Silicon Valley Diets

Anyone who has spent time around the Bay Area quickly learns that Silicon Valley isn’t Hollywood. We aren’t famous for our beautiful, glamorous people. Nobody ever said to themselves: “I wish I could have a Silicon Valley body, like Reid Hoffman has.” Which is why it’s so bizarre to me that a Google search for…

Does Silicon Valley Really Spend All Day Debating Politics?

One of my favorite ways to kill time is to read articles about Silicon Valley culture. It’s always an article written by a journalist who lives in some other place, who embeds him or herself in some siloed-off Silicon Valley subculture (the VC world, Googlers, blockchain entrepreneurs), and goes on to write an article as…

Using Blockchain to Solve the Charging Station Fiasco

Mitsubishi, Nissan, BMW, Ford, virtually all of the major car manufactures these days are now making electric cars. With the help of government subsidies in Europe and around the world, electric cars have grown 60% year over year since 2015 as cars are becoming cheaper and cheaper for people to buy. As more electric cars…

Jumping on the Crypto Crack Train

I remember first hearing about Bitcoin back in 2012. I was working at Amazon at the time. A couple guys from my development team were huddled around one co-worker’s screen. We were pretty fascinated by the concept, yet we didn’t take it too seriously. Bitcoin cost just $7 at the time, it was very interesting,…

Busting Down the Side Door

My Silicon Valley Quest as a Jobless New Grad in an Economic Crisis. What I learned as a recent college graduate on a rampage to get a corporate job during the global financial crisis.  By the end of this May, another round of new college graduates will be commenced and entering into the work force. Many of…

The Ingredients of Acquiring and Retaining Key Employees

Back in 2010, Rakesh started his company specializing in mobile application development in Ahmedabad, India. He started with only 1,000 US dollars (roughly 70,000 rupees), an empty office with a few plastic chairs and zero infrastructure. Today, Rakesh’s company, Space-O Technologies, overlooks 3000+ mobile applications with over 20 million downloads, has powered 25+ successful startups…

Date Spots in Silicon Valley

When most folks in Silicon Valley think of going on a date, they immediately think of heading up to San Francisco. And it isn’t a bad idea. Between the great restaurants, exciting nightlife, and amazingly beautiful views, there’s a reason why everyone who lives and works in the valley prefers to play in the City……

How to survive a Sinking Ship in Silicon Valley

In my ten years working at tech companies in Silicon Valley, I’ve worked on a few projects that have been described as “sinking ships”. Usually, these projects have been stuck in managerial hell, with a revolving door of top leadership cycling through trying to “right the ship.” More often than not, some aspect of the…

Solving a Scientist’s Dilemma

Dealing with Poor Research Equipment & Lab Management. Tom is the Founder of HappiLabs, a small business in Chicago still in its early stage but past the startup stage. His company provides consulting services and software to scientists who need help managing their laboratories and their lab equipment. You can think of them as an outsourced…

Who the Hell is Jürgen Furian & Andreas Tschas?

Driving the European innovation shift by connecting and empowering corporations and startups to bridge the new economy. Creating a tech startup in Europe vs Silicon Valley has genuine differences that many entrepreneurs are already aware of. European investors and corporations generally value stability and (for the most part) the goals are more towards steady, sustainable revenues…