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+)

Workshop: Immigration Law for Startups (Attract & Retain The Best Global Talent)

🚀LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT HERE: http://bit.ly/30uTWEu THE EVENT Please join us Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. here at Founders Floor for a detailed workshop on immigration law for startups and entrepreneurs. The last few years have witnessed a significant shift in the way immigration laws have been interpreted and applied. Starting with President Trump’s Be American Buy American Executive Order, we have witnessed a significant, yet subtle change in how immigration applications and petitions are being adjudicated. In this workshop, we will review how foreign-born entrepreneurs and start-up business owners can stay in the United States, start and work for their company-without being deported! We will also explain the basics of how US business’ can hire and retain foreign-born talent, in the context of today’s immigration climate. Knowledge of US visa laws is critical to the success, continuance, and growth of most Silicon Valley business’ and obtaining the correct visa for themselves or their team is often the first hurdle faced by many founders. If you are a startup or entrepreneur, this is a workshop you do not want to miss! The event starts with a networking reception where food and drinks will be provided. /////////////////////////////////////////// *** SECURE YOUR TICKET: http://bit.ly/30uTWEu /////////////////////////////////////////// In this workshop we will cover many topics, including: Review the visa options available for foreign entrepreneurs, founders, visitors, students, employees and investors. How the immigration status of founders can impact their ability to fundraise. Discuss the do’s and don’ts of hiring foreign students and interns. Better understand the challenges that the Trump administration poses to a tech economy that relies on highly trained workers to compete in a global environment. In-depth review of different visa programs such as the B-1, F-1, OPT, E-2, L-1, H-1B, O-1 among others. We will also discuss the changes that are being implemented to key visa programs like the H-1B. And so much more, including your questions! Have an immigration question you would like to ask or learn about during the workshop? Submit your question or topic to our online question portal – https://meet.ps/immigration-workshop either before or during the event. This workshop will tell you all you need to know about US Immigration laws and how they impact US business. If you are a startup founder or entrepreneur, this is a workshop you do not want to miss! [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] AGENDA: 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Registration, Dinner & Networking 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Workshop Presentation 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Networking, Meet the Speaker BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT YOU AGREE TO THIS LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: http://foundersfloor.com/disclaimer /////////////////////////////////////////// *** SECURE YOUR TICKET:http://bit.ly/30uTWEu /////////////////////////////////////////// [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST Subscribe to our newsletters to be the first to know about our popular startup events. We also provide plenty of useful tech news and content full of insights, ideas and inspiration from our network of VCs and startup experts. SUBSCRIBE HERE: https://foundersfloor.com/events/ [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] WHO IS FOUNDERS FLOOR? Founders Floor is a co-working accelerator for tech startups. We provide low cost co-working office space to select startups including mentorship & advice, a 3 month accelerator program, funding opportunities via our VC network, & monthly events . Find out more about our co-working options (http://foundersfloor.com/coworking) and the accelerator program (http://foundersfloor.com/accelerator-program). Find out more about our upcoming events here: http://foundersfloor.com/events [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] SA MEEETUP

Venture Capital Panel: The Hottest Funding Trends of 2020!

The deadline to register and pay 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. In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-capital-panel-the-hottest-funding-trends-of-2020-tickets-87764436793 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 Please bring a printed copy of your ticket to the event. Or pay at the door: $25 (cash) A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss some of the trends in startup funding in Silicon Valley for 2020. Please come with your questions and comments. (This is not a pitch event. The panel will not be taking pitches during the program.) If you would like a startup demo table for the networking portion of the event, please send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: Th 1/30 Startup Demo Table Agenda 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking About the Panelists: (More panelists TBA.) Sanjit SinghDang, U First Capital Nuno Goncalves Pedro, Grishin Robotics/Strive Capital Vidya Raman, Sorenson Ventures Darwin Ling, Good AI Capital About the Moderator: Todd Rumberger Jr. is a leading corporate lawyer at Wilmer Hale in Palo Alto who has built a distinguished practice representing venture capital and corporate investors and early-to late-stage companies in a variety of industries, including mobility/auto-tech, digital media, financial services, digital health, e-commerce, food/food tech, cybersecurity, software and mobile telecommunications sectors and capital market transactions.

Silicon Valley TGIF Business and Social Networking

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. 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. 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!

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

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. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $13 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $25 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, 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-91904172855 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $30 (cash) at the door. Agenda 11:30 AM – 12:00 Noon - Check In, Food, Networking 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM - How the Funding Process Works ; What You Need to Do to Prepare; How to Formulate Your Message 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - How to Prepare Your Executive Summary and Investor Presentation - Step-by-Step This is an interactive and dynamic workshop to help anyone learn how to get his or her business message right and deliver it confidently to investors. · This workshop is designed to address your questions and assess your current strategy and business case. · Learn to clearly communicate your vision, plan, and value proposition. · Learn step-by-step bullets for your executive summary and pitch deck. · Match funding strategy to “needs” -- i.e., how much do you need and why? and more! There will be opportunities to practice your pitch and find out what you need to do to get it right! If you have an elevator pitch or a pitch slide deck you would like to have reviewed at the workshop, email Gary at: [masked] About the Speaker: Gary Jinks is the founder and managing director of South Valley Angels and an executive level leader with deep expertiss 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]

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