Why There’s Hope for Silicon Valley

Rich Sloan

Rich Sloan is chief startupologist and co-founder of StartupNation and host of StartupNation podcasts. He is also co-author of the acclaimed how-to book, StartupNation: America's Leading Entrepreneurial Experts Reveal the Secrets to Building a Blockbuster Business. Rich encourages you to make a comment under his blog posts or send him a personal message at member nickname, "Rich," here at StartupNation.

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Last evening I went to a networking event organized by the StartupNation community members from northern California. I had no idea what to expect.

I had spent the day in and out of meetings with hotshot techophiles from Silicon Valley, and had heard more references to "Web-2-dot-0" and "agile" and "offshoring" to make my head spin and my stomach queezy.

Then I went to the networking event. I met a guy who created a prototyping shop for inventors. I met a woman who created a real estate service for people seeking their first home. I met a couple who created a product to help dogs and cats who are arthritic. And I met other great folks as well.

They were real, "normal", wonderful people who spoke the same language that most of America speaks when they describe their business and their dreams.

They were a cut of entrepreneur that America is built on, and it was good to see. It was particularly good to know that those people are a significant part of Silicon Valley, too.

There’s hope for Silicon Valley. "Widgets" to some who live in "the Valley" are still just do-dads.

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