Some of you may know already, but a couple of months ago I got a Visa, packed my bags and moved to Silicon Valley. San Francisco to be precise. Why? Easy, almost all great technology startups are created here! It is such a great ecosystem. Here are the (early) investors, your fellow entrepreneurs and the supporting services like legal and accounting that will help you out. I have been trying to get my startup HelloInbox off the ground from my hometown Amsterdam for a while, and realized it was going to be hard from there. After having visited Silicon Valley last November with a trip for Dutch entrepreneurs organized by Handelsroute I knew if I wanted to learn how to build a successful tech startup and make a success out of HelloInbox I had to get out of Amsterdam to Silicon Valley. So I did.
I spent 5 weeks here in February/March, had to go back to Amsterdam then and got into the country again in the beginning of May. Till now I have spent quite a lot of time getting to know people, do networking and learn about the ways of SV. Yes that will be a whole separate blog post in the future:). To learn quicker and get to build up your network faster I wanted to join an incubator. After reviewing all around the area and applying for a few I joined the Founder Institute . This is a program ran by Adeo Ressi with chapters all over the world. Of course, the one in Silicon Valley is the oldest and probably the most valuable, as a lot of local mentors are Silicon Valley heroes.
Very exciting! I will let everybody know here what my experiences are with the institute and doing business in Silicon Valley!