Silicon Valley REVEALED - Robert Collings Presentation

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Silicon Valley REVEALED - Robert Collings Presentation

  1. 1. Silicon Valley Revealed Insiders tips on where go, what to see, who to speak to, how to get around & where to stay.Thursday, 18 October 12
  2. 2. Housekeeping • Brief presentations • Panel session / Q&A • Pizza, beers & networking ~7pmThursday, 18 October 12
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  6. 6. Appreciation • Our sponsor, Fragomen (beers & pizza) • Anthony Painter (inspiration) • Steve Baxter (for RCL, without whom ...)Thursday, 18 October 12
  7. 7. What’s this? (Most ‘first time’ Aussie entrepreneurs see a cow.)Thursday, 18 October 12
  8. 8. Not what you think! (Americans on the other hand see the possibilities ... understanding the cultural differences is important, so get on a plane and spend time in the Valley.)Thursday, 18 October 12
  9. 9. Before you go • Got your passport? (passports.gov.au) • Visa Waiver for Australian nationals, 90 days • ESTA (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/) • Work out why you want to go and set very clear, actionable, achievable objectivesThursday, 18 October 12
  10. 10. Being contactable • AT&T & T-Mobile networks are compatible with most Australian handsets • But ... use a MVNO (e.g. H2Owireless, which uses AT&T’s network) • MVNOs tend to offer more flexible data plans than the provider networks do themselves.Thursday, 18 October 12
  11. 11. Getting around • Zipcar (awesome for spontaneous meetings) • Hire car (better for long-term hire) • Caltrain & BART, public rail for getting around the Valley • Muni, public buses for getting around SFThursday, 18 October 12
  12. 12. A place for your head • Hotels, $$$ >$200/night • Airbnb, $ >$50/night (+ great way to bump into others with a gig in tech) • Startup House, in beta ... <$50/night (next door to StartupHQ)Thursday, 18 October 12
  13. 13. Finding a desk • StartupHQ, SF (startuphq.com) * RCL deal, 2 weeks use of shared space; this is a great space and worth considering for a longer- term desk • NestGSV, SV (www.nestgsv.com) • NextSpace ($20/day temporary) • desksnear.me, loosecubes.com, et al.Thursday, 18 October 12
  14. 14. Finding a bite • In & Out Burger • Ricks Prime (San Mateo) • Tin Vietnamese (Howard Street, SOMA) • Café Venetia in Palo Alto (Thiel hangs there … sometimes) • Creamery in SOMA (Arrington hangs there … sometimes too)Thursday, 18 October 12
  15. 15. Advice • Invest ~$3000 (all in inc. flights, buys you ~2 weeks) • Get on a plane, connect, suss the culture • If you don’t have and can’t raise $3k you’re not going to raise the capital that will make a difference to your business. Stop now.Thursday, 18 October 12

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