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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We are inspired by:

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Upcoming events (5+)

How to Get Seed Funding for Your Early Stage 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 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/seed-funding-for-early-stage-startups-tickets-54443438791 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Stan Lewandowski of K & L Gates will discuss currently available ways for qualified startups to secure seed funding, the instruments issued by the startup to the investors in exchange for the capital provided and the terms associated with each type of an investment. Stan will cover: 1. Overview of issues you should address before you start seeking seed funding 2. Types of legal entities suitable for your startup needs 3. Initial capitalization for your startup 4. Items to address in your executive summary 5. Should you have a business plan? 6. Most important diligence issues for early stage investors 7. How much capital should you consider raising 8. Persons you should connect with while raising your initial seed funding 9. Platforms for early stage capital raising purposes 10. How to close your initial round of funding and more! Please come with your questions, concerns and scenarios. 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 Informal Q & A, Networking About the Speaker Stan Lewandowski is a partner at K & L Gates and is based in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Stan counsels companies in the U.S. and abroad on financing, operations, development and other strategic transactional issues, primarily in the technology and renewable energy sectors. Stan represents emerging growth companies at every stage of the pipeline—from start-up to liquidity. He works on a variety of strategic growth issues, including venture capital and private equity financings, private offerings, joint ventures and M&A. Combining his experience representing Central and Eastern European companies with his Silicon Valley background, Stan has worked closely with investors and companies on domestic, in-bound and out-bound transactions, as well as on-shore and off-shore structures. Stan also has significant experience advising developers, their affiliates and investors, and financial institutions in connection with the development and disposition of renewable energy projects, with a total value in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Stan earned his LL.M. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received his master of laws and diploma from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. He also earned a diploma from the University of Cambridge in England. If you have questions about the content of this presentation, you can contact Stan at: [masked]

5% OFF! Global Artificial Intelligence Conference

Santa Clara Convention Center

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by the Global Data Conference. 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/3rd-annual-global-artificial-intelligence-conference-santa-clara-january-2019-tickets-50334835849?aff=IDEATOIPO&afu=3951017871 Our meetup members get 5% OFF! (Applies to most but not all ticket options.) Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Global Big Data Conference's vendor agnostic 3rd Annual Global Artificial Intelligence(AI) Conference will be held on January 23rd, January 24th, & January 25th 2019 and will cover all industry verticals(finance, retail/e-commerce/m-commerce, healthcare/pharma/bio tech, energy, education, insurance, manufacturing, telco, auto, hi-tech, media, agriculture, chemical, government, transportation etc.. ). It will be the largest vendor agnostic conference in the AI space. The annual Global AI Conference has been extended to three days in 2019 due to feedback from participants. The event will feature many of the AI thought leaders from the industry. The Global AI Conference is an event acclaimed for its highly interactive sessions. This conference provides insights and potential solutions to address AI issues from well known experts and thought leaders through panel sessions and open Q&A sessions. Speakers will showcase successful industry vertical use cases, share development and administration tips, and educate organizations about how best to leverage AI as a key component in their enterprise architecture. It will also be an excellent networking event for executives( CXO's, directors), managers, developers, architects, administrators, data analysts, data scientists, statisticians and vendors interested in advancing, extending or implementing AI. Speakers: Over 100 leading experts in Artificial Intelligence area will present at the conference. Who You Get To Meet: You get to meet investors, venture capitalists, technical experts, senior, and C-level executives from leading innovators in the AI space (executives from startups to large corporations will be at the conference.) What You Will Learn: You'll get up to speed on emerging techniques and technologies by analyzing case studies, develop new technical skills through in-depth workshop, share emerging best practices in AI and future trends. 1. Industry Vertical Use Cases ( Where AI applications are working/not working, What hot Technologies are used to implement AI, How to develop AI applications etc..) 2. Cognitive Computing 3. Chatbot 4. Data Science, Machine Learning & Deep Learning 5. IoT 6. Security 7. NLP 8. Computer Vision 9. Home Assistant 10. Robotics 11. Neural networks 12. Data Mining and Data Analytics 13. Speech Recognition, Image processing, Unsupervised Learning 14. Workshops Conference Highlights: 3000+ attendees 100+ Speakers 80+ Sessions Keynote Sessions Startup Pitch Great Networking opportunity Workshops See the latest conference agenda here: http://www.globalbigdataconference.com/santa-clara/3rd-annual-global-artificial-intelligence-conference/schedule-108.html For more info, email: [masked]

AI 101

Alley ( powered by Verizon)

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. 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/ai-101-tickets-54554149931 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. The speaker will provide a primer on artificial intelligence for both technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The following topics will be covered: 1) What is AI and how does it compare to deep learning? 2) What are AI and deep learning capable of, and what are their limits in terms of technological advancement? 4) How did AI originate and progress to it's present state? 5) How does AI work? 6) What are some barriers to entry for AI entrepreneurs and how can these barriers to entry be overcome? 7) How can AI lead to the automation of intellectual and non-intellectual tasks and processes? 8) How to identify the opportunities for AI-based automation across different industries? 9) Successful use cases of AI implemented to solve real world problems, and more! Please come with your questions and comments. 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 More Networking About the Speaker Alexander Tsyplikhin has worked in the area of machine learning for eighteen years. He holds a Ph.D. in Speech Biometrics. Alexander is with Graphcore, a company that has created the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) - a processor that is up to 100x more efficient for machine learning workloads compared to the fastest processors today. If you have questions about the content of this presentation, email Alex at: alext(at)graphcore.ai

25% OFF! Most Common Legal Mistakes Made by Startup Entrepreneurs

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Action Spot. 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/morrison-foerster-speaker-series-most-common-legal-mistakes-of-startup-entrepreneurs-tickets-50410908384?discount=IDEA-TO-IPO Our meetup members get 25% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. When legal issues rear their ugly head, many entrepreneurs put them off and hope that they'll be resolved somewhere down the road. Entrepreneurs have enough things to worry about, from developing a proof of concept to hiring the first employees; the life of a startup is incredibly busy. Moreover, with all of these demands on an entrepreneur's time, legal matters can slip through the cracks. In a misguided effort to save on expenses, many entrepreneurs hire inexperienced legal counsel or rely on the advice of friends, relatives, and co-workers. In doing so, the entrepreneur denies themselves the experience and legal expertise that can help them avoid many legal problems now and later on. Consider attending this session to learn more on what are most common pitfalls such as: - Not Defining a Founder Agreement - Not Forming the Business under a Legal Structure - Not Having Good Standard Form Contracts In Your Favor - Not Protecting Intellectual Property - Not Having the Right Legal Counsel In this session delivered by Morrison&Foerster we will cover this topic and much more. Morrison & Foerster represents a broad cross-section of clients, including technology and life sciences, Fortune 100 companies, and financial institutions.[3] The firm also advises startup companies and investment funds. In July 2013, Morrison & Foerster represented SoftBank in its $21.6 billion acquisition of a 78 percent stake in Sprint Nextel.[6] According to The Wall Street Journal, the transaction was "one of the most complex and unusual deals in the annals of takeovers."[7] The firm also represented SoftBank, a longtime client, in Alibaba's U.S. IPO—the largest IPO in history—and in the carve-out and restructuring of Alibaba's financial services businesses in preparation for the IPO Mofo is working with emerging companies and startups and speaking engagement at ActionSpot is great representation of such effort. This eight-part series will commence on September 21st and continue on the following dates FULL SCHEDULE: : 10/19 – IP Basics for Startups 11/16 – Raising Angel Investment (including Convertible Note and SAFE Financing) 12/14 – Raising Venture Capital Investment (Deal Terms and Structure) 1/18 – Most Common Legal Mistakes of Startup Entrepreneurs 2/15 – Startup Equity Incentives 3/15 – Follow-on Venture Financing Complexities 4/19 – Selling Your Startup

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