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Early Mornings

Not being an early riser Bernhard suddenly faces the reality of getting up early. He describes his typical day at Plug and Play in Silicon Valley.
I am not an early bird but Silicon Valley requires me to get up early. I use the early morning hours to catch up with Europe. I still can reach people in Europe between 8 am and 11 am Pacific Time. Phone calls then slow down with the exception for some contact with New York and certainly California itself.

When I get up my e-mail inbox is usually full. This allows me to spend a focused hour on my e-mail and answer as many of the e-mails as possible.

After that – and a coffee in the sun – my real work starts. I can focus on the various things I need to get done. I like this uninterrupted time to move things forward. There are several things high on the agenda – from fundraising to marketing and growth.

Rick, our advisor, often just drops by to see how things are going. He is a great source of experience and know-how. And he is happy to share it with me. It helps me to learn to swim fast in a new ocean of endless possibilities.

Sometimes I do go out for meetings. The lack of public transport and the longer distances make it necessary to drive. Slowly I am building a network of business partners, potential investors and friends. It is good to see that this is actually pretty easy in such an international and dynamic environment. A nice prove of that was when I bumped into Dirk Lueth and Michael Janssen from our cooperation partner Gbox in a coffee shop in Palo Alto.

Next week will be much busier with the Plug and Play University - an intensive four day introduction to Silicon Valley. I am looking forward to it!

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.
Author: Bernhard Kerres
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