“You earned 500 EXP!” Playing a real-life RPG in San Francisco

My initiation to West Coast Life

he best part about taking a cat on a plane is taking a cat through airport security — where you get to take it out of the bag and carry it with you through the x-ray machine. Via: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ2ixOijAbg/?taken-by=bethanymarz
Image via: https://doctorjhwatson.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/pokemon-fire-red/

Playing my real-world RPG

The dark side of productivity

  • Eating: I began de-prioritizing meals unless it happened to be built into my event / meeting load. This wasn’t helped by the fact that most of the restaurants in the immediate vicinity to our apartment closed between 9–10 p.m. and as a New Yorker, I had gotten used to eating on the later side.
  • Sleeping: My sleep schedule became less of a “wind down and reset” and morphed into an annoying (albeit essential) interruption to my constant flow of work. After a couple of nights in a row where I spent more of the twilight hours planning out my next presentations rather than sleeping, I re-upped on Melatonin.
  • Caffeinating: My coffee consumption increased 3x. I was having a morning coffee at 6 a.m., a “first coffee meeting coffee” around 10 a.m. and then a third primal caffeine kick around 3 p.m. when my energy level started to dip.
Image via https://www.gamefaqs.com/gba/918915-pokemon-firered-version/faqs/28887
Clearly I have some work to do in this area.
Despite many attempts on my “real camera,” my iPhone photo of this scene was still my best shot. Via: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSHTvWyDvJ_/?taken-by=bethanymarz
  • Agreeing to speak on a panel on women in technology
  • Saying yes to a coffee meeting with another VC
  • Sitting in on an impromptu presentation at a startup during lunch
Who doesn’t enjoy crushed velvet dresses?

Where you keep your ketchup

Return to the East

  • Taking a high-intensity workout class with my husband at the gym
  • Agreeing to attend a friend’s final recital performance at Julliard
  • Leaving work early to catch up with my brother on his work in energy systems




A little bit web2, a little bit web3… Today’s projects: @Bolster & @Zeitgeist_xyz , board @CompSci_High ; ex @USV , @StackOverflow , alum of @Northwes

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Bethany Crystal

Bethany Crystal

A little bit web2, a little bit web3… Today’s projects: @Bolster & @Zeitgeist_xyz , board @CompSci_High ; ex @USV , @StackOverflow , alum of @Northwes

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