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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 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.

We support:

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http://thelifeyoucansave.com/

http://www.hackerdojo.com/

We are inspired by:

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Upcoming events (4+)

Meet New People! Sunday Night Networking (In-Person)

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Look for the MEETUP sign!

Come out and meet new people!

Network, socialize and connect!

This event is free to attend.

Please register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-new-people-saturday-night-networking-in-person-tickets-384391544457

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! (in-person)

Come out and enjoy a great evening of good food, liquid refreshments, and connecting.

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, marketing professionals, community organizers and investors.

This event is organized in collaboration with other groups!

@ideatoipo

www.idea-to-ipo.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjYga11avYH_CUpC0BSyDng

(videos of online events)

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Monday Night Networking (In-Person) - Millbrae

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Come out and meet new people!

Network, socialize and connect!

This event is free to attend.

Please register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monday-night-networking-in-person-millbrae-tickets-389722629877

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! (in-person)

Come out and enjoy a great evening of good food, liquid refreshments, and connecting.

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, marketing professionals, community organizers and investors!

This event is organized in collaboration with other groups.

@ideatoipo

www.idea-to-ipo.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjYga11avYH_CUpC0BSyDng

(videos of online events)

Tuesday Night Networking (In-Person)

Needs a location

Look for the Meetup sign!

Come out and meet new people!

Network, socialize and connect!

This event is free to attend.

Please register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-night-netowrkng-tickets-383236439507

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! (in-person)

Come out and enjoy a great evening of good food, liquid refreshments, and connecting.

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, marketing professionals, community organizers and investors!

This event is organized in collaboration with other groups.

@ideatoipo

www.idea-to-ipo.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjYga11avYH_CUpC0BSyDng

(videos of online events)

How to Build a Unicorn

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This is an online event. Participation is 100% online.

Participants can be located anywhere in the world!

This event is FREE to attend!

In order to attend, you must register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-build-a-unicorn-tickets-429549372737

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(The login link will be sent via email to Eventbrite registrants right before the start of the event.)

The speakers will discuss:

1. Background
2. How to build a successful team.
3. What is the difference between acceleration and hyper-acceleration?
4. How has the digital transformation impacted going global?
5. How do you find the right advisors and investors?
6. What are the key characteristics of successful startup entrepreneurs?
7. What are the keys to successful company building?
8, What are some of the pitfalls of building a startup?

and more!

Please come with your questions and scenarios.

About the Speakers:

Nick Bravante

Nick Bravante is a two-time entrepreneur, product developer, and project manager. He has built companies in industries ranging from algorithmic trading to automotive hardware, executed complex commercial real estate deals, and led operations for an engineering firm.

Today, he is an integral part of GSD Venture Studios and drives progress for their partners on both a micro and macro level. As VP of Programs for GSD Labs, Nick assists with every aspect of venture building, from sales and marketing strategy to program coordination/leadership, and especially copywriting of materials for member companies.

Prior to GSD, Nick led a team that identified a pattern in the stock market and coordinated research, software development, and back testing to develop a trading algorithm. He also worked as a commercial real estate broker and lead transactions across Northern New Jersey, including a 100-unit apartment development which sold for $27.5m. Nick also worked as an operations manager for a fire protection design and installation firm, coordinating complex life safety projects.
For fun, Nick revived an automotive hardware brand that catered to the vintage Porsche market. He attended Loyola University in Maryland where he majored in business and specialized in law.

Based in New Jersey, Nick spends his free time surfing big waves and automotive racing. He believes that the chaos of these pursuits dilutes the chaos of daily life and venture building, enabling a calm and measured approach to any challenge.

Gary Fowler, President, CEO and Founder, GSD Venture Studios

https://www.linkedin.com/in/fowlerinternational/

Gary Fowler is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and investor with 17 companies and two unicorns and a successful IPO under his belt. Gary was on the original management team of ClickSoftware that was recently sold to SalesForce for 1.35 billion and was the co-founder of the award winning AI company, Yva.ai that was recently acquired by Visier. He has over 30 years of experience and is the CEO and president of GSD Venture Studios. GSD is a Silicon Valley-based venture studio located in Silicon Valley. GSD takes operational roles in companies and uses their vast global network and experience to help companies maximize their opportunities. Gary was recently named one of the top 10 global AI executives and is an international speaker and the author of over 180 articles.

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