I took my first trip to San Francisco as an entrepreneur in July, and I wish I’d gone to visit the west coast a lot sooner. If you are a Boston area first-time entrepreneur looking to raise money, you should get on a plane as fast as you can book a flight. Paul Graham has been saying that the fundraising climate is different out there for years, and he’s absolutely right. So take a trip and see what happens. A lot of west coast investors are willing to write checks, even if your company is based on the east coast. Here are five tips I wish I’d known when traveling west the first time.