SciSports goes Silicon Valley – Blog 4: Palo Alto and Stanford
There are only a few places where all the magic starts. A lot of fairy tales start with “Once upon a time…”. The same is true for the big Silicon Valley companies that now determine our 21st-century lives. Today, we missed a part of the EU Unicorn program, because we had a meeting with an amazing Dutch Angel Investor who knows Silicon Valley like the back of his hand.
The mornings in San Francisco are following the same pattern. We wake up and see that we’ve missed a shitload of mails, a shitload of messages and a shitload of things we had to do. Today, my day started at 5:00 AM and five hours later I just managed to get most things done before we jumped in an Uber to meet with an Angel Investor in Palo Alto. Angel investors are most often investing privately in companies they believe in. Most of the time they can help your company grow with their network and expertise. We had the opportunity to meet with a Dutch Angel investor with a clear vision on how to raise funding in the States and he gave us some great advice. It was great to meet up and learn from the Angel who has his roots in Twente. Our thanks go out to Mike Holsheimer for helping to set up this meeting!
Palo Alto is not only the birthplace of many unicorns, but also the place where heroes like Mark Zuckerberg live. Furthermore, it is next to the world famous Stanford University. We couldn’t leave Palo Alto without visiting the University. Wandering through the spacious campus feels like an open air museum. Anatoliy and I had lunch at the Stanford Faculty Club and got to meet some nice people and experienced the unique atmosphere.
After the lunch we quickly headed back to San Francisco where we had a meeting at the office of K&L Gates, the law firm that was initially founded by Bill Gates. The views from the office were amazing, looking out over the entire San Fransisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Anatoliy joined a Machine Learning session when I went to the harbor for a drink with Tom (founder of Metail) and Guy (founder of PCA Predict). We had some amazing discussions, awful oysters (why do people even eat those things) and delicious beers. Tomorrow will be a new inspiring day, as we will visit Google, LinkedIn, and our partner Microsoft. And maybe, just maybe, this will someday be a part of the tale of SciSports.
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