Get the Silicon Valley competitive edge -- without years of living and working there. Learn how Silicon Valley works, how to make the best of your time there, and how to thrive as an innovator from any location and context.
Why is this course worth your time and money, compared to others? Not only does the content give you the SV inside scoop -- you'll also get lifetime membership in a private forum and exclusive monthly webinars, both of which give you direct access to the instructors: Dr. Anna Akbari, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, sociologist and former NYU professor, and author of the forthcoming book on how to be happier by living your life like a startup; and Dan Gonzalez, a veteran hacker and innovation expert. They've launched companies, worked with some of the hottest startups and biggest corporations alike, to distill and compile insider insights and share that hard-earned knowledge directly with you.
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In this lesson we'll introduce you to the course and review what will be covered. We'll also take you through the history of Silicon Valley and give you a picture of daily life there.
In this lesson we take you through several different kinds of pitches, from casual to formal, and how to network.
This lesson takes you through the logistics of Silicon Valley, from places that matter, to timing, to transportation.
In this lesson we'll reveal Silicon Valley's biggest secret and share a few inspiring stories to help you understand how Silicon Valley became the disruption capital.
This lesson illustrates the fundamental difference between Silicon Valley and other major metropolitan areas and why it matters when it comes to living and thinking innovatively.
Dan is a natural entrepreneur, fueled by a lifelong pursuit of hacking, learning, and designing great products and businesses. Exposed to technology at an early age, Dan started his career in Atlanta working for a niche design and communications firm. Several years later, with the same team, he serial cofounded two startups targeting the newly evolving digital publishing space, serving high profile clientele like Conde Nast, Time Inc., Meredith Corp., and The Coca-Cola Company.
Most recently, Dan was contracted by the bay area incubator GSVLabs to develop, launch and manage its corporate open innovation program. In the span of 12 months, he incepted and took the program to market, creating a high profile brand that quickly became well-respected in the valley's entrepreneurial, developer and corporate communities. During his tenure at NestGSV, Dan produced demonstrable results on key engagements with Tata Communications, Cisco, AT&T and the Hertz Corporation.
Anna Akbari, PhD is a sociologist, former NYU and Parsons professor, writer, and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience conducting sociological research, consulting for corporations and startups alike, and working directly with individual clients. Niche areas of expertise include the sociology of technology and human/tech relationships, visual self-presentation, virtual identity, Millennials, workplace culture, happiness, visual culture. Past clients include DIRECTV, Cisco, Toyota, Samsung, Converse, Coca-Cola, Lenovo, Tata Communications, CableLabs, SABMiller, Pepsi, Avon, Vitamin Water.
Anna is the founder of Sociology of Style, which takes an intelligent approach to personal image consulting and offers life coaching services that reframe your life like a startup. She is also a partner at HVCK, a global innovation consultancy. She is the creator of the Sociology of TV, which offers videos and white papers on the social significance of television media in public spaces.A prominent thought leader, she is active on the lecture circuit and contributes to media outlets including TED (check out her TED talk on "Digital Happiness"), CNN, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Bulletproof Executive, Forbes, DailyWorth, and the Financial Times.