Aye, Silicon Valley

Nicht die Köhlbrandbrücke

Still a lot shorter than the Köhlbrandbridge!

Simon and Rob will be going to San Francisco, Silicon Valley & LA next week.

It did take a little longer than we inherently expected – but it’s finally happening. Back in the days, when we were glooming over amazing ideas in our Loveshack in Gessthacht, we came up with this idea to move to San Francisco. Maybe we just didn’t get out enough, but the Idea never left our heads – Now, some months later, it’s time to set sail (Rather Fly, obviously. Sailing would be stupid!).

We activated our Network and sent an avalanche of emails. The goal of the trip is to get connected with local Startups, Entrepreneurs and early stage Investors (Anybody interested?). Here are some of the Startups and People we will meet:

  • Francis Pedraza, CEO of Everest
  • Jan Senderek, CEO of Loom
  • Michael Eisler, CEO of Wappwolf
  • Maureen Taylor, CEO of SNP
  • Nicholas Ochoa, CEO of Mingle Media
  • Frederik Hermann, VP Sales of Swipp
  • Powen Shiah, Country Manager at Jimdo
  • Andrea Lamari of Equity LLP
  • Malte Goesche, Director Marketing at Miselu
  • Our local Attorney Phil Reuther at Fenwick&West LLP
  • Also a bunch of speaking coaches and many more…

Nights will be spent at the San Francisco StartupEmbassy and Blackbox Mansion – both highly frequented meetings points for international entrepreneurs.

Yes, and as much as it pains me to say – I won’t be on the trip this time. We thought long and hard about it, but it makes sense for many reasons:

First, we are still a bootstrapped Startup. Going to SF for Rob & Simon is already expensive enough. For me it would be mostly travel for fun – and that’s not part of the deal right now.

Second, we still have two companies here in Germany. Leaving them completely behind for a month wouldn’t be a sensible thing to do. Simon is doing one hell of a Job as our CEO and he needs to be in the Valley. Robert on the other hand, has sales-skills that are still unmatched on this planet – and that counts when talking to investors. Tales tell, that he actually sold a refrigerator to an Eskimo.

Third, if the boys find someone to work with, we will all be living there by the end of this year. If they don’t than we’ll have some bigger issues than going on a holiday-trip to San Francisco. So it’s time that we raise some money 🙂

I also have to acknowledge that I’m happy to see things moving in the right direction. In the end, they are going to Silicon Valley to raise money for our company – What am I complaining about again?

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About StartupPanda

I launched my first Startup in 2011, the second one in 2012. Ever since I have been traveling on one epic journey with my two closest friends & Co-Founders. Every now and then I like to share my views of the world and tell a little story about my life as an Entrepreneur. Why a Panda? Because whatever you do - take life like a Panda and you will get it right!
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