Being Canadian Might Just be the Best Way to Break into Silicon Valley

Posted by Boris Wertz

There is a PayPal mafia, a Facebook mafia. and a Twitter mafia. They're all powerful networks of entrepreneurs and investors based in Silicon Valley.

Now, there is a “Canadian mafia” emerging. And it's very strong.

It started to formalize with the launch of the C100 a few years ago. The organization is comprised of a select group of Silicon Valley-based Canadian entrepreneurs, technology executives, and venture capitalists, and has launched some amazing programs, like “48 Hours in the Valley” and the “Canada CEO tech summit." But more important, it's helped spur this Canadian angle that is starting to open doors in all sorts of places.

I spent the past month in the Bay Area and found that one of the most successful ways to get into a specific organization is to find out if there is any Canadian connection. And, interestingly enough, there are Canadians (or people with a connection to Canada) sitting almost everywhere.

You can find them in the big Internet companies like Google, Apple, or Facebook; you can find them in major tech blogs and among conference organizers; you can find them among VC’s or super-angels. And Canadians are actually starting to talk about a Canadian mafia and feeling proud about being part of this emerging community.

So the next time you are trying to get that important meeting, try the Canadian angle – it might be the most powerful way to break into the Valley.

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Company:
W Media Ventures
Website:
http://www.wmediaventures.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

W Media Ventures is a Vancouver-based venture capital firm focusing on Consumer Internet opportunities in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. We are looking for entrepreneurs that want to build remarkable companies in the fields of digital media, e-commerce, social networks or platforms. Having founded and run Internet companies ourselves, we not only understand the space but also the challenges of starting... more

Company:
C100
Website:
http://www.thec100.org/
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

C100 is a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and investment. C100 is comprised of a select group of Canadians based primarily in Silicon Valley, including executives of leading technology companies, experienced startup entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. C100 members are passionate about leveraging their collective experience, expertise... more


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Boris Wertz

Boris Wertz

Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North-America and the founding partner of version one ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 40 early-stage consumer internet and enterprise companies, including Edmodo, Flurry, Frank & Oak, Indiegogo, Julep, Top Hat, and Wattpad. He sits on the boards ofClio and Indochino among others. Boris is a venture partner of Munich-based... more



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