A Silicon Valley investor is living through the pandemic in his 500-square-foot San Francisco apartment, teaching himself to play the violin and fly-fish in the bay

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Jacob Mullins and his wife Nancy have been sheltering in place in their 500-square-foot San Francisco apartment since March.
Mullins, a Silicon Valley investor at Shasta Ventures and a San Francisco resident of 11 years, is teaching himself how to play the violin and fly fish and is making the most of life during a pandemic.
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Jacob Mullins, a partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Shasta Ventures, is one of the estimated 6.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area who have been sheltering in place since March 17.

He works out of his 500-square-foot San Francisco apartment, fly fishes in the Bay, teaches himself how to play the violin, takes video meetings in virtual reality, and is growing a “COVID beard.”

He and his wife also have a socially distant happy hour with their neighbors on their respective balconies every Friday at 7 pm to maintain a grip on some semblance of normalcy during a global health crisis.

“In a world where it’s Groundhog Day and every day feels the same, it’s nice, the things we look forward to every week,” Mullins told Business Insider.

Here’s how Mullins, a San Francisco resident of 11 years, is living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mullins lives in San Francisco’s North Beach district, a historically Italian neighborhood with scores of tasty mom-and-pop Italian restaurants.

It’s also known for the tourists that typically flood its streets, but there are still some long-timers.

“A lot of our neighbors have been here for generations,” he said.

Mullins told Business Insider that he has lived in this 500-square-foot apartment for 11 years. It sits near Coit Tower, an icon in the city skyline.

Before the pandemic, he’d get up around 7 am.

He’d go to Shasta Ventures’ San Francisco office in the city’s South Park neighborhood — a popular part of town for tech workers — and spend his days in meetings and calls.

The early-stage VC firm is known for backing the likes of connected home startup Nest — before Google acquired it for $3.2 billion — TaskRabbit, dating app Hinge, and at-home fitness company Tonal.

In the evenings, he was an active part of San Francisco’s social scene, attending events, happy hours, and conferences like Salesforce’s Dreamforce.

His life in the “Before Times” was hectic and was usually on the go until 8 or 9 pm.

“My Uber bills were expensive,” he said. “You’re taking four or five Ubers a day. And some days combine the Jump bikes, depending on how far you were going, and it’s just really highly programmed.”

He was also traveling about six days out of the month for work to places like Seattle, LA, and Chicago.

“You take a nap for 15 minutes in an Uber when you have the time,” he said.

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Source:: Business Insider


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