Silicon Valley Insider's Edge Formula
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Silicon Valley Insider's Edge Formula

Learn to operate like a Silicon Valley insider before setting foot there! Get expert advice & tips to give you an edge.
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1,068 students enrolled
Last updated 10/2015
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Leverage innovative Silicon Valley best practices in any company, anywhere in the world.
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  • Bring your creativity and passion for innovation!

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.

Here's a breakdown of what you get:

  • 8 step-by-step, easy-to-follow online video lessons strategically designed to build upon themselves, with the ability to navigate at your own pace
  • PDFs and worksheets to support you along the way
  • 24/7 private access to the Silicon Valley Insider's Edge Community, where you can ask questions that the HVCK team will personally answer. You will continue to be a member of the community after you watch the videos. (This alone is worth much more than the enrollment price)
  • An explanation of the Silicon Valley mindset and lifestyle
  • Clarification on the difference between Silicon Valley and San Francisco, plus tips to help you understand where you should be.
  • How to master your Silicon Valley pitch and and network like a pro
  • All the logistical information you need to successfully navigate the Valley
  • Learn Silicon Valley's "biggest secret" and uncover the Silicon Valley Halo Effect
  • Understand what makes Silicon Valley so special and learn how to think like a native
  • Rethink your relationship with failure and risk
  • Learn why hustle beats pedigree

Who this is for?

  • If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or aren't sure if entrepreneurialism is right for you
  • If you're deciding between starting a company, joining a startup, or working for a large organization
  • If you're a student or recent grad planning for your future
  • If you're visiting Silicon Valley and want to make the most of your time there
  • If you're not sure if you will visit Silicon Valley, but want to adopt the mindset
  • If you want to think and operate like an innovator
  • If you are testing out where you fit in the innovation landscape

Accomplish all of this without spending extra time, money, or over-the-top effort:

  • EXPERT GUIDANCE: We've spent years doing the research, working with startups and corporations alike, compiling best practices, so you don't have to.
  • CONVENIENCE: Become a Silicon Valley expert from the comfort of your own home
  • FINANCIAL REWARDS: Imagine the financial success that comes with an optimized pitch, more efficient meetings and networking, improved confidence? Imagine the edge you'll have after transforming the way you make decisions, take risks, and innovate? Whether it's launching a new company, getting the job you want, or showing up stronger at your current job -- adopting a Silicon Valley mindset will play an important role.

We can't wait to start working with you,

Dan Gonzalez and Anna Akbari, PhD

Who is the target audience?
  • This series is intended for students and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to learn about what makes Silicon Valley so unique and how they can take advantage of the thought leadership and techniques that have launched some of the world's largest and most successful companies.
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Lesson 2: A Tale of Two Cities - San Francisco vs. Silicon Valley

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Lesson 3: How to Pitch in the Valley

This lesson takes you through the logistics of Silicon Valley, from places that matter, to timing, to transportation.

Lesson 4: Logistics of the Area
Embody Silicon Valley
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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.

Silicon Valley's Biggest Secret

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Silicon Valley - What Makes it Unique

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About the Instructor
Daniel Gonzalez
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Entreprenuer, Growth Hacker, Innovation Strategist

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.

Dr. Anna Akbari
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Sociologist, Writer, Entrepreneur

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.