Lessons Learned in Silicon
         Valley
        Ong Teng Siong (siong1987)
Who Am I?
Who Am I?

•cofounder of GraffitiGeo
Who Am I?

•cofounder of GraffitiGeo
  -funded by YCombinator (S09)
Who Am I?

•cofounder of GraffitiGeo
  -funded by YCombinator (S09)
  -location based service
Who Am I?

•cofounder of GraffitiGeo
  -funded by YCombinator (S09)
  -location based service
   -acquired by Loopt (S05)
Bill Gates
Bill Gates

•programmed when young
Bill Gates

•programmed when young
•took a leave from school
Bill Gates

•programmed when young
•took a leave from school
•started a company
But, all these are bullshit!!!
But, all these are bullshit!!!


•not richest man(not even malaysia)
But, all these are bullshit!!!


•not richest man(not even malaysia)
•some good money
But, all these are bullshit!!!


•not richest man(not even malaysia)
•some good money
•most importantly, learned a lot
1st Lesson
1st Lesson


•starting a company in US is hard as a foreigner
1st Lesson


•starting a company in US is hard as a foreigner
•immigration issues are stupid
2nd Lesson
2nd Lesson

•it’s the people, stupid
2nd Lesson

•it’s the people, stupid
    -not the idea but the people (paypal)
2nd Lesson

•it’s the people, stupid
    -not the idea but the people (paypal)
   -4 cofounders at first, only 3 stays
Founders of successful startups talked less about
choosing cofounders and more about how hard they
worked to maintain thei...
3rd Lesson
3rd Lesson

•design matters
3rd Lesson

•design matters
  -people like pretty things
3rd Lesson

•design matters
  -people like pretty things

   -especially iPhone apps
3rd Lesson

•design matters
  -people like pretty things

   -especially iPhone apps
   -use game mechanisms
Reads
        Non-Designer’s Design Book




        Game-based Marketing




        The Art of Game Design
4th Lesson
4th Lesson

•negotiate the hell out of it
4th Lesson

•negotiate the hell out of it
    -negotiate your price
4th Lesson

•negotiate the hell out of it
    -negotiate your price

    -get more options
Reads
        Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive




        The Art of Profitability
5th Lesson
5th Lesson

•understand your business
5th Lesson

•understand your business
   -measure everything(usage, system)
5th Lesson

•understand your business
   -measure everything(usage, system)

   -understand your users
Reads
        Complete Web Monitoring
THANK YOU
 - siong1987.com
 - facebook.com/siong
 - twitter.com/siong1987
 - siong1987@gmail.com
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  • Lessons Learned in Silicon Valley

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