Surfin’ USA: What we can learn from Silicon Valley

Last night I listened to Liz Weston of Weston Communications talk about her visit to the businesses in Silicon Valley. She was speaking at The Likeminded Network women’s networking group in St Neots, Cambs.

The whole presentation was recorded on video (and yes, Liz did get me to do a piece in front of the camera too!) so I hope to be able to post a link to the presentation once it’s been edited and posted up on the internet.

There were a lot of ideas to take away and I’m still processing most of them the morning after. But I’ve recorded a two minute audio of one idea that really stood out: simplicity.

(That was recorded at about 11pm when I got home. I love Audioboo.)

Here’s what else really stood out. You’d expect senior people from Facebook, Google and LinkedIn to be talking about money and how to make plenty of it. But the message was that we should focus on our purpose, making lives better, simplifying. If we get those things right, the money will follow.

I also want to say a few words about networking and The Likeminded Network:

(By the way, you can hear my two year old telling me he’s had a wee in the background! Just to prove I’m an authentic business mum. :))

The Likeminded Network is a fabulous group of women, very supportive but also energetic, dynamic and full of ideas. Thanks ladies!

(The photo is one of Liz Weston winning the Future 100 Entrepreneur of the year in 2010. Photos of the night to follow!)

 

Comments

  1. Lovely blog Helen (especially the bit about doing a wee!)

    I agree with the importance of networking for people who work from home and especially how supportive people are in The Likeminded Network.

    Liz is an inspiration, a busy Mum, breadwinner and making a real success of weaving many different strands of business together.

    I’d forgot what fun Audioboo can be – thanks for reminding me!

    • Thank you very much Ann! It was great to finally have a chat face-to-face on Tuesday, too. Yes, Audioboo is great – so quick and easy to use. I’ve got the app on my phone and it’s just like recording a voicemail. I think it’s good to try something different on your blog to keep it interesting – so far not many people are using audio, so this is an easy and fun way to mix things up a bit.

      I agree with you about Liz, too!

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