A few years ago, I ran into Ron Conway at a networking event. He is known as one of the most prolific startup investors of all time.
I introduced myself to Ron, told him what I was working on, and he immediately introduced me to one of his partners.
I later emailed Ron and the rest is history. Even though he didn’t invest in my startup at the time, he has never not responded to a single email of mine.
Not too long ago, I was sitting at a cafe in Palo Alto and Sergey Brin was sitting with a couple people across from me.
After he wrapped up his meeting and was getting ready to leave, I approached him and introduced myself. It turned into a mini walking meeting followed by a 10 min conversation with him joking about how he was going to run to the Apple Store and purchase an iPhone to try out my new app. Classic Sergey Brin sarcasm.
Note: Ron Conway was an early investor in Google.
I recently ran into Guy Kawasaki at my local coffee shop. He recommended some great books to me. We talked for a bit. He is one of the nicest people I have met.
So, those 3 stories should pretty much explain why if you are a startup founder, you should probably consider moving to the Bay Area (preferably San Francisco).
My dear friend Niko Bonatsos likes to say, “Talent is universal, while opportunity is not.”
The Bay Area really has tremendous opportunity. If you’re building internet software, I encourage you to have a presence in the Bay Area. There is something magical about the 30 mile stretch from Palo Alto to San Francisco.
The inspiration for this post was Tim Ferriss. I was just out walking my Golden Retriever and sipping coffee while trying to shoot a daily vlog and saw Tim. I didn’t say hi, but it made me think that there’s something very special about this city.
I’m just grateful that I get to be a part of it.
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