What resources do tech entrepreneurs located outside of the US need?
Having been part of the Silicon Valley tech industry for 12 years before returning to the nascent tech industry in the tropical island of Puerto Rico 12 years ago, I'll take the question in terms of supporting tech entrepreneurship in a fully scalable way that could produce the next breakout success. I rank the needs of non-US entrepreneurs as:
Social media. It is essential to keep up with strategic innovators coming out of Silicon Valley and to become a part of the conversation. I am not talking about just techies...I am talking about business modeling, interactive marketing, customer development, etc. There is no excuse not to be on AngelList, Quora, Twitter, Crunchbase, and similar standard platforms.
Planes. Go to Silicon Valley regularly. I have dropped in on other tech scenes and there is just no comparison. Silicon Valley is inherently open to the new perspectives and new relationships. Be amused with all the people trying to get you to move into town, and focus on building relationships that you can funnel back into the social media practice (See #1).
Open Source. Participating in open source projects can be material in catapulting your networking and technical skills. A healthy percentage of the participants in an open source project I had the opportunity to help launch (http://sourceforge.net/projects/..
.) are now working in Silicon Valley, writing for O'Reilly, or coding remotely for companies in the ecosystem. In essence, open source is a form of social media.
Entrepreneurial Brands. In Puerto Rico, I can safely say that hosting a Startup Weekend event changed our universe, as it served to unearth the latent startup community nobody knew was there. Ever since, it has just accelerated at a startling pace. Use Startup Weekend and other entrepreneurial brands, such as the Founder Institute, This Week in Startups (Meetups), Startup Lessons Learned (Simulcasts), to coalesce the local community around brands that help bridge the gap with Silicon Valley and other innovation hubs, to drive #1.
English. You will not succeed in #1 if you write in non-English languages.
In short, stay connected and relevant. Some may ask why not blaze your own trail an succeed locally or outside the Silicon Valley infrastructure. There is every reason for you to do that! Just use the latest business practices to do so, and those are being manufactured in Silicon Valley.
Originally posted on Quora: http://b.qr.ae/ziwfzU