The 2014 Startup Camp kicked off today and already the energy from this year’s participants is electric. Startups from all over the world came together to start their three-month program in the heart of Silicon Valley.
The Stretchr team, having successfully survived their cross-country road trip, was among the throngs of startups getting acclimated. Sleep deprived, possibly suffering from a delirium brought on by driving through the hellish heart of the polar vortex, the team was nonetheless enthusiastic about their arrival. They took a moment to share their thoughts on the Valley and why it’s so valuable for people working with technology to be here.
“Silicon valley is the place for technology.” Mat Ryer, founder and developer of Stretchr said. “Driving through this place and seeing the companies and the buildings is quite surreal because I’ve only ever known them through the web. Now I get to see that it’s real and get to meet the real people. ”
Silicon Valley is known around the world as the epicenter of technological innovation. In the world of entrepreneurs it’s a place consistently described with language that is almost biblical, which makes Stretchr’s mode of arrival all the more poetic.
“It’s the holy grail, which is why we made the pilgrimage.” Tyler Bunnell, core developer, said.
There are numerous resources and networks available to companies who come here, not the least of which is the network of investors. The amount of innovation in the Valley is only matched by the opportunity to find smart funding.
“The investors here understand the technology; they’re like our customers. They’re very sophisticated in that sense.” Mat said.
Another network that the multitudes of startups have access to is one that’s much more immediate: each other. If the old adage about a room full of monkeys and Shakespeare is at all true, imagine what a whole city full of innovators and developers who are vastly creative and intelligent could come up with. Not only do like-minded individuals offer inspiration and a (hopefully) healthy sense of competition, but they also offer profoundly insightful advice on products and ideas. This holds true for Stretchr.
“Anyone here that’s building technology, which is everyone, could have genuinely used our service. They are our customers. If we get the opportunity now to engage with people that are really building technology, we get to learn what they need and develop our product that way.” Mat said.
“These are people who have been hand picked because of their skills and what they know, which means the feed back we get from them is magnitudes better.” Tyler agreed. “If we can satisfy these guys, that gives us a massive advantage.”
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