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.

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 entire team at SVB is unique among banks in their willingness to make bets on behalf of founders and startups and are often the first stop when a startup needs banking services.

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.

Building A Tech Startup: Avoiding Silicon Valley Mishaps

YoungUpstarts

Every 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. Predicting what the industry needs is key for any startup.

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. Sarah Emory works for the startup Instaread.co. by Sarah Emory, Instaread.co.

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

YoungUpstarts

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.

[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.

Entrepreneurial ecosystems: Reflections on Toronto and Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

The theme was: “Entrepreneurial ecosystem: it takes a village to build a startup”. 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.

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.

[Infographic] Silicon Valley Vs Silicon Alley

YoungUpstarts

We all know that Silicon Valley as the hotbed of innovation that many countries and cities around the world have tried to replicate (and mostly failed). Others innovation New York Silicon Alley Silicon Valley startup scene startups United States

Venture Summit: Connecting with Silicon Valley Venture Capital

The Startup Magazine

Venture Summit | West , presented by youngStartup Ventures, is one of many upcoming events helping both startups seeking capital and exposure, and investors seeking new deals. Click Here to Register Now and Secure your Place , or to offer to present as a startup or venture capital investor.

Is VC Funding the Real Unicorn in Silicon Valley?

Up and Running

It’s understandable, then, that the term “unicorn” has come to be used routinely in the world of business funding to refer to those rare and beautiful privately funded startups—especially in the tech space—that have reached the upper echelon of valuation, being valued at over $1 billion.

[Infographic] 10 Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs You May Not Have Heard Of

YoungUpstarts

Silicon Valley is the pinnacle of a startup community that embodies the very essence of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, so much so that many startup ecosystems around the world aspires to be like it.

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.

Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

The irony is that as good as some of these nascent startups are in material science, sensors, robotics, medical devices, life sciences, etc., For the first time, startups can today think about a Total Available Market in the billions of users (smart phones, tablets, PC’s, etc.) Today, social media startups can return 100’s of millions or even billions in less than 3 years. startups out of business, do you think they’re going to continue to fund solar?

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.” Startup Lessons

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. Are there amazing Silicon Valley VCs out there with whom entrepreneurs should work to partner?

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.

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.

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Gust

Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley produces world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. The Valley has been a unique place for over half a century. Still, the competition in the Valley is fierce.

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.

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.

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. Startups startups tech investing

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

Hunter Walker

We don’t really talk about money in Silicon Valley. “Look, I’m incredibly thankful for this industry. It made me a millionaire.”

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.

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! We feel like we have a non-local playbook in place – not just for opportunity sourcing but more importantly, startup-servicing ongoing.

Applying Lean Startup Beyond Silicon Valley

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. 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. September 25 in Asia), international Lean Startup experts Kevin Dewalt , Takashi Tsutsumi and Justin Wilcox will meet for a webcast to compare notes and hash out solutions. They decided to pursue their startup idea.

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. In fact, my favorite place to scout for startups is in Toronto/Waterloo.

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. In fact, my favorite place to scout for startups is in Toronto/Waterloo.

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. And a Final Note on Whether Silicon Valley Opportunities Remain.

Creating the Next Silicon Valley – The Chilean Experiment

Steve Blank

I did a keynote on innovation hubs at the newly created DoFuture program , spoke at Santiago’s Startup Weekend on Customer and Agile Development, and at a Conference in Patagonia supported by the Ministry of Economy’s Innovation Division. Lessons From the Valley.

The Importance of Partnership Agreements, NDAs, and Security: Lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley”

Up and Running

Of all the television shows that center around businesses, none feel closer to reality than HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” See Also: The Best Places Worldwide to Start Your High-Growth Startup. Image via HBO.

Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley – Going to Where the Action Is

Steve Blank

They are putting Innovation Outposts into Innovation Clusters -in particular Silicon Valley – to tap into the clusters’ innovation ecosystems. (An In the last five years, hundreds of large companies have established Innovation Outposts (and here ) in Silicon Valley.

What are the differences between startups/tech companies founded in Silicon Valley and those founded in New York?

Gust

While there are differences in the startup communities on the two coasts, and while there are definite differences in the investment communities, I’ve found much less of a difference in the types of companies being started. On the other hand, since New York is the undisputed capital of the financial, fashion and advertising worlds, we have many, many more FinTech, AdTech and Fashion-based startups here than one is likely to find in the Valley.

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.)

Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don’t Get Each Other and Who Will Win the Future

Both Sides of the Table

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?

6 reasons why Latin American valuations are lagging behind Silicon Valley

The Next Web

Latin American startups haven’t had the same valuations as Silicon Valley startups. This frustrates many Latin American entrepreneurs seeking investment, as they don’t understand why Latin American VCs aren’t doing deals at Silicon Valley valuations.

Berlin’s Silicon ‘Allee’ vs. Silicon Valley: Which is better for your startup?

The Next Web

As the general manager of Europe for a global marketplace serving startups, entrepreneurs and freelance designers from around the world, I often find myself in debate over which city will be seen as the new business hub of the EU.

Andreessen Horowitz and the disruption of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

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.

Lessons for startup ecosystems from the history of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

The bit I liked the most described the role of Stanford in getting Silicon Valley going in the late 1950s. We can generalise this into a blueprint for ecosystems generally: Find a vertical market where there is a comparative advantage – Silicon Valley started with military technology, in London fintech and ecommerce are good candidates. The UK government’s support has been important for our startup ecosystem.

A Silicon Valley Take on ABC’s Shark Tank

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Looking past the cheesy theatre of the guys pitch, this company was the one most likely to actually pitch a real Silicon Valley VC, given its technology angle. This founder isn’t ready to be a startup CEO. Business Models startups pitching Shark Tank

An international CEO’s guide to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

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.