After 11 months of InnovX , we are finally in Silicon Valley at the Global Grind Startup Conference organized in partnership with Google for Startups. The conference took place in Redwood City, Bay Area. Like in the iconic U2 video, “Where The Streets Have No Name”, Startup Grind closed the entire Theater District, holding an exceptional entrepreneurial show around the beautiful art deco building that hosts Fox Theater. During three full days, Startup Grind conquered the center of Silicon Valley, offering an area of cultural entrepreneurial diversity that I have never encountered before. Established 10 years ago in Palo Alto, Startup Grind has now reached 600 chapters worldwide and holds over 10 global and regional conferences annually worldwide.
The one thing that struck me from the first day of the conference is that in Silicon Valley, exceptional is something ordinary. And yes, I know it sounds cliché, but you shouldn’t be surprised if at Startup grind you will talk on the sidewalk about the weather and your startup with Steve Huffman, Co-founder Reddit or a guy from Sequoia Capital, you’ll have a book signed by to Yancey Strickler, Co-Founder of Kickstarter, or you’ll be queuing for coffee with Meetup CEO David Siegel. I’m not talking about the conference speakers and panels, which you can watch here and here.
After three days of the conference, you realize that in Silicon Valley, every business is thought to have global coverage from the beginning. It is pure technology created to solve some needs existing anywhere in the world. But three days of the conference are enough to start looking at your business with other eyes. From this experience you cannot go un-transformed, there is something that started working in you from the first day when you set up your exhibition stand. And I can hardly wait to see how the following InnovX Alumni will upgrade their companies based on this experience.