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+)

50% OFF! 2019 AI Talent Summit: Building Teams For The Future of AI

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Talent Overseer. 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/2019-ai-talent-summit-building-teams-for-the-future-of-ai-tickets-66516341167?aff=IdeaToIPO&afu=3951017871 Our meetup members get 50% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Join startups, venture capitalists and talent leaders for an engaging discussion on the AI talent market and best practices for building strong, diverse teams. With the rapid advancement of AI technology and commercial breakthroughs, building a strong and diverse AI team becomes increasingly critical for business success. AI talent is scarce, costly and in high demand. This event aims to help tech and talent leaders better understand the AI talent market and best practices for building, nurturing, and retaining strong and diverse teams to accelerate their business growth. Agenda: 1:00pm - 1:30pm Check-in & Networking 1:30pm - 1:40pm Welcome Message Margaret Laffan: VP of Business Development @ TalentSeer; Venture Partner @ BoomingStar Ventures 1:40pm - 2:10pm AI Transformation: Progress & Future Trends Gil Arditi: Head of Product, Machine Learning @ Lyft 2:10pm - 2:40pm AI Talent Evolution & Best Practice for Building A Strong AI Team Alex Ren: Founder @ TalentSeer & Robin.ly; Managing Partner @ BoomingStar Ventures Margaret Laffan: VP of Business Development @ TalentSeer; Venture Partner @ BoomingStar Ventures 2:40pm - 3:10pm Networking Break 3:10pm - 3:40pm Developing & Scaling Startup Teams From the Ground Up ‍Luan Lam: Global VP of Talent @ Harness; Advisor of Talent @ Unusual Ventures 3:40pm - 4:10pm Leveraging the Power of Investors to Grow & Nurture Teams ‍Jennifer Holmstolm: Head of Talent @ GGV Capital 4:10pm - 4:50pm Panel Discussion: Challenges in Building an AI Team and the Future of Work Ted Maguire, Director of Executive Talent @ Khosla Ventures Georgina Salamy, Director of Talent @ Zoox Margaret Laffan, VP of Business Development @ TalentSeer (Panel Moderator) (More panelists TBA.) 4:50pm - 5:30pm Summit Recap & Networking Questions? Contact: [masked] About TalentSeer: TalentSeer is the fastest-growing AI talent platform in the United States providing integrated talent acquisition, market research, and employer branding services. Equipped with strong AI domain knowledge, an AI-powered software system, and an engaged community of AI professionals (known as Robin.ly), TalentSeer aims to be the go-to talent partner to help build and nurture teams for companies at various stages. TalentSeer has a database of 200,000+ AI talent and has partnered with 100+ high-tech companies worldwide. Visit our site to learn more about our AI recruiting service.

Deep Learning 101


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/deep-learning-101-tickets-70850980189 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. The speaker will provide a primer on deep learning for both technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The following topics will be covered: 1) What is deep learning? 2) What is deep learning capable of and what are the limits of deep learning in terms of technological advancement? 3) How is deep learning related to machine learning and artificial intelligence? 4) How did deep learning originate and progress to it's present state? 5) How does deep learning work? 6) How can deep learning lead to the automation of intellectual and non-intellectual tasks and processes? 7) What are some barriers to entry for deep learning entrepreneurs and how can these barriers to entry be overcome? 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 and AI for eighteen years. He holds a Ph.D. in speech biometrics. Alexander is a Senior AI Engineer at 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: [masked] Organizational Sponsor: Generate Your Patent Application 100% Free at https://www.getmeapatent.com/. This free system is provided as a courtesy by Chhabra Law Firm, PC. No Credit Card/Payment/Commitment Needed.

25% OFF! The Chatbot Conference 2019

Fort Mason Center

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by the Chatbot 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/chatbot-conference-2019-tickets-62945583936?aff=IDEATOIPO&afu=3951017871 Our meetup members get 25% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. If you could ask Facebook, Google, & Amazon anything about Bots what would you ask? Connect with the top speakers, entrepreneurs and developers in the chatbot and AI space. This conference features speakers from many of the hottest companies in the chatbot and AI spaces, such as Chatfuel, Dashbot, Recime, Seed, Assist and many more. This is the 3rd annual Chatbot Conference in San Francisco. How are Enterprises winning with Bots? It has been over nearly two years since brands started playing around with bots. In the first year, most experiences were a hit or miss. In the second year, bots are finally paying dividends to business. Three main use cases that are giving companies an ROI will be highlighted. This conference will fully explore this topic. Voice Bots It's been a great year for Voice. Products like Google Home and Alexa have entered over 30 million homes and brands are starting to heavily invest in this new platform. The conference will feature a deep dive into what is working best and how to leverage it. Conference Topics: 1) Enterprises & Bots: Exploring Bots with an ROI 2) Artificial Intelligence & NLP: ​Latest on NLP & AI for Bots 3) Voice & Virtual Assistants: Latest on Voice from Google Home, Alexa, & Siri. 4) Chatbots Design & UX: Latest design conventions and a look at what's working. 5) Chatbots as Vertical Solutions: Ecommerce, Marketing, Customer Service and domain specific bots. 6) Chatbots Discovery & Monetization: User acquisition and sales. 7) Bot Frameworks & Modules: Building Bots using Frameworks and Modules 8) Bots & Emerging Technologies: Learn how bots, AR/VR, and blockchain are starting to converge. And more!

10% OFF! Top Three Data Privacy Laws Startups Need to Know!

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Access Silicon Valley. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. There is cover charge for this event. In order to attend, please register and pay here: https://asv-startup-privacy-1.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEATOIPO&afu=3951017871 Our meetup members get 10% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO Hurry! Slots are limited! DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Dinner, refreshments and networking included. Space is limited. Save your seat now. Join Access Silicon Valley for a live workshop on data security presented by Procopio attorney Elaine Harwell. SUMMARY From Facebook to Equifax, the last couple of years have seen no shortage of high profile privacy scandals and security mishaps. Given the seemingly constant barrage of headlines, it should come as no surprise that the legal landscape for data privacy laws has experienced a monumental shift. California has contributed to that shift by passing the nation’s first comprehensive data privacy law known as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). If you intend to collect information from your customers (and let’s be frank, who doesn’t?), join us for Part 1 of this 2-part data privacy series to discuss how the top three data privacy laws might impact your startup. The speaker will discuss the CCPA, Europe’s comprehensive data privacy law, the GDPR and state data breach laws. Dinner and refreshments are provided. Space is extremely limited. RSVP early. ******************************************************************* AGENDA 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm: Dinner/refreshments, networking, 6:45 pm - 7:00 pm: Demo Table/Sponsor Introductions 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Presentation, Q & A ********************************************************************** About the Speaker: Elaine F. Harwell is an experienced business litigation attorney and a trained privacy professional. Her practice focuses on representing clients in privacy and data security matters, including litigating claims involving privacy issues, helping clients manage emerging risks and conduct privacy risk assessments, and advising on regulatory and compliance issues. Elaine thrives on counseling clients through a complex and ever-changing data privacy landscape and strives to find effective business solutions for clients in every situation. Elaine has also been involved in numerous trials as well as arbitration proceedings related to contract and general business disputes, complex unfair competition and business practice claims, and professional liability. She has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Elaine is also a frequent speaker and writer on legal issues surrounding privacy and data governance.

Past events (2,145)

Condoleeza Rice: To Build a Better World

Santa Clara Convention Center

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