SummaryBy William Channer | 28 August 2011 | Length: 21 mins Andy Mcloughlin walks us through the necessary steps to establish your business in San Francisco. We explore incorporating, employee costs and office space. He then reveals how to manage at a distance distance if you have offices elsewhere.
Starting a Business in San Francisco
Firstly, ask yourself do you really need to be there? Setting up an office in the US is time consuming and costly. If you do decide to set up shop there are a few things you’re going to need:
- A US company. We used Orrick Corporate Lawyers in London to set this up. We’re incorporated in Delaware with a license to trade in California.
- A visa. There are a ton of options for entrepreneurs including the L-1, E-2 and O-1. Use a specialist immigration lawyer to assist with your application. Recommendations include Goeschl Law Corporation, Dunbar Harder, and The Wright Law Firm . Be warned – visas are time consuming and expensive to obtain.
- Payroll, healthcare and a pension plan. There are a ton of providers for each but we used a company called HSP who will act as a broker / intermediary for each.
Andy McLoughlin is the co-founder and SVP Strategy of Huddle. Defying his mother’s advice that ‘the internet will never take off’, Andy began tinkering with the web in the mid-nineties before starting his career at Fibernet Group plc as the company’s European webmaster in 2001. With more than 10 years of industry experience, Andy is an expert in the field of online collaboration. He also created DrinkTank with his co-founder Alastair Mitchell which holds events in London, Paris and San Francisco.
Born : London, 1979
Education : University of Sheffield, BA Economics
Favorite Book : How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young
Favorite Film : Goodbye Lenin
Favorite Gadget : iPhone
Favorite Meal : Steak and good pinot noir. Or cheap Chinese food.
Favorite Music : Indie electro
Favorite Place : Hong Kong or San Francisco
Favorite Software : Spotify
Favorite Website : Too many to list
First Job : Web development / online marketing / design chimp at Fibernet Plc
Role Model : Reid Hoffman