Disruption HQ: How Businesses Can Benefit From a Silicon Valley Tour

Business.com / Technology / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Silicone Valley is well known for being a hub of startup and technology companies, but how can it benefit your business?

Silicon Valley is known for being home to some of the most innovative companies on the planet.

Home to corporations like Google, Apple, Netflix, Realtor.com, and PandoDaily, the thriving region located in the San Francisco Bay Area has become an example of what a successful startup can become.

For businesses outside the area, Silicon Valley seems to have achieved legendary status.

Instead, the area is merely a series of office complexes, each with names more recognizable than the last. The true legend is in the innovative ideas that come out of the area every day, powering everything consumers do today.

Businesses of all sizes and at all stages of development can learn from the techniques these businesses use to come up with great ideas and bring those ideas to market.

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Silicon Valley Tours

You don’t have to head up a business to get a tour of Silicon Valley’s finest. There are sights throughout the area that are open to anyone passing through.

You’ll need no special clearance and you don’t have to know anyone working in the building to get access. These sights include the Intel Museum and IBM’s Almaden Laboratory.

Even though many of Silicon Valley’s most notable businesses are closed to the public, you’ll often see people gathered outside, snapping photos of the exteriors.

Businesses like Apple have stores open to the public, where customers can buy one-of-a-kind items.

The closest you’ll get to Google without being invited to tour is the outside of its campus, where you’ll be able to see the unique works of art and organic gardens that employees enjoy.

An Insider’s View

For many business owners, the experience of touring Silicon Valley goes beyond history lessons and lobby visits. A professional wants to see inside the day-to-day operations and have an experience that will inform and inspire them.

For ambitious entrepreneurs, the primary goal of a Silicon Valley tour is to learn as much as possible about how they can more effectively build their own businesses.

For these tours to be most effective, it’s important to make the experience as interactive as possible.

It isn’t enough for participants to merely meet the minds behind the world’s best businesses. They need to be able to learn as much as possible from these experts.

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Meeting Innovators

Recognizing the importance of interactions with Silicon Valley’s great minds, today’s tours focus on connections.

DV Torque, a new corporate innovation firm in San Francisco, plans to offer Executive Immersions, objective-based innovation tours through some of the Valley’s high spots.

These tours are being offered to executives with some of the biggest businesses in the world to help them craft their own ideas for disrupting their own established businesses in exciting new ways.

For small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, an up-close view of Silicon Valley’s greatest minds might be more difficult to accomplish.

To hear from the area’s finest, many businesses will likely need to attend one of the many events held in the city throughout the year.

Incubators

There are many Silicon Valley-based incubators that can help entrepreneurs who are just starting out. Competition can be tough, but with a great idea and top-quality leadership in place, a startup can earn a spot in an incubator in one of the best places to launch a new business.

Many of these incubators will help connect their entrepreneurs with great mentors in the industry, as well as help them find great business partners and investors.

Being part of a Silicon Valley incubator could also give entrepreneurs access to insider tours of local businesses that they wouldn’t otherwise have.

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When a business joins an incubator, that business also becomes part of the area’s business culture. Instead of touring Silicon Valley businesses as an outsider, those entrepreneurs are members of a nearby organization.

Stepping inside the walls of some of Silicon Valley’s best-known businesses can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for entrepreneurs.

By taking advantage of resources like incubators and conferences, new business owners can access the mentorship and advice of some of the best minds in business today.

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