Know Your Code
By: C.J. Cantwell

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Nelson “Big Head” Bighetti was always meant to do big things, and since leaving Hooli XYZ, he’s started fostering the next generation of tech in his luxurious Palo Alto home. Clearly not ready to go on record, Bighetti refrained from calling the space an incubator, insisting, “It’s just where I live.” When I asked where would be a good space to do the interview, he even humbly joked, “What? Oh, I thought you just came in to use the bathroom.” I did use the bathroom, which of course had nothing less than a state-of-the-art Japanese toilet. But before that, I sat with the tech icon poolside, and we spoke about the demands of running an incubator, culture fit and how cool it is when your incubees succeed.

I saw you have a brassware wet bar, a wood fire pizza oven, you’re even equipped for fresh juice and smoothies in the kitchen. How important are things like that when there’s enormous pressure to retain top talent?

The chef likes the pizza oven, so…I’m not sure I understand the question?

Did you actively seek things like the pool or the state-of-the-art kitchen when deciding to locate here?

I mean, it’s mostly stuff I thought would be cool to have. Or stuff the contractor recommended. I’m thinking about changing some things up, though. Maybe move the pinball machine into the den or get another TV. Does the pool look like, too close to the house or something to you?

Always innovating, I love it. What’s the selection process to get a room here?

Uh, it’s just whoever seems like they’d be a good roommate. Some of the guys, I didn’t pick them, they just kind of you know, showed up. Like they picked me.

Ah, the elusive culture fit. So, what are “the guys” here working on?

I don’t know all their apps, but they’re really smart so I’m sure it’s all good. Fred [Ash] has a malware cataloging thing that’s pretty cool. I can’t really say how it works…

Of course, full confidentiality is a must, especially with a product that’s gotten interest from Facebook and Apple.

Fred’s thing?

Yes, Fred Ash was approached by Facebook, I believe, this past week. And Apple followed shortly after.

Oh, cool. Hey, did you need to use the bathroom?

[Laughs.] Oh, I will. Before I go, any advice you have for young tech entrepreneurs?

Not really? Oh, I just found out 7-Eleven has a rewards program where you get a free Big Gulp after, like, six Big Gulps. So that’s a pretty good deal. If you’re thirsty.

110 Comments

  • What C.J. Cantwell failed to see on his impromptu visit to our space was the creative environment. You wouldn’t think a “tech write” from CodeRag would be blinded by some modern conveniences, but that is exactly what happened.

    Firstly, the modern conveniences of the house are the lifeblood of the creative zen atmosphere. Secondly, to call them “toilets” is an insult to every resident in the house and everything we stand for. They are prototype Japanese washlets that actively learn about your physiology via 87 unique parameters and respond accordingly to ensure optimal peri-anal health.

    You’re lucky Big Head is so welcoming as if I were in his position I would have kicked you to the curb for insulting our facilities.

    Jealousy is a stinky cologne Mr. Cantwell, as it your backside.

  • C.J, I apologize for my previous comment. While I am angered by the poor reflection of the house you painted in your interview, I think I am more frustrated you didn’t mention my startup. I gave up a career as a dentist to work on my app and it really irks me to be overlooked so flagrantly.

    If you find yourself in the area, I’d love to sit down and talk to you about my project. I can also set you up with a user profile in one of our many bathrooms.

  • Bag Head says:

    shit, it’s me

  • nick spiekerman says:

    This blog fucks

  • Owen B says:

    Hahaha I have partied at that house before, I knew one of the dudes staying there before it was a incubator. That toilet is the SHIT!! no lie get yourself one.

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  • Chris "MadDog" Bronkhorst says:

    I must say that new incubation wave is quite exciting. More great minds are able to change the world!

  • 4Chan says:

    This site is fucking hilarious

  • Bryan Daniels says:

    Big Head, if I can refer to him as that, is one of those minds that comes every 1 thousand years. His intelligence, charm, compassion, and modesty are greatly needed in a world where greed is the only driving force. I hope his new incubation project will intellectually successful as he is.

  • Belson says:

    Is this real?

  • Nelson “Big Head” Bighetti says:

    Guys calm down…. Anybody is welcome to where I live. Anybody seen that guy asking me questions earlier. Freds app just crashed!!! Taking him to Vegas to cheer him up.

  • Viera says:

    I have never been in a better circumstance to sit down and code. I love this incubator! Props to our landlord Big Head and his generous hospitality!

  • Michel says:

    alert()

  • Andrew Tan says:

    LOL

  • . says:

    big thanks for the 7-eleven tip.

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  • Faizan says:

    top lel

  • Dinesh says:

    Do you have a big monitor? Those assholes sold my other one.

  • Derryl Carter says:

    Big Head still got any vacancy??

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