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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 Qatar and beyond.

Upcoming events (5)

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]

FREE! 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/free-pitch-practice-how-to-pitch-to-investors-successfully-raise-money-tickets-122887079563?aff=IdeaSViLabFreeTix33Comm&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, 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]

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!

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