Overcoming the Silicon Valley Bias

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This was a presentation to the Latino Startup Alliance in San Francisco, CA on 12/6/13 by Wasabi Ventures co-founder, Chris Yeh.

"Be So Good They Can't Ignore You"

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Overcoming the Silicon Valley Bias

  1. 1. Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You Overcoming Silicon Valley’s Bias Problem @chrisyeh chris@wasabiventures.com Wasabi Ventures AskTheHarvardMBA.com
  2. 2. The Founder Effect • “The loss of genetic variation that occurs when a new population is established by a very small number of individuals from a larger population.”
  3. 3. Hewlett Packard
  4. 4. Fairchild Semiconductor • • • • Julius Blank Victor Grinich Jean Hoerni Jay Last • • • • Eugene Kleiner Gordon Moore Robert Noyce Sheldon Roberts
  5. 5. Apple Computer
  6. 6. Google
  7. 7. Facebook
  8. 8. The Pioneers of Venture Capital
  9. 9. Silicon Valley is Biased “Fish don't know they're in water.” --Derek Sivers
  10. 10. We Shall Overcome “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Steve Martin • The key is entrepreneurship – Don’t wait to be noticed, make yourself the boss – Results speak for themselves
  11. 11. Overcoming Bias
  12. 12. The Secret of Getting Funded
  13. 13. What Can You Do? • Community • Storytelling • Entrepreneurs
  14. 14. Resource for Entrepreneurs (blatant plug) • PBworks for Startups – 1 free year of our premium collaboration suite – Scales up to 20 employees – Claim online in 5 minutes • http://www.f6s.com/pbworks

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