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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Announcing a new partnership with Seedstars.

SV In.Fusion is proud to announce a new partnership with Seedstars.

SV In.Fusion, with the support of BootstrapLabs, will offer one lucky startup competing in the upcoming Seedstars World Final in Geneva a scholarship to attend the SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamp in Silicon Valley.

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Seedstars World Finalist Prize Partner SV In.Fusion

SV In.Fusion will also extend the invitation to participate in a future bootcamp to all Seedstars startups and give them the opportunity to attend the program with a special discounted price.

At SV In.Fusion we believe that “Silicon Valley can not be replicated… but its culture & best practices can be taught”, and this new partnership with Seedstars will help us to reach out to some of the best startups from emerging countries.

Each entrepreneur that attends the SV In.Fusion program becomes a driving force for change around him/her and their community – bringing what they learn in Silicon Valley back to their local ecosystems, to inspire action and affect change.

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 300+ people and have raised over $20M of follow-on funding from Angels and VCs in Silicon Valley.

More at www.bootstraplabs.com

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!

More at www.svinfusion.com

About Seedstars World

Seedstars World is the most exclusive startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes. It aims to be the number one network for entrepreneurship in the world. Based in Geneva, Switzerland and founded by Alisee de Tonnac and Pierre-Alain Masson, it is supported by the venture builder Seedstars.

More at www.seedstarsworld.com

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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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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.

SV In.Fusion prize at beGLOBAL 2014

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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.

 

 

September Bootcamp Week 2

Week 2 for our five companies from Malaysia started on Monday with a Master Class titled “Startup Financing” led by Rebekah Wu, founder of Right-Hand Partners, a VC relations company.

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Rebekah shared valuable information in the form of short presentations and words of advice that she has picked up from investors and venture capitalists over the past 10+ years. She talked about the importance of having

  • a strong team
  • a very large addressable market
  • defensible IP
  • and a disruptive business model

She left the entrepreneurs with plenty of “Do’s & Don’ts”, tips and good advice about making presentations to investors. They learned that “a demo speaks louder than 1000 slides”. And what not to say during that all important VC meeting.

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Later in the day, we were joined by Zach Finkelstein, a Senior Associate at Lumia Capital, a Silicon Valley investment firm that focuses on later stage Internet and Software companies expanding into emerging markets. Zach spoke about important things to highlight about your startup company when talking with investors. For example, TRACTION – there’s always something you can describe, whether it’s how quickly you’re growing (based on number of users, visitors, engagements, or sales) or the number and quality of marquee customers you have been able to attract so far. (Everyone needs that slide in their presentation where the curve goes up and to the right!)

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After an engaging conversation, Zach grabbed a chair and watched each of the teams present their companies. The focus was on business models, and many assumptions were challenged and looked at more closely. Zach asked questions like

  • What’s the payback time per customer?
  • Who are your main competitors?
  • Do your initial customers continue using your product? What percentage do you lose? Why?
  • Are your target customers ready to adopt a solution like the one you are proposing?
  • How did you come up with your pricing? What are your margins?

Most of teams had at least some of the answers ready and everyone learned where they needed to tighten up their pitches. Zach’s overall feedback was that all of the teams need to be prepared to discuss their competition. He said “it’s ok to be in a competitive space if you have a better solution, but it makes investors nervous to not see a thoughtful competitive landscape”.

Valuable feedback and good lessons today – Tuesday the teams are offsite, with a breakfast to discuss recruiting, followed by development workshops at Amazon.com and Salesforce.com.

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SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamp September Class!

San Francisco – On the 8th of September SV In.Fusion will start the first SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamp in Silicon Valley. The mission of this program 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.

Thanks to the support of BootstrapLabs, in only a few weeks SV In.Fusion was able to organize one of the most exciting and innovative Startup Bootcamps in San Francisco. During the program founders from different countries will have the opportunity to learn and apply the best tools, techniques & trends Silicon Valley entrepreneurs use every day to building lean and mean startups!

SV In.fusion is proud to introduce the startup participants for the upcoming SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamp!

TableApp (tableapp.com)

TableApp is the leading online restaurant reservation service in Malaysia. Its cross-channel platform allows customers to discover and book restaurant tables 24/7 while allowing restaurant owners to centrally manage and promote all reservations (offline and online) in one simple and easy to use system. Their solution allows reservations from TableApp Website, TableApp Mobile App and can also be embedded on Restaurant Websites, Facebook pages and Partners Websites (e.g., Groupon)

 Targetzen LogoTargetzen (goldengorillas.com)

Targetzen founders have more than 10 years experience in the Advertising space and a proven track record at delivering industry-leading results for their customers. The team has recently launched a Facebook Intelligence Audience Targeting software with proprietary algorithms that allows companies or brands to monitor, listen and understand their social media fans, capture and target the right niche market and increase their media budget performance on social media.

 

Net2adsNet2ads (net2ads.com)

Net2ads online-to-offline (o2o) hardware and cloud-based software solution transforms any existing POS system into a smart hyperlocal Ads delivery platform by enabling business owners, employees, 3rd party agencies or Net2ads’ dedicated network of designers, to quickly and easily create innovative and real time ads campaign delivered to each paid customer in the form of a customized print receipt.

 

 

ShoppertiseShoppertise (shoppertise.com)

Shoppertise allows anyone with a mobile phone to sell online professionally in three easy steps: Snap, Share and Sell. The company wants to empower SMBs across South East Asia (and beyond) to sell professionally online without any additional cost, skills or headache; its simplicity makes Shoppertise the best online selling solution for SOHOs and SMBs and provides its premium members with exciting features like Advertising, Pick-up & Delivery, Professional Photo Shooting and Blog Integration.

 

 

SplorySplory (www.splory.my)

Splory is a dead simple but smart mobile application that lets you organize and manage get-togethers with friends or colleagues on the fly, while suggesting relevant places to meet or things to do based on intent and location. Additionally, the platform aims at building an interest social graph where users can discover and connect with other people that share similar interests, activities or experiences.

 

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