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Silicon Valley 101  #startupspring

Silicon Valley 101 #startupspring



Silicon Valley 101 - Where to go, who to meet, where to stay and how to get around for an Aussie abroad.

Silicon Valley 101 - Where to go, who to meet, where to stay and how to get around for an Aussie abroad.



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  • Silicon Valley 101 Steve Baxter - MC/ Host Ramine Darabiha - Panellist Yvette Adams - Panellist Andrew Pollock - Panellist Melissa Vincenty- Panellist
  • Welcome! Who are we? We are a not for profit organisation, providing coworking space for startups and early stage companies in the technology, Internet, telecommunications and mobile sectors. What do we offer? A place to work away from your home alongside other like minded people.  We have a strong community of Startups and Entrepreneurs working, collaborating & growing ideas together. Membership • Desk Space for $350/ mnth [ex GST] and includes; desk space, chair, internet, access to all facilities, partnership offers, mentor network and business, technology and social events. • Casual Membership $100/ mnth [ex GST] and includes; 24x7 access to the casual lounge area in the labs and status as a River City Labs Resident, including internet, access to all facilities, partnership offers, mentor network and business, technology and social events. • Daily Drop-In access $30/day [ex GST]
  • Finding your way around • Bathrooms can be found out the exit door near the kitchen • Emergency exit stairs out the back near the bathrooms or at the front as indicated in the picture River City Labs respectfully asks you to place all your food and rubbish items in the bins provided and to not touch any property belonging to our residents or staff. Have a great event!
  • Have you checked in? Tweeting? Tag us @rivercitylabs #startupaus #startupspring Facebook.com/RiverCityLabs
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  • Ramine Darabiha raminibar.com @raminibar
  • Disclaimer.
  • Why do you want to go? Focus on the long term.
  • Just the sum of its parts.
  • Do your homework.
  • Don't be a tourist.
  • Socialize.
  • Who is who?
  • Keep your promises.
  • Tools.
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  • Launching Your Company in the US Brought to you by: Melissa Vincenty Senior Associate, Outbound Services
  • What we do? •Fragomen is an internationally recognised immigration law firm offering immigration services on a global, regional or country basis. •Fragomen’s Outbound Services facilitates Consular services to a range of countries including the United States. •Fragomen is one of the only immigration law firms with the capabilities to provide US immigration advice locally within Australia.
  • Why is Immigration compliance important to your business?
  • US Immigration Solutions for the Entrepreneur Exploring and starting a new business in the United States 28
  • Get your foot in the door: Visa Waiver Program (VWP) – Business Visitor B-1 Temporary Business visitor Pros:  Allows you to easily travel to the US for fact finding/business meetings to discuss investments, do research or negotiate a contract  Minimal costs involved Cons:  Significant limitations on activities permitted under these categories and duration of stay
  • Jumping Ship: Setting up shop in the United States 30 Allows Australian passport nationals to travel to the United States for employment in a specialty occupation for an established US entity. Pros • Flexible • Streamlined application process • Application is made at a consulate Cons • Requires US entity • Must be renumerated by US entity E-3 Australian in Specialty Occupation Allows nationals of certain countries (incl. Australia) to stay in the US in order to manage and invest in a US business. Pros • Most appropriate for applicants wishing to pursue long term business objectives • Certain employees are also eligible for this visa • Application is made at a consulate Cons • Complex application process E-2 Treaty Investor Allows applicants to work for an affiliated US office in a managerial, executive or specialized knowledge capacity. This category also allows the establishment/ management of a new office. Pros: • Applicant can be paid from foreign payroll • Easier transition to permanent resident status Cons: • Complex application process L-1 Intra-Company Transferee
  • 31 And don’t forget the green card lottery! 2015 Diversity Lottery now open until November 2, 2013. Go directly to: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/ty pes_1318.html
  • Fragomen Australia Locations 32 2- Sydney (Head Office) Level 19 / 201 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000 main: +61 2 8224 8555 facsimile: +61 2 8224 8500 email: sydneyinfo@fragomen.com 3- North Ryde Talavera Business Park, Level 4/ 6-10 Talavera Road Macquarie Park NSW 2113 main: +61 2 9125 6900 facsimile: +61 2 9125 6999 email: sydneyinfo@fragomen.com 1- Brisbane Level 9 / 344 Queen Street Brisbane QLD 4000 main: +61 7 3004 0500 facsimile: +61 7 3004 0508 email: brisbaneinfo@fragomen.com 4- Melbourne Level 26 / 500 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 main: +61 3 9613 9333 facsimile: +61 3 9613 9300 email: melbourneinfo@fragomen.com 5- Perth Level 3/ 40 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000 main: +61 8 9436 0333 facsimile: +61 8 9436 0300 email: perthinfo@fragomen.com 1 3 2 4 5
  • Questions? MVincenty@fragomen.com Phone: 02 9125 6931 33