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Food Startups is a community of food lovers, food producers, chefs, entrepreneurs, investors, designers, engineers, and thought leaders who are passionate about food innovation.

We started Food Startups because of the growing demand for improving how we produce, distribute, discover, consume, and share food through the use of good technology and design.

We bring together industry experts, entrepreneurs, investors, journalists and thought leaders, fostering collaborative dialogues to better understand these issues and devise solutions for improving food and the human experience.

Upcoming events (5)

FREE! How to Do Online B2B Sales & Communication for ACTION 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! 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-do-online-b2b-sales-get-results-in-a-covid-19-world-12-2pm-tickets-121085470903?aff=IdeaSVilabFrTix33Com&afu=3951017871 Hurry! Slots are limited! Work and business are now online. We must be able to persuade and MAKE-It-HAPPEN online! Learn how to LEAD and SELL by asking the right questions, hearing the unspoken and gaining agreement. Please bring a specific issue or goal you have to use for the discussion. You will be invited to try your message online during the workshop. You will get friendly feedback that will help lift your game and have fun at the same time! You will learn how to get the job done working in the online world. It is an intro to a longer B2B sales and leadership training program. Leadership and persuasion are essential to B2B selling. Its all about making things happen. Learn how to communicate for ACTION: to discover needs, overcome issues and LEAD PEOPLE TO MAKE DECISIONS to act or buy. We will assume that we don’t have access to face to face, in person communications going forward – all the work and communication will be done online. 1. Discover how to lead, sell, and persuade using QUESTIONS to MOVE FORWARD. 2. Use the 5-Step Goal Model to SIMPLIFY THE TALKS. 3. Learn the DACI model for FACT-BASED DECISIONS based on data. 4. Use RAPPORT methods to better understand people and build TRUST. 5. Learn the BIG-5 Model to understand a person’s NEEDS. These are well-proven processes. We have used these methods to generate nearly a $1B of consulting sales in the U.S. and other countries. Join us to learn how to take your career or business to the next step by learning to PERSUADE online and Make-it-Happen! 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, he enjoys playing the guitar and hiking. 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! How International Startups Can Move to Silicon Valley

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/free-how-international-startups-can-move-to-silicon-valley-tickets-135427281645 Hurry! Slots are limited! (Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event.) Silicon Valley contains the greatest concentration of wealth in the world, housing companies representing trillions of dollars of market capitalization on a short stretch of land between San Francisco and San Jose, California. Companies from around the world come to Silicon Valley for access to markets, financing and talent. Many of the most successful companies have started in other countries and moved to Silicon Valley. Please join us for a presentation on how international startups can move to Silicon Valley. The speakers will discuss the legal, business and practical aspects of moving your company, funding your startup and tips on how to comply with legal, tax and regulatory requirements. The presentation will cover: 1) How to make your company fundable to venture capitalists 2) How to protect you foreign intellectual property 3) The importance of limiting your potential liability 4) Complying with federal immigration and California’s byzantine employment law rules 5) Attracting and incentivizing employees 6) Raising money in general in Silicon Valley And much more! Please come with your questions, comments and scenarios. About the Speakers: 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, 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. Roger can be reached at: [masked] Virginia Slutu is a licensed attorney in California and France (Barreau de Paris). She advises startups and investors on a wide range of corporate matters covering startup formation, fund formation, funding, and corporate maintenance. She also focuses on transactional matters, strategic alliances, and commercial agreements. She has performed legal work on more than $1 billion worth of contracts. Moreover, she advises clients on US and European regulatory compliance matters and corporate legal strategy. Virginia has distinctive international background and experience, and is particularly versed in advising international clients. Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Virginia was an attorney with Royse Law Firm. She received law degrees from top law schools in France, Australia, and the U.S. She regularly speaks about startup formation, funding, and trends in Silicon Valley. Virginia can be reached at: [masked]

FREE! Pitch Practice: How to Pitch to Investors and Get the Deal

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! 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/free-pitch-practice-how-to-pitch-to-investors-successfully-raise-money-tickets-122887079563?aff=IdeaSViLabFreeTix33Comm&afu=3951017871 Hurry! Slots are limited! Raising $ is tough- and now it's all changed. PRACTICE your PITCH, get facts & inside info to RAISE $ & Scale your Innovation into Revenue! You are invited to a live-steam webinar/workshop. *** BRING YOUR PITCH DECK. Two or more Founders will pitch and get feedback. *** *** Audience members will get a chance to make a NEW ELEVATOR PITCH and get feedback. THIS IS A REAL WORKSHOP! *** 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, he enjoys playing the guitar and hiking. You can reach Steve at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/

Venture Capital Panel: What to Expect in 2021

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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-what-to-expect-in-2021-tickets-135973471313 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 what to expect in Silicon Valley and the global startup ecosystem, venture capital, and more in 2021. Please come with your questions and comments. Panelists: (More panelists TBA.) Carolin Funk, Investment Director, Bluebear Capital Ephraim Lindenbaum, Managing Director, Advance Ventures Ajay Chopra, General Partner, Trinity Ventures Bios of the panelists can be viewed here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-capital-panel-what-to-expect-in-2021-tickets-135973471313 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]

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