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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 from Silicon Valley to Bangalore and beyond.

Upcoming events (5)

How Non-Techies Can Launch Successful Tech Startups

Online event

This event is organized by TechSpeak. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. This event is FREE to attend! In order to attend, please register here: http://bit.ly/3rpVxZl (Registrants will receive login info right before the start of the event.) As a non-techie, If you want to launch a successful tech startup your goal shouldn’t be to learn how to code and create your own app. Your goal should be to learn how to build the right team and implement the right processes to execute your idea. Then you need to go to market as fast as possible so you don’t miss out on the market opportunity. Join us for a FREE 60 minute online masterclass and learn what non-technical founders need to know to launch a successful tech startup. You will learn: 1) The one most important skill that you must have in the early stages of your startup to be successful 2) Why it’s so hard to find a technical co-founder or CTO and what you should do instead to get your idea off the ground 3) Two money-saving skills you need in order to test ideas without engaging a developer 4) How to define your MVP properly to reduce the cost and time required to develop your app 5) The importance of process and more! Please come with your questions and scenarios. About the Speaker Nelly Yusupova is a CTO, with over 18 years of experience leading organizations to technical excellence. She is a startup tech advisor, outsourced CTO, and the creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs. Nelly is on a mission to help entrepreneurs minimize technology mistakes. Through her online master class TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, she provides the roadmap to successfully manage technology teams and projects. Just recently included in Fast Company’s, “League of Extraordinary Women”, Nelly has been at the forefront of the women’ s movement online since 1999 and is one of the Wall Street Journal’s “Women on the IT Fast Track”. Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and presented at many major industry events, including: Women’s Enterprise Center, New York Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, and more. She has been featured in Inc. Magazine, NBC's Today Show, Fast Company, NewsDay.com, O’Reilly, Smart Money, Small Biz, TechRepublic, Women’s Radio and more. Nelly can be reached at: [masked]

FREE! How to Use Storytelling to Scale up Your Customer Base and Revenue!

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. 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. Please only RSVP "Yes" if you will be attending In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-use-story-telling-to-scale-up-customers-and-revenue-tickets-124216542021?aff=IdeaSViLabFreeTix33Comm&afu=3951017871 Hurry! Slots are limited! (Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info before the start of the event.) Find out how to use storytelling to build rapport and trust with your customers. Learn how stories help people gain insights and change behavior for mutual benefit. Marketing depends on connecting to prospects and customers with your branding message. The message should promise to to fulfill their needs. Storytelling lets us get personal with our customers. A good story invites the listener to engage with us. It’s a human moment that builds a bridge of connection and trust. People learn from stories. They inspire good ideas into movements. They change how people view the world. Join us to learn how to use a story to build trust and affinity with your customers. In this workshop you will: · Learn the six steps that make a great story · Find the story that reveals the insight and behavioral change you need · Match the story to the need; tell the story to reveal hidden insight and new belief and action. Participants are invited to share a short story to shape it into the six steps that make a great story. You will learn tips to make the story brief, personal and inspiring so the audience connects with you. Most importantly – learn how to get the listener to change behavior and take some type of action. Finally, we will review the differences between a story presented live and in person vs via video or in writing. This will be a powerful and entertaining event! About the Speaker Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and founder of Silicon Valley iLab. He has worked with over 2,500 startups—giving him a unique insight into the patterns of success . Dozens of startups have raised funds and scaled up after attending the workshops. Steve has been the CEO, COO and VP Sales and Marketing. He has been responsible for driving company revenue through good times and 3 recessions. Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. has managed global operations including personally making $100s of millions in B2B sales. 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 Techparks in Austria, Korea and Turkey. Steve has a BS in Finance and a major in Chemistry. He plays guitar and hikes for fun. https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/ Keywords: growth hacking, inbound marketing, sales and marketing, increase sales, seed funding, raise money, entrepreneur, story telling 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

U.S. Visa Options for Int'l Tech Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Investors

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. 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. In order to participate, you must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-visa-options-for-intl-tech-professionals-entrepreneurs-and-investors-tickets-136514302955 Hurry! Slots are limited! (The login link will be sent to Eventbrite registrants right before the event begins.) This workshop will cover various U.S. visa options for tech professionals, entrepreneurs and investors, including employment-based visas and the best visa options for starting your own company. We will also discuss the different challenges to getting visas to the U.S. and strategies for successfully overcoming these obstacles. We will close with a discussion on what changes we can expect with the Biden administration. The speaker will go over: 1) Visas for exploring business and employment opportunities in the United States 2) Visas for employment and investment, such as the E, H-1B, L-1 and O-1 and the advantages and disadvantages of each 3) An overview of the paths to permanent residence, including employment, family and investment 4) Common obstacles to obtaining a visa and how to overcome these obstacles 5) What to expect from the Biden administration and what that means for you and your visa options and more! Please come with your questions, concerns and scenarios. About the Speaker: Nadia Yakoob has over 20 years of experience in U.S. immigration law. She began her career at Fragomen, which is the world's largest immigration law firm, and spent eight years in their New York, Brussels and San Francisco offices. From there she went to work as a staff attorney for the federal courts (Ninth Circuit) in their immigration unit. After five years with the federal courts, she decided to start her own immigration practice. She works primarily with start-ups, emerging companies, and tech entrepreneurs. She graduated from Georgetown University's Law Center in 2000 where she was the Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. Nadia can be reached at: [masked]

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/pitch-to-investor-gary-jinks-managing-director-south-valley-angels-tickets-124660905123 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. This is a great opportunity to practice your pitch, get constructive feedback, guidance and investor insight. Format: 3 minutes to pitch followed by 5 minutes one-on-one feedback and discussion; no slides. Since this is a public forum do not ask for any funding or discuss your use of funds. Agenda Opening comments, rules and format Pitches Open Q&A discussion (30min). About the Speaker: Gary is the founder and managing director of South Valley Angels and an executive level leader with deep expertise and an 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 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 450 startups, working with the top incubators and investors in 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 For more info on Idea to IPO events, visit: www.idea-to-ipo.com

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