People are zombies
This place is a bubble. And I don't mean "startups are being funded too easily" bubble. Which is also true. I mean that people are just so into everything internet, that any kind of stupid idea flies. Which is pretty dangerous because the rest of the world just don' work dat way ™.
I mean, homeless people ask you for help with Twitter API here...
On the other (better) hand: South Bay is warm.
Getting down to the South Bay (Palo Alto, Mountain View and the such) is trickier. You can take the Caltrain but then you're most likely need a cab too. I really recommend signing up for Zipcar. They have cars everywhere and is the best-value option for when you need a car for a few hours. If you have an Israeli driver's license you'll need to produce some papers from the Ministry of Transport. I am in the process of doing it, will update...
Use a coupon for some free hours too.
Getaround sadly don't work with Israeli licenses at this point.
Update (July 22nd): Getting to meetings specifically in Palo Alto is doable with a Caltrain as the station is within 10 minutes walking of most locations on University Ave (this is where your meeting is going to be). Pro tip: schedule for half-past as Southbound trains get to Palo Alto at :03 past every hour between 10am and 4pm which gives you a good 30 minutes to walk there, then if you manage to end your meeting in 50 minutes you have 20 minutes to walk back to the train back that leaves at :41 past every hour (tip by @rutipo).
Hitting the meetups
Finding geeks/founders/investors/hackers in a social environment is super easy. Check out Meetup.com and Startup Digest for a ton of events. After a week you'll start recognizing faces...
The city is full of coworking spaces. I am working out of Next Space which is great - nice people, great location and good facilities. Lots of activities (kind of like The Junction back home :)). I didn't do any extensive research but some people I talked to did and they settled on Next Space so I guess it's fine. Reasonably priced too, at $285/month.
Want to join me as partner in a cool new startup?
Get in touch: pasha at cohai dot co