The Religion of Silicon Valley
APRIL 20, 2015
There has been a lull in the chanting that “Silicon Valley is the center of the tech universe.” Silicon Valley is a religion, just like Crossfit is a religion. This has stuck with me for a long time and I’ve read many posts about Silicon Valley through this lens. For a quick frame of reference test, try these three: Silicon Valley: A Place or A State of Mind. Let’s change this to “The Religion of Silicon Valley.”
Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley
MARCH 31, 2015
BMNT , a new Silicon Valley company, is combining the Lean Methods it learned in combat with the technology expertise and speed of startups. The offset strategy was smart weapons, smart sensors, and stealth using silicon chips, electronics and computers that only the U.S.
3 Examples Of Creative Branding (From Silicon Valley Giants)
Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog
MARCH 3, 2017
When it comes to branding, you learn from some of the best tech startups in Silicon Valley and follow in their footsteps. You don’t need to be a Silicon Valley giant to apply these concepts at your company.
The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch
Both Sides of the Table
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
The video is simply amazing and is a must watch for any investor but I think will be enjoyed by all entrepreneurs, too. Tristan Walker spoke of his journey from the projects to Wall Street to Stanford to entrepreneur.
Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley
MAY 21, 2012
Entrepreneurial clusters like Silicon Valley (or NY, Boston, Austin, Beijing, etc.) And for Silicon Valley the investor flight to social media marks the beginning of the end of the era of venture capital-backed big ideas in science and technology. The common wisdom is that Silicon Valley has always gone through waves of innovation and each time it bounces back by reinventing itself.
Building Startup Ecosystems Outside of Silicon Valley
JULY 31, 2013
The startups–actually, the founders/entrepreneurs–are the core of everything. Entrepreneurs need a lot of support. No one has proclaimed Halifax as the “Silicon Valley of the North” … at least not in front of me.). At one of the presentations, I spoke about what it takes to build a startup ecosystem outside of Silicon Valley. Focus on the entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs need to participate too.
Silicon Valley's Honesty Problem: Learning From Theranos
APRIL 14, 2016
Silicon Valley has an honesty problem, and entrepreneurs should take note Theranos isn't the only startup guilty of exaggeration.
Why Even Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Need a Business Plan
Up and Running
APRIL 25, 2014
The cast of “Silicon Valley” Image credit: HBO. Silicon Valley is a crazy place. I’ve opted not to return to the Valley for various reasons, but still have plenty of friends who work there and return regularly for business meetings.
Silicon Valley's Hottest Matchmaker
JUNE 18, 2013
What began as a social gathering for like-minded entrepreneurs and VCs has evolved into one of the Valley''s most dynamic accelerators. When international entrepreneurs want a shot at Silicon Valley stardom, they call on Saeed Amidi.
Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don’t Get Each Other and Who Will Win the Future
Both Sides of the Table
NOVEMBER 5, 2012
But here’s what Silicon Valley doesn’t get about Hollywood. Ironically in Silicon Valley consumer Internet business have become hits driven businesses. And what Hollywood does’t get about Silicon Valley?
Applying Lean Startup Beyond Silicon Valley
Startup Lessons Learned
SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
Entrepreneurs beyond Silicon Valley, including those working abroad, often have to retool Lean Startup methods to apply them in places with very different business cultures. Kevin Dewalt—a speaker at this year''s Lean Startup Conference —is an entrepreneur, investor and adviser who has served as an investor for a strategic U.S. government fund and as Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the National Science Foundation. First, this is true for entrepreneurs.
Andreessen Horowitz and the disruption of Silicon Valley
The Equity Kicker
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
Their high value add model is one of the inspirations for Forward Partners so when I saw that former Summit Partners VC Peter Sims had written an analysis of how they are disrupting Silicon Valley I clicked straight through.
The Nigerian Prince(s) of Silicon Valley
The Next Web
FEBRUARY 19, 2016
Entrepreneur Insider funding fundraisingRemember the Nigerian Prince email scam? It goes something like this: “I’m a very rich Nigerian Prince with a cash flow dilemma, and if you give me money today, I’ll give you more money tomorrow.” I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea.
Why Middle America Can Be Better for Entrepreneurs Than Silicon Valley
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Why my VC firm, Illuminate Ventures, invests in enterprise software and SaaS startups beyond Silicon Valley--at CMU, Pitt, and throughout Pittsburgh
Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor
Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook
MARCH 18, 2014
Raising the minimum wage in Silicon Valley (beyond San Jose which has already done so) is a very important and rational thing to do for the economic health of the valley, California, and the USA economy as a whole. Sometimes Cinderella Boys Hit Innovation Holes-in-One.
Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?
Both Sides of the Table
AUGUST 27, 2012
By now you probably know that David Sacks , co-founder of PayPal and founder of both Geni & Yammer made some observations on Facebook that Silicon Valley “as we know it” was coming to an end. Entrepreneurs can still build big businesses on the outskirts.”
Silicon Valley's Female Trouble
JANUARY 18, 2012
The success of Indians had me convinced that Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. I used to think Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. From 1995 to 2005, 52 percent of the Valley’s startups were founded by people born abroad.
GE is Learning About Leadership From Silicon Valley
DECEMBER 26, 2016
Even after 124 years in business, the leaders at GE are still learning.from entrepreneurs
Top Silicon Valley VC Explains What Entrepreneurs Are Doing Wrong
FEBRUARY 12, 2016
A partner of the Band of Angels and now the head of Nasdaq's center for entrepreneurs in San Francisco, Nicola Corzine gives her best advice for startup founders
An international CEO’s guide to Silicon Valley
The Next Web
AUGUST 24, 2014
To the international community, Silicon Valley is the heart of the startup world. While it’s not a requirement, relocating a startup to Silicon Valley makes sense in many ways as access to venture capital, mentors, talent and business infrastructure can help a company grow.
4 successful entrepreneurs who went against Silicon Valley beliefs
JULY 1, 2015
There isn't just one way to build a successful startup and certainly not the only way Silicon Valley professes
Silicon Valley's Inconvenient History
MAY 30, 2012
And you will tend to have a lot of company among entrepreneurs. The only problem is, that point of view is hard to reconcile with the history of Silicon Valley. Some people who echo that sentiment are from Silicon Valley.
Startup Lessons From One of Silicon Valley's Top Young Entrepreneurs
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
This entrepreneur got started at 16. Now his company is No. 84 on the Inc 5000
Expertise in scaling up is the visible secret of Silicon Valley
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
Silicon Valley and the surrounding Bay Area has become a global leader in innovation, technology and new industry creation. Most observers instinctively conclude that Silicon Valley is great because it has a unique ability to create start-ups.
Why Silicon Valley Loves Failures
AUGUST 16, 2012
These are Silicon Valley's clich darlings. In the mid-'90s, Kamran Elahian, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, famously engraved his Ferrari F355's license plate with Momenta, the name of a company he founded in 1989. "Embrace failure." It's best to "fail fast."
The Top 4 Law Firms in Silicon Valley, According to Tech Entrepreneurs
JUNE 15, 2016
Here is what 10 founders had to say about the top firms in the Silicon Valley Picking the right law firm is critical to a company's success.
Zhongguancun in Beijing – China’s Silicon Valley (Part 4 of 5)
APRIL 13, 2013
In the few days I was in China I met with several VC’s, angel investors, business press and spoke to hundreds of entrepreneurs. We had a fireside chat with a room full of eager entrepreneurs.
Being An Openly Gay Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
It's impossible to talk authentically about my startup journey without talking about my queer journey
Why european startups shouldn’t fundraise in the Silicon Valley
The Next Web
MARCH 29, 2014
Why would I ever fundraise anywhere outside of Silicon Valley?” Looking at the numbers, the decision to fundraise in Silicon Valley for European startups seems pretty logical… at first glance. Entrepreneur Analysis and Opinion
Thoughts from the road: building startups and collective ambition outside Silicon Valley
Version One Ventures
MAY 24, 2016
Just a few years ago, if you wanted to do something big, you needed to go to Silicon Valley. Over the past month, I’ve spent a lot of time in NYC, Toronto, and Ottawa for board meetings, conferences, meetings with our founders, re-connecting with co-investors, and meeting new entrepreneurs. A few years ago, Boris wrote that something special was happening in the Toronto-KW corridor (for those of you non-Canadians, that would be like SF and the Valley).
A Silicon Valley Take on ABC’s Shark Tank
Lightspeed Venture Partners
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
I’ve just started watching Season 4 of Shark Tank , the incredibly popular show on ABC where entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a panel of five individual investors (the Sharks) for investment. Entrepreneurs should never take an exploding offer with such a short deadline.
There Are Plenty Of Failures In Silicon Valley, Thanks
AUGUST 25, 2012
There are a number off issues at play here but some counter-points to her whole thesis: Not all failed startups are acquihired – I’ve spoken with countless entrepreneurs who have shut down their apps. Sarah Lacy calls acquihires a payday lending scheme. I have to disagree.
Why the Next $1 Billion Company Won't Come From Silicon Valley
JUNE 14, 2016
I sat down with serial entrepreneur Doug Feirstein to ask him his perspective on starting companies in the Silicon Valley. Here is what I learned
Older Entrepreneurs Have the Advantage (Sorry, Silicon Valley)
MARCH 26, 2014
According to a recent report ageism is rampant in Silicon Valley. For another, mainstream media is quick to spotlight the youth of contemporary entrepreneurs. But that doesn''t mean experience is meaningless to entrepreneurs.
Silicon Valley's Best-Kept Productivity Secret: Psychedelic Drugs
OCTOBER 16, 2015
Tech entrepreneurs are finding LSD and other mind-altering substances to be surprisingly effective tools for improving their work
Silicon Valley Tops, Singapore 18th On Startup Genome Ecosystem Ranking
NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Many startup ecosystems in the world want to be like Silicon Valley. But so far, none has surpassed Silicon Valley as the most successful entrepreneurship ecosystem. According to the report, the top 20 start-up ecosystems in the world are: Silicon Valley.
If You Get All Your Information On The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem From HBO, You’re Screwed
JUNE 14, 2015
It’s from Greg Sands post on TechCrunch titled The Real Silicon Valley. . It’s useful to recognize that the two companies Greg mentions in his post – Datalogix and Yokou (he was an investor in both) are not based in the bay area (Datalogix is in Colorado (in Westminster, between Boulder and Denver) and Yokou is in Beijing)), reinforcing the notion that “Silicon Valley” is a state of mind or a metaphor, rather than a physical place.
Is NYC the Next Silicon Valley?
MAY 22, 2013
Four entrepreneurs say the Big Apple is becoming America''s next start-up hub. Four entrepreneurs think New York is on the way to becoming the next Silicon Valley. The elephant in the room is obviously, ''Why didn''t we go to the Silicon Valley and San Francisco,'' right?
There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley
Angel Investing News
DECEMBER 28, 2011
Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley is world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing companies and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. Many other communities are entrepreneur-friendly and, by any measure, have the tools in place to spawn new high growth companies.
Why Waterloo, Ontario Is the Silicon Valley of Canada
NOVEMBER 2, 2015
Here's a look at how this tiny hub is becoming a scene for entrepreneurs Located in the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, Waterloo has the second-highest density of startups in the world.