Breaking Into A New Market? 5 Practical Tips For Non-US Startups To Succeed In The US

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In 20+ years in Silicon Valley I have both seen, advised and sometimes dissuaded foreign entrepreneurs about coming to the US. This is a post with my top 5 insights / practical tips – most of it applies overall whenever leapfrogging from your home market to another country.  1) Not An Obvious Transition – By many metrics the US is the largest market for a startup, largely a function of its population and prosperity. Case in point, it has the third largest population (after China and India) and has been the largest economy as measured by GDP since the 1920s (China…...

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Amit Garg I have been in Silicon Valley for 20 years -- at Samsung NEXT Ventures, running my own startup (as of May 2019 a series D that has raised $120M and valued at $450M), at Norwest Ventures, and doing product and analytics at Google. My academic training is BS in computer science and MS in biomedical informatics, both from Stanford, and MBA from Harvard. I speak natively 3 languages, live carbon-neutral, am a 70.3 Ironman finisher, and have built a hospital in rural India serving 100,000 people.