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Silicon Valley Investor Bootcamps

SV In.Fusion is launching a new program for angels and aspiring venture investors. Our 3 day Silicon Valley Investor Bootcamps will allow participants to learn directly from industry experts – the people who have invested in and shaped some of the most well known companies in the valley.

The program will cover the fundamentals of venture investing, as well as the latest investor platforms, strategies, and techniques, while focusing on the innovative approaches and key drivers that power Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and investment dynamics.

In the same way that we share the spirit of Silicon Valley with founders in our SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamps, we also believe that we can help change global startup ecosystems faster by changing the mindset of the people that will provide funding, mentorship, and resources to their local entrepreneurs. Our goal is to create a network of global investors inspired by and connected to their peers in Silicon Valley.

Help us spread the word to local angel groups, investment clubs, individual investors and anyone else who wants to invest in their knowledge, expertise, and network by joining us at one of our bootcamps this year.

Session 1: July 21 – 23, 2015

Session 2: September 23 – 25, 2015

February 2015 Bootcamp

New ideas at SV In.Fusion February Bootcamp

The bootcamp teams have returned home and we have had time to review and analyze the previous two weeks of master classes, workshops, and meetings with local startups, founders, investors and other members of the Silicon Valley community.

Feb2015_blog_culture  As usual, we started our master classes with a session on Silicon Valley culture, networking and people skills. The teams applied their new expertise immediately as they interacted with new connections made at Wearable World and Startup House, and events at Galvanize.

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Mixed in with our regular curriculum of Startup Financing, UX/UI Design, and Lean Startups, we introduced some new classes on Mindfulness, Gamification, and Big Data,

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and new workshops with key partners from IBM, LinkedIn, and PayPal.

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SV In.Fusion hosts Smart Government: Open Data in San Francisco

Yesterday evening (February 25, 2015) SV In.Fusion and SFAsia hosted a talk with the Chief Data Officer of the City and County of San Francisco. Held in the TownHall space at Galvanize, the presentation on Smart Government: Open Data in San Francisco was just one of the exciting sessions in our February 2015 Bootcamp.

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SFAsia Director Jennifer Xu introduced Joy Bonaguro, who told us how open government data is revolutionizing civic engagement in San Francisco. We learned how the City is making its data available to citizens, startups, and other organizations, allowing for the creation of solutions that should lead to more innovative, prosperous and accountable communities.

Our bootcamp teams from Malaysia and United Arab Emirates joined startups from the Galvanize community and others at the presentation and then participated in a lively discussion of the possibilities of other governments around the world following San Francisco’s lead in publishing data.

While not in Masterclasses ranging from Silicon Valley culture, to lean startups and UX/UI design, our bootcamp teams have been exploring and enjoying San Francisco, whether just grabbing lunch or heading over the Palace of Fine Arts to visit our friends at Wearable World.

 

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Overheard at the December 2014 Bootcamp

We are well into our 2nd week at the December 2014 Startup Bootcamp. Our teams have heard from investors, developer relations experts, growth hackers and other entrepreneurs who have been in their shoes. Some of the teams have focused their pitches, upgraded their products, implemented new ideas or even pivoted to more specific problems to solve. Everyone has been having a great time and learning plenty (can you say “Drinking from a fire hose”?).

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As we talk to the teams and collect their feedback, here are some of the best things that we have overheard about the program, our mentors and the experience here in San Francisco:

“Overall, I enjoyed the honest, straightforward nature of the talk. It gave a really good impression of both how to interact with VCs, and the level of expertise and preparedness that is expected in this field.”

                                                    “The book recommendations were great – I plan on reading all of them.”

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“I appreciate the honest 1 on 1 advice that he gave.”                                                                                                                                                                             “Everything she said in that short ten minutes of 1-on-1 time was the best thing I have learned so far.”

“The in-depth guide of how PayPal can be integrated into offline transactions was very eye opening.”

“The tour through the Autodesk Gallery was fun, and and inspiring!”

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“I didn’t know it rained so much in San Francisco”   – hey! it usually doesn’t :-)

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Ready, Go! December Bootcamp has started

With teams from Brazil, Lithuania, Hawaii and the outskirts of Silicon Valley, our December Startup Bootcamp started yesterday, Monday December 1. The teams gathered around a U shaped table on the fourth floor of our SOMA co-working space and spent the first morning getting to know each other and letting us know about their companies, their traction and what their goals are for the next two weeks.

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On Monday afternoon we had a hands on, interactive session with our fantastic mentor Karine Schomer, PhD. from Change Management Consulting and Training. Starting with The Rules of the Garage, Karine shared stories about Silicon Valley culture,and the key values and behaviors that define our local ecosystem. After plenty of back and forth discussions and role playing exercises, our teams now feel at home here in San Francisco and are ready to go out and do some serious networking.

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It’s a wet, rainy day in San Francisco this morning, but we’re having a lively discussion with Rebekah Wu, from Right-Hand Partners, who is telling us all about “Raising Money in Silicon Valley & Beyond”. We are learning about having meetings with angel investors and VCs, what to say and, of course, what not to say.

You can continue to follow the our December Bootcamp teams’ Silicon Valley journey here on our blog or on Twitter with the hashtag #DreamBig

East Meets West

Last week SV In.Fusion was a sponsor of the East Meets West Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii that was hosted by our friends at Blue Startups a local technology accelerator founded by Henk Rogers, the man that brought Tetris Game to the world! Continuing our practice of reaching out to entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley, we were please to be able to participate in this cross-cultural event that targeted Asian, US, and Hawaiian participants.

The conference brought speakers and attendees from around the Pacific region, including Ben Levy, co-founder of BootstrapLabs, our parent company. Ben participated in a panel discussion titled “Cross-border Investing – Opportunity or Headache?” and was also a judge for the “East/West Startup Pitches”, where thirteen startups presented their teams, products and traction, competing for cash prizes and the opportunity to attend an SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamp.

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We want to congratulate Co-Founders Daphne Hargrove and Nicole Randall of Yuru“A mobile app that gives you instant advice and feedback from friends or strangers on anything and everything, personally or anonymously – advice has never been so fun!” Daphne and Nicole will joining our December Startup Bootcamp that starts on December 1, 2014. and we can’t wait to have them join the teams for another 2 weeks of AWESOMENESS!

If you want to come along for the ride, hurry as we only have a few spots left and December is already around the corner.

 

APPLY HERE NOW!

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3 reasons why a startup should attend SV In.Fusion Bootcamp

We talk to many entrepreneurs at startup companies. Some of them are here, in the San Francisco Bay Area, taking advantage of co-working spaces, meetups, pitch competitions, hackathons, networking events, mentors, advisors, investors, and the entire ecosystem that Silicon Valley and San Francisco offers. But other entrepreneurs are spread across the globe, working from their universities, in their communities, or in cramped office spaces. They see some fellow entrepreneurs occasionally, they try to spend a weekend at a startup event, or maybe attend a conference in a nearby city.

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

– Steve Jobs, Co-Founder and CEO, Apple

We want to reach out to those other entrepreneurs. Everyone knows that running a startup company takes dedication, passion and commitment and that time is one of the most valuable resources. Entrepreneurs have to invest that time wisely, in activities that have the biggest and most immediate paybacks.

And that’s why we think there are 3 reasons why a startup should attend our SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamp.

LEARN, APPLY, IMMERSE

#1 To Learn. Our Bootcamp will expose you to the tools, techniques, and tips that Silicon Valley entrepreneurs use everyday to build lean and mean companies. SV In.Fusion mentors are fellow Silicon Valley startup founders, senior corporate executives, venture capitalists, angels and all experts in their fields.

#2 To Apply. You will take the new knowledge that you’ve learned and immediately start to apply it to your specific venture. Whether it’s improving your pitch, sharpening your business plan, or getting new opinions on your UI/UX, our team will work with you to put together actionable plans for what you and your team need to do next.

#3 To Immerse. We will introduce you to Silicon Valley founders who will share their experiences with you over a sandwich or cup of coffee. Angel investors, venture capitalists and other investors will listen to your pitch and provide you with their professional opinions. Development workshops at companies like Google, Amazon or Salesforce can give you new ideas. And then there are social events such as meetups, hackathons and informal gatherings are where you might meet an advisor, a partner or just someone with a great idea.

“Silicon Valley can not be replicated… but its culture & best practices can be taught”

We asked some of our SVIF Startup Bootcamp alumni to share their thoughts with us. Here are some of their comments:

“People here are very willing to share, and I learned a lot from those people.”

“The mentor was awesome. His knowledge and the ideas and UX/UI tweaks he shared were very useful for our upcoming SaaS platform.”

“We can’t wait to go back and apply what we learned here.”

Our next Bootcamp starts on December 1st. We encourage you to learn more, reach out and APPLY HERE

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Announcing winners from the beGLOBAL Conference

Korean Startup Swizzle wins a Startup Bootcamp, sponsored by BootstrapLabs

“Bringing Seoul to the Valley”, the beGLOBAL 2014 conference, was held on Sep 12, 2014 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco. As an Executive Sponsor, BootstrapLabs offered one lucky Korean team a complimentary 2 week Startup Bootcamp for 2 people provided by SV In.Fusion. The winning team was selected based on its ability, desire to learn, and potential benefit for their business to be immersed in Silicon Valley for the duration of the Bootcamp.

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Congratulations to Swizzle! We are looking forward to working with you in Silicon Valley very soon. Swizzle (swizzle.fm) is a Social Jukebox for parties that makes music sharing much easier by creating collaborative playlists among friends with YouTube music videos.

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“I’m so excited to participate in this great program operated in the core of Silicon Valley. I expect to learn more about Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and improve our product quality dramatically with the 2 weeks intensive course.” says Ian Inyoung Lee, the CEO of Swizzle.

BootstrapLabs was proud to support this year’s beGLOBAL and looks forward to supporting beGLOBAL 2015. The founders of BootstrapLabs remain committed to investing in Korean startups and helping them go global.

beGLOBAL is the annual Global Tech Conference with a Korean touch, organized by beSUCCESS  (the Korean version of TechCrunch) and sponsored by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and KISA (Korea Internet Security Agency).  beSUCCESS also organizes beLAUNCH, the top startup conference in Korea, bringing together the best of Tech from the East and West.

beGLOBAL was launched last year to connect Korean startups to Silicon Valley and help them enter the global market by attracting foreign investments. K-Startups had a chance to pitch their products and services in front of high profile, local institutional and strategic investors such as Kevin Hale (Partner at Y Combinator),  Christine Tsai (Managing Partner at 500 Startups), Matt Kaufman (CEO of CrunchBase), Kevin Scott (Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank) and many others.

Outstanding VIP speakers at beGLOBAL 2014:

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William H. Draper, III General Partner, Draper Richards LP shared his insights on the future of global investing during the Fireside Chat. He is one of America’s first venture capitalists, the founder of several leading firms (including Sutter Hill, Draper Richards and Draper International) and the first Silicon Valley VC to invest globally.  Mr. Draper, a veteran of the Korean War,  has strong ties to Korea.

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Kevin Lin, Co-Founder and COO of Twitch (acquired by Amazon for $970M), shared his story about founding and growing the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. Since graduating from Yale in 2004, Kevin has worn a variety of hats. In 2008 he joined Justin.tv as COO, where he was instrumental in the launch of its Twitch platform, attracting the site’s larger partners and other activities that helped grow the Twitch brand.

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Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger Network & Co-Founder of Circa, has been called one of the 100 most creative people in the business by Fast Company and one of the top 10 virologists by the Daily Beast. The Cheezburger Network, founded in 2007, has been credited with bringing Internet memes to the mainstream and popularizing Internet culture.  Ben credits the success of his company to the users and fans who create the content. His goal is to make the world happy for 5-minutes a day.

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Jorn Lyssegen, CEO & Founder of Meltwater Group, founded his startup in Oslo in 2001, moved the HQ to Silicon Valley and bootstrapped it all the way to over $100 million in revenues without taking any venture capital.   In 2008, he started the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the MEST Incubator in Ghana.  The School and Incubator provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa.   Graduates of the program have pitched at TechCrunch Disrupt and been part of the 500 Startups accelerator.

About BootstrapLabs

BootstrapLabs is a Global Technology Venture Investment Company for Global Entrepreneurs. Since 2009, BootstrapLabs has invested in foreign born startups such as Prezi, Witsbits, AudioDraft and Zerply, facilitated their relocation in Silicon Valley to build global companies, while maintaining their roots in their countries of origin to access local talent. Today these startups are valued at $500M+, employ 250+ people and have raised over $25M of follow-on funding from Angels and VCs in Silicon Valley.

About SV In.Fusion

SV In.Fusion offers a hands-on two week Startup Bootcamp for foreign founders in Silicon Valley taught by experienced local experts. Learn and apply the best tools, techniques & trends Silicon Valley entrepreneurs use everyday to building lean and mean startups!

The bootcamp format includes Master Classes taught by experts, immediately followed by Workshops to implement new learnings, and includes a series of immersive activities in Silicon Valley culture – visiting top tech company campuses and meeting with product people, socializing with local entrepreneurs, angels and VCs, stopping by well known coffee shops and diners, as well as visiting city (and geeky) landmarks and museums, local university campuses, etc.

 

SV In.Fusion, in partnership with BootstrapLabs, works directly with foreign startups, their investors, incubators, accelerator, co-working space partners, NGOs and Government agencies around the world to facilitate and accelerate the sharing of Silicon Valley best practices.

 

 

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Silicon Valley is a state of mind

SV In.Fusion’s mission is:

Share Silicon Valley’s startup culture & best practices with foreign founders in order to increase their chances of success, accelerate their local ecosystem development, and create jobs & wealth globally.

We want to immerse our participants into the Silicon Valley culture by meeting local entrepreneurs, angels and VCs, stopping by well known coffee shops and diners as well as visiting city (and geeky) landmark and museums, local university campuses, technology company tours and dedicated sessions about the Silicon Valley mindset!

During one of the sessions of the SV In.Fusion September Bootcamp our participants had the opportunity to learn some of the most important values, historical stories and best practices of  the Silicon Valley culture! Thanks to our rockstar mentor Dr. Karine Schomer during the Master Class “Cultural Tips & People Skills to Succeed in the US” our Malaysian entrepreneurs improved their pitches and learned how important is to share with the community to create positive synergies!

Sharing, asking for feedback, meeting competitors and experts, hosting events and attending conferences, inventing and finding new ways to work are only some of the very important values and tips we learned during this amazing master class.

In order to spread the Silicon Valley mindset and culture, during and after each Bootcamp, SV In.Fusion will share advice, tips and important information in order to support foreign founders and help other local ecosystems to succeed!

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Follow the teams’ Silicon Valley journey right here on our blog or on Twitter with the hashtag #DreamBig

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Introducing SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamp!

SV In.Fusion is a San Francisco-based organization offering the most recent and practical Silicon Valley startup education program in Business, Technology and Design for foreign founders visiting Silicon Valley for a few weeks. SV In.Fusion, in partnership with BootstrapLabs, works directly with foreign startups, their investors, incubators, accelerators, co-working space partners, NGOs and Government agencies around the world to facilitate and accelerate the sharing of Silicon Valley best practices. SV In.Fusion’s Startup Bootcamp is built on the following core pillars: LEARN – During the bootcamp, startups will attend different Master Classes on specific topics. A Master Class is typically a 3 hour lecture given by an expert on specific program topics. SV In.Fusion mentors are fellow Silicon Valley startup founders, senior corporate executives, venture capitalists, angels and/or experts in their field. APPLY – After each Master Class startups will participate in associated workshops where they will put into practice their new skills and work on specific assignments provided by their mentors. IMMERSE – Networking events, dinners with founders, inspirational talks, fireside chats with top venture capitalists, tech company campus visits, conferences, hackathons and more…