In the previous post we discussed innovation trends in Silicon Valley, and we covered social companies such as the crowdfunding success Indiegogo and big data, where we interview Sean Gourley from Quid. Our comment about entrepreneurship was left pending. We visited 10 promising start-ups and discovered two types of founders: those that start with an ambition to start a company of their own and later think about where the business opportunity is, and those that have a specific idea that they later turn into a concrete business model.
We came to Silicon Valley in search of entrepreneurs, trends, and inspiring ideas to ensure that WOBI followers are at the forefront of the future of business. Well, we found all of this and more! However, let’s go bit by bit, beginning with trends: organizations established around social and crowd tendencies, businesses that facilitate sharing and connecting. These are the organisms with the most growth and stability. Indiegogo, for example, dedicated to supporting projects through crowdfunding, spoke with us about the kind of campaigns that raise the most amount of money and how (for example, the project that proposed transforming the laboratory of inventor Nicholas Tesla into a museum that collected US$1.3 million, half of which was accounted for in less than 48 hours). Another at center stage is Airbnb, the company that received US$ 150 million in inversion in November 2012 (which would suggest a total value of an estimated US$ 2.5 billion). Currently the company fills two floors in Potrero Hill in the southern part of San Francisco. The office is white, luminous, and fun.