Moving to Silicon Valley as a Foreign Founder — The Startup Tapes #011



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Five years ago Kazuki Ohta didn’t speak English, yet it was obvious to him that his startup had to happen in the US. He and his co-founders at Treasure Data’s are all Japanese, met in Tokyo, but decided to build their company in Silicon Valley from the start. After 100 hires and $47M raised, they highlight the increasingly common trend of fast-growth startups, started by all-foreign teams, right from the heart of California. Why do these founders do it? How? And it is worth it?

Guest: Kazuki Ohta
CTO at Treasure Data

Host: Tim Anglade
Executive in Residence at Scale Venture Partners

The Startup Tapes chronicle the highs & lows of building a startup, through candid interviews with founders, operators & advisors. Tim Anglade, an Executive-in-Residence at Scale Venture Partners and formerly with Realm, Apigee, and Cloudant leads the project with the goal to de-mystify the process through which startups emerge, grow & succeed. His unfiltered interviews transcribe the conversations we often hear in the boardroom, amongst our portfolio community and with entrepreneurs and partners we engage with every day.

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