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
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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. (more…)
Silicon Valley is no longer the only place to receive venture capital financing. According to a recent New York Times article, New York has increasingly been alluring tech startups out east:
“Much of this change has to do with the way that the technology industry has shifted toward creating consumer products and applications, rather than building the basic framework of computing and the Internet. Many new startups benefit from proximity to the media, advertising and fashion industries, New York’s strengths.”
As a part of a Stanford class, we met Color cofounder Ganesh Ramanarayanan at Color’s Palo Alto office last week. Here are some of his thoughts on what Color is doing now and why working at a startup is like being in a Ph.D. program:
Color’s first launch with the location-based photo sharing product was a bit of a flop.
What did you learn about location-based networks from Color’s first launch? These apps really come into their own when you’re at an event. But it becomes less cool when nothing is around. Bootstrapping them is hard, because it’s difficult to make them make sense for people who are playing with the app when they’re alone at home. (more…)