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Silicon Valley REVEALED - Steve Baxter Presentation

  1. 1. IntroductionAbout MeStephen Baxter, founder River City LabsFounded a couple of Australian companies 1994-2010Regular visitor to Silicon Valley since 1998Worked in Mountain View, CA for 12 monthsHelpful stuffConsumer protection in the US are weak – be prepared to get ripped offThe US is cheapVery helpful website - http://blog.andrew.net.au/2005/11/24 RCL – a great place to work – grab a desk – only $350 per month (ex)
  2. 2. Issues• Employment Process• VISA• Actually getting there• Social Security Number• Credit Rating• Money, Banking and Tax• Stuff to do RCL - casual space – all the benefits of a desk without a desk - $100 per month (ex)
  3. 3. Issues• Employment ProcessHire slow fire fast – not always true – they tend to fire slow in my experienceInterviews – painful – they are indicative of companies that have capital toburnEmployment law – very different to Australia RiverPitch – www.riverpitch.com – Pitch to a room full of investors
  4. 4. Issues• VISAE3 visa of choice2 years – must be renewed every 2 yearsDependant rights to work – E3DEducation requirement – equivalency test possible10 day get out of town conditionGet your employer or a law firm to do it for youEmbassy interview RCL – a great place to work – grab a desk – only $350 per month (ex)
  5. 5. Issues• Getting thereHow much of your stuff do you takeUse a freight company – restrictions are few until you come home RiverPitch – www.riverpitch.com – Pitch to a room full of investors
  6. 6. Issues• Social Security NumberYou ain’t free until you can be tracked by a social security numberEasy to get for the E3 holder – harder for the E3DBureaucracy issues it – be prepared to waitYou need it for every thing, don’t lose it – ID theft is very prevalent RCL - casual space – all the benefits of a desk without a desk - $100 per month (ex)
  7. 7. Issues• Credit RatingNeeded for almost everythingEven was used in our rental applicationTake steps before you leave to work with your bank/credit providersCredit score builds over time RCL – a great place to work – grab a desk – only $350 per month (ex)
  8. 8. Issues• Money, Banking and Tax GET YOURUS banks suck OWN TAXUS deposit interest is very low ADVICE – DOYou need a cheque (check) account NOT RELY ONCredit Score ANYTHING IThere are 1700 tax jurisdictions in the US SAY HEREDouble taxation treaty RiverPitch – www.riverpitch.com – Pitch to a room full of investors
  9. 9. Issues• Health careThe one truly disappointing aspect of the USAMake sure you understand your healthcare planVisits to hospitals are expensive (this is one part of the US that is not cheap) RCL - casual space – all the benefits of a desk without a desk - $100 per month (ex)
  10. 10. Issues• Stuff to doTravel – National Parks – America’s Best IdeaWork – work place inefficiency means long hours, expected of staffEat – Yelp.com – great food - very cheap. Beer very good.Local Travel – Redwoods, Winchester House, cycling, snow, wineriesGetting out– music, sport RCL – a great place to work – grab a desk – only $350 per month (ex)
  11. 11. Issues• Other stuffCraigslist rocks – use it for almost everythingAdvance.org is a great group helping expats overseas especially in the BayAreaGet a US driver license, you will need this for car insuranceSausages are too fancy, bacon is wrong. RCL – a great place to work – grab a desk – only $350 per month (ex)

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