How to get involved in the startup ecosystem in bay area ?

Jan 28 58 Comments

Moving to Bay area in few months. I am very passionate about startups and have started two in last couple of years. Both of them failed but the recent one was more successful than the first one. I will have to work for couple of years to build up my bank balance. In the meantime any pointers of different opportunities to get involved in the startup ecosystem. I really want to build a strong network here. How should I go about doing that ? Any pointers will be highly appreciated .

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  • Disney zefB35
    As a former startup founder in SF, my advice to you is do not move to the Bay Area. If you do, you will quickly learn that this "ecosystem" you seek only serves one purpose: to suck as much as it can out of your business for the profit of others.

    There's this false notion that the Silicon Valley ecosystem exists to help startups "grow", but the reality is that it exists to take advantage of those who are not part of the oligarchy.
    Jan 28 10
    • LinkedIn
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      The real way to succeed at a startup is not to found one but join one at a director+ level. So join a big co where you can work hard, grow, learn the leadership skills and then join a 100+ team as a CTO! Otherwise you are going to be another rower in the gallows!
      Jan 28
    • Cisco dkdfddñbg
      Or As vp. Amongst non founding ceo/cto/vp the vp takes the least risk and commands the most ROI
      Jan 28
    • Expedia Homeaway
      How do you figure?
      Jan 29
    • Cisco dkdfddñbg
      The vp task is neither creative nor risk taking. The CEO sets the business needs, the CTO sets the technology best course. For a good initial team the vp job is pretty much redundant in and early startup.
      Jan 29
    • Salesforce pmyz88
      Start-ups are only good to gain experience .. unless you are a founder .. otherwise you are working your ass off for a few others that will profit off your work
      Jan 29
  • New DvVM00
    go back in time and attend stanford
    Jan 28 0
  • Microsoft VgWw33
    Saying you are very passionate about startups is like saying you really love breathing air... wtf does that even mean?
    Jan 28 1
    • GE / Eng
      JwBstrd

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      JwBstrdmore
      It means he learned English to succeed in job interviews.
      Jan 28
  • Square / Product
    wizkhalesi

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    Get in tinder and swipe on people from interesting companies.

    That’s how I found my ex, my former co-founder and my current significant other. (Three different people)
    Jan 28 4
    • Microsoft KobeBrya
      You find your current bf on Grindr?
      Jan 28
    • Square / Product
      wizkhalesi

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      Sorry only looking for D, don’t have any to add to the equation.

      One time I did spend a good 6 hours drunk with some girlfriends pretending to be a cute bottom on Grindr and our inbox was flooded with dick pics.

      10/10 activity for straight girls
      Jan 28
    • Uber / Mktg DuaLipa
      Did you hook up with any of them?
      Jan 29
    • Uber / Mktg DuaLipa
      We need more stories from you
      Jan 29
  • Microsoft SunRsrsHyd
    Meetups?
    Jan 28 0
  • Adobe / Eng JohnnGalt
    Why? Stick with public company, forget startups.
    Jan 28 2
    • Apple / Eng H4H4
      Does it matter why? They didn’t ask whether they should or shouldn’t do it
      Jan 28
    • GE / Eng
      JwBstrd

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      Public companies suck the life out of the public.
      Jan 28
  • Medallia oDXF46
    While you build your bank balance, find a late stage startup or established company that’s got good trajectory, decent W/L balance and talent pool (people). Build your network doing great work and seeking people who are interested in starting something on their own as well. When the timing the right, y’all can seek out incubators and other founders when you’re ready to full time your idea.
    Jan 28 0
  • Overstock.com dvaN82
    Lots of bullshitters here. It’s really easy. Just start applying. These companies will hire anyone...almost literally. The bigger the company the easier it is to get in. You don’t say though if you are an engineer, biz, marketing or product...depending on that it could be even easier. Persistence and a good attitude pays off here.
    Jan 28 0
  • Uber / Eng Datapren
    What’s your skill set?
    Jan 28 1
    • OP
      Primarily software engineer but I have done some outbound cold emailing and such.
      Jan 28
  • VMware YgUd51
    Ljubljana
    Jan 28 0
  • Salesforce / Eng ragnarr
    Take some courses at Stanford extensions (business, tech or engineering). They have a ton of founders / vc’s come in to give guest lectures. My friend ended up getting a job offer like that
    Jan 28 2
    • DocuSign senorsisig
      Interested.what courses would you recommend? Are these online? Or would these be full time classes like ignite?
      Jan 29
    • Salesforce / Eng ragnarr
      I would recommend courses on subjects you’re interested in (I’ve taken AI, blockchain, photography). The ones at Stanford are part time, typically once a week, I’ve only taken them on campus. This gives you a good opportunity to interact with likeminded professionals, and learn more about the subject.
      Jan 29
  • Flagged by the community.

    • Why you ask that? Is that what it takes to have a successful startup?
      Jan 28
  • New DvVM00
    idea #2 (doesn’t require time travel): hang out at a co working place
    Jan 28 0
  • Overstock.com dvaN82
    San Francisco isn’t what it used to be. Used to be cool, laid back and full of people that wanted to change the world. Now it’s full of people who don’t give a shit and think the stupid app they are working on has value.

    San Francisco traded their concert shirts for startup shirts! It’s nearing lame now and not nearly as fun as Oakland.
    Jan 28 0
  • Deloitte / Consultant FHAs14
    Build some cool shit and show it off (a link).
    Jan 28 0
  • Amazon NF_
    What about Florida or Texas?
    Jan 28 2
    • Capital One Anon us
      Florida lol. If you want your career to fade away you can go to Florida
      Jan 29
    • Google imagdragon
      Didn’t you read about any of the Florida man or Only in Florida news ?
      Jan 30
  • Walmart.com / Eng QTFP86
    Do not join startups in Bay Area, I repeat Do NOT! It is worst addiction than pot, meth, smoking and what not... and it is overhyped! Been there, done that...
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  • Oracle MarcoPolo8
    Hackatons
    Conferences
    Public shared hacker spaces like hackerdojo
    Startup incubators like ycombinator and plug n play
    Jan 29 0
  • Bank of America Ch123ang
    Nice discussions
    Jan 29 0
  • New / IT
    Blind&Deaf

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    "To get what you've never had, you have to do what you've never done."
    There's a lot of risk, but failing teaches us what DOES NOT work. Just try to minimize your damages and set backs when you do fail. It sounds like you don't let failure keep down, that's the right mind set, but don't be a sucker either.
    I would suggest NOT doing this alone.
    oDXF46 has some good advice, find a parter or build/lead a team of like minded entrepreneur's like yourself. This also minimizes damages if you fail, two heads are better than one, just be careful you don't have too many cooks in the kitchen though. It's definitely a balancing act. The fact that you posted this question shows that you are not afraid to ask for help, so go network with other people.
    One more thing I'd like to share, is that you don't have to buy the best of something in the beginning, for example, if you needed to buy a printer, don't go buying the best one that they make, you just need something that will work for now and get you by in fact I would buy used equipment to minimize your costs at the beginning it's definitely a spectrum though, you don't want to buy something too cheap, again it's a balancing act.
    Bottom line is don't do it alone, find another person who has come close to success and maybe failed a couple of times like you did, together you can get to success much easier than by yourself.
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