her PhD.

Rejections and failures are sources of information. How else will you know what’s possible and what isn’t
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Last Call!

Today is the first day of TechCode's AI Hackathon! Doors open at 5:30pm and the event starts around 6:30pm. Prizes,, mentors, sponsors and judges are all confirmed for this fun-filled weekend. We could use a few more participants though to make it a well rounded and successful event. This is where you come in! Ticket sales end online at 5pm but I will be at the registration desk at TechCode starting at 3pm to sell last minute tickets and answer any questions. Remember Nick Robinson from the BBC is coming, along with NASA, Startup founders, AI enthusiasts and the Chamber of Commerce.

Can't attend Friday night but available Saturday and Sunday? I can set you up with a team Saturday morning! I am also offering discounted participant tickets today. Use code TCHACK with this link to bring the cost from $100 to $50 and feel free to pass the code onto your peers and friends.

Worried you aren't "techie" enough to participate? Think of your average technology startup. There is a need for management, sales, marketing and HR not just those tech savvy. Bring your skillset and a open mind. Oh and have a good time meeting great people.

See you tonight!

It’s just as important to manage your life in a way that enables you to recharge on a regular basis. You simply must take time during the week for the pursuits that nourish you physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.
— TIAA chief Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.
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Less Than 48 Hours...

TechCode's AI Hackathon is less than 48 hours away! We are still discounting tickets to $75 instead of $100. If you are a student, women or unable to pay that amount please email me at and let me know an amount that would work for. you. We are short on the number of participants to make this a great event.

Just remember you do not need to be a AI Expert, coder or Hacker to enjoy this weekends Hackathon. Just bring a great attitude and passion for technology and problem solving. You'll get to meet members of Mountain View's Chamber of Commerce, NASA representatives, successful startup and Hackathon winners as well as Ken the Mayor. and Nick Robinson of BBC Radio 4. Is the Art and Wine festival a deterrent from coming to the event? You can still attend the festival Saturday morning and evening as Saturday is a group work day and mentors do not get to TechCode until about 1pm.

Don't forget to bring your business cards to network and there will raffles throughout the weekend. Just drop your card in the basket at check-in.

Ticket sales will end Friday at 5pm. I will be at TechCode starting at 3pm to answer any questions and sell tickets.

Hope to see you this in Mountain View!

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A Few Tickets Left! Why You Should Participate In A Hackathon

Imagine one of your fulfilling weekends and also the most tiring.  I attended a Hackathon called StartUp Weekend in Santa Barbara at the end of July so I could understand the participant experience. I found it to be exhausting but thats small potatoes compared to the people you will meet, the mentors who will help you with your idea and pitch as well as having your idea presented to our incredible judges. 

As a Hackathon participant, I found my experience to be exhilarating: smart people, together for a weekend, finding ground-breaking solutions to difficult problems. During 2-3 days, you feel empowered, discuss important topics with experts and it usually ends with a party and some cool prizes for the winners.

So what are you going to be doing all weekend?

Friday night after registration (dinner is not provided) participants and observers get together to mingle.  After a quick talk from the facilitators, participants each get an opportunity (not required and you can decide last minute to not pitch) to pitch a business solution or idea that they have for 60 seconds.  After hearing the pitches, the crowds chooses their favorite ideas. The 10 top ideas are the teams for the weekend and those who did not make the Top 10 choose the team they would like to work on. Teams get until midnight to work then the doors close till 9am Saturday morning.. 

Then on Saturday, participants, mentors and sponsors come back (no observers admitted on Saturday).  Doors open at 9am and there will be simple breakfast. In the morning, your team will strategize on what your approach will be.  After lunch which is provided, the mentors arrive, introduce themselves and share a bit about their backgrounds .  Dinner is not provided at the venue. Mentors are experts in their respective fields and they are there on Saturday afternoon as a resource to give feedback, advice, and sometimes a humbling blow to your poorly vetted plan.  

On Sunday morning (there will be breakfast) the participants come back to continue to work on their product/business plan.  In the afternoon, the mentors return for more advice and feedback while teams finalize their pitches.  Then everyone is invited back (including observers) to see the presentations. There is a judging and awards ceremony, some great prizes for the winners.

There are still a few Partiipant tickets available. If you are a student or female please reach out for a discount code. Heading to San Jose State Thursday if there are any tickets left. Stanford was a blast yesterday and I got to meet a lot of people that had never participated in a Hackathon that are going to give it a shot!

Did I mention we are giving away a Hoverboard

See you in Mountain View!

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Discounts for Laggards!

This morning Rocket Juice will be on the campus of Stanford to answer questions about Hackathons and this weekends AI Hackathon at TechCode and offer a few student tickets for $75. Tomorrow we will be at San Jose State and Thursday we will be in Mountain View for a few Chamber of Commerce and TechCode events.The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce just added added some great  prizes for the winning teams! Including a consult with the CEO of the Chamber, use of the Chamber boardroom and a free membership. All great items when you're getting a company off the ground. 

If you're like me (not an early adapter) and are the last one to buy or adapt to new technology (a laggard...I just got an Apple Watch and only joined Twitter a few weeks ago) then here's your opportunity to test drive a Hackathon at a reduced price. We are just 4 days away from the TechCode AI Hackathon in Mountain View and need a few more participants to come with ideas and enthusiasm for the entrepreneur, tech and accelerator community. There is no need to be an AI expert!  All that matters is passion for an idea and bringing your knowledge such as HR, Marketing or the Law. Would you only hire Engineers if you were starting an Engineering firm?

I need to plug our main Sponsor real quick. Just like Rocket Juice strives to encourage women in STEM, TechCode believes women are the future of AI and we are offering a few discounted tickets for women and students. 

Still on the fence about participating? Email me with any questions and I will discount tickets for participants from $100 down to $75 and Observers from $50 down to $40. Simply email to express your interest and get the discount code. 

Want to win a HoverBoard? The crowd favorite pitch will win a HoverBoard and be featured on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme with Nick Robinson who reaches over 7.5 million viewers worldwide. Here's the catch... you have to deliver a 60 second pitch! No props or Powerpoint just you and your idea.

Still not sold even though NASA, The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and Rocket Juice will be there? Ken the Mayor will be there as well and loves to talk about Game of Thrones. He's also judging Sunday night so this is a chance to get on his good side. Did I mention the HoverBoard? If no one wants it I'll take it home!

If it's more of a fear of public speaking I understand. Everytime I have to speak at an event my anxiety level triples but I am always happy when I take the chance. The Hackathon and StartUp community is very welcoming and a great place to work your pitches. If you buy an observer ticket for Friday evening and decide you want to join in on the fun the rest of the weekend simply let me know and I will convert your ticket from Observer to Participant for $20 Friday or Saturday morning before 10am..

Here's the best news. Anyone who purchases a ticket (Observer or Participant) will get a 15% discount on future Hackathons that Rocket Juice presents such as the Bacon and Beer Hackathon and a Space Hackathon for World Space Week October 4-11th.

Hope to see you in Mountain View this weekend! 

This stage is certainly more of an art than a science, requiring a deep level of empathy to understand how people will react when confronted with this new product or service. Without this empathetic stage, change can become a point of friction that wears an organisation or process down to breaking point.
— Ben Judah
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A Short History of Labor Day

On the morning of September 5, 1882, a crowd of spectators filled the sidewalks of lower Manhattan near city hall and along Broadway. They had come early, well before the Labor Day Parade marchers, to claim the best vantage points from which to view the first Labor Day Parade. 

By 10 a.m., the Grand Marshall of the parade, William McCabe, his aides and their police escort were all in place for the start of the parade. There was only one problem: none of the men  moved. The few marchers that had shown up had no music.

According to McCabe, the spectators began to suggest that he give up the idea of parading, but he was determined to start on time with the few marchers that had shown up. Suddenly, Mathew Maguire of the Central Labor Union of New York (and probably the father of Labor Day) ran across the lawn and told McCabe that two hundred marchers from the Jewelers Union of Newark Two had just crossed the ferry — and they had a band!

Just after 10 a.m., the marching jewelers turned onto lower Broadway — they were playing "When I First Put This Uniform On," from Patience, an opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. The police escort then took its place in the street. When the jewelers marched past McCabe and his aides, they followed in behind. Then, spectators began to join the march. Final reports of the total number of marchers ranged from 10,000 to 20,000 men and women.

At noon, the marchers arrived at Reservoir Park, the termination point of the parade. While some returned to work, most continued on to the post-parade party at Wendel's Elm Park at 92nd Street and Ninth Avenue; even some unions that had not participated in the parade showed up to join in the post-parade festivities. From 1p.m. until 9 p.m. that night, nearly 25,000 union members and their families filled the park and celebrated the very first, and almost entirely disastrous, Labor Day.

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting Labor day.

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

Hope you enjoyed your short history lesson and are heading out to a great BBQ. Here at Rocket Juice we aim to promote Women in Tech. One of the original pioneers  of women in the work force was Rosie the Riverter,.

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The Heat Is On

As all of California fights over air conditioners, fans and pools, I'm reminded of how hot Michigan summers were growing up and how much I complained. The 90 degrees and high humidity I experienced there this August doesn't touch . Definitely glad I bought a AC a few weeks ago when it was just a little warm. San Francisco had its hottest day of record on Friday, hitting 104 degrees in the city at 2:30pm. Those without AC begged Karl the Fog to come back. Karl we miss you!

Here is what else was happening while you took an ice bath...(content from LinkedIn)

  1. Tech executives are urging President Trump not to end the "Dreamers" program, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which protects nearly 800,000 immigrants who entered the US illegally as children. Aside from the humanitarian argument they assert DACA contributes $460 billion to GDP and $25 billion in Social Security and Medicare contributions. Ten states say they'll proceed with a lawsuit to rescind it unless the administration acts by Sept. 5; The Trump administration said they will announced their decision then.
  2. US employers added 156,000 jobs in August, a bit below expectations even for a month traditionally "soft for job creation," reports the New York Times.Unemployment ticked up slightly to 4.4%, still near its lowest in 16 years. But wage growth remains "anemic," the Times says. "The failure of salaries to rise amid robust hiring and falling unemployment in the past few years is something of an economic mystery." 
  3. Tesla is fighting a National Labor Relations Board complaint alleging unfair labor practices. Worker complaints include being forced to sign “overly broad”confidentiality agreements that stop them from discussing safety issues, and facing harassment when they tried to unionize — all of which Tesla has denied. Tesla must respond to the charges by Sept. 14, and go before an administrative judge on Nov. 14. The Fremont factory’s “brewing labor unrest” comes at a critical time: Tesla is beginning to boost production of its much-hyped Model 3 sedan that could bring EVs into the mainstream. 

Drink plenty of fluids and  take a deep breathe it's supposed to start cooling down tomorrow just intime for Labor Day.

One of the key things to remember is steering clear of jargon. In my experience, jargon can be a comfort blanket to hide behind, rather than an effective way of communicating ideas.
— James Caan
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Hail To The Victors!!! Go Blue!

In about 3 hours ... The University of Michigan Wolverines take the field against the Florida gators in Texas. If you know me personally then you know this day is bigger than my birthday and Christmas combined and I love my birthday.

I'll be watch at a U of M Alumni bar.  Have a great weekend! Go Blue!

Here are a few Hype videos in case you're not as excited as me

2017 -  18 Hype 

The Wolverines Are Coming

Michigan vs. florida

Michigan's famous fight song, The Victors, was written in November of 1898. Louis Elbel, a music student at the University, wrote the words and the music in celebration of a last minute 12-11 Michigan victory over rival Chicago, giving U-M its first Western Conference football championship. The Victors was first played in public by John Philip Sousa's band in May of 1899 in Ann Arbor. Sousa later called it the "best college march ever written."

The Victors

Now for a cheer they are here, triumphant!
Here they come with banners flying,
In stalwart step they're nighing,
With shouts of vict'ry crying,
We hurrah, hurrah, we greet you now,

Far we their praises sing
For the glory and fame they've bro't us
Loud let the bells them ring
For here they come with banners flying
Far we their praises tell
For the glory and fame they've bro't us
Loud let the bells them ring
For here they come with banners flying
Here they come, Hurrah!

Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan
the leaders and best
Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan,
the champions of the West!

We cheer them again
We cheer and cheer again
For Michigan, we cheer for Michigan
We cheer with might and main
We cheer, cheer, cheer
With might and main we cheer!

Hail! to the victors valiant
Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! to Michigan,
the champions of the West!

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The British Are Coming!

Not the Beatles but the BBC! Where are they flying across the pond to? TechCode's AI Hackathon presented by Rocket Juice. Nick Robinson of BBC Radio 4 and his team will be attending and recording the event. They even said they'll let Stacy talk for a few minutes. The Today Programme is listened to worldwide by over 7.5 million people. The rest of the world has no idea how excited we are to have an international presence. This is a bucket list item.

Last time Stacy was on the radio she had 15 minutes to talk (she comes in around the 1 hour and 15 minute mark) and almost passed out with anxiety. How well do you think she'll do this time? 

Don't forget there will be a hover-board demo (maybe a raffle for one) at the Hackathon. We still have room for a few more participants and sponsors for prizes. We will have a prize page up early next week.

IloveMV was nice enough to interview Stacy and Heidi Chun wrote an article about TechCode and Rocket Juice. She will be there taking photos of all the fun.

Rocket Juice has lot of friends in the Houston area and our thoughts are with all of you. Have a great three day weekend and be safe.

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Buzz Aldrin Needs Your Help!

Buzz sits on the Board of Directors for US World Space Week along with Bill Nye (yes- the Science Guy!) and WSW starts in only 33 days!  We are looking for sponsors to cover the $1,200 shipping costs to send this out of this world poster for World Space Week 2017 to all affiliated events.

Those that offer up a donation will receive one of these posters to have themselves, and those that donate $500 or above will receive a poster and also have their name on the WSW website.  Please know, even a $5 donation will help support this initiative.  All donations are tax deductible and we can't get there without your help!

Stacy Smith, the CEO of Rocket Juice, is the Director of Galactic Outreach of World Space Week.  In honor of our association, Rocket Juice will be hosting a small Space Hackathon in San Francisco the week of October 4 - 11th. We will announce details and open ticket sales via this blog Tuesday September 12th.  

Each year, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) selects a theme for the upcoming World Space Week (WSW) to provide a focus of the activities and events that take a place throughout the world, during 4-10 October . WSWA is pleased to announce the 2017 World Space Week Theme: “Exploring New Worlds in Space”.

The 2017 World Space Week Theme is an outward facing theme that serves to inspire the World. It puts as a focal point astrobiology missions like New Horizons (NASA’s first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt); feats on engineering such as Lockheed Martin’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (NASA’s first spacecraft designed to facilitate long-duration, human-rated deep space exploration of new worlds) and efforts of New Space actors such as Space X (revolutionary space technology projects with ultimate goal of enabling people to inhabit other planets like Mars) and other entities with a vision for exploration and utilization of extraterrestrial resources, such as metals from asteroids, water from the Moon, and unlimited solar energy in Earth orbit.

From the first race to the South Pole, and first solo flight accross Atlantic, to the opening of a sea route from Europe to the East, exploration and adventures have always defined our very existence as inhabitants of planet Earth. World Space Week celebrations in 2017 will open-up avenues to improve the vast human knowledge and awareness of the clear benefits of space technology and its applications. This will also illustrate that our exploration potential has no end, and that the sky is not the limit for the many wonders of human discovery. Last year’s inward looking theme “Remote sensing: Enabling our future” celebrated Earth Observation from the Space for the betterment of human race and witnessed a record-braking 2700+ events from a total of 86 participating countries. This made it by far the largest space celebration in history and we hope to surpass that in 2017!

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Want to ride a Hoverboard next weekend?

What are you up to the weekend of Sept 8th-10th?  Okay, that sounds lame, come hang out with us instead!  Why? Well...


  • You'll get to meet: The mayor of Mountain View, NASA representatives, and the BBC is flying in from the UK to interview the winning team!  
  • You'll get to: ride around on a hoverboard, make great friends and business connections, and possibly walk away after only 54 hours with a formulated business plan to launch the next big thing in AI.

TechCode's AI Hackathon is quickly approaching! In 9 short days we will be meeting at TechCode for a supercharged weekend of startup learning. I'm excited to say we still have a few tickets available, and some great prizes for winning teams! Click here to learn more about what a Hackathon is, and why everyone should participate (spoiler alert- it's not a room full of engineers coding for a whole weekend). Click here to learn about who our judges and mentors are, as well as a breakdown of the weekend's schedule.

Curious how a startup weekend/hackathon plays out, but not ready to participate?  No pressure, wallflowers are welcome! Purchase an Observer ticket below.  You get to attend the meet and greet on Friday, hear pitches and see teams form. Then you are invited back Sunday evening to see final presentations.

**Scholarships also available for women and minorities, in efforts to promote a diverse event.**

Not fully sold, have more questions, or looking to mentor or judge an upcoming event?  Reach out to us at

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Plan On Retiring? What a Million Will Get You...
dr evil meme.jpg

Not much according to this article. And while $1mil is more spending change than I am currently working with, it's a humbling reality to come to terms with.  As a kid, $1mil seemed like the pinnacle of success, yet as Dr. Evil realized, it no longer carries the weight it used to.

Still not discouraged? I love your optimism!  Here is a list ranking all states on how far $1 million will last you in retirement.  Looking to stretch your dollar? Head to Mississippi for over 26 years of relaxing bliss.  Looking to blow through and live like a ballah?  Hawaii and California will help you minimize your worth quickly, where $1mil will only last 11 and 16 years, respectively.

(It is also stated that these projections do not include inflation, cost of healthcare, and any elective vacations you would choose to take.)


Solution oriented?  Looking to hedge your bets and increase your fiscal cushion?  Well, the age-old "I'll just win the lottery, quit my job, and go live in The Keys" dream, isn't going to get you very far, either. Even if you won the lottery experts say you'll still want to keep working.  

Why?  Because, let's face it, it's likely your lifestyle will change.  You'll probably buy a nicer, bigger home.  Possibly multiple. You'll stop flying coach with the rest of us plebeians. You'll want to help friends, family, mentors, and those that have supported you.  And even if you're feeling a little tight-fisted, you can be guaranteed people are going to come out of the woodwork to ask for your help with their fiscal burdens.  And I don't know about you, but it's always been a goal of mine to dive into a pool of money like Uncle Scrooge did in DuckTales (ooooh ooooh!).

So what does this all mean?  Well, simply put it means I should stop writing this blog post and get back to work.  And while I appreciate you stopping by, I'm going to recommend you do the same! ;)

Not quitting your job not only helps you fly under the radar as you plan your future cabana-filled getaway in peace
— Unknown
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Country Music Inspiration
Successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place and not just take from it.
— Carrie Underwood
Just really, really believe in what you’re trying to do. Don’t let people alter that. Let people advise you and lead you down paths to make smart business decisions. But trust your instinct and trust that overwhelming drive that made you put all your dreams and everything on the line.
— Luke Bryan
If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.
— Dolly Parton
And if I want to get involved in choosing sides, I usually pick hockey or football.
— Dierks Bentley



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You can sit with us...

What are you doing tonight?  You should join us at AI Hour, hosted at TechCode in Mountain View, to learn about what is going on in the AI community!  You can register for free and join us from 6:30pm - 8pm.  Rocket Juice will be there to share more about the upcoming Hackathon and answer questions.  Curious about what tonight might have in store for you?  Check out Heidi Chun's ILoveMV blog post where she wrote about her recent tour of TechCode and the upcoming AI Hackathon.

Exciting things are developing for the AI Hackathon, September 8 - 10th.  Ken Rosenberg, the Mayor of Mounain View, is going to be one of the Judges and there is a rumor there will be Hoverboard Demos. (Beth is totally geeking out over this, btw.  Luckily, she is small, and you'll be able to push her to the back of the line.)

And we are delighted to share that the British Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known as BBC, will also be in attendance. Nick Robinson, of the Today Programme, will be joining us at Techcode to record and share the Hackathon with his 7.5+ million listeners.


Big things are happening, and we know you don't want to miss out!

There’s nothing more fascinating to watch than two human beings embarking on a common goal and working together to take their place as part of a bigger dream.
— Sachin Tendulkar
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How to choose a job you love.

According to a recent study of UK residents, around 35 is the magic number for when people start hating their jobs. I can remember when I was 16 and was juggling 4 jobs.  Babysitting, Wendy's, an antique shop and a mall retail store.  Oh, the things young Stacy did for gas money, chicken nuggets, time with my mom (at the antique shop), and a discount on a prom dress.

At 36, I am in the lucky minority that love's their work.  I'm fortunate because I took a leap this year and started working for myself.  And while I haven't slept much, I'm grateful for the freedom my choice provides me.  And so I feel compelled to share with those around me, how they too can gain freedom from the rat race.  

On the way to the airport this morning, I found myself imparting my career building knowledge to my Aunt.  She has been with the same company her entire professional career, and despite her dedicating 15 hour days and 7 day weeks, she was displaced after 20 years. She is a part of the generation where you did not need a college education- just a good work ethic and half a brain. But she is now writing her first resume, getting ready for job interviews and figuring out how to be happy. I'm trying to convince her that being a consultant pays more and with her experience it will be a lot less stress- consultants take weekends off.  But, one thing is I have learned is busy people find purpose in being busy.  I know I do.

How do you find purpose?  And how can RJC help?  We are currently searching for this talent for our clients. Know anyone? We reward referrals if they lead to a hire ;).  And we also can help you rework your resume so you can land the job you love. Maybe you want to go into business for yourself, but not sure where to start? Join us for a Hackathon.  They serve as a 54 hour crash course in how to launch a business or product.

Dare to make a change and live the life you've dreamed.  No one knows what you want better than you do, and no one is going to be more upset than you will be if you don't get it.

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It's Monday. Accept It!

Have a case of the Monday's? Here are some ideas to get you through the day..

1. Solar eclipse - This hasn't happened for 99 years. Here is the path and where you should be when. The next one isn't until April 2023. 

2. Stop talking about Game of Thrones - Don't get me started on last nights episode. Not even Oprah could afford my therapy bill after I watched. Avoid all forms of Winter is all I am going to say. 

3. Go outside - if you're like me you watched way too much tv this weekend (sports, cooking shows, war movies), ate way too much food (bacon, cheese, salsa) and spent too much time on Twitter and other social media (the world is a terrible and beautiful place all at once). Go outside, breathe some fresh air but don't look directly at the sun.

4. Find a job you have passion for - Revamp your resume (I can help), find a job you want to go to most days (check out) or have a chat with your boss on how to bring change.


And don't worry, it's only the first 5 days after the weekend that are the hardest.


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