Day 2 kicked off with a trip to Amazon Web Services where we listened to Omar Valle describe the history, ethos, culture, and management style of Jeff Bezos and his Executive team. It was great to learn all about Amazon’s driven customer obsession coupled with a lean practice and desire to solve problems in the supply chains management industry.
From there we took a drive down to San Mateo to hear Andrew Lee explain the meteoric rise of FinTech specialist RobinHood which has seriously disrupted the online trading space through abolishing brokerage fees and building an unprecedented level of trust for the industry. Recent funding values them at $5 billion!
Followed by a quick lunch it was time to test drive a couple of Teslas. One of which had been customised for Elon Musk to synchronise it’s gull wings and other electronic features to music – bizarre!
Back on the team bus and over to Stanford for a thought-provoking session with resident experts Vince McPhilip and Ben El-Baz on blockchain and its potential to completely disrupt industries through the removal of traditional intermediaries and it’s 100% watertight security (wait for Quantum Computing!)
We all then returned to The Silicon Valley Innovation Centre for a session with highly accomplished VC specialist Peter Loukianoff from Strawberry Creek Ventures. Peter provided our group some invaluable advice around pitching, fundraising and timing.
To round up the day with some real fun, we were all being pitched to by a collection of diverse and brilliant local start-ups from Menlo Ventures around AI, CX automation and portable projection units.
A late but massively rewarding day ended with a trip back to San Francisco’s Chinatown and a well deserved feast at the amazing China Live.
What a totally exhilarating Day 2!