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Being an Entrepreneur Outside the Valley

Silicon Valley is a great place to be to start a tech company. You will have access to Angel Investors and VCs, will be able to meet up with similar minded folks and even find a mentor to help you on your way.

Silicon Valley is a great place to be to start a tech company. You will have access to Angel Investors and VCs, will be able to meet up with similar minded folks and even find a mentor to help you on your way.

But not all great tech companies are in the valley. Take Shopify, Snapchat, Clarity.fm, and of course Ideaware for starters.

I’ve been in the tech scene for 10+ years, working with startups and companies helping them with their products (design, development, user testing, you name it), but I’ve never moved to the valley, why? never had to. Here are my thoughts on the matter:

- SV is an expensive place to live

I started Ideaware in Colombia, and we’ve been doing great working remotely with our clients for the past few years. Only recently I’ve decided to open up a small space in San Francisco, due to a new project requiring an operations hub. But SF is the tip of the iceberg, we work with clients worldwide actually.

The perks and benefits of working and building a company from wherever you want are endless:

- Be where you want to be

Beware of creating your own little bubble though. Depending on what you do, you will eventually need to connect & network. I travel to San Francisco at least 4-5 times a year, connect with friends and meet with clients & prospects, and it’s been more than enough to make Ideaware a well known agency with 25+ awesome people in the team.

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