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Entrepreneurship permeates the culture of Silicon Valley - the innovation capital of the world.

Never before has it been so possible for anyone from anywhere, with a great idea and a burning desire to succeed, to make it big and change the world in a relatively short period of time.

Taking a startup from idea to IPO has taken on mythical proportions in Silicon Valley. Many dream the dream, with hopes of launching the "next big thing".

We are a community of entrepreneurs, technologists, academics, financial professionals, corporate executives, attorneys, academics, bloggers, writers, content creators, and social activists.

One of the compelling features of our meetup group is our packed, busy calendar full of informative programs and practical activities designed to help our entrepreneurial members achieve their objectives and realize their aspirations.

We meet regularly to share resources, exchange ideas, and network. We participate in on-line as well as off-line events.

Our events feature expert speakers, networking opportunities, collaboration, community, and fellowship.

Upcoming events (5)

Developing an Appropriate Funding Strategy for Your Startup (Fundamentals #2)

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

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. In order to attend, please register and pay here: https://asv-startup-fun-2.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEAIPO&afu=3951017871 Our MeetUp members get 10% OFF! [ Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO ] ***DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE.** Dinner and refreshments are provided. Space is limited. RSVP early. This is a workshop for startup founders, startup executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, designers and developers only. OVERVIEW Getting funding from investors is always a challenge for startups. Avoiding common pitfalls when raising money can make the difference between your startup's success or failure and the amount of dilution that founders will suffer that can mean the difference between a great or a dismal exit. In this session you will learn: • how to develop a funding strategy appropriate for your startup • when to raise funds, how much to raise, and from whom; • the danger of taking too much or too little from investors; • identifying the valuation inflection points of your company; • the differences between seed, angel and venture capital funding; • alternative funding sources; • appropriate funding instruments for each round of funding, including convertible notes, SAFE's, common stock and preferred stock ; • the pros and cons of selling equity, convertible instruments, and venture debt; • selecting and gaining access to the right investor; and • what to do to increase the pre-money valuation of your company. MATERIALS A comprehensive printed workbook and reference materials are included in the price of the admission. AGENDA: 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM networking, food and refreshments 6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Sponsor introductions and demonstrations 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. - 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 - 1/2 (half) table - promotion before and during the event Your logo will be displayed on the event description (if submitted 24h before the event). You will also be able to talk for one minute in front of the attendees and tell them about what you do. Limited availability! ************************** Space is limited. Secure your spot now: https://asv-startup-fun-2.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEAIPO&afu=3951017871 SPEAKER BIO: Roger Rappoport is the leader of Procopio's Emerging Growth and Technology Practice Group. Roger has extensive experience in advising startup and emerging growth companies in the Internet, software, telecommunications, life sciences and cleantech industries. His practice is focused on assisting companies at all stages in their life cycle, from inception through seed, angel and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and, drawing on his experience as an entrepreneur of 10 years, the implementation of effective strategies to achieve business objectives and ultimately a successful exit. He also represents investors who invest in these areas, Roger is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics and issues related to the development and implementation of a company's formation and funding strategy. Before attending law school, he was the founder of a company . EVENT HOST: www.AccessSiliconValley.net PREMIER SPONSORS: Procopio.com #ASV #accesssiliconvalley #startupeducation #entrepreneurship #siliconvalley

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

The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by: www.idea-to-ipo.com 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-60332546270 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]

How to Create & Execute a Comprehensive Marketing Strategy for Your Startup

Mindrome Coworking Space & Private Office

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Startups and Investors Silicon Valley Insights. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. There is a cover charge for this event. In order to attend, please register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-create-execute-a-comprehensive-marketing-strategy-for-your-startup-tickets-60456117876?aff=ideatoIPO&afu=3951017871 Our meetup members get 10% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Come learn how to put together and execute a comprehensive marketing strategy that will lead to your startup's success! At this talk you will learn: 1) How to define an audience-focused campaign to maximize ROI 2) The basics of buyer personas so you can focus on driving the right results 3) Tips for picking the most effective marketing channels for your startup 4) Understand lead progression and conversion funnels 5) Digital marketing tips and tricks to maximize time efficiency and campaign success and more! Agenda 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Check In, Networking 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm More Networking About the speaker: Michael Moreno is the founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Blair Allen, a digital marketing agency. Michael is a seasoned marketer with over 14 years of experience supporting Fortune 500 companies in the technology space. As a Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Cloudera, Michael managed a cross-functional team from marketing and recruiting to sales, oversaw strategic planning of social content and sales leads with attribution that used social media to capture new customer opportunities. The program generated $200K in sales revenue and 94M social media impressions. Michael spent nearly a decade working at Intel supporting IBM, Lenovo, and a variety of software companies, gaining extensive experience building scalable campaigns that generate relevant traffic and strong conversion rates. If you have questions regarding this presentation, you can reach Michael at: [masked] ______________________________________________________________________________________ Sponsors: Mindrome http://mindrome.com Coworking space in Santa Clara for entrepreneurs and freelancers who love startups, technology and a fun working environment. VoxSnap https://voxsnap.com The easiest way for companies to create audio and voice experiences by converting written content into audio blogs, podcasts, and interactive content in voice assistants. The startup provides production of audio, distribution, measurement and analytics. In addition, VoxSnap's library provides an extensive resource for learning industry insights in six categories: business, technology, finance, marketing, health, self-improvement. Professionals, students, and anyone who wants to learn can enjoy the library for free at: https://voxsnap.com/library

Startup Basics: Legal, Business, and Financing Strategies

The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by: www.idea-to-ipo.com 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. 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/startup-basics-legal-business-and-financing-strategies-tickets-60732383193 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $20 (cash) at the door. Launching a startup - or starting a business - is challenging and is fraught with pitfalls. Roger Royse, the founder of Royse Law Firm, will discus the basics of building a successful business and how to what mistakes to avoid. Roger will discuss: 1) How should entrepreneurs structure their business? 2) How should founders divide equity? 3) What’s the difference between a contractor and an employee? 4) How does a startup get funded? 5) What is an ICO? 6) How does an entrepreneur successfully negotiate with a VC? 7) How viable is crowdfunding in 2019? 8) How should entrepreneurs protect their intellectual property? and more! Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More 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 (http://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 international 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 regarding the content of this presentation, please email Roger at: [masked]

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