By: Jessica

Is the Silicon Valley the paradise for every IT Professional?

Last April I had the chance to visit the Silicon Valley. I met several senior business men and women in the IT industry. This was my first time in the bay area for business and I would like to share some takeaways from this roadshow.

I am pleased to say that I got plenty of support from the Mexican consulate in San Jose, and ProMexico, federal government agency responsible for coordinating strategies aimed at strengthening Mexico’s participation in the international economy.

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Let’s get started…

I travelled back and forth from San Jose, CA to the cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, up to San Francisco. I am convinced that in order to provide value to a potential client you need to understand their “habitat” and business dynamics, otherwise you might just shoot to the wrong place.

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The weather? Fantastic, during the whole week the temperature average was around 20º Celsius.
When I arrived at the San Jose airport and went to the car rentals I was received with the surprise that my drivers license from Mexico had expired, so I needed to find another way to travel all those cities having a tight schedule of at least 10 meetings all in different places within a 4 day timeframe, so this was actually the best opportunity to travel like a local, using Caltrain and Uber.

The people that I met with during my roadshow were:
Carlos Ponce – Consulate General of Mexico, San José, CA
Marco Gonzalez – Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office SANMINA
Bismarck Lepe – Founder and CEO at Wizeline, Board Member at Soccerly
Federico Andrade – Sr DevOps Engineer at RocketFuel
Mario Valle – Director Business Development at EA (Electronic Arts) Emerging Markets
Fernando Fonseca – Business Advisor at Weber and Company, Inc.
Leandro Margulis – Director, Global Strategic Partnerships at Quixey
Saeed Amidi – Founder and CEO at Plug and Play Tech Center
Jackie Hernandez – VP of Operations at Plug and Play Tech Center
Connie Bianco – Director of Service Partnerships at Plug and Play Tech Center
Alex Cobos – International Relations Manager at Plug and Play Tech Center
Pablo Solano – Partner at Mita Ventures and Tech Accelerator
Andreas Kraemer – Senior Partner at Mita Ventures and Tech Accelerator
Carlo Kraemer – Managing Director at CENAK Consulting

I’ll be sharing in my next blog the great conversation I had with the co-founder of Ooyala and current CEO of Wizeline, Bismarck Lepe, a serial entrepreneur that loves Guadalajara and plays golf with Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Till next time

By: Eduardo Campos