Entrepreneurship @ Caltech

SF Bay Area Tech Startup Field Trip

The Caltech Entrepreneurship Club is organizing a trip up to the San Francisco Bay Area to meet with leading tech VCs, entrepreneurs and startups.  The trip will run from Wednesday, January 23, 2013 to Sunday, January 27, 2013.  We will be visiting VC firms such as Sequoia and Plug-n-Play, entrepreneurs like Steve Blank, Drew Houston, and Adam D’Angelo, and startups like Square and Airbnb.  The focus of this trip will be tech entrepreneurship and we will only be selecting those applicants who are passionate about building technology.


Apply here.  Application deadline is January 8, 2013.  Apply soon as space is very limited! 

Please email Bryan Jadot (bjadot@caltech.edu) any questions.  

***Note: we understand that Wed., Jan 23 is also the day of Career Fair. If this is a major concern for you, please still apply, and we can accommodate your group to leave Wednesday night. 

The cost of this trip per attendee is yet to be determined.  Selected applicants will be required to pay a $50 deposit.  Please be patient as we are working to help cover all costs.  We are also organizing transportation and accommodations.

Here are some of the highlights:

Sequoia Capital – A leading venture capital firm, Sequoia has invested in many top technology company including Apple, Oracle, Yahoo, Google, Youtube, Dropbox and Instagram.  We will be meeting with a member of the Dropbox’s board of directors as
well as a Caltech alum.

Quora – Founded by Adam D’Angelo, a former member of Lloyd house, Quora is one of the hottest startups in the Bay Area.  Their site allows users to post questions that experts then answer. We will meet with Adam, tour the office and learn about how to found and grow such a successful company.

Plug and Play Tech Center – Plug and Play is a newly formed accelerate.  We have partnered with them to organize a mixer for our students, members of our alumni network and other venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the area.

Square – Square is a startup that develops a product that accepts iPad-based payments.  We may even personally speak with Square’s CEO and founder Jack Dorsey, who also founded Twitter.

Airbnb – A new, but well-known start up in the bay area, Airbnb allows users to rent out a room in their house or apartments to travelers.  They are used globally and are a prime example of a new successful Internet startup.

Drew Houston – Drew founded Dropbox and is one of the best-known entrepreneurs in the bay area.  We will be speaking with him about entrepreneurship and his company.

Steve Blank – Steve Blank is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist who teaches entrepreneurship courses at Stanford University.  We will be visiting him at his famous ranch in Palo Alto.