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Explore our pick of inspiring stories and resources, cultural highlights and offbeat stimulus to discover more about San Francisco.

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Mission Blog: Day 5 – Internet of Important Things

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  “We always had a vision” says Don Reeves, EVP at Silver Spring Networks, it is clear that you need consistency of purpose, and audacious goals (big hairy ones, I assume) if you’re going to make it to the big time. We were being hosted by Silver Spring in their Redwood City, CA headquarters, and given an […]

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Mission Blog: Lay of the Legal Land with Penningtons Manches LLP

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  On a sunny warm winter morning we gathered at Galvanize SoMa to hear first-hand of the legal complexities of launching a company on the West Coast. Led by experienced Penningtons Manches LLP partners James Klein and Hamish Corner, the Clean and Cool group discussed corporate, commercial, intellectual property, and immigration matters regarding both US and UK inward investment. The […]

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Mission Blog: The Technical vs Human Business Presentation

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  Having heard last night that we needed to adjust our presentational style to a level where we can successfully “Tell Roger’s Mum”, Guy was immediately inspired to ditch his existing presentation for the next morning and replace it with a “how to” guide on this topic. His key message was that, in developing our […]

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Mission Blog: Day 3 – Mind the Bridge

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  After a reasonably high pressure morning carrying out our 2 minute elevator pitches to some of San Francisco’s most prominent VCs and Investors, it was off to the JP Morgan & Chase building on Mission St.  We were at the building to get an insight into a programme being run in SF called “Mind […]

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Mission Blog: Day 3 – US Pitch and Profile

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  On the flight from London to San Francisco, I saw for the first time the jagged shards of arctic ice, interspersed with black lightning strikes of water, stretching as far as the eye could see and it made me realise once again why, as CEO of Cumulus Energy Storage, I am on the Clean […]

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Mission Blog: Day 3 – US Pitch and Profile

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  Today was the day when the companies pitched to a room of investors and advisers and they didn’t disappoint. The two minute presentations they had honed over previous days came out perfectly and we had one of those great Mission days when companies started saying the whole trip had been worth it for the […]

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Mission Blog: Day 2 – Mentors and Heroes

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  Backed by a sunny afternoon, the Clean and Cool Mission team had a fascinating session with an expert expat panel sharing their experiences of the challenges, advantages and opportunities in starting up ventures in San Francisco. This panel discussion was held in the The Battery, a fascinating club set up by Michael Birch which is a modern […]

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Mission Blog: Day 2 – Mentors and Heroes

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  A busy second day despite it being a public holiday in the US. It was Martin Luther King day and the group drew inspiration from that on a day with a focus on communicating your vision. We started in the Galvanise incubator getting insight from Pennington’s, a UK law firm that have now set up […]

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Mission Blog: Day 1 – A Culture of Innovation

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   Behind a smallish shopfront on Marina Boulevard, the Long Now Foundation resembles something between a trendy coffee shop, second hand bookstore, art gallery and museum of mechanical computers.  This was to be the culmination of a morning’s tour of downtown San Francisco for the Clean and Cool Mission, providing the group with a cultural, […]

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Mission Blog: Day 1 – A Culture of Innovation

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  After flying in on Saturday the Mission group spent Sunday orienting themselves and getting inspired for the week ahead. First up we had an entertaining tour of the city with a focus on the history and key moments that created a city and region strong in entrepreneurial spirit. Founded on the gold rush and […]

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