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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 Kiev and beyond.

Upcoming events (5)

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]

How to Build an MVP without a Technical Co-Founder

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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/?utm=ideatoipo (Registrants will receive login info right before the start of the event.) Yes, you can launch a tech startup without a technical co-founder! In the early days of your startup it will be hard to attract a technical co-founder to build your app. However, by knowing how to efficiently build your MVP and thus get some traction, you can de-risk the opportunity for the potential tech co-founder and change the conversation from "I Need You" to "Here's an Opportunity". Learn how you can make the shift from struggling to develop your MVP and feeling uncertain of what you should be doing to successfully building your MVP in the next 3-4 months -- and start getting traction for your product and attract a technical co-founder or CTO! The speaker will discuss: 1) Why it’s so hard to find a technical co-founder or CTO 2) A strategy for attracting a a technical co-founder or CTO 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]

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 here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-pitch-to-investors-and-get-the-deal-in-a-covid-19-world-tickets-101909692634?aff=SViLabAffiliate&afu=3951017871 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/

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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