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:

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We are inspired by:

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Upcoming events (5+)

Venture Capital Panel: Investment and Latest Innovations in Health Tech Startups

The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm on 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 Fourth Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-capital-panel-investment-and-latest-innovations-in-health-tech-tickets-56078803210 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. A distinguished panel will discuss the latest developments in health tech and funding for health tech startups. Please come with questions and comments. If you are a health tech startup and would like space on a demo table for the networking portion of the event, please send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: Th 2/21 Health Tech Startup Demo Table Agenda 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Panel Discussion, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking About the Panelists: (More panelists TBA.) Rich Simoni is a partner at Asset Management Ventures, which he joined s in 2002. He combines a deep technical background with extensive operational business experience. Over the past 20 years Rich has been involved with numerous start-up companies, in both management and consulting roles. He was a co-founder of Talkway Communications, a provider of Internet video services such as video email to major providers including AT&T and British Telecom. Rich has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Two of his academic publications were chosen for inclusion in the 25-year retrospective of the International Symposium on Computer Architecture, the premier conference in the computer architecture field. Gabriel Alvarado is an investor at Comet Labs, where he focuses on early stage industrial AI/ML startups. Gabe is excited about opportunities to leverage AI within healthcare to improve pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and patient care. Prior to Comet Labs, Gabe was an investor at Creandum, a failed startup founder, and consultant in the biotech and pharma industry at IMS Health. Gabe graduated from Stanford University as a student athlete with a degree in Economics and Management Science and Engineering. Ephraim Lindenbaum is the founder and managing director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley ­based venture investment fund and venture accelerator that invests in seed and early­ stage start­ups. Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its core market sectors. About the Moderator: Arman Pahlavan is a corporate attorney and partner at the Perkins Coie's Emerging Companies and Private Equity groups in Palo Alto. He advises venture capital and private equity funds and their portfolio companies across their legal needs. He counsels them on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, intellectual property transactions and fund formation matters. Arman has extensive experience advising clients with emphasis on cross border transactions for corporate clients and in his investment company practice. His knowledge runs across industry lines including operating in the software information technologies, life sciences and energy.

[Livestream] How to pitch to investors

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Live stream at https://twitch.tv/benhalverson You will learn: _ The 5-step Customer Message – the basis for the 1 minute elevator pitch. _ How to “get-to-the-point” with a focused message for impact. _ The key points that worry investors and kill deals– and how to turn these to benefits _ The psychology of connection – to make a stronger, trusting impression with body language About your facilitator, Steve Austin https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/ Steve Austin is serial entrepreneur who has successfully raised angel and corporate investment for various ventures. He has 25 years of B2B management and sales focused on technical solutions. Steve has delivered a dozen products to market including a smart card, enterprise billing software, Internet-of-things with mobile app and million-dollar computer chip equipment. Steve is the head coach at Founders Space in San Francisco and has presented workshops in China, Taiwan, Korea and Austria as well as the SF Bay area. Over 3000 persons have attended his workshops raising millions of $ seed funds.

Silicon Valley TGIF Networking Mixer

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. 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!

Pitch Night & Investor Panel Discussion With Shasta Ventures & Sand Hill Angels

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This this event is organized by Founders Floor. 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 below. DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. 🚀LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT HERE: https://foundersfloor.com/startup-event-pitch-night-02-25-2019/?utm_source=meetup-idea-to-ipo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pitchnight-02-25 Date: Monday, February[masked] Pitch your startup to Rachel Star of Shasta Ventures and Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels at our Pitch Night and Investor Panel Discussion on Monday February 25! Shasta Ventures has more than $1B under management including over 30 successful exits from companies such as Dollar Shave Club, Mint and Nest to name just a few. Shasta Ventures invests in enterprise and consumer companies with a deep focus on emerging platforms. Jim Connor is an investor at Sand Hill Angels, one of Silicon Valley’s largest angel investment groups, with over 170 investments to their name. Jim is also a successful entrepreneur, having sold his previous company SymPro, Inc., to JP Morgan Chase & Co. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of the Angel Capital Association, the largest angel professional development organization in the world. Dinner and drinks are provided. Free parking available. Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket now. /////////////////////////////////////////// 🚀SECURE YOUR TICKET: https://foundersfloor.com/startup-event-pitch-night-02-25-2019/?utm_source=meetup-idea-to-ipo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pitchnight-02-25 ////////////////////////////////////////// [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] EVENT DETAILS The event will start with a round-table discussion where our investors will talk about the fundraising process and what it takes to successfully fundraise, and take questions from the audience via our online portal. Pre-selected startups will pitch to the investor panel for 5 minutes with their slide deck, followed by feedback and Q&A from the investor panel. Whether you are attending as an audience member or have been selected to pitch, all attendees can learn from these investors, their quality feedback and unique insights. Connect with these investors afterward during general networking, and create a relationship with them and their firms. ////////////////////////////////////////// 🚀SECURE YOUR TICKET: https://foundersfloor.com/startup-event-pitch-night-02-25-2019/?utm_source=meetup-idea-to-ipo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pitchnight-02-25 ///////////////////////////////////////// [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] HOW TO APPLY TO PITCH Apply using the link below for an opportunity to pitch your company to the investor panel. You must purchase a General Admission ticket to submit your pitch deck for consideration. All pitch deck submissions must be in a PDF format. www.FoundersFloor.com/Pitch Selected companies will have 5 minutes to pitch their company, including slide deck, to the investor panel. Questions and feedback from the investor panel will follow for an additional 5 minutes. There are a limited amount of pitch slots available, so submit your pitch deck now for consideration. [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] AGENDA 6:00pm – 7:00pm Registration and Networking 7:00pm – 8:00pm Investor Discussion & Startup Pitches 8:00pm – 8:30pm Meet the Investors and Network BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT YOU AGREE TO THIS LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: http://foundersfloor.com/disclaimer [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] SPONSORS FOUNDERS FLOOR Coworking accelerator for startups and entrepreneurs. Office space, partnerships, and funding. SPONSOR OFFER: Free coworking day Apply here: http://foundersfloor.com/freeday/ PROCOPIO Ranked among the 2014 Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report. Procopio works with early stage startups.

Past events (2,033)

February Pitch Event: BootUP's Startup Showcase

BootUp Ventures: Startup Ecosystem Co-Working & Event Space

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