Originally posted on VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley is a hallowed place for entrepreneurs. People from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the San Francisco Bay Area with hopes of fame, fortunate, and venture capital. However, like most places of legend, the boundaries between reality and myth can be blurry for those gazing from afar.
In an effort to uncover the truth about the American startup scene, Australian entrepreneur Simon Walker embarked upon a quest. He flew around the world to visit 10 American cities in 20 days. He met with local members of the startup community and created a video series called the Leeap Project documenting his journey. His goal is to provide a comprehensive and accurate representation of startup life in those areas and inspire people around the world to start (and invest) in emerging companies.
The latest installment of the Leeap Project takes place in San Francisco. Walker and I met for coffee shortly after his arrival to discuss the project. Due to my perpetual lateness, he was forced to wait for 15 minutes on a street corner of questionable character. Fortunately, he did not hold this against me, and we were able to discuss the local entrepreneurial ecosystem over black coffees.