How to Grow a Silicon Valley

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Ignite Talk of Felipe Ávila da Costa, based on Paul Graham's article http://www.paulgraham.com/siliconvalley.html

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How to Grow a Silicon Valley

  1. 1. How to Grow a Silicon Valley in Porto, Portugal
  2. 2. Felipe Ávila da Costa 1985. Born in Porto Alegre, Brasil 2000. Moved to Porto, Portugal TODAY . Communication, IT, Information and Knowledge Manager @ Science & Technology Park of U.Porto 2008. Master in Software Engineering February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  3. 3. Paul Graham Co-Founder of Y Combinator Startup Guru www.paulgraham.com/articles.html Essayist, Programmer, and Investor February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  4. 4. How to be Silicon Valley Could you reproduce Silicon Valley elsewhere? February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  5. 5. YES! You only need to put together two kind of people! February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  6. 6. Nerds February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  7. 7. Rich People February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  8. 8. Do we really need Rich People? No, but they make things go much faster! February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  9. 9. No, because Startup Investor can supply advice and connections as well as money. The Government can substitute them? February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  10. 10. How to make Nerds and Investors to move somewhere? ( Let’s say… to Porto) February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  11. 11. You need a Top University February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  12. 12. University of Porto Top 100 European Universities 30 000+ Students February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  13. 13. You need an Attactive Town Nice Weather People walking around smiling February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal Creative Environment
  14. 14. You need an Attactive Town City with Personality Well-preserved old neighborhoods Locally-owned shops and restaurants February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  15. 15. You need Youth Student Environment Tolerant Environment February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  16. 16. You need Time … to let it grow organically … to let it fail and start again February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal … to complete one or two startup cycles
  17. 17. Startups beget Startups People who work for startups start their own People who get rich from startups fund new ones February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  18. 18. Some Conclusion 1. All you need is the right people! 2. You don’t build a Silicon Valley, you let it grow! 3. Startups beget Startups! 4. Porto has all it takes to become a startup hub! February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal
  19. 19. How to Get Involved 1. Start a company 2. Fund a company 3. Get to know new Startups 5. Walk around smiling February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal 4. Promote Startups
  20. 20. February 9 th , 2011 Felipe Ávila da Costa @ Ignite Portugal

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