Jeff Abbott, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Global Scaling Academy, was recently interviewed by Sergei Samusev, partner at Startup Embassy. Startup Embassy is a base of operations, a home away from home, a launchpad for international entrepreneurs seeking to get something going in Silicon Valley.
Sergei and I had a great conversation and explored the origins and vision of Global Scaling Academy, as well as the many benefits that Startup Embassy offers to international entrepreneurs visiting Silicon Valley.
Startup Embassy is a great launchpad in the Palo Alto / Silicon Valley startup ecosystem for founders coming to work with GSA on scaling their businesses.
Why? Well, who doesn't want to have a real-life experience of their own that feels amazingly close to taking a cameo part in HBO's Silicon Valley--minus Ehrlich Bachmann? On a more serious note, the place is full of interesting, smart and cool people, and is a lot of fun. While there, here are the profiles of just a few of the amazing people I met who are doing amazing things:
This is just a sample of the amazing people I met during a short visit, but is entirely indicative of the quality and diversity of people who cycle through the Startup Embassy week after week. More than 2000 have stayed so far over the past several years. Thanks to vision of Carlos, Sergei, Angelika, Will and the others who run the business, this tremendous exchange of ideas, connections and cross-cultural experience and good will.
There is no question that diversity, inclusion and global connectivity are a critical element to driving the next stage of global development. The UN Sustainable Development goals cite the need for 600 million new jobs by 2030. That means the world needs more companies to achieve scale because it would be more efficient to build 6,000 companies with 10,000 employees than 60 million companies with 10 employees that will have short lifespans.
The mission of Global Scaling Academy is to support entrepreneurs everywhere to make that scaling possible. To that end, it's the world needs many more places like Startup Embassy in communities everywhere where this kind of connection, dissemination and cross-pollination of ideas, and relationship-building occurs.
I can't wait to see where the next chapter of Startup Embassy springs up.