Much is said about what makes the Silicon Valley a special place. In a general way, it’s a different place, because it offers the best resources and the best networking in the world. There are High-Risk Investment Funds all over the place, and experienced and intelligent people are very common around here too.
Working for a startup is a lot of fun, but it also requires a lot of dedication, because usually, you are the one going after opportunities, trying to contact that specific investor or a strategic partnership with some big company. This is the day by day of someone who works for a startup: creating opportunities and making them happen. Here at the Silicon Valley, opportunities appear when you least expect and, regardless of the reason, this is one of the biggest qualities of this very special place.
Recently I have been working a lot with Artificial Intelligence and Self-driving cars, and I hope to share more about this soon, with good news, of course. The fact is that because of this project I read a lot about what giants like Apple, Amazon, Google, etc., do about the subject. So at the beginning of the week, my first surprise, a thing that only happens in the Silicon Valley: I was invited to a meeting with the development team for the Amazon Echo, or Alexa, for the intimate. Talking to these guys is more than just business, it’s discussing a bit about the future of society. Technology changes our lives and, certainly, Amazon will change the lives of many people in the next few years with Alexa. After that meeting, another thing that only happens in the Silicon Valley made me even more excited.
I got an e-mail with the subject: Hello from Apple!
Yes, I received an e-mail from Apple’s business development team! The first thing I did was to check Linkedin for the name of the person who sent the email. I checked it wasn’t spam. My heart started racing, what to answer? After the euphoria, I replied to the e-mail. They were super friendly and said they were fans of our startup! (:
How these matters will end, I still don’t know, but talking to two of the biggest tech companies in the world was amazing! I feel that this kind of opportunity is typical from the Silicon Valley; here is where the magic happens.