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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 Dublin and beyond.

Upcoming events (5)

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 WEBINAR: How to Outsource Development of Your App

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: https://www.techspeakforentrepreneurs.com/outsource/ Hurry! Slots are limited! (Registrants will receive login info right before the start of the event.) If you are a non-technical person with an idea for an app, you’re probably looking for a technical co-founder to help you build the app. However, you can launch a tech startup by outsourcing code! In the early days of your startup it can be challenging to attract a technical co-founder to build your app. But by knowing how to efficiently outsource the building of your MVP and gain some traction, you can de-risk the opportunity for the tech person and change the conversation from "I Need You" to "Here's an Opportunity". In this webinar, the speaker will discuss the best way to outsource the development of your app, including: 1) Why outsourcing may be the best way to find a technical co-founder 2) Outsourcing best practices 3) How not get ripped off in the process and more! About the Speaker Nelly Yusupova is a CTO, with over 18 years experience, leading companies 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 major industries 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 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]

FREE! How to Plan and Implement a Successful Exit Strategy!

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This event is FREE 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 participate, you must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-how-to-plan-and-implement-a-successful-exit-strategy-tickets-128290643769 Hurry! Slots are limited! (The login link will be emailed to those who register via Eventbrite. It will be sent right before the start of the event.) All Eventbrite registrants will receive a FREE soft copy of this classic book by Roger Royse (the speaker): Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup The most important event of a startup company’s life is the exit, meaning the sale or initial public offering. At exit, the founders and team may cash out and realize the benefits of many long years of hard work. The M&A market is strong now, and many startup companies are actively seeking a buyer. Other startup companies should be preparing for an eventual sale by taking steps to increase their marketability and limit the risk of a failed acquisition. This presentation will cover: 1) When to start thinking about an exit 2) How to ensure the maximum after-tax returns to the sellers 3) Transitioning from being a founder to becoming an employee of an acquirer 4) Using earn outs to maximize sales proceeds 5) How to retain your most valuable asset – people – until a sale occurs 6) Using intellectual property to make your company an attractive target and more! Silicon Valley attorney Roger Royse will address not only the legal aspects of preparing for M&A but also the practical business and planning issues involved in a successful sale. Please come with questions, scenarios, and comments. About the Speaker 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]

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