Why should you visit Silicon Valley?
Trust me, guys, you shouldn’t even be asking this question. It’s 45 miles of a stretch from the suburbs of San Francisco to Santa Clara, a population of hardly 3 million people that controls the trillion dollar tech industry.
[Of course, we all know that, don’t we?]
But, here is what I have experienced: No matter, how strongly I suggest here, you will not feel the power of an ecosystem if you have never tried, never failed and then never visited a place where a fully developed ecosystem actually operates!
- for the starters, all of those 3 million people actually belong to your own clan! Yes, I know you don’t belong to the clan of your father, uncle, brother, mother, sister, daughter … no! You belong to an actual clan that believes in dreaming the solution of world’s most pressing problems and then they are also crazy enough to actually go and try to solve them, that clan lives in Silicon Valley. Go there, smell that air, you will instantly be able to connect with everyone, just because they are You!
- secondly, the whole ecosystem is there. It’s not like you go from door to door, taking advice from people who have never made it for themselves, trying to raise from investors who don’t even have any clue about tech entrepreneurship, rest alone the rewards and risks such ventures carry! Not just investors, you will meet developers, product designers, sales people, teachers, mentors, who actually know what they do and as they all work with startups, they know and understand your problems. The speed at which you learn and connect is very very fast!
- thirdly and it’s very important, we live in a place where ‘negativity is in the air’, the number of times we are told ‘no, it’s not possible’, ‘no, you can not do it’, number of times people [sorry for being negative but you know it’s in the air] who go to their offices with grim faces and earn just enough to support their families] laugh at our faces just because we are suggesting something which is ‘not normal’ because that ‘does not conform to whatever our forefathers were doing from last 25,000 years’. [Also, trust me, after my visit, I know that this ‘negative air’ problem is with every Spanish, German, Indian, Mexican, Canadian, Chinese and all the other nationalities I met there, so just forget about it].
That air, makes us doubt ourselves, this is exactly why a voyage to the valley is very important! That is where you actually find yourself, again! That is where you see others going through the same path but at different levels. You will share your room with people:
- who have raised some seed money
- who had raised millions, blown all of them off, now raising again
- who carry a working prototype of a good product-market fit, they meet investors just for ‘making relationship’ and not to raise [because that happens after the Kickstarter, at cheaper rates]
- who had successful exits in the past, had millions of dollars in the account, poured them all in a new startup and now sleeping again on a bunk bed
- who are there to explore and be inspired!
In a nutshell, you will learn that you are not crazy and even if you are crazy then you are not alone, there is an actual support system where help from peers is available, from validating your idea to all the way to building a successful company and that all happens simply by asking the right questions! Everyone is eager to help and when you come back, you don’t go back to doubting yourself anymore, you simply start something, again!