Shorts and flip flops: Tech companies in 2016

Below is an actual email I received from a technical recruiter. I’ve changed the company’s name to “ACME” to protect the innocent:

Subject: Nice profile!

Hi Kevin,

After reading through your profile 3 times, I couldn’t help but reach out.

We’re ACME, a Los Angeles based tech company shaking things up in the Programmatic Advertising space.

We’re growing at 70% annually and have a new role for an Information Security Engineer. You’re probably not actively looking but so are 90% of the people I reach out to. But once they learn more about ACME, they’re very happy I reached out.

We have a pingpong table, pool table, foosball, and the people here are awesome. Dress code: ties and jackets are not allowed, shorts and flip flops are common.

Come see for yourself, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Can we talk?

If I was 30, and it was 1999, this job might have sounded interesting to me. But these days the last place I would want to work is a marketing company with a fraternity like atmosphere.

Something’s on my mind: Part 4

I started experiencing severe vision problems a few weeks back- too bizarre to detail here- but the worst of it was that I ended up being almost completely blind in my left peripheral. At the suggestion of my neurosurgeon, Emily drove me to UCLA’s emergency room where I ended up being admitted for a very long and exhausting week. I now have a team of doctors working my on case and while they feel the most likely cause of my problem is Astrocytoma, they can’t be certain because both of my previous biopsies were inconclusive. So, incredibly, it looks like I will be having a third brain biopsy soon. This time however, the doctors want to make sure that they consider all possible diseases before cutting me open again. On one one hand, I appreciate this conservative approach to finding a diagnosis, yet I was told I probably had brain cancer over a year ago and no treatment has been started. It’s extremely difficult to express what an emotional toll this has been, especially with my wife being pregnant with our first child. She’s full term now and is expected to give birth around December 13.

While at UCLA, I had many more tests — a third lumbar puncture (spinal tap),,a CT/PET scan. two more MRIs, one using a new state of the art high resolution machine, as well as both a retina and cerebral angiogram. Here’s a cool youtube video of how a cerebral angiogram is performed . The cerebral angiogram, which was done this past Monday was clear, and I think that means vasculitis has been ruled out. Next, I have appointments with a second neurologist and an infectious disease specialist.

(For the full story, see Part 1, Part 2, Part3)