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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 Shanghai and beyond.

Upcoming events (5)

FREE! How to Use Storytelling to Scale up Your Customer Base and Revenue!

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. 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-use-story-telling-to-scale-up-customers-and-revenue-tickets-119761745605?aff=IdeaSViLabFreeTix33Comm&afu=3951017871 Hurry! Slots are limited! (Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info before the start of the event.) Find out how to use storytelling to build rapport and trust with your customers. Learn how stories help people gain insights and change behavior for mutual benefit. Marketing depends on connecting to prospects and customers with your branding message. The message should promise to to fulfill their needs. Storytelling lets us get personal with our customers. A good story invites the listener to engage with us. It’s a human moment that builds a bridge of connection and trust. People learn from stories. They inspire good ideas into movements. They change how people view the world. Join us to learn how to use a story to build trust and affinity with your customers. In this workshop you will: · Learn the six steps that make a great story · Find the story that reveals the insight and behavioral change you need · Match the story to the need; tell the story to reveal hidden insight and new belief and action. Participants are invited to share a short story to shape it into the six steps that make a great story. You will learn tips to make the story brief, personal and inspiring so the audience connects with you. Most importantly – learn how to get the listener to change behavior and take some type of action. Finally, we will review the differences between a story presented live and in person vs via video or in writing. This will be a powerful and entertaining event! About the Speaker Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and founder of Silicon Valley iLab. He has worked with over 2,500 startups—giving him a unique insight into the patterns of success . Dozens of startups have raised funds and scaled up after attending the workshops. Steve has been the CEO, COO and VP Sales and Marketing. He has been responsible for driving company revenue through good times and 3 recessions. Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. has managed global operations including personally making $100s of millions in B2B sales. 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 Techparks in Austria, Korea and Turkey. Steve has a BS in Finance and a major in Chemistry. He plays guitar and hikes for fun. https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/ Keywords: growth hacking, inbound marketing, sales and marketing, increase sales, seed funding, raise money, entrepreneur, story telling Organizational Sponsor: 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

FREE! Pitch to Angel Investor Gary Jinks, Managing Director, South Valley Angels

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right 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. In order to participate, you must register here: (Registration link TBA.) Hurry! Slots are limited! Your ability to present your business case confidently and clearly is critical for funding, partnerships and building your team. Most people are not born natural speakers -- we must work on it. This forum will allow you to pitch or listen to others and hear the guidance and discussions. This is a great opportunity to practice your pitch, get constructive feedback, guidance and investor insight. Format: 3 minutes to pitch followed by 5 minutes one-on-one feedback and discussion; no slides. Since this is a public forum do not ask for any funding or discuss your use of funds. Agenda Opening comments, rules and format Pitches Open Q&A discussion (30min). About the Speaker: Gary 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 start-up ventures. Gary has created, transformed and launched innovation in 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 450 startups, working with the top incubators and investors in Silicon Valley, launching innovation centers and developing regional ecosystems around the globe. He is a regular speaker, evangelist and lead executive advisor helping clients formulate custom strategies and implementation of the next evolution of the startup model, “Precision Innovation” If you have any questions about the content and format of this webinar, contact Gary 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 For more info on Idea to IPO events, visit: www.idea-to-ipo.com

65%+ OFF! Blockchain User Certification Course (Self Paced) Online

This is a self-paced online web course. Participation is 100% online. This course is organized and produced by Blockchain Educators. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this online course. Course Preview Video: https://bit.ly/38py6FX (Youtube) (Original Price: $299) Discounted Course Price: $97 Register Here: https://blockchaineducators.thinkific.com/courses/blockchain-user-certification?ref=7ca562 Blockchain Educators is providing their online Blockchain User Certification course (originally priced at $299) now for only $97! This course is perfect for anyone who wants to learn blockchain and to certify their knowledge of Blockchain. No technical experience is necessary to take this course! This course covers blockchain from A to Z and instruction is all done via a self-paced online platform. The course never expires. You can pause, rewind and fast forward. At the completion of the course you will take an exam online. When you pass the exam you will be awarded a certificate and badge that can be shared on your LinkedIn profile or on your resume/ CV. This credential will document and verify your expertise in blockchain and will help you find employment in the growing blockchain industry! Learn from home, self paced! Gain a marketable credential ASAP! Hurry! Student Review: "Excellent introduction class to blockchain concepts and technology. The depth and breadth of the course challenged this beginner to understand the fundamentals of the technology, the challenges, and the current state of affairs. The testing was comprehensive and thoughtful." By: Vasudha Badri-Paul CEO at Rype Creative Have questions about the course? Contact: [masked] Course Syllabus: Introduction What is Blockchain Blockchain Glossary We provide 64 technical terms and definitions that relate to blockchain technology. Why is Blockchain a revolutionary Technology Blockchain Applications by Industry Blockchain Transaction Model Bitcoin & Blockchain: how are they connected What is a Cryptocurrency Bitcoin: A Peer to Peer Electronic Cash System Benefits of using Blockchain Technology Consensus Consensus Protocol Safety Liveness Fault Tolerance Blockchain Fork Consensus Failure Dominance Cheating Poor Performance Choosing the right blockchain What is Cryptography Cryptographic encryption Elliptic-curve Cryptography (ECC) What is Blockchain Mining (Bitcoin Examples) The Computationally-Difficult Program The Difficulty Metric Block Reward Hardware Blockchain Business Use Cases Private vs. Public Blockchain Permissionless vs. Permissioned What is Ethereum Proof of Work Solidity Homestead EthHash Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) Serenity (POS) What is Microsoft Azure Workbench Blockchain What is Hyperledger Hyperledger Fabric The Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance (PBFT) SIEVE Cross-Fault Tolerance (XFT) Hyperledger SawtoothLake Proof of Elapsed Time Hyperledger Iroha Hyperledger Burrow What is Ripple & Stellar Blockchain Ripple Consensus Protocol Algorithm Stellar Consensus Protocol Algorithm What is a Smart contract What is Proof of Stake What is the EOS blockchain Proof of Stake EOS Vs. Ethereum Denial of Service Attacks Consensus Mechanism & Governance What is Bitshares Blockchain & DEX Delegated Proof of Stake (DPOS) Transaction Confirmation Proof of Stake Consensus Block Production by Elected Witnesses Parameter Change by Elected Delegates Changing the Rules (aka Hard Forks) Double Spend Attack Transactions as Proof of Stake Blockchain Reorganizations Maximally Decentralized NEM Blockchain Review AI / Quantum computing and Blockchain This is a six hour intensive course covering blockchain from A to Z Perfect for beginners, entrepreneurs, business leaders and blockchain enthusiast!

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/

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