Chances are that if you live in Silicon Valley, you are already working hard towards implementing an idea at a startup, or you have an idea and need to get a hold of the right ears to actually make magic happen. While it is definitely possible to get an appointment at a venture capital firm, where you go into a standard board room and hope that the folks at the other end of the table are interested in what you have to say, take our advice and try pitching your idea at one of these ideal locations.
5. Woodside Bakery – Woodside, CA
Located deep in the heart of beautiful Woodside, not only are you surrounded by gorgeous scenery, but also you have an array of delicious meals to choose from while pitching your idea. If the weather is nice, sit outside in the garden while enjoying a latte or oven-brick pizza, and treat your listener to both your brilliance and something tasty.
4. Stanford Golf Course – Stanford, CA
While this option may be ideal only for those who know their way around the links, there is something to be said for the privacy afforded to you while on the golf course. Not only is the Stanford Golf Course a popular spot to relax for the big dogs in the Valley, you have 18 holes and five hours of time to pitch your idea and ensure there are no eavesdroppers.
3. Hobee’s Town and Country – Palo Alto, CA
While Hobee’s may not look like much from the outside, this diner has become a staple for Stanford students, Palo Alto families, and aspiring entrepreneurs alike. Order a cup of coffee and a piece of their famous coffee cake, and join the ranks of many successful start-ups who first pitched their ideas here.
2. Rosewood Sand Hill – Palo Alto, CA
There may be no locale more ubiquitous for its entrepreneurial spirit than the terrace bar at the Rosewood Sand Hill resort. Boasting stunning views of the surroundings, as well as a serene pool area and extensive list of artisan cocktails, the Rosewood is jam-packed on Thursday evenings with hopeful entrepreneurs pitching their ideas.
1. The Dish – Stanford, CA
Located at the peak of the foothills surrounding Stanford, the Dish is a radiotelescope that is a striking icon in the pastoral landscape overlooking Silicon Valley. To reach the Dish, you have to best a casual hike to the top, and there is no better walk for you to pitch your idea to a willing listener. Legend has it that Steve Jobs’ wife, Laurene, invites certain lucky entrepreneurs to take the walk with her and share their ideas.
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