Thursday, September 13, 2007

Silicon Valley

I have traveled to Palo Alto about 8 times per year over the past 6 years, and I have therefore watched the boom, bust, and now boom again. What an amazing time.

Mari, Donna, and I have just spent two very productive days in the area discussing GlobalGiving with funders, advisors, potential users, and business partners. It is amazing how much we can get done in 2 days here, since there are so many people inventing so many interesting things.

The money here is an important factor, but what is most powerful about Silicon Valley is the attitude: When you float a new idea out here, people generally try to think of a hundred ways it could succeed. This is a refreshing change from the atmosphere in many other places, including Washington, where people generally respond by telling you a hundred reasons why your idea can't succeed.

To be honest, I am pretty tired of flying so much. But the energy and openness out here (almost) make up for the cramped seats and delayed flights.