So with that, let's start part two. So Matt, could you please talk about a little bit more about the resources that unit city?
So I mentioned the coding school. Let me let me flesh that out a little bit. We call it unit factory. And the curriculum we use is from coding school. 42. Yeah. So, you know, 40 turns Fremont Oh, yeah. Then over there, yeah.
Jamie? I know, the whole to hold to a critical here. Yeah,
very nice. facilities. Yeah. So,
so we have their curriculum, okay. And the other is the most striking thing about their program is that tuition is free. Yeah, so I think that's a little bit like the Cambridge University model, or the Harvard University model. People are trying to get in there into Harvard, because it's a great reputation. 53 years of tuition free education. That sounds great from the top school. So when people arrive on their first day, we already have some outstanding minds in our you know, it class. I think the whole universities too good to be true when they arrive, or Ah, yeah, I imagine some of them are scratching their heads. How is this possible? Yeah, yeah.
Who's stealing my.
And then the other thing that's unusual about the program is that there are no instructors per se. So teams are formed, and you're given cases that resemble real life problems, and you try to solve them. And there's actually some kind of map. Have you seen that map that Labyrinth, you have to work their way through? Yeah, before you graduate? Yeah.
But, but let's go back. Tell me more about the resources of units city there. Okay. And also, let's kind of get to where we're talking about startups from unit city come in here, and maybe the difficulties that they face, right, but right, yeah, yeah,
we haven't had a lot of startups come this way, yet from unit city, because we're still relatively young. Where, what, two years old? Okay, yeah, but we have what do we have 989 buildings up beautiful office buildings. You can see the links on the on the website after this, this interview.
So talking about Ukrainian startups coming this way. So one of our accelerators is focused on global startups who are interested in the US market and I will facilitate their their transition of us what kind of problems do I see what kind of mistakes are being made over and over again? Well, a lot of startups come here and they, they, they come over here for a week or two. And they come in a big group of startups from the same country. So they show up here. And you know, we are Lotfi, instruct
people here think okay. That's a little strange. Why is that important? And what do you do, right? So you do not brand yourself is from a particular country. No one cares here. Yeah, right. Now, it's another matter if you go to, let's say a blockchain conference, you discover that, oh, all the good startups were from Ukraine. Well, that's a pretty powerful message. Yeah, but you gotta let people discover that for themselves. Okay,
so that's number one. Number two, you really need to stay here, you need someone here. And I would say not just one person, at least two, you need to have each other's back. And you need to assimilate, you need to think like a native of Silicon Valley. And to do that you need to break out of your community, whatever it is, if you're, if you're Chinese, you should not be hanging out with all the other Chinese founders. You need to need to really dive into Silicon Valley and discover it. Yeah, yeah.
Now, I've seen that with a lot of the groups here, Silicon Valley where, where they'll send a VC over from a country and they'll just hang out with their that that group, whether they're Chinese, Japanese, Korean, they never actually immerse themselves in Silicon Valley, and they never get access to the good companies because of that, or
deal flow. That's a huge mistake.
What are some of the other problems that
founders from Ukraine might face when they come here? Do they have visa problems? Or because they're startups they're able to get those? Is that again, easier? harder? That that is a good question. And I need to crack that I have a number of friends who are immigration lawyers. So I'm just going to hand the problem over to them. I'm not on top of it just yet. But I have not come across anyone who has been in such dire straits. They had leaves, okay. Yeah, and I will say this of the Ukrainian startups or the Ukrainian founders who are very successful here. They spent some time the United States before their startup got traction. So I don't know if WhatsApp is that he immigrated here pretty young, young calm but there's a Ukrainian team and WhatsApp and and Yan is originally from Ukraine. Grammarly Grammarly I don't know if we consider Grammarly Ukrainian or Canadian but they're Ukrainian guys
pet cute yeah I don't know how many years they were here before and I think I think they got your through China actually. So that's an interesting path they took how many years
do you think it takes a founder someone from Ukraine to kind of get acclimated to Silicon Valley?
Well depends on the person but if if you're applying yourself I would say a year yeah I got acclimated in Russia in about a year okay yeah I don't look Russian you know I can open a taxi door and they'll speak English to me just
yeah my recommendation go to a lot of parties. Yeah, just just speak speak speak and next thing you know your local Okay,
so far we've talked about getting acclimated to Silicon Valley taken about a year the fast when they do come here, it normally will take them a little while to get acclimated and when they're here they should associate outside of just their their home countries group of course, we talked about when have a startup team here wants to outsource their their development to Ukraine best to have a project manager or one or two points of contact here for that team over overseas. There'll be a cultural difference also be a time difference.
But the cultural difference is the biggest trumps everything else trumps everything else. We also talked about the technology technological Park and the benefits of it with everyone in such a community. What are we missing? What What hasn't been covered so far?
Hmm. One area that I'm developing is events that tie together different tech ecosystems. And obviously, the one I care about is key. If Okay, I will pull them some others as well. And the time differences difficult, but you can include startups from unit city in the agenda for a particular event. So we have through Silicon Valley planet, that's a group that I formed and yeah, I think you're aware of it
too many too many organizations with Silicon Valley,
but those domain names are taken.
So we have a we have a FinTech event coming up on corporate pilots, okay. We'll have some experienced individuals from big corporations from startups in the FinTech space and telling us how to be successful in setting up a pilot. what not to do. And I'd like to have a series of such events across different sectors. Okay. Yeah. And I will be working with my colleagues at unit city and they just launched their first batch of startups and to there are FinTech. So, okay. I will, I will integrate them in my activities here.