It’s been almost one year since moving to the Bay Area after 12 years in Asia. After countless networking meetings, stressful interviews with tech companies; ruthless travel back and forth between SFO and Narita, and countless runs to Target, I am encouraged about my decision to move back to the states. Of course, there are things that I know I will miss about Asia and Japan specifically but those things will not overshadow the exiting potential we have here in Silicon Valley. Furthermore, being closer to my immediate family is always a good thing. The pace and speed of technology here is mind numbing; the appetite to keep growing and learning is refreshing; and the amount of potential for new business development for international companies are endless. These and many other things — both personal and professional — get me excited about my future here in Silicon Valley.