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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 Berlin and beyond.

Upcoming events (5)

FREE! How to Conceptualize Your Idea into a Fundable Startup/Investor Gary Jinks

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/how-to-conceptualize-your-idea-into-a-fundable-startupinvestor-gary-jinks-tickets-125966730883 Hurry! Slots are limited! In this webinar angel investor Gary Jinks will walk you step by step through a proven framework to help you create or refine your idea into a fundable startup. One area that differentiates successful entrepreneurs from entrepreneurs that fail is their ability to clearly communicate (and see) the pathway from vision to opportunity -- and market fit (right product). Webinar participants will be able to go through this process together with a seasoned angel investor who has worked with many entrepreneurs and helped them take their startups to the next level. AGENDA • Why your Vision is Important. • Defining your Opportunity vs Market Size • Solving the Right Problems vs “Me Too” • Competitive Landscape vs Product Comparison • Q&A About the Speaker: Gary Jinks 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 startup 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 adviser helping clients formulate custom strategies and implementing the next evolution of the startup model, “Startup 3.0 Precision Innovation”. If you have questions about the content of Gary's presentation, please email him 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 Get B2B contacts for over 30 million organizations, powered by Machine Learning! For 100 free leads, mention Idea to IPO and send an email message to: [masked] Never spend time prospecting again!

Venture Capital Panel: Investment and Innovations in  Energy and Climate Tech

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This FREE event is sponsored by Polsinelli and will be moderated by Jason Gordon, a Polsinelli venture capital attorney. 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/venture-capital-panel-investment-and-innovations-energy-climate-tech-tickets-128377872673 Hurry! Slots are limited! (Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event.) A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss investment and latest innovations in energy and climate tech. The discussion will touch on the current global economic and health crises and how energy and the environment are being impacted. Please come with your questions and comments. Panelists: (More panelist TBA.) Carolin Funk, Investment Director, Blue Bear Capital Maria Buitron, Investor, Piva Capital Max Webster, Investor, Version One Ventures Bios of the panelists can be viewed here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-capital-panel-investment-and-innovations-energy-climate-tech-tickets-128377872673 About the Moderator: Jason Putnam Gordon, Venture Capital Attorney, Polsinelli Jason Putnam Gordon is a results-oriented corporate attorney practicing in the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies group in Polsinelli's San Francisco office. He has a passion for working with experienced entrepreneurs and executives to make their vision a reality. Jason regularly represents companies throughout their life cycle in matters related to venture capital financing, strategic corporate relationships, corporate formation, complex mergers and acquisitions, sales, and divestitures. Jason regularly works in a wide array of verticals including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, video games, software, hardware, life sciences, the internet of things and agricultural technology. His clients are based locally, elsewhere in the U.S., and internationally. You can reach Jason at: [masked]

FREE! Venture Capital Panel:   2020 in Review,  What's Ahead in 2021 

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 participate, you must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-venture-capital-panel-2020-in-review-what-to-expect-in-2021-tickets-128289181395 Hurry! Slots are limited! (Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event.) 2020 has been a turbulent and eventful year. A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will review 2020, the Silicon Valley and global startup ecosystem and funding for startups -- and what to expect going forward. Please come with your questions and comments. About the Panelists: (More panelists TBA.) SC Moatti, Managing Partner, Mighty Capital Nuno Goncalves Pedro, Venture Partner, Grishin Robotics Venture Capital / Managing Partner, Strive Capital Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures & Partner, Pegasus Tech Ventures Bios of the panelists can be viewed here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-venture-capital-panel-2020-in-review-what-to-expect-in-2021-tickets-128289181395 About the Moderator: Roger Royse, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP 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]

FREE! How to Position Your Startup for Venture Capital Funding

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This FREE event is sponsored by Polsinelli. The featured speaker is Jason Gordon, a Polsinelli venture capital attorney. 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-how-to-position-your-startup-for-venture-capital-funding-tickets-130345770709 Hurry! Slots are limited! (Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event.) During this webinar you will learn the basics of the venture model and path along with the necessary steps to take so that your company’s legal structure is an attractive investment. The discussion will cover: 1. Why a Delaware C-Corp is the most-common structure 2. How to document the relationship of the founders and early employees 3. The typical funding stages of a successful startup 4. An overview of convertible debt and SAFEs 5. Why it’s critical to run pro forma cap tables before financings 6. What happens in a venture financing 7. Why compliance with securities laws is important 8. Common legal mistakes in raising capital 9. And much, much more Come with your questions and get ready to be excited about venture funding! About the Speaker Jason Putnam Gordon is a results-oriented corporate attorney practicing in the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies group in Polsinelli’s San Francisco office. Jason has a passion for working with experienced entrepreneurs and executives to make their vision a reality. In his practice, he regularly represents companies throughout their life cycle in matters related to venture capital financing, strategic corporate relationships, corporate formation, complex mergers and acquisitions, sales, and divestitures. With industry focuses on consumer goods and technology, because of his broad skill set and deep network, Jason regularly works in wide array of verticals including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, video games, software, hardware, life sciences, the internet of things and agricultural technology. Jason works with companies based locally, elsewhere in the U.S. and internationally. Jason brings a unique skill set to the negotiating table and to litigation-minimization strategies in the board room. He started his career as a federal law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and then continued as a litigator handling corporate, securities, intellectual property, and commercial litigation before establishing a transactional practice. If you have any questions regarding the content of this presentation, you can reach Jason at: [masked]

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