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Help for Business From Abroad
First question: do you need to set up a company in the US?
If you seek venture capital or other investment here, the answer is "yes." Investors generally prefer to invest close to their home base.
If you do set up a company here, what portion of your activities needs to be brought here?
You don't need to bring your whole business here: far from it. The Valley understands the cost savings inherent in keeping your R&D people, for example, in a country offering relatively cheaper skilled labor.
But if you want to raise money here, you need here:
- your CEO, the creative heart of your venture
- probably your marketing team, because marketing is what the Valley does best, and
- your Intellectual Property.
Your IP needs to be firmly in place in the entity that raises the money. Silicon Valley investors do not invest in shadows.
Of course, putting the Intellectual Property in the company here does not mean that you have lost it somehow, because you will remain owners of the US company, along with the investors that you find here.
A Focused Network
Before you even arrive, we can help you decide what to do here. If you're not seeking investment in the US, you have several alternatives to creating your own company.
Would you be better off finding an established strategic partner? We can refer you to intermediaries who can help you locate the right one. We might even know one ourselves...
In addition, we can refer you to consultants specializing in helping start-ups from abroad adjust their business models to reflect US commercial realities, and in particular explain the differences between how things are done here and abroad. The world's biggest market demands great and specialized marketing savvy.
In short, our network of service providers and other advisers has been selected for its particular talents and skills that complement our own in serving start-ups from abroad.