For a week, thirteen bloggers from around the world went back and forth between San Francisco and Silicon Valley to find what makes these places so special in terms of innovation.
With start-ups burgeoning on a daily basis and new exciting products flooding the market as a consequence, it’s safe to say that the Orange Blogger Bus Tour members had plenty to talk (and write) about, after the numerous meetings they had with companies and start-ups throughout the Bay Area. Today, French entrepreneur Alex Delivet shares his thoughts about his Californian escapade…
How do you feel after this week spent with the Blogger Bus Tour?
It’s been a great experience throughout. I really enjoyed all the meetings we had during the week. For an entrepreneur/blogger such as myself, it’s been one hell of a slap in the face to see all these things. I also thoroughly enjoyed the team of bloggers and the atmosphere within the group; we spent some quality time together.
What’s your main find of the week?
My main find of the week has got to be Broadcom. In a way, this company is the hidden part of the iceberg: we’re always talking about the sexy B2C startups who don’t necessarily make a lot of money (which is cool) but we don’t pay that much attention to these bigger companies who work in the shadows and make billions with a more B2B approach to business…
What came as a surprise for you during your visit in Silicon Valley?
I wasn’t expecting to meet with speakers and companies so different from one another. I have to congratulate the teams at Futurity Media and all the people who contributed to making this event an excellent one. I think we really got a broad view of what is going on in the Valley.
Which startup/company was the most appealing to you? Why?
Apart from Broadcom, I was touched by our meeting with Guillaume Luccisano from Socialcam. Obviously because it’s a bit of a dream project, the classic example of a success story. A sexy product which enjoys great success fairly quickly and in the end gets sold off to another company.
We came over to find out where innovation was at today. What’s the verdict?
I don’t know that much about BRIC (Brazil, Russia,India, China) but with regards to the Western world, I think that Silicon Valley is a unique place in terms of innovation. All the ingredients required to succeed are here: high-level profiles, universities, investors, early-adopters, infrastructures (real estate, services, etc…). I’ll tell you all about my thoughts on this in my last blog post which I am currently writing