What we're about

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 throughout Silicon Valley and beyond.

One of the compelling features of our organization is our packed, busy calendar of informative programs and practical activities designed to help our entrepreneurial members achieve their objectives and realize their aspirations. Taking advantage of this vast array of relevant content will make you a better entrepreneur.

We believe in working together. We share resources, exchange ideas, and actively engage with each other -- on a personal level as well as on a business level. We participate in on-line as well as off-line events.

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

Many events on our calendar are in held in collaboration with other like-minded Silicon Valley organizations and institutions.

Our popular business and social networking mixers are festive occasions that allow you to meet new people from many different groups. We hold many social events to help members connect on a personal level and make friends.

Our network is expansive and global. We have members throughout the U.S. and around the world. We welcome international entrepreneurs from everywhere in the world to become part of our global community.

We are inclusive, not exclusive. : - )

We believe entrepreneurial educational opportunities should be accessible to anyone with a dream and ambition.

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Upcoming events (5+)

February Pitch Event: BootUP's Startup Showcase

BootUp Ventures: Startup Ecosystem Co-Working & Event Space

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by BootUP Ventures. 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://bit.ly/2MJDsla Join us for an exciting networking & pitch event where select entrepreneurs will present their ideas in front of an interactive audience and panel of expert judges. BootUP's Startup Showcase Difference 1. Select Companies: Our team hand picks the startups that present and works behind the scenes to curate and refine participants' pitches. 2. Star Panelists: Our experienced panelists of investors, industry experts, and serial entrepreneurs take the time to provide thoughtful feedback about how participants can improve their pitches. 3. Audience Participation: We invite the audience to vote on their favorite companies and entrepreneurs and to deliver their own 30 second pitch to the crowd. That's right, you can have a chance to pitch too. 4. BootUP Bootcamp: The winning pitch receives a $500 discount off of BootUP's Startup Bootcamp, a truly unique offering unlike anything else in Silicon Valley. Read more below. 5. Networking: It's all about the people. Meet other members of the BootUP ecosystem like entrepreneurs, investors, techies, business experts, and more. COME EXPERIENCE THE BOOTUP DIFFERENCE FOR YOURSELF!! Agenda 6:30 - 7:00pm - Networking 7:00 - 8:15pm - Startup Pitches 8:15pm Onwards - More networking Tickets General Reservation $17 plus Eventbrite fees; Or, pay $20 (cash) at the door. Seats are limited! First come, first served! Moderator Eric Malis (Program Director, BootUP Ventures) Previously, he was an associate at two major law firms, Cooley and Kirkland & Ellis, and held several positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including the White House, U.S. Department of State, federal judiciary, LaFrance Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Support Center for Child Advocates. Panelists Miten Mehta (Member of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs and Angel Investor at Xoogler.co) Miten Mehta is client facing strategic technology leader with impeccable track record of leveraging advanced technologies like Cloud, BigData, AI / ML, IoT, and other complex technologies. He is a member of Stanford Angels, Xoogler, Blockchain Council, Stanford Venture Studio, SVE, a Board Member at TiE, among others. He brings over 20 years of technology experience in strategic alliances and business development to help startups figure out their growth path and drive adoption. Erwin Hosono (Partner, Mighty Capital) Erwin is a partner at Mighty Capital, an independent investor, and an active non-profit board member. Previously, he was a principal at Bradford Equities Management LLC, a middle market private equity firm in New York; before graduate school, he coded software at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. Erwin holds an MPPM from the Yale School of Management and an AB in economics from Duke University. Vince Kohli (Startup Judge, Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Impact Investor) Vince's brings technology business experience as an execution architect with Accenture, SAP ERP expert, Silicon Valley tech founder, serial entrepreneur, social entrepreneurship coach, super angel investor, and product designer and corporate strategist. This makes him a sought after startup business design advisor / mentor at Google, MIT, Stanford University, Singularity, Launch, StartX, AngelHack, Google4Entrepreneurs, and 500 StartUps. Food / Drinks Appetizers and light beverages will be provided. Parking Park on BootUP's premises or (if needed) park on the street in front of BootUP (not in the surrounding neighborhood). Questions For more information, email [masked].

Venture Capital Panel: Investment and Latest Innovations in Health Tech Startups

The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm on 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/venture-capital-panel-investment-and-latest-innovations-in-health-tech-tickets-56078803210 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. A distinguished panel will discuss the latest developments in health tech and funding for health tech startups. Please come with questions and comments. If you are a health tech startup and would like space on a demo table for the networking portion of the event, please send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: Th 2/21 Health Tech Startup Demo Table Agenda 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Panel Discussion, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking About the Panelists: (More panelists TBA.) Rich Simoni is a partner at Asset Management Ventures, which he joined s in 2002. He combines a deep technical background with extensive operational business experience. Over the past 20 years Rich has been involved with numerous start-up companies, in both management and consulting roles. He was a co-founder of Talkway Communications, a provider of Internet video services such as video email to major providers including AT&T and British Telecom. Rich has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Two of his academic publications were chosen for inclusion in the 25-year retrospective of the International Symposium on Computer Architecture, the premier conference in the computer architecture field. Gabriel Alvarado is an investor at Comet Labs, where he focuses on early stage industrial AI/ML startups. Gabe is excited about opportunities to leverage AI within healthcare to improve pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and patient care. Prior to Comet Labs, Gabe was an investor at Creandum, a failed startup founder, and consultant in the biotech and pharma industry at IMS Health. Gabe graduated from Stanford University as a student athlete with a degree in Economics and Management Science and Engineering. Ephraim Lindenbaum is the founder and managing director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley ­based venture investment fund and venture accelerator that invests in seed and early­ stage start­ups. Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its core market sectors. About the Moderator: Arman Pahlavan is a corporate attorney and partner at the Perkins Coie's Emerging Companies and Private Equity groups in Palo Alto. He advises venture capital and private equity funds and their portfolio companies across their legal needs. He counsels them on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, intellectual property transactions and fund formation matters. Arman has extensive experience advising clients with emphasis on cross border transactions for corporate clients and in his investment company practice. His knowledge runs across industry lines including operating in the software information technologies, life sciences and energy.

Silicon Valley TGIF Networking Mixer

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

@ideatoipo (https://twitter.com/ideatoipo) PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. Enter the Hyatt Regency via the main entrance on the front side of the hotel. Look to your right. Go to the bar area in the hotel lobby. Look for people with name tags. Look for the Meetup sign. This event is free to attend. Attendees must purchase their own liquid refreshments and food. There's no content or speaker at this event -- just business and social networking. Build your business and social network - face to face! Come out and enjoy a great evening of good food, liquid refreshments, and connecting. Come prepared with your best smile, a firm handshake, and a great personality. You may meet your next business collaborator, client, employer, employee, friend, or tennis partner! Getting away from a screen for a few hours will do you some good! : -) Meet Silicon Valley movers and shakers - Internet entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, mobile app coders, attorneys, bloggers, academics, financiers, and investors! It's okay if you have to come late and/or leave early. Feel free to drop in whenever you can. You can stay for 30 minutes or for two hours. PARKING: Park in the parking structure. Parking is free. COST: FREE to attend. All attendees will purchase their own liquid refreshments and food. Please support our host venue by purchasing at least one or two beverages. (Non-alcoholic beverages are okay.) DRESS CODE: BUSINESS ATTIRE Take the pledge: https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/ This event is organized in collaboration with other groups. Join the Bay Club/Silicon Valley Capital Club for great networking opportunities, great facilities and social activities! https://www.bayclubs.com/ http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Silicon-Valley-Capital-Club Our meetup members get a discount! Contact Greg Gonazales at: [masked] Mention "Idea to IPO" for personalized attention!

Investment Crowdfunding for Startups (including Direct Public Offerings -DPO's)

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/investment-crowdfunding-for-startups-including-direct-public-offerings-dpos-tickets-55690915026 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. In this presentation the speaker will provide an overview of crowdfunding options and discuss how crowdfunding differs from traditional sources of capital. There will be a discussion on how to determine what crowdfunding option makes sense for particular startup organizations, including yours. The speaker will then compare the various investment fundraising strategies, including direct public offerings (DPO's) and the new Title III exempt crowdfunding. Finally, the speaker will describe the process of investment crowdfunding via direct public offering. (Often referred to as "investment crowdfunding", DPOs ( direct public offerings) are increasingly becoming a popular option for bypassing the traditional route of raising capital for startups and providing a way to engage individual investors directly in the success of community enterprises. The speaker will discuss what a DPO is, what types of companies use this tool, and successful examples of its implementation.) 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 Q & A, More Networking About the Speaker Brian Beckon is an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience working for nonprofits, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies. As a principal of both Cutting Edge Capital and sister law firm Cutting Edge Counsel, Brian’s work is now focused on direct public offerings, corporate structuring, and strategies for community capital, with the goal of building a more equitable economy. Brian has served as General Counsel for RSF Social Finance, Clean Power Finance, and LendZoan; and before that as Corporate Counsel for Sybase and Catellus Development Corporation. He earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and started his legal career with the North Bay law firm of Gaw Van Male. Brian is a member of the California Bar and serves on the boards of the National Coalition for Community Capital, the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation, and the Neto Community Network.

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