This group of about a 100 ex-pats get together and chose some of the best Canadian startups and bring them to Silicon Valley for a few days to build relationships that will most likely change their businesses for the better. I am very proud to be a part of it.
The event was incredible. Flawlessly executed. I met more high quality mentors, investors and service providers than the entire year and a half I’ve spent in SF prior to the event.
But that’s not what stood out for me.
What really struck me was the power of community - and more importantly the bond that forms when people are from the same place. San Francisco and Silicon Valley are melting pots of people from all over the world. But as humans, we all have allegiance to the place we call home, and what became incredibly clear over the past couple days, is that people from the same place will stick together no matter what. They will help you, guide you and support you based on the singular fact that you’re from the same tribe.
I have moved a lot in my life. I was born in Cape Town and had to rebuild my friend circle in the middle of high school in Vancouver. I then moved to LA and had to do it again. And now I find myself starting from scratch once again in SF.
Building networks from the ground up is hard work because you’re inevitably outside the circle. The high school dynamic doesn’t change, no matter how old we get. But this is where your tribe can help. Find the people who are from your tribe and start there. If they don’t already have a group formed, start one! The cultural and geographical similarities will help you break some of that awkward ice that comes with new social dynamics.
Thanks so much to the C100 team for inviting me to be a part of the event - it was a blast! Any Canadian Startups looking to attend 48 Hours in the Valley should get in touch with the C100 - or hit them up onTwitter.