Any recommendations on being part of the game while you are an outsider, living far away from any startup hub*? I try to keep myself up to date with what's going on by watching podcasts, reading news, blogs, etc., but I'm an outsider. I'd like to move to a startup hub, but it's impossible for me at the moment (visa-impossible).
I have a day-job to pay the bills and in my spare time I keep building stuff, maybe some day one project will succeed. I'm working alone because I don't know people here interested in joining forces to work in a startup and when I attended startup events it was very depressing. They don't know who Jason Cohen, Dharmesh Shah, Jason Calacanis. Saying things like "Mark Suster and Howard Morgan liked my product." has absolutely no weight around here because they don't know them. They ask instead for a business plan.
So, any ideas on what can I do to be part of the game while I'm such an outsider?
* I think the great hubs are, of course, the valley, maybe Seatle, New York, Boulder and in Europe I think only London qualifies.