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immigrated from Norway, and started work at
Atmel's San Jose office the second week of January. He handles marketing for flash microcontrollers.
"I came from Norway, being a small country. In the Valley, there are
more people from many different universities and experiences and
different companies," Eieland said. "It's a much more blended
environment than where I came from."
Is there ever a downside to that? "You need to prepare your
discussions differently," he said. "The tolerable conflict levels
are different. It's more OK to have a discussion that leads to more
The most daunting part about moving anywhere is that usually you
know no one and need to build your own community from scratch.
Because the Silicon Valley is a region of immigrants, it does not
appear to be so difficult.
"I came over with no friends and now I'm getting to know a lot of
people, and my wife and I are meeting people," Eieland said.
How have the first 10 months been? "After 3-4 months, it
is easy to adapt, to realize when you're here it's really a work
week and you're living for the weekend. Weekends are more holier
here than in Europe."