StartupCamp.sk 21 - Confessions of a startupist

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StartupCamp.sk 21 - Confessions of a startupist

  1. 1. CONFESSIONS OF A STARTUPIST My full story
  2. 2. PREFACEIt all started when I was 3…
  3. 3. CHAPTER I Facilitator
  4. 4. CHAPTER IIWill you be my pitcher?
  5. 5. CHAPTER III Now or never
  6. 6. CHAPTER IVDon’t mix alcohol and interviews
  7. 7. CHAPTER VNo tickets or accommodation?
  8. 8. CHAPTER VIWe’re here baby!
  9. 9. HippiesGolden Gate Homeless SFO ZuckerbergHangover beach Elza, Google Musho Stanford PnP Home
  10. 10. CHAPTER VII PnP
  11. 11. CHAPTER VIIHotel TrubFtac – occupied
  12. 12. CHAPTER IX Drinks
  13. 13. Hresci Uni. CaffeePatio Pizza Nola’s | Old Pro Coupa Gordon Biersh
  14. 14. CHAPTER X Food
  15. 15. CHAPTER XIno comment…
  16. 16. STANFORD
  17. 17. IS IT BIG OR AM I SMALL?
  18. 18. HIPPIES?
  19. 19. CHILL-OUT BEACH
  20. 20. BAYWATCH
  21. 21. LET’S HAVE A BREAK and then back to business
  22. 22. BUSINESS IN SILICON VALLEY Is it really that awesome?
  23. 23. SARIO AND NEULOGY• What is really paid for?• How much do you get from them, what is the paperwork?• How much do I need to survive in Silicon Valley for 3 months?• Where to find money for your stay?• Should I apply for the next round?
  24. 24. PLUG AND PLAY• Plug And Play University• Benefits of EIR’s• EXPO?• What good is to present to corporates• Does and old school office kill creativity?• Do I need to pay for everything extra?
  25. 25. ADVISORS AND MENTORS• Do I need to give a success fee, upfront fee, support fee, any type of fee?• Is their help really helpful?• Selecting your best mentors• Mentors and advisors in Slovakia
  26. 26. INVESTORS• How fast can you get an investment• Do you need to move to Silicon Valley• What are the costs?• Valuations and equity (dilution of founders)• Do I need to be hot to get invested in?
  27. 27. NETWORK• Attending events• Learning how to network with Americans• Having a lot of business cards• Shallow but helpful• Informal meetups with “friends”• Managing your network after leaving
  28. 28. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT• Can I code there?• Should I have my whole team there (incl. developers)?• How to respond to all that feedback you get?• Should I pivot?
  29. 29. CUSTOMER ACQUISITION• Marketing or Sales?• Sponsoring an event?• Networking?• Are Americans really that stupid?
  30. 30. HELPFUL SLOVAKS• Is there someone from our country that can help you there?• Where is the closest embassy or consulate?• How does a honorary consul buy a tesla?
  31. 31. IS IT WORTH IT?• New businesses?• Investments?• Insight and overview?• Fun and experience?
  32. 32. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! Q&A?http://ftacnik.cohttp://blog.truban.skhttp://nicereply.com@michal_truban@ftacnik@nice_reply

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