Argentina – One Sunny Friday!

What a great group from Argentina visited us last Friday, courtesy of our good partner Miguel Casillas from SV Links!  Representatives from corporates, startups, and academia spent a half day at BootUP, enjoying presentations from some of the entrepreneurial and innovative members of our community: Dave Binetti; Rafael de la Vega, Head of Digital Strategic Partnerships at Banco Santander; and Gustavo Lemos, Co-Founder & CEO of Mediar (previously IDXP).  We even had the Beam in action, showcasing this iconic technology developed at Willow Garage, where BootUP is located today. When asked why they were visiting Silicon Valley, the group said they were here to learn all about innovation. Wrapping up the day, Mukul Agarwal, Founder & CEO of BootUP Ventures, challenged the group to think about what innovation really is – innovation takes you from where you are to where you need to be in an environment in which you are allowed to make mistakes.  

There is no “failure” in innovation!

It was a true pleasure meeting the representatives from:  BLD; Apnea and Jalep; Budget; Distribuidora Di Cuneo; Hey Latam; IAE Business School; Ingenieria Boggio; Isiar Group; Jose Ignacio Parola; La Reina; La Sibila; Lean Analytics Association; and Universidad Austral.  We look forward to seeing you again and helping you on your innovation journey.

Ukrainian Elite Meets @ BootUP


Over the past months, we have been privileged to have many top Ukrainian events at BootUP, including the first Silicon Valley pitch night for Ukrainian startups with participation by the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) and a visit by the National University of Kyiv-Moyhla Academy.  Last week, Silicon Valley’s Ukrainian elite met at BootUP, organized by Marianna Bonechi. This influential group of Ukrainians in Silicon Valley, leaders in their fields, will meet regularly to engage on topics relevant to their community at home and abroad. Participants included: the Consul of Ukraine Oleksandr Krotenko, responsible for Trade & Economic Affairs; the 2017/2018 Cohort of the Stanford Ukrainian Emerging Leaders – Oleksandra Matviichuk, Center for Civil Liberties and Euromaidan SOS; Dmytro Romanovych, Delivery Office of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine; and Olexandr Starodubtsev, Prozorro;  as well as entrepreneurs – Vlad Voskressensky, Founder & CEO; Sasha Reminnyi, Founder of StepShot; Dimitri Lisitski, Co-Founder of Influ2; and many highly skilled tech professionals working in senior positions in the area. It was a night filled with brainstorming and vibrant dialogue about how the Ukrainian Silicon Valley community can better support each other by creating an intellectual and business exchange hub, building a stronger bridge to Ukraine by supporting Ukraine’s startup founders. BootUP is ready to help by providing a place for this group to meet, as well as a platform to assist Ukrainian startups to achieve success in Silicon Valley.   

BootUP-Ukraine is on its way!