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How do nineteen Dutch students explore San Francisco? By bike!
What do the two bloggers of the day do to take this experience to the next level? Hire a tandem!
We started our tour by cycling to the Golden Gate Park. After participating in a Rollerdisco-class taught by four grannies, we cycled via the coast, a few hills, a bit of jungle and some more hills to arrive at the Golden Gate Bridge. absolutely spectacular. After hours of cycling entertainment, we wheeled it to happy hour, followed by some bonissima Italian cuisine. What a day. Unfortunately, several group members have collected sunburn as souvenirs.
Today was our first real introduction to the technological and entrepreneurial empire that is the San Francisco bay area!
Starting at the Dutch consulate with an interaction with Nova and FLYR, followed by an exploratory tour through the offices of HackerOne and Stripe.
The most inspiring session was at HackerOne. It is amazing to see how Jobert, the co-founder, and his team have created an entire new market for themselves in which they proceed to dominate. With their successful venture, they are turning the widely perceived negative image of hackers into a positive problem-solving asset for companies worldwide. His stories have shown us that the sky is not the limit and that passions can turn into successful breakthrough businesses.
Wednesday started off at Palo Alto Networks, where René Bonvanie made clear that real unicorns ($1B+ companies) have a story to tell and that you have to be truly different. Then we moved to the adult playground called Google X, where Stef van Grieken explained us they only solve problems when more than 1 billion people benefit. Imagine a 10x improvement instead of the 10% most business strive for!
Today also marked our introduction to Venture Capital. Mark Pols of GGV Capital gave us a crash course in VC and Matt Ocko of DCVC blew our minds with his deep tech portfolio.
We concluded our day with a tour around the renowned Stanford University, where only 2 undergraduate Dutch students are studying.
The day started at the Dutch consulate with a visit from Ernst van Nierop, the so called VP of scaling at Gitlab, an open source code collaboration platform. All the employees of Gitlab work remotely. Gitlab’s internal organisation structure embodies the vision of their product: not remote friendly but remote first. After Gitlab the group went to Thumbtack, a company that tries to make it easier to hire professionals for all sorts of jobs. Thumbtack showed the importance of scaling, dealing with a cold start and the importance of understanding the latent needs of your users. The day ended with a visit to Rescale, with an inspiring talk of Joris Poort, who let us face the reality of beginning your own startup.
All the employees of Gitlab work remotely, Gitlab’s internal organisation structure embodies the vision of their product: not remote friendly but remote first. After Gitlab the group went to Thumbtack, a company that tries to make it easier to hire professionals for all sorts of jobs. Thumbtack showed the importance of scaling, dealing with a cold start and the importance of understanding the latent needs of your users. The day ended with a visit to Rescale, with an inspiring talk of Joris Poort, who let us face the reality of beginning your own startup.
The last “company Day” of the journey was a perfect mix of successful, established companies and rising, fast growing startups:
Really a “hipster” company to work for. If you don’t like pinky rounded libraries, sunny rooftops and music rooms where you come to play for a work pause… this place is definitely not for you…
One of the few not digital companies we visited, their packaging product is so clean that you can even eat it…and yes, we tried it.
These guys definitely know how to scale! From 0 to 350 employees in the blink of an eye. their systems is so simplistic, why didn’t we come up with this?
Jumping in one of the unsexiest business is not for everyone, doing it successfully is even for fewer. Honor is rocking the industry with an all new look towards the home care!