a typical start-up company: a simple office environment, cluttered with computers, almost all male engineers team
Anderson – Fund (Andreessen Horowitz Fund) in recent years has replaced Sequoia and KPCB become a new generation of Silicon Valley’s hottest Vc firm. As the partner of the company, and in 2007 was acquired by CISCO co-founder IronPort Systems, Scott Weiss recently in an article about his walk on the road of entrepreneurship, and the matters needing attention in the business.
below is the full text of the article:
people often ask me how to be a successful entrepreneur. Their questions include: should I try to open a company, or graduate school? How many years to work in a big company?
I spent 5 years in a large technology company, in business school for the past 2 years, but also in the consulting work for the past 2 years, and then began to venture. Even with these experiences, I still think that I’m still a little bit too young to start a company. This is not to say that the previous experience is worthless, but the most valuable experience for a successful startup is to participate in a well run startup. I can even conclude that such a company should be located in Silicon Valley, and access to venture capital.
of course, you can go with no experience in business, but if you have a clear entrepreneurial companies will face challenges: financing, adjust the direction of the product, and the cultivation of culture, so the probability of success will be a little larger. These things can’t be learned from the workplace, and when you’re looking for support from friends and family to start a company, you have to hit it in the middle.
companies in Silicon Valley and get venture capital? If you just graduated from college, then you may lack experience and intuition to determine the company’s team is excellent, product differentiation, and the market space is large enough. Although the wind is not perfect, but they can do it for you after all these things, and their investment decisions also means to increase the company’s reputation and resources. In addition, no matter what science and technology areas will require professionals, financial experts and functional departments (including legal, public relations, human resources, etc.). Silicon Valley has the largest ecosystem, job opportunities, the largest talent network.
so, Graduate School or into a big company foundation? Not to do so. Responsibility, role, contacts, culture, communication, risk, antecedents and consequences and intuition, these entrepreneurial abilities necessary to cultivate out only in a startup.
if you’re trying to start a business, you’ll be able to get 5 to 10 times more than a big company or school in a startup for about 2 to 4 years.
the next step is to find a suitable start-up companies and join. In 1996, I am from wave