Silicon Valley - A beginners guide

Learn how to save time and money before moving to Silicon Valley. For prospective entrepreneurs, execs and students
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (120 ratings)
6,743 students
1hr 17min of on-demand video
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Understand how Silicon Valley thinks and operates
Decide if Silicon Valley is the right place to immigrate or not
Discover some useful tips to save you time and money when moving to Silicon Valley


  • Be able to understand english without subtitles
  • Be interested in visiting or moving to Silicon Valley


This is a course for entrepreneurs, executives or students interested in coming or moving to Silicon Valley in the next couple of years. It is focused on understanding the culture and the business etiquette of the most innovative region in the planet throughout real advice and examples given by a successful entrepreneur who moved to the Bay Area in 2011.

Silicon Valley for beginners is a great way to save you time and money when you decide to come. The course is divided in 18 simple lectures, each one covering one specific topic such as coming to the valley as a founder or to work in a startup or large company. It also explains basic concepts that would make your life here much easier such as accountability, meritocracy, diversity and the execution mindset.

Additional links and material (such as free e-books written by the instructor) are provided in some of the lessons. The idea is that this course would serve as a reference point for beginners willing to learn more about Silicon Valley.

Who this course is for:

  • Entrepreneurs, executives and students thinking about moving to Silicon Valley in the next two years.
  • Anyone interested to know about how Silicon Valley thinks and operates
  • This course is NOT for experienced entrepreneurs or give any specific advice on how to run a startup or get a job in the valley.


Entrepreneur, investor and author
Reinaldo Normand
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 120 Reviews
  • 6,743 Students
  • 1 Course

Accomplished entrepreneur with lots of international experience (US, CN, BR, MX). 6 companies in the last 20 years (2 exits, 2 lifestyles). Innovation speaker at TedX, universities, family offices and private events in 10+ countries. Startup advisor.

Author of INNOVATION² and Silicon Valley for Foreigners.

Investment Partner at Gamefounders. 

As a CEO and founder of Satomi (2014) I worked on an algorithm that allowed anyone to create their own exclusive motifs and logos. Satomi was accelerated at PnP Sunnyvale.

At 2Mundos (2011) we partnered with the most powerful brands in LATAM to create social games and apps reaching more than a million users in the region.

At Zeebo (2007), I've created a wireless gaming console for emerging countries and closed many multi-million dollar content, distribution and airtime deals with some of the world's largest carriers and publishers in multiple countries. Invested by Qualcomm. Sold hundreds of thousands of consoles.

Founded the largest gaming studio, the largest gaming portal and the leading mobile publisher in Brazil.

Enjoy mentoring young entrepreneurs. Passion for education.

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