FirstRain has decided to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! CEO Penny Herscher and CFO Glenn Goelz took the plunge yesterday and will donate to help find a cure for this debilitating disease. Watch the videos below!
Penny now challenges Bob Carrigan, President and CEO of D&B; Jonathan Becher, CMO of SAP; Ron Black, CEO of Rambus; and Thomas Waechter, CEO of JDSU.
It’s a really exciting time at FirstRain. We’ve been growing very fast recently—and that means we need more space! We’re only moving a few steps away, but we can’t wait to settle into our new offices. It’s still a work in progress, but coming soon!
More space for us also means space to add more people. We have a bunch of open positions, so if you see one that interests you, don’t hesitate to send us your resume. Check them out here!
Congratulations to Chris from Siemens, the winner of an AppleTV! Chris attended our webinar for strategic account managers, Develop More Strategic Relationships with Personal Business Analytics.
Didn’t get a chance to attend the webinar? Check our events page to register for a future session.
by Penny Herscher, CEO
It’s Valentine’s Day. The media is advertising flowers and movies, Facebook is filled with sweet sentiments&emdash;but me, I’m working. And, in a moment of curiosity, I plug “Valentine” into FirstRain.
Now, you probably know that FirstRain is a personal business analytics system. For the companies and markets you care about: your customers, your markets, your competition, the market trends impacting your go-to-market. Powerful, insightful, real-time … everything I tell my customers.
Behind all our powerful data science are the fun use cases too. Wine, vacation trends and now, Love.
Key market drivers on Valentine’s Day? Weddings, flowers, gold, diamonds, chocolate and… STDs!
It’s not every day that you get to work alongside a real life saving hero, but thanks to one of our brave employees, here at FirstRain it has now become a daily occurrence. We are extremely proud of Aaron Shiansky, one of our Sales Engineers, who was honored on Monday by San Francisco mayor Ed Lee. On January 19, Aaron jumped into the San Francisco Bay to save a tourist who fell off the pier.
The woman, a professor from Taiwan, was taking pictures when she tripped and fell into the water. Aaron’s lifeguard training (and bravery!) came in handy: he, along with two other good samaritans, jumped in and saved the woman’s life. After remaining in the hospital in a coma for a few days, the woman is thankfully now recovering in Taiwan. She and her family have said that Aaron will always have a place to stay in Taiwan.
The original story of Aaron’s heroics is here: “Good Samaritan Describes Rescue after Tourist Falls in SF Bay”. And coverage of the award ceremony here: “Men Honored for Rescuing Woman in SF Bay”
Great job, Aaron!
Wayfare Tavern | 558 Sacramento St. @ Montgomery St.
Wayfare Tavern sits in the heart of the Financial District—a perfect location for an after-work-drinks bar. It’s also owned by Tyler Florence, so you know it’s good. The bar is totally swanky (it looks like a 1920s speakeasy meets a Parisian bistro), the appetizers are to-die-for, and if you want to stay for dinner, I’ve heard that’s pretty great too.
Waterbar | 399 The Embarcadero @ Folsom
Exactly a mile away from Moscone, Waterbar is an upscale San Francisco classic, sitting right on the Embarcadero with a gorgeous view of the Bay and the Bay Bridge. Though the food is fabulous, they’re best known for their extensive oyster bar… so you can throw back more than just their drinks. It’s not silent, but the noise level is on the quieter side—perfect for doing business.
Prospect | 300 Spear St. @ Folsom
Focused more on food than on drinks (but with a full bar, don’t worry!), Prospect is less than a mile from the Moscone Center, and is a classy, modern spot—but the attitude is relaxed and low-key. Their cocktail menu is outstanding, as are their appetizers (word on the street is: try the Wagyu beef tartare) and desserts to sweeten the deal.
Rye | 688 Geary St. @ Leavenworth
Venture slightly further afield to Rye, which is Prospect’s partner of Newton’s Law (nerd alert! opposite but equal): it’s more bar than restaurant. This means a little louder ambiance, but the wide-open décor is awesome and the drinks delicious. Special shout-outs go to the Basil Gimlet and the Dark & Stormy … so you can have your cocktail without worrying about any unprofessional umbrellas in your glass.
The View | 55 4th St. @ Mission
Last but not least: this bar might just have the best views in all of San Francisco. Situated at the very top of the Marriott Marquis on Union Square, you can take in 270° of SF. They do have food if you get hungry, but this is the perfect place for a happy-hour/post-work drink—especially if you’re trying to impress out-of-towners.
P.S. If you really just want to get a beer or three, check out 21st Amendment Brewery. It’s not “business casual” by any means—but it’s awesome!
After the well-spent hours in the sun with games and performances, it was the time to get recharged again so we all headed to the party hall. The evening was a BLAST! Awesome variety of drinks and snacks aside, there was great music which very quickly moved everyone to the dance floor. The energy was amazing and no one seemed in any hurry to head out for dinner. Finally, FirstRain India MD, Aparna Gupta had to announce a final 15-minute dance session with everyone on the floor before dinner. The dinner and dessert did not disappoint at all either. It was a perfect end to a rocking party.The full day event brought us a great opportunity to interact with each other in an altogether different setting and also highlighted the hidden talent within each of us apart from performing best at our workstations. Each of us was handed a memento—a soft photo frame with a group photograph from the event.
Yesterday FirstRain celebrated Halloween and this year we invited all of the Rainmakers’ kids to partake in the festivities! In preparation for the party, each section of the office was given a pumpkin to carve and each team really went all out. I was surprised by the creativity each team brought to their pumpkin, from Nick’s “pumpkin eating another” pumpkin to Daniela’s “green wig” pumpkin, to my team’s very own “carrot” pumpkin— they were all awesome! During the party we let the kids pick a winner and Carolyn/ Laura’s “cat” pumpkin came out victorious.Julie organized a Halloween scavenger hunt and each kid received a Halloween themed good bag—filled with candy. The kids were very excited (although the parents probably not so much). The party was a fun excuse to bring all of the FirstRain kids together and they sure were cute!