People Work, Make Connections at Silicon Valley cafe
Coupa cafe is a restaurant where, over the years, Apple's Steve Jobs, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sergey Brin have been seen.
The cafe is in Palo Alto, California. Palo Alto is at the heart of Silicon Valley, home to some of the world's largest technology companies and some of the smallest startups.
Coupa cafe is where many people buy coffee and make business plans.
The owner of the cafe is Jean Paul Coupal. He started the cafe with his mother and his sister in 2004.
The Coupa logo was seen on a cup in the 2010 movie The Social Network, about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The cafe serves Venezuelan coffee and a few Venezuelan dishes.
Because the cafe is in Silicon Valley, it has tried some of the latest inventions in technology. In 2013, Coupa cafe started accepting Bitcoins, a digital payment system outside of traditional banks.
"We want to be part of the technology," Coupal said.
The cafe is also a place for people to hold meetings.
"I remember seeing Mark Zuckerberg sitting here and having meetings," said Eric Sokol, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University.
Sokol said he had many professional opportunities come about at Coupa cafe. Sometimes other people would overhear a conversation he was having. Currently he is an advisor to a health care related startup and a new investment fund. Both opportunities came when he was at the cafe.
Because the cafe lets customers stay all day, many people do work there.
"A lot of the startups in the area come and they like to work at Coupa, coding all day," Coupal said. "We've seen a lot of products that got developed at Coupa."
The cafe also attracts students from colleges nearby like Stanford University.
Katie Kennedy is a student from a local community college. She said she knew that opportunities could come from chance encounters at the cafe.
Currently there are eight Coupa cafes. All were hand painted by Coupal's mother and sister.
"The food's good, the coffee's good," Sokol said. "It just has the right atmosphere, the right mix of people. It's got an energy about it, I guess."
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1.community college 社区大学
Last month, I took a course at the community college on computers.
2.business plan 商业计划
She learned how to write a business plan for the catering business she wanted to launch.
3.digital payment 网上支付
PayPal is already involved in the digital payment space.
4.chance encounter 偶遇
My working days were spent mooning round his department, trying to sneak a chance encounter.
1.Coupa cafe is a restaurant where, over the years, Apple's Steve Jobs, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sergey Brin have been seen.
over the years 多年以来
My feelings towards Susan have changed over the years.
Over the years, Yul and Kirk had crossed paths many times.
2.In 2013, Coupa cafe started accepting Bitcoins, a digital payment system outside of traditional banks.
traditional bank 传统银行
Hedge funds take on traditional bank functions with a fraction of the employees.
Traditional banks are also seeking to harness technology by rolling out mobile and tablet platforms.
多年来，古帕咖啡馆（Coupa cafe）从不乏名人光顾，包括苹果公司的史蒂夫·乔布斯（Steve Jobs）、脸书网的马克·扎克伯格（Mark Zuckerberg）还有谷歌的谢尔盖·布林（Sergey Brin） 。
古帕咖啡馆的老板是吉恩·保罗·古帕尔（Jean Paul Coupal） 。2004年，他和母亲还有姐姐一起创办了这家店 。
因身处科技发达的硅谷，这家咖啡馆还尝试了一些最新科技发明 。2013年，古帕咖啡馆开始开通比特币支付，这是不同于传统银行的另一种数字支付系统 。
斯坦福大学妇产科副教授埃里克·索科尔（Eric Sokol）表示：“我曾经目睹扎克伯格在这里开会 。”
索科尔表示，古帕咖啡馆给他带来很多机遇 。有时候，别人无意中听到了他的谈话 。他现在一家卫生保健创业公司和一家新投资基金担任顾问 。这两个机遇都是在咖啡馆内获得的 。
古帕表示：“这里的很多创业公司都喜欢在古帕咖啡馆办公，整天坐在那里编程 。现下的很多产品都是在古帕咖啡馆开发出来的 。”
凯蒂·肯尼迪（Katie Kennedy）是当地一家社区学院的学生 。她说，在这家咖啡馆内，你可能跟机会不期而遇 。
索科尔表示：“店里的食物美味，咖啡醇香 。这里的气氛和谐，汇集了各行业的精英 。我觉得，这里到处充满活力 。”