This day was to be my last business day, so I figured it’s time to stop and reflect… but I had one final place to visit, with no appointments. That meant I had to knock on some doors and be brave — don’t try this at home! I was well received in some offices, while others knocked the wind out of me. This is the story of building 410 Townsend.
Building 410 hosts Yammer, OpenDNS, Shop it to me and TechCrunch – for the techies at the Nailab or Ihub, it’s not so glamorous as you might imagine, but the things that happen in the building are an entirely different story.
Straight to the things that excite most of us, David Ulevitch started OpenDNS in college in 2006, less than 5 years ago, and before that he ran Everydns. Today OpenDNS has over 23 million users, and he has received funding from Minor Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Greylock and the like. I can guarantee you these are VCs you want to mingle with.
DNS translates what you type in the address bar that helps you find the website you are looking for.
If you typed www.samgichuru.com and you arrived here, that was partly DNS at work. I am learning that there is an authoritative and a recursive DNS — have I lost the non techies? I doubt I can write it any better for the techies and non techies than David has in his blog. To cut a long story short, OpenDNS is all about the recursive DNS.
The most interesting part of the conversation was that OpenDNs might be considering putting a Node in Nairobi, so you might want to pay attention to that if this is your thing.
Too bad for me but everyone at Tech Crunch was in New York for Disrupt (so what was I doing in California when I should have been in NY?). Someone asked me why I didn’t go to Facebook or Twitter? I did go to Palo Alto but did not make it to Facebook, since I really didn’t have much to do there. I later went to Twitter, but without an appointment, all I could do was hang out with the front desk girl who allowed me to take a few photos… or did she?
All in all a great day with good experiences, but you might want to think twice before you decide to knock on doors without warning; it’s not for the faint hearted.