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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.

Upcoming events (4+)

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-investors-tickets-185406083587

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(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.

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/?utm=ideatoipo

(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:

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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

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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/

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How to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!

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://www.techspeakforentrepreneurs.com/how-to-cut-product-development-costs-by-up-to-50/?utm=ideatoipo

(Registrants will receive the login info right before the start of the event.)

There is a difference between releasing code and releasing code effectively and efficiently. That difference is having an efficient process
- a repeatable way to produce consistent results over and over again.

In this webinar, Nelly Yusupova, a CTO with 18 years of experience, a startup tech advisor, and the founder of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, will share the process she uses to manage teams and projects to deliver projects on time and on budget.

You will learn:

1) The lean way vs. traditional way of building products

2) Two money saving things you should do before you build anything

3) How to define your MVP properly to reduce the cost and time of development

4) How to see the red flags sooner and minimize mistakes

and more!

Please come with your questions and scenarios.

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:

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