How To Use a Commuter Check Card to Purchase a Caltrain Monthly Pass

Posted June 27th, 2011 in Observations by Greg Bayer


Before I start, let me recommend that you don’t try this. The potential savings you gain from using pre-tax Commuter Check cards likely won’t be worth the pain of actually trying to buy something with them. Return the cards to your employer and ask them to enroll in another option for funding your commute costs pre-tax!

Update: The Autoload program via Clipper works great. Instead of buying a pass in person with a commuter check card, you tag on/off once at the beginning of the month to load a new pass.


Use two Commuter Check cards issued by an employer (each containing $100) to purchase a zone 1-3 monthly Caltrain pass on a Clipper card (for $179).
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Pulse Wins Apple Design Award and Raises $9 Million Series A

Posted June 16th, 2011 in Pulse by Greg Bayer

I’m very excited to share that Pulse has announced it’s series A funding round! All of us are still fired up about last week’s Apple Design Award at WWDC and our recent 4 million user milestone, not to mention that today is our co-founder Ankit’s birthday. Thanks to the team for their tireless work and to everyone who has helped us get here!

Check out some of today’s press:

Pulse Blog – Announcing Our Series A Financing
TechCrunch – 4 Million Users Strong And Apple Design Award In Hand, Pulse Grabs $9 Million Series A
WSJ – Pulse Taps $9M To Win Battle For Mobile-News Consumers
Forbes – News Reader Pulse Raises $9 Million
Mashable – Pulse Passes 4 Million Users, Raises $9 Million for Visual News Reader

Working Hard With No Regrets

Posted June 2nd, 2011 in Observations by Greg Bayer

Working for a startup usually means putting in more hours than others. Recently, I spent two days on less than 3 hours of sleep in order to push out our new release. This doesn’t seem strange to me and didn’t make me unhappy. In fact, it was one of the most exciting and fun things I’ve done in a while. However, after mentioning it to some friends, I realized not everyone understands why it can be good to spend so much time “working” to build something you believe in.

Upon hearing about my sleep deprived state, my friend sent me a link to the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed along with the comment “you might need this.”  I appreciated the link and enjoyed the reminder to live life to the fullest, especially with regards to keeping in touch with friends and loved ones. I also realized that my friend didn’t understand that for me the long hours I put in are all about fulfilling my dreams of creating new technology and impacting the world in a positive way. According the article, not chasing after dreams is people’s #1 regret.

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