San Francisco

Interested in pursuing a career at a start-up or company with an entrepreneurial spirit?  Curious about non-technical roles at Bay Area start-ups?  This is the trek for you!

Spend Monday, December 17 in the Silicon Valley and Tuesday, December 18 in San Francisco visiting various companies in various stages of growth following their start-up beginnings.

Participating employers include:

Box is about simple, secure sharing. We’re leading the way for individuals, small businesses, and enterprises to share, collaborate, and store content online.We have over 10 million users, serve 92% of the Fortune 500, and have more than 6500 developers building apps on our APIs.Box is on iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone, and integrates with partner such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. We’re privately held and have raised over $287 million from top tier VCs, including Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, General Atlantic, Meritech Capital Partners, NEA, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners. Additionally, we were recently named 18th on Forbes’ list of America’ s 100 Most Promising Companies, ranked 2nd Best Place to Work within Mid-Sized Bay Area Companies by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and 4th on the San Francisco Business Times’ list of Fastest Growing Private Companies.

E La Carte
E la Carte, Inc deploys interactive touch-screen tablets on restaurant tables so that guests can order, play games and pay from their seats without having to wait. Founded in 2009 by a group of MIT engineers, E la Carte, Inc is based in sunny Silicon Valley, CA. We are a team of 40, with specific expertise focused on four core areas: Operations & Implementation, Engineering, Sales and Supply Chain.

Founded in February 2004, Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. The company develops technologies that facilitate the sharing of information through the social graph, the digital mapping of people’s real-world social connections. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Our company has packed a lot into a relatively young life. Since Google was founded in 1998, we’ve grown to serve hundreds of thousands of users and customers around the world. With all our technologies—from search to Chrome to Gmail—our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to find the information you need and get the things you need to do done. The web has evolved enormously since Google first appeared on the scene, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our belief in the endless possibilities of the Internet itself.

Kiva was founded upon the fundamental principle that connecting people through lending can help alleviate poverty. To ensure that it succeeds, the company, along with its user base, provides borrowers with the seed capital needed to generate income, and thereby live a life of sustainability and independence. So far, this approach has enabled Kiva to raise 165+ million for 420,000+ entrepreneurs in 50+ countries, momentum which it looks to continue in the coming years as it positions itself to achieve $1 billion in loans across a variety of sectors by 2017.

RocketSpace is a leading accelerator in North America housing over 100 of the world’s most exciting, fast-growth, technology companies. By focusing specifically on seed-funded, post-incubator tech startups, we are able to provide top-of-the-line resources tailored to meet our members’ needs. In addition to fulfilling companies’ need for a professional, cost-effective and highly collaborative work environment, we partner with the best of the best in Silicon Valley, linking our members to key players in tier-one venture capital, leading universities representing top talent, and blue-chip brands with a desire to drive innovation with market partners. Our world-class events bring thought-leaders from leading tech and venture firms right here to RocketSpace. We currently host over 130 of the hottest companies in gaming, mobile, and Web 2.0. Our alumni network is robust, and includes Uber, Zaarly, PocketGems, Zappos, and Podio.

Sugar Inc.
Sugar Inc. is an online media network focused on creating the richest, most relevant online community for trendsetting, passionate and smart women. The company owns and operates ShopStyle, Circle of Moms and the Sugar Network, which includes the insanely addictive flagship website, PopSugar as well as BellaSugar, BuzzSugar, YumSugar, FitSugar, GeekSugar, GiggleSugar, CasaSugar, DearSugar, TeamSugar, CitizenSugar, SavvySugar and FabSugar, the 2007 People’s Choice Webby winner for Fashion. Founded in April 2006, the San Francisco based Sugar Inc. overall receives more than 5 million unique visitors a month. World-class investors, including Sequoia Capital and NBC Universal, fund Sugar Inc.


Your application must include your resume and a cover letter that includes:
1) An explanation of why you would like to attend the trek
2) What you hope to get out of it
3) What experiences or interests you would bring to the group as a whole
4) How you will use the trek experience to further your professional development upon return
5) What your experience is with the relevant industry


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