What we're about

We are a community of Silicon Valley professionals involved in technology who support each other in upgrading our knowledge and skills as well as in developing great connections through our networking.

The following groups of people tend to attend our events:

- Investors, VCs, Seed & Angel Investors
- Entrepreneurs & Startup Founders
- Business & Tech Professionals

If you have an interest in the topic, please do not hesitate to join. Thank you.

We do our best to maintain a friendly but intentional environment in our events to foster good and meaningful connections for all who attend and participate.

We host the following types of events:

1. Educational events to upgrade skills and knowledge.

2. Educational events to expose new technologies and innovation.

3. Investor events to help you get introduced to investors.

4. Networking events to connect with others in the field and potential collaborators or mentors.

5. Social events to enjoy and connect in surprising and good ways.

6. And much more!

Please join our group asap.

Atul Padha, Niki Gastinel and Sunil Bhaskaran

Upcoming events (4+)

Lunch-break hike and Networking at Baylands Nature Preserve, 5.3mi/1.5 h, easy

This mid-day hike in an urban-waterfront park located within 3 mi of Palo Alto city center can be a use of lunch time or an activity to switch to for those who work from home and, of course, meeting your group members in person.

This hike will be organized regularly. People with limited time do not need to finish the whole trail, but can hike up for some time and return on their own - the trail is well designated, and the first half of the trail is rewarding enough.

The trail is quite flat but with fast pace it provides a good workout with scenic view of waterfront and plenty of wildlife.
* Length: 5.3mi
* Elevation gain: 49 ft
* Dogs are allowed but must be on leash at all times
* The Park is 100% open space and a good setting for cognitive respite by relaxing and restoring the mind ))
* Often freshly breezy.

Here is weather forecast to check on: https://bit.ly/3MUOySD
Please, bring:
* shoes appropriate for an unpaved trail,
* layered clothes (for season),
* hat,
* water,
* sunglasses,
* sunscreen.

We can complement this hike with networking time AFTER the hike, 1:30pm-2:00pm-ish, so that group members could connect more directly. This can be happening at a nearby coffee shop:
Starbucks, 6 min drive
Philz Coffee, 9 min drive
Palo Alto Coffee, 12 min drive.
Depending on the group's mood, we can go on networking or not (it's up to everyone to decide to go on or not, no obligations/ expectations.)

Where we meet:
Parking lot at Terminal Dr, nearby North Bayfront Loop Trail - marked with purple arrow on this map:
https://www.meetup.com/u-s-national-parks-quest-group/photos/31208600/504384896/#[masked]
(click the photo to enlarge.) The meetup link leads to a close spot too.

The Park's info: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/Departments/Community-Services/Open-Space-Parks/Neighborhood-Parks/Baylands-Nature-Preserve
Parks map and brochure:
https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/files/assets/public/community-services/parks-and-open-space/baylands/baylands-map.pdf

This event is cross-posted with other tech pro's Meetup groups: Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association (SIPA), Bay Area Business & Tech Professionals Networking Meetup and others.

Meet each other at Baylands Nature Preserve!

Lunch-break hike and Networking at Rancho San Antonio C.P., 4.5mi/2 h, moderate

This mid-day hike in a park located nearby many Silicon Valley's offices can be a use of lunch time or an activity to switch to for those who work from home and, of course, meeting your group members in person.

This hike will be organized regularly. People with limited time do not need to finish the whole trail, but can hike with the group up to the vista point (about 1.2 mi) and return on their own - the trail is well designated.

The loop trail is steep enough to provide a good workout and has scenic view from the top to reward our efforts.
Full length: 4.5mi
Elevation gain: 616 ft,
Equal portions of shade and sun.

Here is weather forecast to check on: https://bit.ly/37aFFSm

Please, bring:
* sturdy shoes for an unpaved trail,
* layered cloths (for season),
* hat,
* water,
* sunglasses,
* sunscreen.

The Park's brochure: https://www.openspace.org/preserves/rancho-san-antonio#know-before-you-go

Dogs are not allowed. Parking fee is not collected currently.

We can complement this hike with networking time AFTER the hike, 2:00pm-2:30pm-ish, so that group members could connect more directly. This can be happening at either a nearby coffee shop:
Peet's Coffee , 6min drive
Starbucks , 7 min drive
or a restaurant:
The City Fish , 9 min drive.
Depending on the group's mood, we can go on networking or not (it's up to everyone to decide to go on or not, no obligations/expectations.)

ATTN. There has been an issue with finding the right place where the group meets! Please read carefully:

1. We meet at the bathroom on the PARKING LOT closest to Low Meadow Trailhead, that has a sign "LOT 5", the end of Rancho San Antonio Service Rd. Do not go to what people consider a "trailhead" for Low/High Meadow trail (that is an intersection of trails at the Barn, after passing the Farm's homestead) - instead just meet the group on the parking lot 5, at the bathroom.

2. There is more than one parking lot with a bathroom. We meet at the bathroom on the parking lot closest to High Meadow Trailhead. You can check on the red arrows on this map:
https://www.meetup.com/u-s-national-parks-quest-group/photos/31208600/503975829/#[masked]

3. If parking lots 5, 6 are busy, it's ok to park on any of the other Park's parking lots and walk to the bathroom closest to High Meadow Trailhead (marked with red arrows on the map above.) Just allow some time for walking. Or post a comment on the event's page letting know when you arrive. It's ok connectivity around the Park's parking lots (but not along the trail.)

4. Normally one can find a spot in LOT 5 or 6 without an issue on weekdays. Though on weekend mornings it's likely to be hard to get a sport without standing in a wait-line, up for 15-30 min - so in summer time the event will be suggested on weekdays.

This event is cross-posted with other tech pro's Meetup groups: Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association (SIPA), Bay Area Business & Tech Professionals Networking Meetup and others.

Meet each other at Rancho San Antonio!

Hike and Networking Alviso Marina County Park, ~4.5mi, 1.5-hour, easy hike

We invite all busy tech professionals to join our early morning hikes (that happen regularly) and explore the serene and colorful area of Alviso Marina. We will hike along salt ponds, channel of the Guadalupe river and a network of levees. These easy hikes can be a way to train ourselves for longer hiking trips, and to meet your group members in person.

We will take Alviso Slough Trail and make sure we are done by 9:30-9:45 am as the latest. This is a flat, fast-paced hike and it can serve as a warm-up for your other activities later on this day. But if everybody in the group wants to do a longer hike, there are choices of trails at Alviso to extend activities ))

Please, bring:
* layered cloths/windbreaker,
* shoes appropriate for a rough trail,
* water,
* hat,
* sunglasses
* sunscreen.

It's often breezy in the area 👍‍ The weather forecast in the area:
http://bit.ly/3qhmXih

Please be aware that in the case of precipitation in the area the day before the hike - the trail can get muddy here and there. So, put on appropriate shoes, do not wear nice textile shoes..

No parking fee is charged currently at Alviso.

The Park is 100% open space and a good setting for cognitive respite by relaxing and restoring the mind ))

We plan to complement these hikes with networking time AFTER a hike, 9:30am-10:30am so that group members could connect more directly. This can be happening either at the picnic tables in the park, or at a eating place nearby. Here are some options:
El Taco de Oro , opens 9am
Vahl's Restaurant , opens 11am
Rosita's De Basilio Deli & Market , opens 11am.

We found out that El Taco de Oro is a suitable place for after hike networking 👍‍ ($3.25/taco, friendly staff and plenty of space.) Here is a photo of the menu: https://www.meetup.com/u-s-national-parks-quest-group/photos/32530046/#[masked] (click photo to enlarge.)

Depending on the group's mood, we can go on networking or not (it's up to everyone to decide to go on or not, no obligations/ expectations.)

This event is cross-posted with other tech pro's Meetup groups: Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association (SIPA), Bay Area Business & Tech Professionals Networking Meetup and others.

Let's see each other at Alviso!

Lunch-break hike and Networking at Baylands Nature Preserve, 5.3mi/1.5 h, easy

This mid-day hike in an urban-waterfront park located within 3 mi of Palo Alto city center can be a use of lunch time or an activity to switch to for those who work from home and, of course, meeting your group members in person.

This hike will be organized regularly. People with limited time do not need to finish the whole trail, but can hike up for some time and return on their own - the trail is well designated, and the first half of the trail is rewarding enough.

The trail is quite flat but with fast pace it provides a good workout with scenic view of waterfront and plenty of wildlife.
* Length: 5.3mi
* Elevation gain: 49 ft
* Dogs are allowed but must be on leash at all times
* The Park is 100% open space and a good setting for cognitive respite by relaxing and restoring the mind ))
* Often freshly breezy.

Here is weather forecast to check on: https://bit.ly/3MUOySD
Please, bring:
* shoes appropriate for an unpaved trail,
* layered clothes (for season),
* hat,
* water,
* sunglasses,
* sunscreen.

We can complement this hike with networking time AFTER the hike, 1:30pm-2:00pm-ish, so that group members could connect more directly. This can be happening at a nearby coffee shop:
Starbucks, 6 min drive
Philz Coffee, 9 min drive
Palo Alto Coffee, 12 min drive.
Depending on the group's mood, we can go on networking or not (it's up to everyone to decide to go on or not, no obligations/ expectations.)

Where we meet:
Parking lot at Terminal Dr, nearby North Bayfront Loop Trail - marked with purple arrow on this map:
https://www.meetup.com/u-s-national-parks-quest-group/photos/31208600/504384896/#[masked]
(click the photo to enlarge.) The meetup link leads to a close spot too.

The Park's info: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/Departments/Community-Services/Open-Space-Parks/Neighborhood-Parks/Baylands-Nature-Preserve
Parks map and brochure:
https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/files/assets/public/community-services/parks-and-open-space/baylands/baylands-map.pdf

This event is cross-posted with other tech pro's Meetup groups: Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association (SIPA), Bay Area Business & Tech Professionals Networking Meetup and others.

Meet each other at Baylands Nature Preserve!

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