Silicon Valley - A beginners guide
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Silicon Valley - A beginners guide

Learn how to save time and money before moving to Silicon Valley. For prospective entrepreneurs, execs and students
3.9 (92 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
4,993 students enrolled
Created by Reinaldo Normand
Last updated 6/2015
English
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Price: Free
This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • 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

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

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.
Course content
Expand 19 lectures 01:16:31
+ Silicon Valley in a nutshell
19 lectures 01:16:31

In this intro, I explain who I am, what I've done, why I decided to create this course and the content you should expect in the next lessons.

Introduction
04:29

I explain briefly what is Silicon Valley, when it started, where it is located and how is the lifestyle in several cities that form the San Francisco Bay Area.

What is Silicon Valley
03:19

I explain the entities that compose the Silicon Valley ecosystem: startups, large tech companies, investors, universities, accelerators and co-working spaces.

The Ecosystem
05:40

I explain what you need to know if you plan to come to Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur/founder.

Coming to Silicon Valley as a founder
05:18

I explain what you need to know if you plan to come to Silicon Valley looking for work at a tech startup or large company.

Coming to Silicon Valley as an executive
04:05

I explain what you need to know if you plan to come to Silicon Valley as a student and what are the benefits of it.

Coming to Silicon Valley as a student
03:07

In this lesson, I explain the mindset of Silicon Valley and why ideas and business plans don't matter much in this region.

The execution mindset
04:36

Accountability is an obvious concept to americans and others foreigners but it is also unknown in many cultures. I explain the basics.

Accountability
03:43

Meritocracy is the backbone of the valley. I explain what it is and how it works.

Meritocracy
04:44

Work Ethic and work ethics are two concepts that are confusing and are not very clear to many foreigners.

Work ethic(s)
03:46

In Silicon Valley, reputation is worth more than money.

Reputation is key
04:41

In this lesson I explain the best way to network in Silicon Valley, which is different from other parts of the United States.

Networking in the valley
05:56

After all, is Silicon Valley pro-failure or is it just a myth perpetuated by the press?

Is failure an option?
03:46

It sounds obvious, but many cultures criticize the excess of focus of Americans. In Silicon Valley this trait is taken to another level.

Hyperfocus
04:05

Learning faster and better is now more important than knowing stuff or having experience.

Knowledge X Learning
03:20

One of the main reasons why innovation thrives in Silicon Valley.

Diversity
03:53

In this lesson I talk about a very annoying subject which is not that different in the valley.

Let's talk about (corporate) politics
02:47

I explore the relationship of entrepreneurs with legal aspects and give some advice for foreigners of what (not) to do.

A litigious society
03:23

I invite you to give me feedback about the course and also hint with a pro-version for more experienced entrepreneurs and business people.

A final word
01:53