The Inside Scoop: How to Build a Career in Tech

16-17 October 2020, San Francisco Hub


Build your career. Refresh your network. Unleash your entrepreneurial potential.

Are you new to Silicon Valley, based in another tech hub, or looking to reconnect with the ecosystem and refresh your network? Have you been itching to launch a new business venture? Do you want to lead an initiative to transform the future of your company, large or small? This intense, experiential workshop is for you.

Gopi Rangan MBA ‘07D, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Founder & General Partner at Sure Ventures, will lead participants on a fast-paced learning journey, focused on Silicon Valley's distinct innovation style and tools.

Join other INSEAD alumni from around the world to gain valuable experience in a simulated environment and learn to navigate Silicon Valley’s corporate and startup ecosystem. Leapfrog years ahead, avoid painful mistakes, build on your strengths, and unleash your entrepreneurial potential.

The Inside Scoop: How to Build a Career in Tech is exclusively available to INSEAD alumni, as well as alumni from other top Business Schools. It is part of INSEAD's Lifelong Learning initiative.

Key Takeaways for you and your Organisation




You will:

  • Learn the secrets of Silicon Valley and how to navigate its unique ecosystem
  • Explore the art of technology innovation and how you can leverage it to scale up your business
  • Think strategically about conceiving and building revolutionary products and services 
  • Gain specific startup skills and experience to accelerate your own venture
  • Discover common pitfalls to avoid while advancing your career or entrepreneurial journey 


Programme Overview and Content


The Inside Scoop: How to Build a Career in Tech brings you together with fellow INSEAD alumni and tech-industry professionals from diverse backgrounds in an intense and highly experiential 1.5-day workshop at the brand new INSEAD San Francisco Hub for Business Innovation.

Through an exciting LIVECASE simulation, you will live the entrepreneurial journey, unlocking key learnings for your career and business in dynamic group discussions.

Experiential Simulation

Horizon III Ventures invests in the most promising startups coming out of its famous accelerator programme in San Francisco. If selected to join, you and your co-founders will join an intense, rigorous and world-class training programme, culminating in a pitch at demo-day… and hopefully in raising the biggest funding round of your cohort!
The competition will be stiff, and there will be startups coming from multiple sectors: biotech, e-commerce, energy, entertainment & media, financial services, manufacturing, medical devices, mobility, plant-based meat alternatives, telecommunications, etc.

Experience the journey from idea to execution, and explore each of the steps along the path to potential success, experiencing firsthand the fast-paced Silicon Valley innovation and venture-building process.

Key learning include:

  • How to transform an idea into reality and become an entrepreneurial leader
  • How to be customer-centric and launch a breakthrough product
  • How to build a competitive business model and go-to-market strategy
  • How to raise funds for high velocity growth
  • How to sell your vision, values and mission to engage with multiple stakeholders.

The LIVECASE teaching methodology immerses participants in an intense and integrative learning experience. Interact with virtual characters, make key decisions, work as a team, and role-play specific situations in a realistic, engaging setting. Gain important tools and key insights, while applying them through a series of carefully crafted business challenges.

Participant Profile


The Inside Scoop: How to build a Career in Tech is designed for INSEAD alumni of all ages, across backgrounds and disciplines, looking to navigate Silicon Valley’s corporate and startup ecosystem to build a thriving career. You may be new to the SF Bay area or thinking of relocating there. You may be a past or current resident, ready to refresh your network and reconnect with the ecosystem. You may be based in another tech hub, looking for learnings and synergies. The programme is particularly relevant for all those involved in product management, VC or a startup.

Are you new to Silicon Valley? Don’t get intimidated by buzzwords and jargon. Unlock the communication codes to build a thriving career in tech. 

Are you itching to launch a new business venture? Starting a new company can be daunting. Learn essential tips and methods from successful entrepreneurs.  

Do you want to lead a transformational initiative inside your company, large or small? Explore how you can harness technology to create lasting impact. 

This unique workshop will give you hands-on practice and a powerful kickstart to take your career or venture to the next level.

Dates and Fees

Date and LocationLengthFee

Friday 16 October 2020, San Francisco Hub

From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

490 USD - INSEAD NAA members*

Saturday 17 October 2020, San Francisco Hub

From 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

790 USD - non-NAA members

*This is a special discount to the regular price and part of the 60th anniversary celebration


Contact us and Registration


For further information about this programme, please contact the INSEAD Lifelong Learning team at




Gopi Rangan

Gopi Rangan MBA ‘07D is the Founder and a General Partner at Sure Ventures, a venture capital fund investing with a mission to enable peace of mind for all, and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. He is also the co-founder of INSEAD Angels - Silicon Valley, an angel investors network for INSEAD alumni to support visionary entrepreneurs.



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