The Silicon Valley tech community has a funny term: “dogfooding.” It’s a shortened version of the phrase, “eating your own dog food,” and no, it doesn’t refer to a trading out soup and salad for kibbles and bits. In a nutshell, it refers to practicing what you preach. For Silicon Valley software companies, this means using the software they create. For Mixte, it means a little more.
Let’s get this straight. I didn’t quit coffee. And I didn’t quit meetings. I quit coffee meetings where a stranger/acquaintance/friend-of-an-acquaintance asks me for a quick coffee meeting to learn how I made it here. And this is why.
At Mixte, we’re all about adventures. For me, this translates to vacation by adventure. This year, I had the fortunate opportunity to travel with a college girlfriend to southern Spain and Northern Morocco—to ride our bicycles.
This is the how my dad and I spent quality time together over the holidays. While it may look awkward to you, it’s special to me. Living on opposite sides of the country as your family has its disadvantages and a lack of awkward quality time is one. Mixte’s holiday break resolved this need for me. While most companies get a very short holiday break (and if you want more time off you can use your hard-earned vacation time), Mixte decided to do things differently. Surprise.