Over 100 Australian entrepreneurs and CEOs of growing companies seeking US market commercialization advice attended ANZA’s first Gateway to the US webinar yesterday.
“Expanding Your Business to the US: Myths and Realities” took into consideration that most Australian entrepreneurs have some idea about US market opportunities, but the ability to explore and execute them from across the Pacific is difficult.
Susan Hailey, a veteran Silicon Valley insider with more than 20 years in elite recruitment for some of the Valley’s biggest tech companies – and most promising startups – talked about the culture of networking in Silicon Valley and how newcomers to the area can begin to immerse themselves in the unique Valley ecosystem. The front-page story from the San Jose Mercury News that she referenced, “Buck’s Café serves up venture capital with the granola” can be found here.
David Evans, CEO and Founder of Starplayit, an Adelaide startup now focusing on a US exit strategy from Silicon Valley, talked about the global opportunity the US offers in contrast with being based in Australia. For several years, David “commuted” between Australia and America, but even his presence in the States for considerable periods every few months was not enough for him to build and maintain the connections he will need for his successful exit. When asked how soon an Australian entrepreneur serious about the US market should relocate to America, David advised, “No reason you can’t start tomorrow.”
The webinar is the first in a 3-part series. There is still time to register for the next two free 1-hour webinars:
- July 21: Sizing Up the US Market: Facts and Fears with Dr. Larry Marshall of Southern Cross Venture Partners and serial entrepreneur Sidney Minassian, Founder and Chief Liaison with Liaise, Inc., an Australian startup that was launched in Silicon Valley.
- July 27: Funding Your Business: Opportunities and Options with Doron Ben-Meir, CEO of Commercialisation Australia; Max Shapiro, Angel Investor with Keiretsu Forum; and Jennifer Zanich, General Manager of Xumii Services.
Companies interested in exploring their US market opportunities in full are encouraged to sign up for ANZA’s Gateway to the US One-Day Introductory Workshops held in Australia, 23 August – 1 September. Early bird pricing is now available. Click here to register.