I had already made contact to meet Adiba Cremonini who is miss networker for the Swedish community in Silicon Valley. When I was settled in I had a few meetings that I had set up myself and then I met with her. She took me to a Silicon Vikings event, where I met other Scandinavian entrepreneurs, business people, angels and interns. A great mix of people. I tried to meet as many people as possible- “elevator pitch”- grab a business card, then Linked in and follow up e-mail. I met Sven Otto Littorin at the event, who has been a visiting scholar at the Stanford Wallenberg Hall. He did a great job of showing me the Stanford campus and he gave me insight in the Stanford community. It was great to meet him at Stanford, as he was not a politician he would have been in Stockholm. Within a day he even gave me some top contacts in Sweden that should help my start up.
Every day I would meet people that would tell me to meet this and that etc. I managed to go by the Black Box Mansion, which is a big mansion with European entrepreneurs loitering around. I met the host Bjoern Lasse Herrmann who introduced me to more people and more connections. He later invited me for a dinner they have every week where I met another bunch of interesting people.
I also met up with Ron Gutman a Stanford graduate, entrepreneur and angel investor, he pointed out that starting iDoc24 in the US would need FDA approval before a launch. Ron also introduced me to RockHealth which is a six month incubator for start ups and their web page is a great resource for health start ups. I met with Eric Douglas at Cellscope, which is a start up within the field of mobile microscopes. They are currently working on a mobile ear infection device, to diagnose ear infections.
I was also very fortunate to be invited to the department of dermatology at the University of San Francisco where dermatologist Ivy Lee took care of me. As a medical doctor I was able to take part in the morning educational session where there was an exclusive talk on the new treatment of metastatic malign melanoma drug Vemurafenib produced by Plexxikon.
Now I am home and got lots of work to do. I really learnt something and the Silicon Valley bug has bitten me. There are problems of course to make a move: Visa, investors, leaving your home in Sweden. But now I have 6 months to try and rectify this and iron out any problems. The 3 weeks cost me a total of $4000. Moving my company there will probably cost $50 000 even before hiring people. The latest in Silicon Valley is that a computer engineer wants $150 000 and options, so be well prepared before you take the plunge. And BTW I gained 7 kilograms of fat during the trip!
For any help with my contacts and basic advice, drop me a mail alexander@iDoc24.com