8 Keys To Real Innovation Outside of Silicon Valley

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, the Silicon Valley startup model, focused on disrupting established industries, has treated the USA well and created some great global businesses. In effect, Silicon Valley needs to take a more global perspective. He comes from a background in venture capital from inside and outside the Valley, as well as entrepreneurship work with startup efforts around the world. In Silicon Valley’s classic model, startups must start “asset light.”

Cynicism in Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

As I was reading The Atlantic article Silicon Valley Abandons the Culture That Made It the Envy of the World I kept flashing to the end of Anna Wiener’s awesome memoir Uncanny Valley. This is a full reversal of the language that tech promoters used to sell Silicon Valley–style innovation and competitiveness for decades. Saxenian has noticed the change in how the Valley describes itself, or at least in how the dominant firms do.

10 Silicon Valley Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

YoungUpstarts

Silicon Valley – a fantastic moniker that conjures lots of images, right? Like all those giant companies, Silicon Valley essentially started with a garage. It was in their garage in Palo Alto that paved the way to the rise of Silicon Valley.

Hyperbolic Headlines About Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

The hyperbolic headlines are once again accompanying the articles about Silicon Valley. A Sunday NY Times article titled Silicon Valley Is Over, Says Silicon Valley kicks off what I expect is another wave of this. It references a recent Wired article titled Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators , Go read them all and then tune back in here. Now, go read Ian Hathaway’s post titled Silicon Valley is Not Over.

Learning From Silicon Valley About Blockchain Adoption

ReadWriteStart

One of Silicon Valley’s most compelling attributes is its lack of interest in the traditional bottom line. While most companies focus on revenue and profitability, Silicon Valley leaders tend to view valuation as a success barometer. Because of this mindset, Valley-based companies don’t mind taking significant risks as long as they help achieve big-picture visions. But we can learn from Silicon Valley about blockchain Adoption.

The Religion of Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

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

Steve Blank

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. Show the DoD how to engage Silicon Valley with challenging problems and build networks of people to solve them. Lead, follow or get the heck out of the way. In peacetime the U.S.

Building A Tech Startup: Avoiding Silicon Valley Mishaps

YoungUpstarts

Advice For The Young At Heart Silicon Valley startup advice tech startupsEvery startup faces an initial period of uncertainty and perhaps even public resistance, but the tech field has its own pitfalls that can break a fledgling company before it ever has a chance to find its footing.

Global EIR and Silicon Valley Bank Funding Match

Feld Thoughts

Today Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) announced their support for Global EIR , a cause for which I care deeply. The post Global EIR and Silicon Valley Bank Funding Match appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Philanthropy Global EIR silicon valley bank Startup Visa svbAs you may know, over breakfast in 2015 Jeff Bussgang and I launched Global EIR with the hope of advancing the startup visa effort on a local and state level after it stalled in Congress.

The Buddhists Of Silicon Valley

YoungUpstarts

Once a Silicon Valley corporate lawyer and business executive, he was chosen by Steve Jobs to form part of the driving force behind the early and unanticipated success of the Pixar animation company. The constantly whirring, competitive nature of Silicon Valley and the serenely meditative one of Buddhism apparently have nothing in common. Yet Levy is far from the only Silicon Valley resident to turn to the spiritual path of one or more of the Eastern philosophies.

Silicon Valley Tops, Singapore 18th On Startup Genome Ecosystem Ranking

YoungUpstarts

Many startup ecosystems in the world want to be like Silicon Valley. Even New York’s startup scene wants to replicate its West Coast counterpart (and been somewhat successful, earning the term Silicon Alley ), and other countries, including Brazil , clamor to copy its success in positioning themselves as hotbed of innovation and technological entrepreneurship. But so far, none has surpassed Silicon Valley as the most successful entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Utsav Somani’s microstartup iSeed helps startups in India connect with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs

Our Own Start-up

iSeed is named as a bridge between Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Indian founders. The Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are those already established entrepreneurs and Indian founders are those who are in search of money as well as expertise and knowledge of startup.

A Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

If you’re a visiting dignitary whose country has a Gross National Product equal to or greater than the State of California, your visit to Silicon Valley consists of a lunch/dinner with some combination of the founders of Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter and several brand name venture capitalists.

Silicon Valley – Religion, Operating System, or Something Else?

Feld Thoughts

Earlier this week I wrote a post titled The Religion of Silicon Valley. A few folks tied together the concepts of Religion and Operating System as an operative metaphor for Silicon Valley. The post Silicon Valley – Religion, Operating System, or Something Else? Entrepreneurship culture frame of mind operating system religion silicon valleyIt was intended to be provocative and exploratory.

[Interview] Jonmichael Moy, Silicon Valley Veteran On Leading Digital Products To Market

YoungUpstarts

Jonmichael Moy (Jon Michael Moy) may be a seasoned veteran of Silicon Valley, but this accomplished, dedicated technology executive with more than seventeen years of experience in management and operations, product and business development and marketing has now brought his talents to Toronto. Jonmichael Moy]: I’ve personally found that today’s tech entrepreneurs are so much more advanced compared to when I was working in Silicon Valley.

Entrepreneurial ecosystems: Reflections on Toronto and Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

Harley asked about my experiences growing up in Toronto and moving to Silicon Valley, specifically what my thoughts are on the differences between the two communities. In fact, I touched upon the subject in a reflection I wrote last year on “ Building startups and collective ambition outside Silicon Valley ”. The post Entrepreneurial ecosystems: Reflections on Toronto and Silicon Valley appeared first on Version One.

Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

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.

Book: Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

I read Emily Chang’s book Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley the day it came out. The post Book: Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Books chang feminism gender lacy pao silicon valley womenYes – I stayed up until after midnight (way past my bedtime) reading it. It’s powerful.

Silicon Valley VC Firm Breyer Capital Opens an Austin Office

SiliconHills

The Silicon Valley-based venture capital and private equity firm, founded in 2006, is already an investor in Austin-based OJO Labs and Swivel. “I The post Silicon Valley VC Firm Breyer Capital Opens an Austin Office appeared first on SiliconHills. Breyer Capital has announced plans to open a new office in Austin. I personally will be spending significant time in the city, investing in new opportunities and working alongside longtime friends and colleagues,” […].

The Investment Landscape of the Future: Toward Many Silicon Valleys

ReadWriteStart

We all know by now that “Silicon Valley” has become more or less synonymous with “innovation.” The post The Investment Landscape of the Future: Toward Many Silicon Valleys appeared first on ReadWrite.

Risk and Culture in Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

This talk on Risk and Culture in Silicon Valley is a small 1 minute snippet of a longer interview on his blog. Om Malik runs Gigaom , probably the most interesting and accurate site on the blogosphere. Om was kind enough to have me in for an interview.

Can you build “Silicon Valley” companies outside of the Valley?

Version One Ventures

The big debate among tech circles has always been if it’s possible to build a “Silicon Valley” company outside of the Valley. Is Silicon Valley a physical place or a state of mind ? Considering a large proportion of Version One’s portfolio is located outside Silicon Valley, I absolutely believe that major tech companies can emerge outside of the Silicon Valley bubble. Silicon Valley needs to step outside Silicon Valley.

5 Alternatives to Silicon Valley for IT Internships

ReadWriteStart

For those interested in the field of Internet Technology (IT), the likely thought is to apply to the many opportunities in Silicon Valley. The post 5 Alternatives to Silicon Valley for IT Internships appeared first on ReadWrite.

Insights from the Most Active Investor in Silicon Valley

ReadWriteStart

The company is known as the most active investor in Silicon Valley. The post Insights from the Most Active Investor in Silicon Valley appeared first on ReadWrite. In this episode, I had the opportunity to talk to Will Decker, the VP of Brand and Retail for Plug and Play.

Changing the narrative on distributed teams in Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

The predominant narrative among Silicon Valley start-ups has been: don’t open a second office until you have reached 100+ employees. A recent article “Bay Area Bay Area’s High Costs Drive Away Some Tech Firms” details numerous examples of Silicon Valley start-ups that are moving their headquarters or opening a second location in places like Austin, Denver and Atlanta – and many engineers, marketers, even executives are considering moving.

Creating the Next Silicon Valley – The Chilean Experiment

Steve Blank

I got smarter about the world outside of Silicon Valley, met some wonderful people who made me feel part of their family and shared some thoughts about entrepreneurship. Creating the Next Silicon Valley – The Chilean Experiment. Lessons From the Valley.

Ping Pong is Not Just For Silicon Valley Startups

The Startup Magazine

This is in the strong footsteps of Silicon Valley companies which have demonstrated high productivity using such distractions as colorful offices with toys, escape rooms and other playthings. The number is on the rise; companies adapting play in the office are skyrocketing.

Is VC Funding the Real Unicorn in Silicon Valley?

Up and Running

So, no: VC funding isn’t such a rare thing in Silicon Valley or anywhere else. Funding a Business funding Silicon Valley startups VC VC funding venture capitalFrom myths to memes, the unicorn has always represented the highly elusive ideal: a beautiful creature so rarely seen, every sighting is both a privilege and an unforgettable event, as well as a sign of good fortune to come.

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

Both Sides of the Table

But Troy’s message for Silicon Valley was clear, “You need to stop looking beyond the typical Mark Zuckerberg stereotype if you want to fund the big companies of tomorrow.” There was so much great content at the Upfront Summit but I think one held a special place in minds of most people I talked to – our panel on diversity led by my partner Hamet Watt (<– what? you’re not following him?).

How Silicon Valley Influences The UK’s University Spin-out Company Culture

YoungUpstarts

Silicon Valley is undoubtedly the world’s technology epicentre. Of the 131 startups valued at $1B and above Silicon Valley is home to 53 of them. The UK has been largely influenced by Silicon Valley, making university spin-out company culture very common place. The spin-out companies in the UK have so far continued to replicate Silicon Valley’s self-reinforcing success cycle.

Venture Summit: Connecting with Silicon Valley Venture Capital

The Startup Magazine

In its effort to advocate and be a resource for the startup community, The Startup Magazine is sponsoring this leading venture capital gathering in the heart of tech hub Silicon Valley. Curtis Feeny | Silicon Valley Data Capital. The post Venture Summit: Connecting with Silicon Valley Venture Capital appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

Confessions Of A Female Immigrant Entrepreneur In Silicon Valley

YFS Magazine

Being a minority — a young, female Indian tech entrepreneur — I relentlessly spent the first three years building my first startup and knocking on the doors of almost every venture capital firm in the valley, until I raised my first round of venture financing.

We Don’t Talk Enough About Money In Silicon Valley. No, Really.

Hunter Walker

We don’t really talk about money in Silicon Valley. Over the past 20 years in San Francisco I went from negative net-worth grad student to Silicon Valley “Middle Class” (the 2%) to running a venture fund that, if we do our job, will ultimately put me in the 1% or better (in California the average annual household income of the 1% is an astounding $1.4m+). “Look, I’m incredibly thankful for this industry. It made me a millionaire.”

Why Silicon Valley is a temporary phenomenon

Start Up Blog

If Silicon Valley wasn’t a temporary phenomenon, then Britain would still be the centre of manufacturing. If Silicon Valley wasn’t a temporary phenomenon, then the Spinning Jenny would still be the most important tool of production. If Silicon Valley wasn’t a temporary phenomenon, then steam would still be the primary from propulsion of our machines. entrepreneurship startups Industry silicon valley revolutions

Why I invest outside the Silicon Valley

Hippoland

From that perspective, things have been mostly rosy in the Silicon Valley for startups! except for 2008-2009, which is another story) But, I think we’re in trouble, Silicon Valley. I grew up here in the Bay Area during the dot com boom.

Why Even Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Need a Business Plan

Up and Running

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 truly is an insane place that is like no other on earth—and it gets crazier every time I go back. But should most Silicon Valley companies skip the planning process?

Investing Outside Of Silicon Valley: Now More Than Ever (Where “Ever” = 2013)

Hunter Walker

Homebrew is making more investments outside of Silicon Valley than we have in our history! That statement might be more dramatic if our firm was founded in 1983 instead of 2013, but speaks to a handful of changes in seed investing.

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

Both Sides of the Table

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. I believe entrepreneurs should, in David’s words, “build big businesses on the outskirts” but I don’t believe that Silicon Valley tech giants will outmaneuver startups. And a Final Note on Whether Silicon Valley Opportunities Remain.

Blitzscaling: Silicon Valley’s Harmful Idea of Success

Austin Startup

Blitzscaling: Silicon Valley’s Harmful Idea of Success I sometimes struggle to figure out the best way to convey something that is important to me to others. For much of 2014 and 2015, I banged my head against a plane window flying back and forth between Austin and Silicon Valley while trying to raise institutional VC money for Localeur. Are there amazing Silicon Valley VCs out there with whom entrepreneurs should work to partner?

The Secret History of Silicon Valley Part V: Happy 100th Birthday.

Steve Blank

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance I always had been curious about how Silicon Valley, a place I had lived and worked in, came to be. How did Silicon Valley start? This October is the 100th anniversary of Silicon Valley, unnoticed and unmentioned by anyone.)

Bubbles, Unicorns, Outliers and Innovation in Silicon Valley and Austin

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News When the Facebooks and Twitters of the world are soaring everyone thinks of Silicon Valley as a glorious place, said Bill Gurley, general partner of Benchmark Capital. They scatter like the lights coming on in […] The post Bubbles, Unicorns, Outliers and Innovation in Silicon Valley and Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Silicon Valley T2 Venture Capital University of Texas UTinSV

Why I invest outside the Silicon Valley

Hippoland

From that perspective, things have been mostly rosy in the Silicon Valley for startups! except for 2008-2009, which is another story) But, I think we’re in trouble, Silicon Valley. 1) Silicon Valley / San Francisco is too expensive With the high cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area these days, a lot startup capital must now go towards founders’ rent. I grew up here in the Bay Area during the dot com boom.

Applying Lean Startup Beyond Silicon Valley

Startup Lessons Learned

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. Those conversations can often circle around the difficulties of entrepreneurship outside Silicon Valley. I think one challenge in trying to take Lean Startup ideas outside Silicon Valley, and especially to places that are highly culturally different from the U.S.,