Last week, our team at ClickDishes flew down to San Francisco to participate in the Startup Grind Global conference sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs. As one of the top 100 startups selected to present our product, we gained great exposure for our app and talked to other global startups to see what cool new ventures they were working on. Many of the individuals we met were extraordinarily innovative, which has inspired us to continue making our vision happen. We met people that were designing a robot chef, companies with apps that matched you with roommates, and many farm to table initiatives from all over the world.
In our time off from boothing and networking, we also had the opportunity to listen to various talks from tech celebrities in Silicon Valley including the likes of Chris O’Neill, Noam Bardin, Vinod Khosla, and Jan Koum. Vicki Zhou, an executive here at ClickDishes, said her favourite takeaway was from listening to Ben Horowitz on the topic of creating company culture, where he said “keep what works, make shocking rules and demonstrate priorities.” As a startup, we’re always thinking of how to create the kind of company culture that attracts top-level talent and allows employees to reach their creative potentials.
Another key takeaway from the week was the concept of limits, or the lack of them. Evernote’s CEO Chris O’Neill discussed having no boundaries on our thoughts and trying to improve them daily, while Vinod Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures, believes that every industry has room for innovation. We could not agree more with both these gentlemen. This past week at Startup Grind has inspired us to continue to innovate in the industry we are passionate about. What a great adventure it was to be able to come down to Silicon Valley from Canada and experience it all!