What is the best way to end up in San Francisco (for a non US) ?

Karoly Holczhauser Helping Sky to be more mobile | MBA Candidate | Leadership

March 2nd, 2016

Dear fellow members of FD,
I know it's far from a typical discussion question here on FD, but as professional, who would like to move San Francisco I really interested in your opinion. Please feel free to add personal experience or any comments about strategy ( or actual position), what could be a good answer for this question:

As a professional with 6+ years in software engineering, with ongoing MBA studies, what is the best way to make my path to San Fran, CA. I tried to connect tons of recruiters on LinkedIn, but non of them were able to give positions with working visa sponsorship. 

Thanks for your comments in advance, 
Karoly Holczhauser 

Brian Piercy Full-stack product manager. Polymath.

March 4th, 2016

I would avoid San Francisco. There are many other tech hubs with equal opportunities, as Rob Gropper listed. San Francisco is insanely overpriced and teetering on the edge of another bubble burst.

Judit Fabian Seasoned Finance Professional

March 2nd, 2016

Hi Karoly,
Send me a message either through founder dating or through LinkedIn.

Rob G

March 2nd, 2016

First move to any US city where you can find a company that will sponsor you visa - if i'm correct in assuming you are currently not in the US and need a sponsor.  Once you are here moving about is much easier. Consider tech hubs like NY, Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Seattle (my favorite :). 


March 2nd, 2016

If I could change your mind ... consider Boston instead. Here is why: 
I looked at your LI profile and noticed that you're in London, attending Hult, and in mobile tech space. 
San Francisco is very expensive, with it being the Hollywood of innovators, it's becoming crowded. Don't get me wrong, it's a great place with lots of opportunities, great minds, and a great community. I love SF area. Having said that, Boston can offer a comparable experience and opportunities at a much lower living expense and closer to Europe. It's also home to Hult International and many other great colleges (Harvard, Babson, Bentley, MIT...). 
If you're not convinced, then I recommend that you take a trip to SF area and attend some career networking events and conferences. The best way to approach career opportunities is to meet people in person. 

- Farzad

Jens Zalzala Founder, Head of Mobile Apps Development at Shaking Earth Digital

March 2nd, 2016

I went there for school. Once you're there you can build relationships. 
Although after school I ended up moving to LA instead because of a great opportunity (and years later to the midwest). 

Negash Arefa Business Development Manager at Naprotek

March 11th, 2016

If you are working on startup idea there is an incubator hawkeye.vc that brings qualified startup to silicon valley. I am not sure if you're in that space. 

Suzi Elton Owner WOW Factor Writing|Website Writing That Presells Clients|Website Copy Writer, Web Content, Writer Premium Packages

March 6th, 2016

I lived in San Francisco for almost 30 years. It's an exciting city. Very expensive and always on the verge of another burst bubble. However, historically San Francisco real estate does not decrease in price during down markets (though it was affected by the Great Recession).

It would be valuable for you to write down the reasons "Why San Francisco?" Mainly the value of this exercise is to assess whether you're in love with the movie fantasy of San Francisco or if the reasons are deeper. It's a fantastic place to live and I think everyone should live there for a while in their life. It's not for the faint of heart and takes guts to survive and thrive there.

If you look at the most expensive places to live in the US, I believe you'll find San Francisco is #2. Of course, if you can get a job that will bring you there, I say go for it.


Suzi Elton Owner WOW Factor Writing|Website Writing That Presells Clients|Website Copy Writer, Web Content, Writer Premium Packages

March 11th, 2016

What gets you a job in the Bay Area is a rare and highly desired skill that they cannot find locally.


Marlon Green Passionate Entrepreneur, Experienced SharePoint and IT solutions Specialist, Inventor of THE MUWS, Innovator and Business Analyst

March 10th, 2016

Finding a company to sponsor a working visa is even more difficult. I would take any city in the US (that's not prone to natural disasters) but its really difficult...especially coming from South Africa. So if you find a way...please share your experience Karoly.