Needless to say, there is a sheer endless amount of blogs and entrepreneurs writing about their experiences in in moving to the famous Silicon Valley, each one giving plenty of useful advice and information. If, by chance, you do stumble upon this blog and find my points interesting and valuable, I’d still urge you to expand your search as each and everyone is likely to make different experiences.
Additionally, my perspective is very particular, one that likely only applies to a limited number of people. Our startup is based in Vienna and my background is in some ways perhaps typically European.
What I mean is that my view on things, the people I meet and the impression I get are influenced by my background and possibly differ strongly from someone coming from a different angle or geographical region.
Another point I want to make is that writing this kind of content is very new for me and even though I passionately wrote for an Online Magazine some time ago, this is a totally new experience. First, I used to write about politics, events, music or art, which is all hugely different from trying to structure something much less tangible like the typical struggles of my daily life into some kind of valuable collection of advices or experiences.
Not to mention that I’ve always written in German, or, if I had to write something in English, I would often first write in German and translate it afterwards. With this blog, I am attempting leave this behind and start writing solely in English.
Among other things, I believe that this is the more authentic and stronger reflects the entire state of mind you have to push yourself into in order to make the most out of being here.
”I believe that Silicon Valley is truly a place of excellence and the impact of this tiny community on the world is completely disproportionate to its size. We are the undisputed leaders of technological change. But with our abundance of talent and resources, we also have the opportunity to be the pioneers of social change and, ultimately, this may be our greatest contribution.” Jeff Skoll
This said, I am now happy to welcome you to this blog and I hope that I will be able to provide some valuable insights for anyone who is thinking about moving him or his startup into the Silicon Valley.