On the host side: While entrepreneurs like spending time with other like-minded entrepreneurs, many lack time to offer their house systematically and for free. There is also a substantial portion of them who do offer their space space on an ongoing basis, especially through other sites where they also make some money.
On the traveller side: Again, entrepreneurs are extremely busy and can’t spend a lot of time looking for a host or, many times, waiting for their answer. These guests are also fond of networking and spending time with fellow like-minded people but their priority is having a smooth trip and achieving their goals. The free stay involved a few angles that don’t go in line with the user type nor building a solid business in the long term.
Nowadays, the Internet has established itself as a colossal industry, which reunites millions of people who work together around the world and back. But, in order for the revolution to take place, the small group leading the change needs to have a common space where to meet, collaborate and work. Therefore, incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces have emerged to fuel up the new momentum. Eastern Europe has always been looked on as a heaven for both “hackers” and rock star developers. As the first was nested in the poor economic conditions, the second capitalized from the strong technical and science inheritance, established long before the Iron Curtain was shredded. Read more ›
Everyone dreams of having a global team, but the reality looks a bit different: Me, tired and hairy… but motivated.
I’m from Argentina, where my team and I founded Wideo.co, a DIY video animation platform. Back in September, we were accepted into the Fall 500 Startups class, so I packed my bags and flew to Mountain View.
I initially missed Buenos Aires, a city is full of life and energy. Mountain View is quieter with not many people in the streets. The quietness does, however, limit distractions and gives you the ability to literally work night and day on your startup. Since my team was in Buenos Aires (along with all of my family and friends), I ended up travelling back and forth for the sake of the team and my mental health :) Read more ›
In the meantime, our community keeps growing worldwide. Last September we announced 17 Startup Stay ambassadors. They are well connected entrepreneurs that help us facilitate more connections between members and spread the word locally through meetups. Read more ›
@Bowei, based in San Francisco, is a talented entrepreneur that firmly believes in the power of the on-growing startup ecosystem outside Silicon Valley. To that purpose, last January first, he embarked into a fantastic trip around the world to learn about the startup cultures of 36 cities in 29 countries. He will then report back on his findings by publishing slides, videos and interviews. Bowei will be travelling until September 2013, where the journey finishes in Singapore. Read more ›
Growing up, I always remember how my grandfather used to tell me: “You never know who you’re going tomeet and what it could lead to.” That little anecdote of wisdom couldn’t hold truer when it comes to Startup Stay and the global community of entrepreneurs that it has built.
You have an idea of who you may be meeting, but until you actually sit down and start talking with them, it is still a world of connections and synergies that have yet to be discovered. And in the potentially isolated world of start-up-land, this is sacred oasis of like-minded people.
The day I met Matthew Barnett (British entrepreneur, coming from Sydney, Australia) he ventured out across the sea
to San Francisco to raise some capital for his startup, Vimily. We connected on Startup Stay and decided to meet
for a beer after work and talk about the bold and adventurous world of entrepreneurship, as well as the startups we were both working on. He liked my background in feel-good philanthropy and social enterprise, and I was
interested in hearing more about how his business went about capturing the life stories of loved ones. Read more ›