What we're about

Entrepreneurship permeates the culture of Silicon Valley - the innovation capital of the world.

The advent of the Digital Age has democratized innovation and entrepreneurship.

Never before has it been more possible for anyone from anywhere, with a great idea and a burning desire to succeed, to make it big, and in the process, change the world in a relatively short period of time.

HP, Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Yahoo, eBay, Amazon, Google, Facebook and many, many, many other iconic companies all started with just an idea.

Taking a startup from idea to IPO has taken on mythical proportions in Silicon Valley and beyond. Many dream the dream, with hopes of launching the "next big thing".

We are a community of entrepreneurs, technologists, engineers, venture capitalists, angel investors, educators, financial professionals, corporate executives, attorneys, academics, bloggers, writers, content creators, and social activists.

Our mission is to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge, guidance, tools, and connections they need to succeed. Our goal is to build a strong, vibrant, collaborative entrepreneurial community with deep, lasting business and social relationships throughout Silicon Valley and beyond.

Upcoming events (5)

FREE! Venture Capital Panel: Investment and Latest Innovations in AgTech

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event. This event is FREE to attend. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Please only RSVP "Yes" if you will be attending. In order to participate, you must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-capital-panel-investment-and-latest-innovations-in-agtech-tickets-113590227428 Hurry! Slots are limited! A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss investment and the latest innovations in agtech. There will be some discussion of the current global crisis and food supply issues. Please come with your questions and comments. About the Panelists: (More panelists TBA.) Anna Fokina, DCVC BIo Anna Fokina is a senior associate at DCVC Bio, an early stage venture capital fund focused on agtech and computational life science. Previously she was on the investment team at Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV), the venture capital arm of Monsanto, which was one of the most active investors globally in agriculture. Prior to joining MGV, Anna was a long-short equity analyst at Moore Capital Management and SC Fundamental. Before that, she was an investment banking analyst in the M&A group at Centerview Partners. Anna received a BA in Economics-Mathematics from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ephraim Lindenbaum, Advance Ventures Ephraim Lindenbaum is the founder and managing director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley ­based venture investment fund and venture accelerator that invests in seed and early­ stage start­ups. Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its core market sectors, including health tech. Claire Pribula, The Yield Lab Asia Pacific Claire Pribula is the managing director of The Yield Lab Asia Pacific (YLAP) based in Singapore, which is the latest fund of The Yield Lab global network of independent funds which are present in North America, Europe, and Latin America. The Yield Lab is the first Global agtech federation of funds focused on early stage investing, accelerating, and scaling relevant impactful innovation utilizing deep science and industry expertise across all aspects of agriculture. Prior to The Yield Lab Claire spent 22 years in the Asia Pacific region creating and leading new businesses in the technology industry, including a startup that had a successful exit that ultimately led her to focus on agtech. About the Moderator: Roger Royse is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone, LLP and practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. He works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries. Roger has been an instructor or professor of legal, tax and business topics for the Center for International Studies (Salzburg, Austria), Golden Gate University School of Law and Stanford Continuing Studies and is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.. Roger is the author of Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup and has been interviewed and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Tax Notes, Inc. Magazine, Nikkei Asian Review, China Daily, San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, The Recorder, 7X7, Business Insurance and Fast Company. If you have questions for Roger, you can reach him at: [masked]

Pitch Practice: How to Pitch to Investors and Get the Deal in a COVID-19 World

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered and paid via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info before the start of the event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. There is a cover charge to attend this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Please only RSVP "Yes" if you will be attending In order to attend, please register and pay here: (Registration link TBA.) Hurry! Slots are limited! Raising money is a difficult and stressful task for startup Founders.Founders struggle to get the right combination of facts and projections to persuade investors to put in money. This workshop is an intro to the longer pitch program. It covers to the two main parts of pitching: 1) What to say 2) How to say it On this webinar you will learn: 1) The five step elevator pitch to get to the point in 60 seconds. 2) The standard topic for each page of the pitch deck, (for 90% of the startups) 3) How to use your customer “use case” in a story to show what your product does 4) The four key background points to set your pitch in the right direction 5) The key item two thirds of startup pitches leave out that is critical to customer adaption 6) The essential key points investors are looking for and more! This workshop is an intro to a four day workshop that speaker, entrepreneur and thought leader Steve Austin has presented to accelerators in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, in Asia and Europe.This content was derived from interviews with angel investors and venture capitalists in attendance at over 100 pitch to investor events where Steve’s students have pitched. This workshop focuses on what angel investors and venture capitalists have indicated they are looking for in startup pitches. Don’t waste more time with weak pitches. Learn how to focus on the essential points and get the deal. Scale your Innovation into Revenue!™ About the Speaker: Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and the founder of Silicon Valley iLab.He has worked with over 2,500 startups—giving him a unique insight into challenges and secrets to success when it comes to being an entrepreneur. Dozens of startups have raised funds and scaled up after attending Steve's workshops. Steve has presented workshops in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and around the world. He has spoken at conferences at Tsinghua, Geju and SUES Universities in China and at incubators and accelerators in in Austria, Korea and Turkey. Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. He has been the CEO, MD, and vice president of sales and marketing for several organizations. Steve has managed global operations including personally generating hundreds of millions of dollars in B2B sales. Steve holds a BS in Finance and Chemistry. For fun, enjoys playing the guitar and hikng. You can reach Steve at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/ Organizational Sponsor: SEMrush WHERE GOOD MARKETERS BECOME GREAT! Join 4 million SEMrushusers Analyze data on more than 580 million domains and more than 16 billion key words! Uncover your competitors' organic search, paid, content, PR and social media strategies! Find the most profitable keywords for your website! Get a FREE 7 Day TRIAL! Visit: https://www.semrush.com/sem/?ref=9340528129&refer_source=&utm_source=berush&utm_medium=promo&utm_campaign=link_7-day_pro_trial

FREE! Wednesday Night Business and Technology Mixer

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www.idea-to-ipo.com @ideatoipo (https://twitter.com/ideatoipo) https://www.facebook.com/IDEA.TO.IPO www.youtube.com/ideatoipo This event is 100% online. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. This event is free to attend. In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/silicon-valley-wednesday-night-business-social-networking-mixer-online-tickets-115562565745 (The login link will be emailed to registered participants right before the start of the event.) Hurry! Slots are limited! There's no content or speaker at this event -- just business and social networking. Build your business and social network - face to face (online)! Come out and enjoy a gathering of professionals from all walks of life, right from the comfort of your own home office! You may meet your next business collaborator, client, employer, employee, friend, or tennis partner (once social distancing passes)! Meet other Silicon Valley movers and shakers - Internet entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, mobile app coders, attorneys, bloggers, academics, thought leaders, community organizers, artists, financiers, and investors! It's okay if you have to come late and/or leave early. Feel free to drop in whenever you can. You can stay for 15 minutes or the full two hours. Towards the end of the evening we may watch an episode of Silicon Valley (the TV series). Good stuff! COST: FREE to attend. This event is organized in collaboration with Albert's List, a job search community based in Silicon Valley with 42,000+ job seekers, hiring managers, recruiters, and career service providers. Join us at bit.ly/findyournextjob. Organizational Sponsors: SEMrush WHERE GOOD MARKETERS BECOME GREAT! Join 4 million SEMrushusers Analyze data on more than 580 million domains and more than 16 billion key words! Uncover your competitors' organic search, paid, content, PR and social media strategies! Find the most profitable keywords for your website! Get a FREE 7 Day TRIAL! Visit: https://www.semrush.com/sem/?ref=9340528129&refer_source=&utm_source=berush&utm_medium=promo&utm_campaign=link_7-day_pro_trial CRATUS is Silicon Valey's IoT Technology and Product Design Company. CRATUS Provides Engineering Innovation Services for creating IoT Products and Platforms. www.cratustech.com ASSET-Rx is the operational intelligence software that connects the shop floor to the top floor in manufacturing facilities, factories, medical institutions, repair centers, and assembly lines. ASSET-Rx provides you quick and easy access to your KPIs by autonomously harvesting intelligence from the interactions between your inventory, your assets, and your team. www.cratustech.com/asset-rx PHYSICAL | DIGITAL | CONNECTED For more info on Idea to IPO events, visit: www.idea-to-ipo.com

FREE! Pitch to Angel Investor Gary Jinks, Managing Director, South Valley Angels

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This event is FREE to attend. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. In order to participate, you must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-pitch-to-investor-gary-jinks-managing-director-south-valley-angels-tickets-115563973957 Hurry! Slots are limited! Your ability to present your business case confidently and clearly is critical for funding, partnerships and building your team. Most people are not born natural speakers we must work on it. This forum will allow you to pitch or listen to others and hear the guidance and discussions from a Silicon Valley thought leader. This is a great opportunity to practice you pitch, get constructive feedback and guidance. Format: Three minute pitch followed by five minutes of one-on-one feedback and discussion. a) elevator pitch with no slides or b) pitch with slide deck If you would like to pitch and get feedback during the webinar, email Gary at: [masked] Since this is a public forum do not ask for any funding or discuss your use of funds. Agenda Opening Comments: Guidelines and Format Pitches Open Q&A About the Instructor: Gary is the Founder and Managing Director of South Valley Angels and an executive level leader with deep expertise and extensive track record developing high yield innovation ecosystems and building up high growth exit focused start-up ventures. Gary has created, transformed and launched innovation in the Silicon Valley his entire career, from combat vehicles to lifestyle apps. Gary founded GLJ Group in 2005 and has led engineering, strategic direction and, business development for corporate clients resulting in over $300M in new business. In 2010 he shifted complete focus to the Startup community, advising over 400 Startups, working with the top incubators and investors in the Silicon Valley, launching innovation centers and developing regional ecosystems around the globe. He is a regular speaker, evangelist and lead executive advisor helping clients formulate custom strategies and implementation of the next evolution of the Startup Model, “Precision Innovation” If you have any questions about the content and format of this webinar, contact Gary at: [masked] Organizational Sponsors: SEMrush WHERE GOOD MARKETERS BECOME GREAT! Join 4 million SEMrushusers Analyze data on more than 580 million domains and more than 16 billion key words! Uncover your competitors' organic search, paid, content, PR and social media strategies! Find the most profitable keywords for your website! Get a FREE 7 Day TRIAL! Visit: https://www.semrush.com/sem/?ref=9340528129&refer_source=&utm_source=berush&utm_medium=promo&utm_campaign=link_7-day_pro_trial Albert's List is a job search community helping facilitate the career journey, helping 43,000+ job seekers, hiring managers, career service providers, and industry leaders discover the qualities of meaningful work. Join us to meet your next new hire, professional contact, or support network and take your career to the next level. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/findyournextopportunity/ www.albertslist.org

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