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.

We support:

http://www.khanacademy.org/donate

http://thelifeyoucansave.com/

http://www.hackerdojo.com/

We are inspired by:

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Upcoming events (5+)

FREE Co-Working Day at SVI Hub

SVI HUB

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized in collaboration with SVI Hub. Visit: http://svihub.com/ This event is free to attend! In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-coworking-day-at-svi-hub-tickets-62130964387 Come and work in a friendly, cozy and productive setting for the day! Take advantage of free wifi, free refreshments and free parking! Meet other entrepreneurs and techies. Network, socialize, and connect! SVI Hub is the place in Silicon Valley where business meets innovation, where startups, entrepreneurs and corporations work side-by-side in a vibrant and nurturing community. Questions? Contact: [masked] Mention Idea to IPO for discounts on memberships at SVI Hub!

Leveraging Intellectual Property for Funding and Growth w/ Efrat Kasznik Part 2

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

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 a cover charge for this event. In order to attend, please register and pay here: https://asv-financial-fun-2.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEAIPO&afu=3951017871 Our MeetUp members get 10% OFF! [ Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO ] ***DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE.** Dinner and refreshments are provided. Space is limited. RSVP early. OVERVIEW This two-part series explores the fundamentals of financial modeling and valuation involving startups and emerging technologies, and how to leverage your intellectual property (IP)portfolio for funding and growth. Part 1 in the series, Telling Your Story with Numbers: Building a Fundable Financial Model, lays the foundation for the creation of a balanced, realistic and fundable financial model, while highlighting some of the pitfalls to avoid when presenting your financial plan to investors. Part 2 in the series, Monetizing Innovation: Leveraging Intellectual Property for Funding and Growth, explores the interaction between IP assets and corporate value, and how to manage your IP portfolio to support funding and growth. Efrat Kasznik, President of Foresight Valuation Group, Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Chair of the High Tech Sector of the Licensing Executives Society (USA-Canada), will share insights from her 25 years of experience as an IP valuation and strategy expert, as well as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, CFO, investor and advisor. Throughout her career, Efrat has advised hundreds of companies of all sizes and across a wide range of industries, on how to extract value from innovation. Part 2 - Monetizing Innovation: Leveraging Intellectual Property for Funding and Growth Want to leverage your intellectual property (IP) for fundraising and exit? Want to become a Unicorn but not sure how your IP portfolio can support your valuation and growth? IP assets are the most valuable assets for high-tech startups, and yet companies are often struggling with how to manage and grow these assets so they adequately protect their core ideas and products, while at the same time increase corporate value and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. This is not a legal session, but rather a session exploring the intersection of IP management and corporate value, and is based on the curriculum of Ms. Kasznik’s MBA class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Some of the topics that will be covered include: - How to create an IP portfolio that will increase your startup valuation - How to leverage your IP assets for funding - What are the types of IP value that investors are looking for - What are the common valuation methods for valuing IP - What are some of the mistakes to avoid when managing an IP portfolio for startup growth - How does IP impact Unicorn valuations AGENDA 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - networking, food and refreshments 6:30 PM - 6:45 PM - speaker and sponsor introductions 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM - startup workshop and Q & A SPEAKER BIO Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group & Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business Ms. Kasznik is an intellectual property (IP) and valuation expert, with 25 years of consulting experience, focusing on assisting clients with the creation, commercialization and monetization of their IP assets. She specializes in analyzing and valuing IP portfolios for a range of purposes, including: mergers & acquisitions, financial reporting, technology commercialization decisions, tax compliance, transfer pricing, litigation damages and business liquidations. She has worked with hundreds corporate clients that range in size from Fortune 100 to start-ups, as well as law firms, universities, research institutions, inventors, IP brokers and patent funds. LEARN MORE & GET TICKETS HERE: https://asv-financial-fun-2.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEAIPO&afu=3951017871

Marketing Methods to Avoid Startup Failure

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by SVI Hub. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. There is a cover charge for this event. However, our meetup members can attend for free. In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marketing-your-startup-into-thriving-business-tickets-61891840160 For comp tickets, use promo code: IPOVIP Over 90% of all startups fail. How can you be among the few that succeed? "Marketing Methods to Avoid Startup Failure," is a 50 minute talk that exposes a distinct pattern that leads to startup failure time and again, then introduces a new marketing paradigm that makes starting and effectively marketing a business doable, in sequential, actionable steps. Business Marketing PROCESS, not MBA theory, or entrepreneurs stories (which worked for them, but likely won't for you). Veteran creative director and Stanford Continuing Studies instructor J. Cafesin, inspired by over two decades of marketing Silicon Valley seed startups to Fortune 100s, has developed a unique, three- step marketing method for sustained business growth. Her talk, "Marketing Methods to Avoid Startup Failure," will detail how to set up a solid foundation for selling your offerings, and branding your business, with a proven method of effectively marketing a new or existing product or service, step-by-step, into a thriving business. At this event, you will learn: 1) The three primary reasons startups fail 2) The RAF Marketing Method to avoid startup failure 3) Productization of your product, service, or nonprofit, into a marketable offering of value 4) Branding of your offering and company 5) Launching effective digital and print marketing campaigns and more! Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Presentation 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm Q&A About the Speaker: J. Cafesin is a veteran creative director, a Stanford marketing educator, and the founder of IPP Global—educating entrepreneurs in the practice of marketing a business to thrive. A Silicon Valley MarCom specialist since the dawn of the dot-com boom, from Fortune 100s, to seed-funded fledglings, her marketing strategies have aided innovators in turning their ideas, or developed products, into marketable offerings of value. Her campaigns for Stac, MD2, 1928, Bay Networks, Xerox FCU, The Learning Company, and many others, have helped create sustainable companies, some ultimately selling for millions. A 10+ yr university instructor, Ms. Cafesin has also taught hundreds of college students and business owners how to actualize and market their offerings into profitable businesses.

Early Stage Startup Valuation Workshop: What is Your Startup Worth?

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 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 $12 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/early-stage-startup-valuation-workshop-what-is-your-startup-worth-tickets-61961421279 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Have you ever wondered what your startup is worth? Do you have someone interested in investing in or even buying your startup? Do you need to grant stock options? If you are an early-stage startup that is looking for help in determining the value of your startup, come to this hands on valuation workshop. The speaker will discuss what valuation models to use in the early stages and will run some actual models, including: Cost Approach, VC Method, Discounted Cash Flow. He will also discuss and model the impact that funding rounds and their various terms and preferences can have on the common stock values. ** Due to the popularity of this event, we have split this workshop into early and mid-stage groups so we can dig deeper and be more relevant to your specific stage. [Early-Stage = pre-development, pre-alpha, pre-revenue and projections have not yet been built.] If you not an early-stage startup and are a mid-stage startup, that workshop will be held at a later date.** Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check in, Food, Networking 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Networking About the Speaker: Jeff Faust, CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst) is the director of valuation services at Abbott, Stringham and Lynch. Jeff has extensive experience in the valuation of start-ups / private companies for various purposes; fundraising, mergers/acquisitions, stock options grants (IRC § 409A) and more. He has provided valuation expertise to start-ups of all sizes and stages of development and in a wide variety of industries including hi-tech (Software, SaaS, Mobile, Telecom, Social Media, Cloud, Data, etc), bio-tech, manufacturing and many more. If you have questions about the content of this workshop, contact Jeff at: [masked]

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