• Funding 101 for Tech Entrepreneurs

    Innerstate Coworking

    The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. There is a cover charge to attend this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/funding-101-for-tech-entrepreneurs-tickets-70846755553 Take advantage of online advance registration and early responder pricing. Slots are limited! First come, first served! First Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Attorney Roger Royse, the founder of Royse Law Firm, will discuss, compare and contrast the various options available to entrepreneurs when it comes to funding their startup. The speaker will address some common questions when it comes to funding for startups, including: 1) What are the best funding options for entrepreneurs to scale their business? 2) When should entrepreneurs pursue external funding? 3) How do entrepreneurs choose the right investor? and more! Please come with your questions and scenarios. Agenda 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Program 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM Networking About the Speaker Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California (www.rroyselaw.com). Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. His clients include nternational emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) 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.

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  • George Zachary, General Partner, Charles River Ventures

    The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. There is a cover charge to attend this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fireside-chat-with-george-zachary-managing-partner-charles-river-ventures-tickets-70019043845 Take advantage of online advance registration and early responder pricing. Slots are limited! First come, first served! First Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Join us for a fireside chat with George Zachary of Charles River Ventures, one of the most prominent and successful venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. Please come with questions and comments. If you would like a demo table for the networking portion of the event, please send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: Th 9/12 Tabler Agenda 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking, Demo Tables 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Networking About George Zachary George Zachary is a general partner at Charles River Ventures. George led Charles River’s early stage investments in Twitter, Yammer (enterprise social networking)(acquired by MSFT 6/2012 for $1.2B), Millennial Media (mobile advertising)(IPO March 2012; NYSE MM), Geni (social networking based on genealogy)(acquired by MyHeritage Ltd.), Udacity, PillPack, Health IQ, Scribd, & Wonder Workshop. In addition, he led CRV’s investment in Metaplace (acquired by Disney/ Playdom) and in Jambool (acquired by Google) and has sponsored many seed investments through the CRV’s industry leading seed program. George joined Charles River in 2004, bringing more than 20 years of operating and investing experience in computing and consumer technology. George’s focus is on building consumer internet and infrastructure companies. Previously, he was a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), and was on the boards of directors of the following companies: Accrue Software (IPO in 1999), Andale (acquired by Vendio), Critical Path (IPO in 1999), Ovation Entertainment, Sandcastle (acquired by Adobe), Securify (acquired by Kroll-O’Gara), Shutterfly (IPO in 2006), Supertracks (acquired by Centerspan) and Telebot (acquired by Z-Tel). About the Moderator Jim Brenner is a Silicon Valley native and classic startup lawyer who represents clients with big ideas. He has a particular strength in counseling consumer facing companies, especially those who touch “frontier technology,” including augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), internet of things (IoT) and the shared economy. Jim works with founders and entrepreneurs through the entire lifecycle of their companies, including formation, fundraising and exit processes. Jim serves as an outside general counsel for several clients and, on occasion, acts as investor counsel in venture capital financings. Active in Perkins Coie’s Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency group, Jim also advises clients on their initial token sale strategy, with a focus on securities law compliance for pre-functionality token sales. Knowing that every investment, transaction or partnership begins with the need to build a relationship, Jim takes a relationship-based approach to the practice of law. He works closely with his clients to balance legal risks with business needs that impact immediate decisions, as well as short-term and long-term goals. Jim also sits on the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Previously, Jim has been a barista at Starbucks, a cast member at Disneyland and a member of the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band.

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  • How to Get Your Startup Ready for Venture Capital Funding

    The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. 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. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-get-your-startup-ready-for-venture-capital-funding-tickets-69543168489 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Venture capital funding is seen as the holy grail for a startup, often improving the company’s chances of a big IPO or exit dramatically. Most companies start their lives with the hope, if not the expectation, that they will eventually receive venture funding. This presentation will cover what a company should do to prepare for venture funding, what steps to take, what the venture capitalists expect and how to avoid venture capital deal breakers. The speaker will discuss: 1) what types of companies are candidates for venture capital funding 2) the essential assets, qualities or aspects that your company must have to approach a venture capitalist 3) how (and when) you should value your company for venture capitalists 4) how you can protect yourself against dilutive rounds, losing control and being removed from management 5) how to get your company in front of venture capitalists and more! Please come with your questions, comments and scenarios. Agenda 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Program 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM Networking About the Speaker Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California (www.rroyselaw.com). Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. His clients include nternational emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) 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. If you have questions about the content of this presentation, you can reach Roger at: [masked]

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  • 10% OFF!Fireside Chat "UNLEASHED" w/ Apex.AI & Canaan (Match.com, Lending Club)

    PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Access Silicon Valley. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. There is a cover charge for this event. Our MeetUp members get 10% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO GET TICKETS HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y6o59cdk ***DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE.*** Networking, dinner and refreshments included in ticket price. Space is limited so secure your spot early. Access Silicon Valley invites you our next Fireside Chat-- "Investors and Their Portfolio Companies," where investors and their star portfolio companies discuss topics relevant to entrepreneurs and investors. Joining us for this rare edition is Jan Becker, founder of Apex.AI, one of the hottest companies in the mobility software space. He is joined by Rayfe Gaspar-Asoaka, a VC (Principal) at Canaan Partners, one of the hottest, most innovative and sought after venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. You may have heard of a few of their investments: Match.com, Ebates, Kabam and Lending Club, along with many more, some of which are listed below. Founded in 2017, Apex came to Canaan in October/November of 2018 seeking funding. After connecting with Rayfe, the group was able to raise a $15.5 Million Series A round led by Canaan, with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners who invested in Apex’s seed round. Dinner and refreshments are provided. Space is extremely limited. RSVP early. Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/y6o59cdk *************** AGENDA 6:00pm - 6:45pm: Dinner/refreshments, networking, 6:45pm - 7:00pm: Demo Table/Sponsor Introductions 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Fireside discussion with Rayfe and Jan *************** Roger Rappoport, founder of Access Silicon Valley, and leader of Procopio's Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice group, will moderate this Fireside Chat “Unleashed” discussing: the most efficient and effective ways to raise capital in today’s environment; the do's and don'ts of fundraising and, building and scaling a company and the culture of that company, from both the investors' and founder's perspective. Guests will gain a practical perspective and insight into: - the fundraising process, - what investors are looking for, - how to reach them, - what entrepreneurs need to do (and not do) to get a meeting and raise a successful round, - common early stage mistakes that entrepreneurs make that can impact fundability, Additionally Roger will explore Apex’s relationship with Canaan, honing in on that unique bond between a VC and entrepreneur, as well as Jan’s journey, from his early days and what led up to him becoming the CEO and co-founder of Apex.ai. Join ASV for this interactive, audience-driven evening of insights from the perspectives of two of the most interesting and inspiring leaders who’ve made it big in Silicon Valley! Don't miss RAYFE GASPAR-ASAOKA & JAN BECKER “UNLEASHED”!! Reserve your seat now: https://tinyurl.com/y6o59cdk ABOUT THE SPEAKERS About Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka Principal/ West Coast With engineering roots, Rayfe brings technical knowledge to Canaan. He focuses on deep tech investments including AI / ML, Space, Robotics, and Autonomous Vehicles, as well as enterprise and infrastructure software. Rayfe previously worked on Cloud and IoT projects at Keystone Strategy. Prior to that, he developed machine learning algorithms for Wolverine Trading and was a hardware engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. About Jan Becker Co-founder & CEO Apex.AI, Lecturer at Stanford University Pioneering Automated Driving and Robotics leader who has been engineering innovations in autonomous/automated driving, robotics, artificial intelligence, and hardware/software design and development. History of working on robotics and automotive projects in the US & Europe. Learn more about the speakers and their companies HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y6o59cdk

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  • Top Ten Legal Mistakes that Could Kill Your Startup

    The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. 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. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/top-ten-legal-mistakes-that-could-kill-your-startup-tickets-69404034335 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Silicon Valley attorney Roger Royse, the founder of Royse Law Firm, will deliver his popular presentation: “Top Ten Legal Mistakes that Could Kill Your Startup", which is based on his popular book, Dead on Arrival, Avoiding the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your StartUp The presentation will summarize the most common legal mistakes that startup companies and their lawyers make and how to avoid making those mistakes. Some of those mistakes can be rectified, but many will result in your startup company being "dead on arrival" when it come time for for funding or acquisition opportunities. Knowing what those mistakes are and how to avoid them is essential to starting and building a successful company. Roger will cover corporate, securities, tax, employment and technology law and more! Agenda 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Program 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM Networking About the Speaker Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California (www.rroyselaw.com). Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. His clients include nternational emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) 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.

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  • How to Pitch Your WOW! to Investors / Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures

    The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. There is a cover charge to attend this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-pitch-your-wow-to-investors-bill-reichert-garage-technology-ventures-tickets-68547014967 Take advantage of online advance registration and early responder pricing. Slots are limited! First come, first served! First Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Bill Reichert, one of the most prominent venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, will discuss getting to WOW! when delivering an elevator pitch. Bill will also listen to some elevator pitches and provide feedback. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6MS9AtJDTE If you would like to apply to pitch to Bill send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: Th 8/22 Pitch Applicant - Pitch Your WOW! to Bill Reichert Pitching slots in the formal line up are limited. Even if you are not slotted to pitch, you will learn a lot from listening to Bill's presentation and hearing his feedback to presenting startups. All are welcome to attend and learn from Bill! There will be demo showcase tables for startups and tables for startup service providers on display during the networking portions of the event. If you would like table space for your startup or if you are a startup service provider and would like a sponsor table, please send an email message to: [masked] Please put this in the subject header: Th 8/22 Tabler - Pitch Your WOW! to Bill Reichert Agenda 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking, Demo Tables 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Networking About the Speaker: Bill Reichert - Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures http://www.garage.com/ Bill spent most of his early career as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. Bill and Garage have helped many great companies get their start, including Pandora Media, LeftHand Networks, Kaboodle, and Tripwire. Bill has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. He is a co-founder of F50 and TimeJoy, and is an advisor to Playlist. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and served as chairman of the Churchill Club. He is an advisor to the Women’s Startup Lab, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Organizational Sponsor: Generate Your Patent Application 100% Free at https://www.getmeapatent.com/. This free system is provided as a courtesy by Chhabra Law Firm, PC. No Credit Card/Payment/Commitment Needed.

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  • How to Successfully Pitch to Investors and Get Funded /Angel Investor Gary Jinks

    This event is organized by: www.idea-to-ipo.com The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. There is a cover charge for this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $13 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $25 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-successfully-pitch-to-investors-and-get-funded-angel-investor-gary-jinks-tickets-68585548221 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $30 (cash) at the door. Agenda 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm How the Funding Process Works ; What You Need to Do to Prepare; How to Formulate Your Message 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm How to Prepare Your Executive Summary and Investor Presentation - Step-by-Step This is an interactive and dynamic workshop to help anyone learn how to get his or her business message right and deliver it confidently to investors. · This workshop is designed to address your questions and assess your current strategy and business case. · Learn to clearly communicate your vision, plan, and value proposition. · Learn step-by-step bullets for your executive summary and pitch deck. · Match funding strategy to “needs” -- i.e., how much do you need and why? and more! There will be opportunities to practice your pitch and find out what you need to do to get it right! If you have an elevator pitch or a pitch slide deck you would like to have reviewed at the workshop, email Gary at: [masked] About the Speaker: Gary Jinks has spent his entire career in Silicon Valley producing innovative products and getting them into the hands of customers. Gary is the President of GLJ Group, a consulting firm which focuses on strategic planning and new market entry. Their efforts have resulted in over $300M in new business for clients. Gary is also the founder, managing director and chairman of the board of South Valley Angels, angel investor group which he was launched in 2011. Gary is highly respected and very active in the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem, regularly mentor entrepreneurs at Santa Clara University, local accelerators and other investor organizations. In 2015 Gary worked with over 70 startups to establish strategic direction and launch. Previously, Gary spent 20 plus years at Fortune 1000 companies holding key positions in systems engineering, operations, project management and business development. If you have questions about the content of Gary's presentation, please email him at: [masked] Organizational Sponsor: Generate Your Patent Application 100% Free at https://www.getmeapatent.com/. This free system is provided as a courtesy by Chhabra Law Firm, PC. No Credit Card/Payment/Commitment Needed.

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  • The Ten Commandments of Raising Venture Capital

    Sandbox Suites

    The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. 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. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ten-commandments-of-venture-capital-tickets-66796677661 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 cash at the door. What are the cardinal rules for pitching to venture capitalists? What do you say to hook them? More importantly, what don't you say? What are the things that are sure to kill a deal? How do you negotiate with a venture capitalist? When do you push hard, and when do you back off? How can you get venture capitalists to give you a term sheet on the day you want it? How do you create a bidding war? Steve Hoffman (Captain Hoff) will go over all this and more. Hoffman is an angel investor, LP in August Capital, and CEO of Founders Space. He invests in startups and works with hundreds of investors worldwide. Hoffman is also the author of the new book "Making Elephants Fly: the Process of Radical Innovation." Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking About the Speaker Steve Hoffman, or Captain Hoff, is the CEO of Founders Space, one of the world’s leading incubators and accelerators. He’s also an angel investor, limited partner at August Capital, serial entrepreneur, and author of Make Elephants Fly, the award-winning book on radical innovation. Always innovating on his life, Captain Hoff has tried more professions than cats have lives, including serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, angel investor, studio head, computer engineer, filmmaker, Hollywood TV exec, published author, coder, game designer, manga rewriter, animator and voice actor. Hoffman was the Founder and Chairman of the Producers Guild Silicon Valley Chapter, Board of Governors of the New Media Council, and founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group. While in Hollywood, Hoffman worked as a TV development executive at Fries Entertainment, known for producing over a hundred TV shows (acquired by MGM). He went on to pioneer interactive television with his venture-funded startup Spiderdance, which produced interactive TV shows with NBC, MTV, Turner, Warner Brothers, History Channel, Game Show Network and others. In Silicon Valley, Hoffman founded two more venture-backed startups, in the areas of games and entertainment, and worked as Mobile Studio Head for Infospace, with such hit mobile games as Tetris, Wheel of Fortune, Tomb Raider, Thief, Hitman, Skee-Ball and X-Files. Hoffman went on to launch Founders Space. Founders Space has become one of the top startup accelerators in the world. Hoffman has trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation and routinely works with the world’s largest global corporations and venture funds. Hoffman has a BS from the University of California in Computer Engineering and an MFA from the University of Southern California in Cinema Television. He currently resides in San Francisco but spends most of his time in the air, visiting startups, investors and innovators all over the world. You can contact Captain Hoff at: https://www.foundersspace.com/captainhoff/ Organizational Sponsor: Generate Your Patent Application 100% Free at https://www.getmeapatent.com/. This free system is provided as a courtesy by Chhabra Law Firm, PC. No Credit Card/Payment/Commitment Needed.

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  • AI and the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

    The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. There is a cover charge for 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. Slots are limited. First come, first served! Take advantage of early responder pricing! First Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-and-the-future-of-autonomous-vehicles-tickets-66736856735 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 cash at the door. In California 50 companies have a license to test autonomous vehicles on public roads. Over 1,000 experimental vehicles are already operating in the U.S. And a dozen robotaxi fleets have been testing in multiple cities taking on passengers. While it seems autonomous cars are already here, others say it will still take at least a decade. Who is right? In this talk Mario Herger – author of the book “The Last Driver license Holder … Is Already Born” will give an overview of the state of self-driving technology, the leading companies, the problems still to solve and the impact of autonomous vehicles on jobs, our societies, and cities. If you are a startup in the autonomous vehicles space and would like a demo table for the networking portion of the event, send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: 8/8 Startup Tabler Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Networking About the Speaker Mario Herger (in his own words) I like all odd, innovative, artful, inspirational things. I trade in Silicon Valley mindset, innovation, foresight mindset, creativity, intrapreneurship and gamification. Born and raised in Vienna/Austria, I live now in Silicon Valley. I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an undergraduate degree in international business. I worked for SAP in Germany and California for many years in development and innovation management. I have been living in Silicon Valley since 2001 and worked with many startups. I founded two companies, organize conferences and meetups on innovative topics and do Silicon Valley inspiration tours. And I do speak at many conferences and events. I consult many Fortune 500 companies around the globe and conduct workshops on Foresight Mindset (http://foresightmindset.com/), Innovation, Silicon Valley-Mindset, Creativity, Intrapreneurship, and Gamification. I also look at signals of emerging technology trends and how they impact society, politics, or employment. I am a mentor at the German Accelerator (http://germanaccelerator.com/), work with startups from other accelerators including Upwest Labs and Bootstrap Labs. I serve as an adviser for multiple startups. I write books (12 so far) and regularly publish articles on technology topics. A recent book is Das Silicon Valley Mindset (http://www.amazon.de/dp/3864703549) (in German) and elaborates on 400 pages the elements that form the innovative and entrepreneurial mindset in Silicon Valley and how we can combine that with our own strengths. My most recent book The last driver license holder (https://thelastdriverlicenseholder.com/book/) came out in German on October 12th, 2017. On over 500 pages I look at converging trends such as autonomous driving, electric vehicles, or shared driving, which are heavily driven by Silicon Valley and discuss the potential implications for the automotive industry, cities, and societies at large.

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  • What Every Startup Needs to Know about Hiring Immigrants- Immigration Law Part 2

    PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Access Silicon Valley. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. There is a cover charge for this event. Our MeetUp members get 10% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO GET TICKETS HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y48m84du ***DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE.*** Networking, dinner and refreshments included in ticket price. Space is limited so secure your spot early. This second part of a 2-part series will be presented by Sophie Alcorn, Silicon Valley Immigration Attorney. Sophie’s firm, Alcorn Immigration Law, helps corporations, start-ups and small businesses in Silicon Valley sponsor the biggest talent in technical fields for U.S. Immigration. Alcorn Immigration Law has a 95% success rate in defending immigration and innovation with visas, green cards and citizenship. Through her practice Ms. Alcorn has come to find the most commonly asked question around Startups and immigration is “How can I stay in the United States or how can I get into the United States”. Even though there are so many options and so many laws that allow for legal immigration to the United States it’s so confusing to try to decipher them and navigate them. This second part in the 2-part series will focus on the following topics: - How Founders Can Immigrate to the U.S. - What Every Startup Needs to Know About Immigration for International Employees - Watch Out! Immigration Red Flags for Startups You need not have attended session one to attend this LIVE attorney hosted workshop. The content is stand alone. AGENDA 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - networking, food and refreshments 6:30 PM - 6:45 PM - speaker and sponsor introductions 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM - startup workshop and Q & A ******************************************************************* DEMO/ SPONSOR TABLES Reserve a demo or sponsor table and get great exposure! Demo/Sponsor table includes: 1 (one) event ticket ½ shared Demo Table Promotion to guests before live event, from 5:30pm-6:45pm You will also be able to talk for one minute in front of the entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and tell them about your company from 6:45-7:00pm. Limited availability. ********************************************************************** About Alcorn Immigration Law: Alcorn is the fastest growing immigration law firm in Silicon Valley. It empowers global companies to influence change and connect people, regardless of geography. Although no outcome can be guaranteed, its H-1B approval rating has remained over 90% despite national average declining to approximately 70%. Alcorn specializes in visas and green cards for rapidly scaling companies, regularly helping rapidly growing technology companies backed by investors such as Sequoia, a16z and Softbank. LEARN MORE AND **BUY TICKETS HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y48m84du Premiere Sponsor: www.Procopio.com VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. VOLUNTEER AND GET TO SEE THE PRESENTATION FREE. EMAIL [masked] TO SIGN UP.