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)

WEBINAR: How to Pitch to Investors and Get Funded /Angel Investor Gary Jinks

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered and paid via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info before the start of the event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. There is a cover charge for this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $7 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $10 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $13 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees In order to participate, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-successfully-pitch-to-investors-and-get-funded-angel-investor-gary-jinks-tickets-101967120402 Hurry! Slots are limited! Almost all entrepreneurs are seeking funding and want to get funded. However, most entrepreneurs have never taken an idea to market or raised private investment or run a startup or had a successful exit. Our goal is to accelerate your progress, reduce your risk, and if all works out, share in the success. This webinar sets the stage and gives you a strategic understanding of the successful startup business model as well as why most startups fail. This will help you understand the critical path and provides the foundation for successfully launching your startup. This webinar is also a great opportunity for entrepreneurs already looking for funding to get an investor view on why you may not be closing the deals. By attending this webinar, you can begin your journey, get your questions answered, gajn insight from a veteran Silicon Valley investor and become part of a global ecosystem. Agenda 1) Why Investors See Your Business Different than You Do 2) Why the Startup Model is Different 3) How the Funding Process Works Today and How It has Changed 4) What You Need Before You Pitch to Investors 5) Pitching and Pitch Decks 6) Talk Like a CEO; How to Think Strategically 7) What is Important to Investors 8) Open Forum: Ask an Investor! About the Speaker: Gary Jinks is the founder and managing director of South Valley Angels and an executive level leader with deep expertise and extensive track record developing high yield innovation ecosystems and building up high growth exit focused start-up ventures. Gary has created, transformed and launched innovation in the Silicon Valley his entire career, from combat vehicles to lifestyle apps. Gary founded GLJ Group in 2005 and has led engineering, strategic direction and, business development for corporate clients resulting in over $300M in new business. In 2010 he shifted complete focus to the startup community, advising over 400 startups, working with the top incubators and investors in the Silicon Valley, launching innovation centers and developing regional ecosystems around the globe. He is a regular speaker, evangelist and lead executive adviser helping clients formulate custom strategies and implementing the next evolution of the startup model, “Startup 3.0 Precision Innovation”. If you have questions about the content of Gary's presentation, please email him at: [masked]

WEBINAR: Top Ten Legal Mistakes that Could Kill Your Startup

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered and paid via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info one hour before the start of the event. The deadline to register and pay online is one hour before the start of the event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. 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 $7 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $10 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $13 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees In order to participate, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/top-ten-legal-mistakes-that-could-kill-your-startup-tickets-101877167350 Hurry! Slots are limited! Silicon Valley attorney Roger Royse, the founder of Royse Law Firm, will deliver his popular presentation: “Top Ten Legal Mistakes that Could Kill Your Startup", which is based on his popular book, Dead on Arrival: Avoiding the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Arrival-Avoid-Mistakes-Start-Up/dp/1457509806 The presentation will summarize the most common legal mistakes that startup companies and their lawyers make and how to avoid making those mistakes. Some of those mistakes can be rectified, but many will result in your startup company being "dead on arrival" when it come time for for funding or acquisition opportunities. Knowing what those mistakes are and how to avoid them is essential to starting and building a successful company. Roger will cover corporate, securities, tax, employment and technology law and more! Please come with your questions, comments and scenarios. About the Speaker Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California (www.rroyselaw.com). Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. His clients include nternational emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) and is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.

25% OFF! WEB COURSE: Google Cloud for Data Scientists

PLEASE NOTE: This event is also being offered from Sat. 4/11 9 AM to Sun. 4/12 5 PM Pacific Time. See separate event description.) PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. There is a cover charge for this event. In order to attend, please register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/google-cloud-for-data-scientists-tickets-100952750394?aff=IDEATOIPO Data science is all the rage today and Google is one of the major promoters of it. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is one of the leading platforms for data science. In this course, the students will learn how to use data science using Python. Students will gain the skills the tools available throuhg Google Cloud specific to data science. **Register for the FREE Preview Class**: https://tinyurl.com/s7cl6tn T 4/7 7 PM to 10 PM ( Pacific Time) W 4/8 7 PM to 10 PM (Pacific Time) Th 4/9 7 PM to 10 PM (Pacific Time) This webinar course covers: • Google Cloud’s features for Data Science • The Process of doing Data Science • Using Google Computer Engine • Using Google Cloud Storage • Visualizing data using Google Data Studio • Running SQL queries using Big Query • Data analytics with Python • Running Python code on Google Cloud • Large scale data analytics with Apache Spark • Running Spark using Google DataProc Detailed Outline: https://tinyurl.com/u9356sd Audience: Data Analysts, Data Scientists Duration: Three to four days depending on the agenda Format: Lectures and hands on labs. (50/ 50) Prerequisites • Interested in data science (data science overview is included as needed) • Some basic knowledge of Python is highly recommended but not mandatory. Our labs utilize Python language. But Python is a very easy language to learn. So even you don’t have previous exposure to Python, you will be able to complete the labs. • Some programming experience is highly recommended Lab environment Zero Install: There is no need to install any software on students’ machines! Students will need the following • A reasonably modern laptop • Unrestricted connection to the Internet. Laptops with overly restrictive VPNs or firewalls may not work properly • A Google Cloud account is highly recommended. About the Instructor: Sujee Maniyam is a seasoned data science professional and the founder of Elephant Scale. He teaches and consults in AI (machine learning and deep learning) and Big Data technologies (Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL and Cloud). He is an open source contributor and author of 'Hadoop illuminated' (an open-source book on Hadoop) and 'HBase Design Patterns'. Sujee is a frequent speaker at various conferences and meetups. He also advises and mentors various firms of all sizes. If you have any questions please contact: [masked]

How to Pitch to Investors and Get the Deal in a Covid-19 World

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered and paid via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info before the start of the event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. 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 In order to attend, please register here: (Registration link TBA.) Hurry! Slots are limited! Raising money is a difficult and stressful task for startup Founders.Founders struggle to get the right combination of facts and projections to persuade investors to put in money. This workshop is an intro to the longer pitch program. It covers to the two main parts of pitching: 1) What to say 2) How to say it On this webinar you will learn: 1) The five step elevator pitch to get to the point in 60 seconds. 2) The standard topic for each page of the pitch deck, (for 90% of the startups) 3) How to use your customer “use case” in a story to show what your product does 4) The four key background points to set your pitch in the right direction 5) The key item two thirds of startup pitches leave out that is critical to customer adaption 6) The essential key points investors are looking for and more! This workshop is an intro to a four day workshop that speaker, entrepreneur and thought leader Steve Austin has presented to accelerators in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, in Asia and Europe.This content was derived from interviews with angel investors and venture capitalists in attendance at over 100 pitch to investor events where Steve’s students have pitched. This workshop focuses on what angel investors and venture capitalists have indicated they are looking for in startup pitches. Don’t waste more time with weak pitches. Learn how to focus on the essential points and get the deal. Scale your Innovation into Revenue!™ About the Speaker: Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and the founder of Silicon Valley iLab.He has worked with over 2,500 startups—giving him a unique insight into challenges and secrets to success when it comes to being an entrepreneur. Dozens of startups have raised funds and scaled up after attending Steve's workshops. Steve has presented workshops in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and around the world. He has spoken at conferences at Tsinghua, Geju and SUES Universities in China and at incubators and accelerators in in Austria, Korea and Turkey. Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. He has been the CEO, MD, and vice president of sales and marketing for several organizations. Steve has managed global operations including personally generating hundreds of millions of dollars in B2B sales. Steve holds a BS in Finance and Chemistry. For fun, enjoys playing the guitar and hikng. You can reach Steve at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/

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