An Opera Singer in Silicon Valley
Four Myths about Silicon Valley
Before coming to Silicon Valley I had four myths about Internet entrepreneurs in my mind. All four have been proven wrong within the first few hours of my stay.
Internet Start-Up entrepreneurs are in their mid-twenties: wrong - they are now of any age all driven by the passion to create something new, something exciting.
No women are entrepreneurs: (A bit) wrong - I see more and more women creating their start-ups or being part of a founding team. Still, it is very comparable to classical music where the industry is too male dominated.
Silicon Valley has never heard about classical music: wrong - It is amazing to see how many hard core tech guys like classical music, played an instrument and even have family or friends who are professional musicians.
Internet entrepreneurs want to become billionaires: mostly wrong - most entrepreneurs I have met so far are driven by an immense passion for their product. Yes, at some point they do want to make some money. But launching a product which the world wants is much more important than the pay-off at the end.
Bernhard is the founder of HELLO STAGE. He is probably the first opera singer pitching an Internet start-up in Silicon Valley. Before founding HELLO STAGE in Fall 2013, Bernhard was the CEO and Artistic Director of the Wiener Konzerthaus. He held several C-Level positions in European technology companies with EUR 100+ million turnover. See www.bernhardkerres.com.
Bernhard is currently working for HELLO STAGE in the Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley, a leading accelerator for start-ups. He writes about his experience in the innovation hot bed on this blog.