The 5 Rules for Silicon Valley Success That Can Work Anywhere

Don’t push people away if they disagree with you or find fault in your ideas. Collaborate and understand what the problem is and how it can be fixed. Never think you can do it alone.

“Everybody is so open to sharing their ideas,” says Henrik Scheel, CEO of Startup Experience. “You can literally walk into any coffee shop and I guarantee you, you can find a like minded person.” While this may apply more in Silicon Valley than in other places, it reminds us that finding your next potential business partner can happen anyplace, anytime. Always be prepared to have your thoughts on hand and be open and confident with those around you. You don’t have to be in the boardroom to form a business deal.

In order to create a diverse repertoire of business contact, you must also be proactive and sociable. Playing hard to get isn’t going to get you any attention. Instead, you should always be responding to phone calls, emails and taking up lunch offers. Constantly seek to expand your network of contacts and don’t hold back! If there is an opportunity to meet someone new, take it.

If you’re genuine, trustworthy and take the time to listen to others, people will do the same for you. Soon enough, somebody listening will like your idea and want to join. When meeting with people, don’t give any less than your full attention and make sure to put your phone down.

Learn a new language

While learning Mandarin or Urdu would help any entrepreneur in our increasingly globalized world, I’m not talking about human languages. I’m talking computer languages.

Java script, Python and Ruby just a few of the popular programing language used today.

Despite the fact that you may not be seeking to venture into the tech industry, what Silicon Valley has shown us is that, in one way or the other, technology has a part to play in big business. In time, this trend is only going to increase. Don’t be left behind.

Start with basic languages such as HTML or CSS – experiment with creating simple websites and work your way up to more advanced coding systems.

Avoid the mindset that learning how to code would help you point out the mistakes and inefficiencies of professional programmers. Instead, learning a computer language represents a means of expanding your horizons, skill sets and a menial step in understanding the trillion-dollar tech industry.

Technology now shapes almost every dynamic of our modern lives. In time, the majority of consumer needs and wants are going to emerge from their interactions with technology (if they haven’t already). As an entrepreneur, if you don’t take steps to learn about the basics of the tech-sector, you’re missing out on huge opportunities.






Hyder Owainati is a student at the University of Toronto who loves to write short stories, read books and collect comics. You can follow his work at 

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