Bonjour! I’m in Paris, France this week. It’s very nice. There’s a LOT of love here, and by a lot, I mean a lot. People in Boston should learn to love like people in Paris. But I digress… The point of my little post, if I ever do get to that point, is to bash the “You Must Do Your Startup in Silicon Valley Or You’ll Probably Die” myth.
The Grass is Just as Green on the Other Side.
I know you’re sick of people writing blog posts to inform you that you can start a startup anywhere. I’m sick of them too, but teens have an inherent feeling that everything is better somewhere else. I know I do. We – teens – want out of our little town, or big city, to a different little town or big city. “I hate it here” … “It must be better elsewhere” … “This town/city ^#%~ing sucks” … etc. So I think all of the teens out there need to remember that their location isn’t an excuse for not pursuing a startup. In fact, “I’m lazy” is a better excuse than your location.
You Live in Your Best Tech Hub.
I didn’t think Paris would have a tech scene at first, but I was wrong. Startup Weekend Paris is going on while I’m here, being the perfect example of how every place has a tech scene. While most are smaller, they are by no means worse than Silicon Valley’s. Can’t make it to events like the Teens in Tech conference in Palo Alto? Guess what, there’s probably an event like it near you. Along with conferences, investors and other startup necessities can be found a Google search away, but I’m sure you already knew that.
Networking is Key.
Whoa, we have reached a discovery! Your location may have the same startup necessities found in Silicon Valley. If not, the Internet possibly does. What does that mean? It means… Get ready for it… You can start a startup anywhere! It’s up to you to start working on your great idea. If you’re really miles from civilization, then friend prominent people on Facebook. Once you friend a couple of these individuals, others will easily accept you. Until you get a network going and start working, your idea is only that, an idea.
Get up and Get Started – Now!
I’ll end with an important assignment, never read a post like this again. You know exactly why you don’t need to be in the Valley to get your startup going and new posts aren’t going to tell you anything new about that. You just have to do it. So party hard tonight (or do another favorite non-productive thing) and get started tomorrow. Because, well, why not? Comment with the best excuses you know for not working.