Lessons Learned in Silicon Valley

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  • 1. Lessons Learned in Silicon Valley Ong Teng Siong (siong1987)
  • 2. Who Am I?
  • 3. Who Am I? •cofounder of GraffitiGeo
  • 4. Who Am I? •cofounder of GraffitiGeo -funded by YCombinator (S09)
  • 5. Who Am I? •cofounder of GraffitiGeo -funded by YCombinator (S09) -location based service
  • 6. Who Am I? •cofounder of GraffitiGeo -funded by YCombinator (S09) -location based service -acquired by Loopt (S05)
  • 7. Bill Gates
  • 8. Bill Gates •programmed when young
  • 9. Bill Gates •programmed when young •took a leave from school
  • 10. Bill Gates •programmed when young •took a leave from school •started a company
  • 11. But, all these are bullshit!!!
  • 12. But, all these are bullshit!!! •not richest man(not even malaysia)
  • 13. But, all these are bullshit!!! •not richest man(not even malaysia) •some good money
  • 14. But, all these are bullshit!!! •not richest man(not even malaysia) •some good money •most importantly, learned a lot
  • 15. 1st Lesson
  • 16. 1st Lesson •starting a company in US is hard as a foreigner
  • 17. 1st Lesson •starting a company in US is hard as a foreigner •immigration issues are stupid
  • 18. 2nd Lesson
  • 19. 2nd Lesson •it’s the people, stupid
  • 20. 2nd Lesson •it’s the people, stupid -not the idea but the people (paypal)
  • 21. 2nd Lesson •it’s the people, stupid -not the idea but the people (paypal) -4 cofounders at first, only 3 stays
  • 22. Founders of successful startups talked less about choosing cofounders and more about how hard they worked to maintain their relationship. - Paul Graham
  • 23. 3rd Lesson
  • 24. 3rd Lesson •design matters
  • 25. 3rd Lesson •design matters -people like pretty things
  • 26. 3rd Lesson •design matters -people like pretty things -especially iPhone apps
  • 27. 3rd Lesson •design matters -people like pretty things -especially iPhone apps -use game mechanisms
  • 28. Reads Non-Designer’s Design Book Game-based Marketing The Art of Game Design
  • 29. 4th Lesson
  • 30. 4th Lesson •negotiate the hell out of it
  • 31. 4th Lesson •negotiate the hell out of it -negotiate your price
  • 32. 4th Lesson •negotiate the hell out of it -negotiate your price -get more options
  • 33. Reads Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive The Art of Profitability
  • 34. 5th Lesson
  • 35. 5th Lesson •understand your business
  • 36. 5th Lesson •understand your business -measure everything(usage, system)
  • 37. 5th Lesson •understand your business -measure everything(usage, system) -understand your users
  • 38. Reads Complete Web Monitoring
  • 39. THANK YOU - siong1987.com - facebook.com/siong - twitter.com/siong1987 - siong1987@gmail.com