Welcome to Silicon Valley

Welcome to Silicon Valley
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San Francisco, the city of the uncommon, the
unforeseen and the unexpected. People talking selfies at the Golden Gate
Bridge, skaters training hard in front of the Ferry Building, business meetings happening
at every corner. It’s home to the hippie movement, the most
open-minded place in the United States. Here you will find people from almost every country
on Earth! Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley is
just few miles south of San Francisco. This is the place where pirates challenge
all business rules. It’s the perfect habitat for big ideas aimed at changing the world.
Here, everything you need could be just one talk away. If you think it’s all about capital and
investors, you might be wrong. We want to bring you behind the scenes, show you what
really happens in Silicon Valley’s backstage and give you the insider perspective on how
it feels to start a company here. To discover how Silicon Valley really works
we interviewed a diverse group of people in the Bay Area – founders who just started working
on their ideas, serial entrepreneurs, and investors. Near the Golden Gate Bridge we met Jeremy,
one of our friends who lives here. While heading to San Francisco for a city tour he told us
what he loves about his job. I’ve been teaching computer science this year
which has been a lot of fun. We had the opportunity at my school to bring in some talent from
industry, like there is a guy from Salesforce, and Apple and Twitter who all come and actually
co-teach the class with me. They come in a couple of times a week and teach computer
science to students that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity in a public school. It’s pretty cool to have top executives
teaching you how to code in high school! Why are so many people flying over from everywhere
in the world to build their company here? We stopped by Runway, a well known incubator
in town, to ask people like Justin who moved here to create Birdi, an innovative smoke
detector successfully funded on Indiegogo. I’m amazing to be around other people who
are going through the same things as you, to be in the same space where people face
the same type of issues as you on a day to day basis. And on the same level of crazy
as you to be doing what you are doing. It makes life a lot easier. Right now it’s 7
pm and I’m eating dinner cardboard carton which is pretty awesome because everyone else
is doing it here, it doesn’t matter. There is a bit of a DNA in this place for people
who are audaciously risk taking, pioneering looking what the next big thing is. You can
see an executive from Twitter walking outside next to a homeless person, sometimes is hard
to tell who is the crazy one. A few desks away we met Hon who also relocated
to San Francisco to build his startup. It’s about March of the last year, and I was
in Huston at that time and then we decided: you know what if we’re gonna swing for the
fances and go all out we wanna be where all the action is, and that’s here in San Francisco! We moved here July of the last year, I literally
quit my corporate job, jumped on my motorcycle, packed my bags and just rode out here. You know back in Huston, I feel like there
is maybe one startup event every month, out here there are like three startup events a
day, right? There are so many great companies out here, so many great people, so many great
mentors out here.. that’s yeah like I don’t think our startup will be where it is if we
hadn’t been out here. There are so many of those serendipity moments that have happened
that have definitely given us a step up for our startup! Six months ago my co-founder and I went to
an hackathon here in San Francisco and we just went to it for fun, and it was thrown
by Jason Calacanis, and I just had the chance to meet some of his team members and they
said “Hey Hon, you should check our launch festival” you know, hundreds of companies
apply every year, but they only pick 40 to present on stage, so I said “Hey why not?”
and a couple of months later we where literally on stage in front of thousands of people launching
our product. Again, that would not have happened if we were anywhere else. This guy is pure energy. That’s the right
spirit to start a new company. We found the same grit and determination in other local
entrepreneurs, but before we meet them, let’s enjoy a breath of California. After this wonderful outing we met Tony, another
entrepreneur full of energy and determination. Tony is the co-founder and CEO of Hack Reactor,
a new school teaching people how to program at a high level in just three month. You get so emotionally attached to what you’re
doing and who you’re doing it with. Sometimes you end up here at 1 or in the morning working
with a students just because you wanna make sure they get it and you’re going over something
a third of forth time and they have that AHA! moment but now it’s 2 in the morning both
of you are exhausted. To be honest I made the decision, more than I would have liked
to, to just crush at the office and pass out here. And wake up in the same cloths, go to
the gym, take a shower at the gym, come back and teach again. You know, I didn’t go home
and spend a night in my room for something like three months at one point. And none of
the other founders were either, we were fully invested in working here, helping the students
and really living the experience being around the people we think we’re having an impact on. It doesn’t matter how hard it is to build
your company, you have to be ready to do everything it takes to get there. This is the place for
the crazy ones, those who believe so much in what they are doing that they will make
it happen. If you think your idea is complex and too hard to do, you have to meet Nadir. I think the best place to make your ideas
happen is Silicon Valley. So I came here November of last year 2013 and got funding to build
rockets by myself. Wait what? This guy is building rockets with
3D printed engines! Please come in. Here we’re building a test end, test end is
basically something that doesn’t fly but it will allow us to test the rocket engine with liquid
oxygen and propane. Making sure that our engines work before we put them into the rocket itself.
We’re keeping that part empty so we can actually start putting the rocket on this side and
eventually this is gonna be a transporter, erector launcher for the actual rocket.
When the testing is done. While talking to him we found out that Nadir’s
interest in rockets started when he was 7 and he’s now trying to send nano satellites
into orbit at low cost. But his long term vision goes way beyond that! In the beginning we are building those nano
satellites launchers, but this is for us an entry point, obviously we want to go larger.
The next thing would be a space station for small nano satellites so anybody can dock,
use our power, use our communication, and all they have to concentrare is conducting
their experiment. The ultimate goal is actually a working base on the Moon, because all kind
of experimentation that is not allowed on Earth will be allowed on Moon, or at least
nobody will stop you. Such as nuclear rocket engines, which are really dirty and nobody
will want them here but it’s ok for Moon, and it’s a great launching point for the rest
of the Solar System. I started on this, I was really scared and I thought, if I don’t
do it who is gonna do it? There are not too many people crazy enough as myself, maybe
5, maybe 10 in the whole world. Wow! That sounds pretty ambitious doesn’t
it? But why the Valley? Nadir comes from Russia and it took him a lot of effort to relocate
in California. Investors will not look down on you if you
are in a t-shirt versus if you are in a business suit, you don’t have to be a 50 year old professional
to start a company, you can be a 20 year old dreamer. If mankind was some king of simple organism
and it just start becoming conscious Silicon Valley would be his neural center the will
eventually become a brain. That’s how I feel about it. Nadir has crystal clear ideas about what to
do with his company, maybe this is one of the reasons why Tim Draper decided to support
him. Tim is one of the most well known investors here and he recently founded Draper University,
a new school that teaches people how to turn their passion into successful companies. After a beautiful car ride to San Mateo we
had a quick chat with Charlie, program manager at Draper University, about what really makes
Silicon Valley such an amazing startup paradise. I come from New York, a place where I really
see finance being the main driver of the economy of there. When you graduate university people
go after those jobs, they are safe. But when you come to Silicon Valley, the energy that
exist here is intoxicating! And.. it’s because you’re not sitting behind a desk from 9 to
5, you are going after what you wanna go after. And it is about meritocracy: do you have an
idea? can you do it? can you put together the right team? Anybody is going to listen
to you. It doesn’t matter if you’re 16 years old or if you’re 35 or if you’re 70 years
old, if you can do that people will listen to you. And we really see that through passionate
people, that’s what I love about this place, it’s that we can put all these different people,
no matter where you’re from, how old you are, into the same room, they can talk to each
other, because they all know that at the end of the day they can go after whatever they
want and they are not chained to anything, they are just gonna follow their heart. It doesn’t matter if your name is Jeremy,
Hon or Nadir, or what you wear or what car you drive, here in the Valley, the only things
that matter are what you want to do and how you are doing it. How Jeremy successfully
invited top executives to co-teach coding classes with him or how Nadir made his dream
of building rockets a reality are just some examples of how the local mindset and supportive
attitude could make the difference between something you believe is impossible
and making it happen. We met Eric Simmons, in front of the beautiful
Apple Store in Palo Alto. He accepted our interview even though he didn’t know us very
well. When he said that he lived in a “hacker house”, we knew we couldn’t miss going there. It was the first office of our first company,
what ended up happening is we had a lot of extra room and so we started letting other
people live in the house, for us the advantage was one rent was cheaper, coz the people were
paying for rent, but two we just had a whole bunch of bright people continuously hanging
out with us and seen what we were working on and so we became friends with them and
a handful of them ended up working with us on various things and now it’s kind of like
a real community now. So Tim Cook lives on our street, like 4 or
5 houses down or something like that and so, the way we found out is one day we were coming
home from getting lunch or something, Tim Cook was like getting out of his car, we were
like talking and we were like “Wow, holy shit, that’s Tim Cook”. One of the kids was an intern at that time
started like almost like stalking him, like waiting for him to like come out go get yogurt
and stuff because he wanted to shake his hand and like.. Apple security come to our door
and was like “You guys need to stop following Tim around” that was pretty funny. This is our house by the way, we weren’t preparing
for anyone to be here.. so this is the front house, we have a kitchen, we have a bathroom
and all that sort of good stuff. And so down here we have the back house. So yeah, so this is the back house, this is
where a handful of us work, so we had like a work environment here, whiteboard, all that
good stuff. Yeah. Kitchen, rooms, you should get a shot of this, we have a sweet shower
curtain teenage mutant ninja turtles. So this is our house, this is like where a lot of
people work out of and do startups and all that sort of stuff. Eric is a young entrepreneur who slept in
AOL offices for a few months just to keep working on his company since he had
no money left for rent. It was very much like a temporary solution
that just became an extended temporary solution for like three months. You know, our company
was just broke and I wanted keep working on our product. And so every morning I would
go and like run or you know, do some sort of workout right and they have a shower there
with free toothpaste and shaving cream, like everything right. They also have lockers that
no one uses and so I just took like three lockers and just had like you know, t-shirts
and shorts, long pants and socks and you know other, right. And I just like took all three
lockers and that’s where I kept my stuff. But I was trying to fly under the radar. At least a handful of people told me that
living out of AOL was like crazy, perhaps in a bad way, like you know, huge risk, very
little chance of reward right, which is near very true. I think at the end of the day entrepreneurship
is about taking risk for things that perhaps seems non logical to the outside but to the
person, to the entrepreneur themselves is logical right. So like, you know, Snapchat
seems like the stupidest idea, until you’re actually using it. Definitely the acceptance
of crazy ideas I think it’s interesting. From sleeping in the office to building his
third startup, Eric really knows how it feels to start a company here. Most of the people I meet here are, they genuinely
want to help you, like other entrepreneurs wanna help other entrepreneurs. My friend
who originally taught me this mentality, they way he put it was, I was like you know “dude,
thank you so much for helping me figure out how to put together a seed round, like, how
can I help you?” and his response was “if my company goes under and your company is
like a billion dollar company, I hope I would be you know, like, your first hire right when
my company went under.” And that is I think indicative of the idea that entrepreneurs
win in number right: so if you help out your entrepreneur friends they help you out and
so at the end of the day everyone is trying to help each other to win because if one person
wins than whoever is connected to them can also win big. Right? And for the little that I saw in Europe I
didn’t see a lot of that kind of mentality across different companies. It seemed very,
you know the companies seemed very desperate from each other, and when they would see each
other it wasn’t like “oh, tell me how I can help!” it was like “Oh cool, like, whatever”.
And I don’t know if that’s totally indicative of what the culture is like, but I definitely
think there are very few places in the world where I’ve run into that kind of idea, where
it’s like, let me help you, you help me. And I think that’s really important. It seems Eric really know what he’s talking
about. What we found incredible is how this 22 year old already understood what it takes
to start a company. I think in most cases being a good entrepreneur
has more to do with endurance than sprinting. And so the people that I’ve met that do really
well are the people that can just.. keep grinding away despite all the crazy, crazy, horrible
stuff that happens to their companies and all the hard stuff that they go through.
The hardest part is probably just like.. Knowing that the hardest part is just diving in, you
know, when you are at the edge of the dock jumping into a cold lake, hum, you know, a
lot of people won’t dive in, if they know that they have to stay in it for a long period
of time. But I think once you’re in, you know, you get acclimated to the water. We felt at home visiting Eric’s hacker house.
It’s just a normal house where a few guys are building some new and cool things. Knowing
this, Apple starting in a garage may be more routine than extraordinary. You don’t need
a fancy office to change the world! Starting a new company pushes you way beyond
your comfort zone. Success isn’t based only to your education and work experience, it’s also wired
to your emotional state and internal motivation. My name is Ramona Pierson, I’m the CEO for
Declara. We are building a platform so people can build their inventions on top of our platform
that would help people learn. When I was 22 I was hit by a drunk driver
and I woke up 18 months later from a coma and found myself few years later at a senior
citizens home because the hospital had given up on me and didn’t think I would thrive.
And I found myself surrounded by over a hundred senior citizens who had nothing better to
do than focus on me and my rehabilitation. So that’s where the initial concept of personalisation
came from where, you know, you have this opportunity to have everybody assessing what your needs
are and how important it is to have somebody involved in your life being a mentor, or expert
to help you move forward. So if it wasn’t for those senior citizens I wouldn’t be here
today. And it’s been really a motivation and how we think about the architecture of our
platform. When you think of entrepreneurship there is
a sense of risk taking that you have to be able to take and we have to help young people
have this intuition to be able to trust themselves and to be ok taking risk. Eric’s risk taking attitude, Ramona’s
internal drive and determination. Those are some of the most common characteristics of
the entrepreneurs we’ve met here. And the more we dive into the heart of Silicon Valley
the more we notice them. If you are willing to take risks and want
to build something important you might really change the world. We met Danielle, a young
scientist who has dedicated her life to technology and research. She went to college at 12 and
started a plasma physics Ph.D. at Princeton at 17. What we are trying to do is to make it possible
for renewable energy to power 100% of a given electrical grid. And to do so economically. Danielle has been working for several years
on a compressed air energy storage technology. If you think it’s impossible you should
tell that to Vinod Khosla, Peter Thiel and Bill Gates who have invested $43 million in
her company! The huge advantages of our technology is that
it uses components that are found in diesel jet, found in automotive engines. There are
plants available at such immense scale, that you don’t need that many of them to match
the entire amount of electricity being added to the grid every year. The standard automotive
line puts out about 1600 engines per day. That’s about 40 Gigawatts per plant, so if
you have 5 of those, it would match the 200 Gigawatts of electrical power added to the
grid every year, you could power the world with that. We hope that it will be the technology
necessary to transform the World 100% to renewables. Obviously that doesn’t happen alone, but this
was the missing link, so we hope to provide that. This technology required huge investments
with no returns for many years, the kind of investments that only Silicon Valley can
provide. We talked to Michael whose VC firm invests in high growth companies. He has been
advising fast growing companies for two decades and wrote the bestseller book “Finding the
Next Starbucks”. I think what makes Silicon Valley VC unique
is really, it’s not about the capital, it’s really about how do you help the entrepreneur
bring his idea or her idea to life. And it’s everything that goes along with that, so whether
it’s the network and relationships, or whether it’s ideas, the VCs’ role here is to help
that entrepreneur be successful. But why people here are investing in such
risky technologies? Well, I think one of the key aspects that
the venture capitalists in Silicon Valley promote is really the idea of risk taking
and the idea of “it’s ok to fail”, in a lot of places people look at if a company that
has to change its business plan or has to even close its business is being the worst
thing that ever happen. But I think what people figured out here is that that experience is
all in the path of being successful. This is not an area that supports incremental type
of ideas, it’s not a place where we celebrate companies that have nice little niche businesses
that make a handful people happy, this is an area that is about, you know, let’s give
you some gas for your tank but you’re gonna put your foot on the pedal
and go as fast as you can go! Not just entrepreneurs, but investors here
are also willing to dive in. They jump off the plane together believing they can build
a parachute on the way down. Silicon Valley really supports big ideas that can change
the world and push humanity forward. It’s important not to forget that all this
technology, capital and talent should be focused to solve the biggest challenges facing society
today. Liquidity is a company based in the Bay Area that is now working on a new technology
that could solve water supply problems just a few years from now. Victor is one the founders. What this technology is, is for the first
time extremely low cost, about a penny a day, you can actually get pharmaceutical great
water for next to nothing, using no chemicals, no electricity and no pressure. I think the
motivation that inspires companies like Liquidity as well as all the countless people trying
to build these great startups come from inside, is an intrinsic motivation. The desire to
try to build something great, to try to create a dramatic impact in the world. And that really
is you know, if you look at human life, if you look at the things that really matter,
there is only a few things that really really matter to human life and clean water happens
to be one of them. I think the last several years with this great
wave of companies in social media has been fantastic, but my deep deep hope is that it’s
the practice round. If I look at the millennial generation and they’ve really gone, you know,
very deep into entrepreneurship and they got very excited about this. But you look at the
really big problems in the world and my hope is that the last few years was a practice
round for the really big stuff, when you think about hunger, water, shelter, basic level
of.. reducing poverty around the world. I was in Hong Kong recently and people asked
a successful entrepreneur what he felt was the number one obstacle to entrepreneurship
in Hong Kong. Because Hong Kong is a great economic capital but not known as much for
being an entrepreneurial capital. And that was interesting because the people asking
the question was expecting an answer like, expecting him to say “well, we need more you
know, initiatives, we need more government funding for research and incubators” and you
know what he said? He said parents. He said the parents were the single biggest obstacle
to building entrepreneurship in Hong Kong. And what he meant is that every time a young
person wanted to start a company they couldn’t get permission from their parents to do it.
Their parents would say, well go work in an investment bank, or go work in a trading house.
And if you think about that, if the number one biggest thing is parents, than that means
that’s all in here, and we have been putting all our efforts trying to do other things
but ultimately is a cultural change process. So if you are trying to build ecosystems you
gotta change the wiring in the human mind. You know when people think of Silicon Valley
and you ask the people here, in a place like this, and you say you know “What is Silicon
Valley”, and they’ll tell you some way or another they will say the same thing. It’s
actually not a place at all, it’s a state of mind. And so if states of mind are fundamentally
what causes places like this to emerge, than how do you recreate states of mind everywhere else,
because you never know where it’s gonna come from. Changing states of mind drives macro scale
economic development, and creates jobs and list people out of poverty. That’s revolutionary,
it’s actually radical, and I think the need for that message to get out to people that
are leading systems, governments, leading our communities is critical
because that’s the future. Silicon Valley is not just a place, it’s
a state of mind. You feel it talking to people, sitting in a cafè, looking into someone’s
eyes. You know you can trust them. You know you can make it happen.
The energy you get is limitless. But the true secret is that wherever you go,
you can bring the Silicon Valley spirit with you, its energy is contagious
and will never leave you. You don’t have to be there to build something
meaningful, you don’t have to be there to be successful. You know, if you’re in a city where there
is no access to capital, no access to incubators, no access to coworking spaces. Guess what?
You’re like 99% of the rest of the world, fly into Silicon Valley, attend some events,
meet a bunch of people, grow your network, learn from everyone, go back home and get
to work. You know, if you wanna start a business go fricking make it happen! If your city doesn’t help you. Start thinking
outside of the box. Be the pirate of your ecosystem. The real Silicon Valley is something
inside you. If you start shaping your behaviour, if you start to be open and helpful, if you
start thinking big, you’ll influence those who surround you. Welcome behind the scenes of Silicon Valley, Welcome to the mindset
that allows you tochange the world.

100 thoughts on “Welcome to Silicon Valley

  1. This the place in 2030 artificial intelligence robots supposingly will have Americans connected to artificial intelligence from what David Icke said on interview from Google Executive that goes to Singularity University this wicked world will be destroyed I'm not going to be no robot or artificial nothing so that's why I'm here cause he said by 2030 this will happen and silicon valley was the place I'm just doing research carry on

  2. I hate UBER who make me failed being minority Muslim…everything else good as a proud American!I would say US govt. To ban them!They are anti American!LYFT is American born …and awesome !

  3. That is theory about silicij element from make chips that is theory about semiconductors,white papers,but on the other side what men can alone make and what are his posibilities about make something, I think about mathematic with that natural method explains thry history Galiley,Faradey,Tesla,Einstein Silicon walley is so far avay from Mostar but get job in Silicon Valley is exacting men like me find something new,new inovations.

  4. For you,I was like child think about mathematic,science,in theory human brain can be programmed about mathematic and global solutions,in detail there exercises make miracles,nothing in first step,for all is need exercise, i was caloric child near scool,I was think about science like child,depens which tipe of brain you have,for all is need time for watching,best method analyze thing,maketa of something like bilding in front of you than came ideas.

  5. very true @ 22:53 … most people watching dont realize that most of your parents are SCHMUCKS ! ..step away from there old mentality, then you will see things in a total new perspective..

  6. A funny fact that I observe in the industry is that everybody claims that they are so passionate about the technology and development, and yet in the end a vast majority of people try to get themselves out of developer role a.s.a.p , to crawl to the position which they just need to point fingers

  7. I am from Manipur, and my aimbition is to build a silicon valley in Manipur too. I will see it through in my life.

  8. they have an energy requirement of six times the world average…….. and they wanna tell us that this is progress!!!

  9. Bit sad to portray the dude from the hacker house as an inspirational entrepreneur. Come to Silicon Valley to live with a bunch of dudes in a dark house and code 24/7. I'll pass.

  10. If you're going to San Francisco
    Be sure to smear
    Some poo into your hair
    If you're going to San Francisco
    You're gonna see
    Some rusty needles there

  11. Its immensely motivating video, one of the best i have seen in the motivating category among the thousands. But truly it comes from inside❤️❤️❤️

  12. I am still a programmer and I believe am also crazy like that guy who does the rocket engines. thank you so much for the encouragement.

  13. They forgot to mention that the fertiliser that grew Silicon Valley is called CIA, it's finger prints are everywhere, not a theory BTW.

  14. In silicon vally.. There is only one language is common.. One is hindi n anothr is Hibru… Where indians n jews created the invaluable notions….hv good frndship between india and Israel

  15. Apple boss Tim Cook reportedly got very angry when someone outed him on national TV; Cook felt his sexual orientation was nobody's business.

  16. The music borders on cultish propaganda. There is an angle to this vid but still, great work all involved👍🏻

  17. Let's give you some gas for your tank but you gonna put your foot in the pedal and you'll go as fast as you can go~$!££!€♡|| /@££€¥.

  18. And probably the most frustrating place on earth. Most of the computer science folks are depressed with their lifestyle and career.

  19. So' bene..che è impossibile per comuni mortali…competere con la generazione di …mocciosi che sono nient'altro che il prodotto di una società cresciuta guardando le puntate di viki….. perciò intervengo io….in prima persona 💀☠️😈🤶😇👽🛸

  20. Un indizio….non punto alle vostre bambole gonfiabili…anche se di ottima manifattura 🤣🤣🤣👽😈☠️💀🛸😇🤶

  21. Io…ho un debole inspiegabile per il personaggio di viki…si mi piace a tal punto….che verrei di persona a demolire silicon Valley…ma sapete ho una età abbastanza avanzata quindi… dobbiamo accontentarci di un meeting planetario … dell'worldwideweb.. già

  22. Nobody ever said that AMERICA was perfect, as an American myself I am proud of my fellow Americans, that's how I've got my inspiration. Now I'm a owner of 3 businesses, how cool is that!!! I would love to live in San Francisco though.

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