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San Francisco – Day 6

Ecosystem Venture

On our last day in San Francisco connectUS went to visit Ecosystem Venture. Alexander Fries welcomed the delegation in Tim Draps Hero City where Ecosystem Ventures as well as other companies are located. Alexander is a Swiss citizen from Davos who founded and cofounded several companies. He explained to the delegation the different stages of investment when a company at series A or B and what that means for an investor.

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Secondly he introduced the different sources for funds you can approach namely; Microfunds, Angel Investors, Accelerators or Crowdfunding. Ecosystem Venture focuses on seed or early stage investments.

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Finally he listed 81 facts of what happens to entrepreneurs if they start a company and showed us the biggest mistakes that can kill a start up.

During the onsite trip we had the chance to listen to a big variety of entrepreneurs working in different fields. Once again it was very interesting to hear another perspective and Alexanders honesty was very refreshing.

Google

Afterwards we went to the Google visitor center where we explored its campus by bike.

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Intel

The last stop of the day was the Intel Museum where we got an isight about the development of computers.

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San Francisco


Only 3 days left until we are heading to the U.S.!


The last city we are going to introduce to you is SAN FRANCISCO and we are really proud of it since it is the first time in the history of connectUS that a project team could manage to bring the delegation to the west coast!

San Francisco, with its famous cable cars (in the picture below), is located in the state California and is right on the pacific. San Francisco is known as the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California and is at the same time the smallest city within the state California.

San Francisco

A highlight for the whole project is of course Silicon Valley which is located at the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. Silicon Valley is home to many of the world’s largest high-tech corporations like Apple, Google and Facebook as well as of thousands startups. Therefore we are really excited to go and visit there some great companies like Youtube, Mozilla, Zynga and of course the outpost of Swisscom.

Another great opportunity we got is to visit Swissnex again in San Francisco and we really look forward to it.

The members of the delegation could decide if they want to participate in a guided city tour or a visit to Alcatraz to get some closer insights and spend some leisure time in San Francisco.

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