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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 (4+)

FREE! Pitch to Investor Gary Jinks, Managing Director, South Valley Angels

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjYga11avYH_CUpC0BSyDng

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This is an online event. Participation is 100% online.

Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event.

Participants can be located anywhere in the world!

This event is FREE to attend.

A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation.

Space is limited.

In order to participate, you must register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pitch-to-investor-gary-jinks-managing-director-south-valley-angels-tickets-124660905123

(The deadline to register is two hours before the start of the event.)

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Your ability to present your business case confidently and clearly is critical for funding, partnerships and building your team. Most people are not born natural speakers -- we must work on it. This forum will allow you to pitch or listen to others and hear the guidance and discussions.

This is a great opportunity to practice your pitch, get constructive feedback, guidance and investor insight.

Format:

3 minutes to pitch followed by 5 minutes one-on-one feedback and discussion; no slides.

Since this is a public forum do not ask for any funding or discuss your use of funds.

Agenda

Opening comments, rules and format

Pitches

Open Q&A discussion (30min).

About the Speaker:

Gary is the founder and managing director of South Valley Angels and an executive level leader with deep expertise and an 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 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 450 startups, working with the top incubators and investors in Silicon Valley, launching innovation centers and developing regional ecosystems around the globe. He is a regular speaker, evangelist and lead executive advisor helping clients formulate custom strategies and implementation of the next evolution of the startup model, “Precision Innovation”

If you have any questions about the content and format of this webinar, contact Gary at:

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Top Ten Legal Mistakes that Could Kill Your Startup

Online event

Organizational Sponsors:

KEAP

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Build and Grow Your Online Reputation with NiceJob.com!

For a FREE trial, visit:

https://nicejob.grsm.io/idea-to-ipo

SEMrush

WHERE GOOD MARKETERS BECOME GREAT!

Join 4 million SEMrushusers

Analyze data on more than 580 million domains and more than 16 billion key words!

Find the most profitable keywords for your website!

Get a FREE 7 Day TRIAL!

Visit:

https://www.semrush.com/sem/?ref=9340528129&refer_source=&utm_source=berush&utm_medium=promo&utm_campaign=link_7-day_pro_trial

Need help with bookkeeping and accounting?

Get a FREE trial with Bench!

Visit:

https://bench.grsm.io/idea-to-ipo

@ideatoipo

www.idea-to-ipo.com

Subscribe to our YouTube Channels:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjYga11avYH_CUpC0BSyDng

www.youtube.com/ideatoipo

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online.

Participants can be located anywhere in the world.

This event is FREE to attend!

Participants must register via Eventbrite.

Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the 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 participate, you must register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/top-ten-legal-mistakes-that-could-kill-your-startup-tickets-238569556967

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Silicon Valley attorney Roger Royse, partner at the law firm of Haynes and Boone LLP, 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

All Eventbrite registrants will receive a FREE soft copy of this classic book by Roger.

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 comes time 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 a partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone, LLP and practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, tax, mergers and acquisitions and fund formation. He works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries. Roger has been an instructor or professor of legal, tax and business topics for the Center for International Studies (Salzburg, Austria), Golden Gate University School of Law and Stanford Continuing Studies 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..

Roger is the author of Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup and has been interviewed and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Tax Notes, Inc. Magazine, Nikkei Asian Review, China Daily, San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, The Recorder, 7X7, Business Insurance and Fast Company.

Venture Capital Panel: What to Expect in 2022

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This is an online event. Participation is 100% online.

Participants can be located anywhere in the world!

This FREE event is sponsored by K & L Gates and will be moderated by Jason Gordon, a K & L Gates venture capital attorney.

A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation.

In order to participate, you must register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-capital-panel-what-to-expect-in-2022-tickets-238641131047

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(Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event.)

A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss what to expect in Silicon Valley and the global startup ecosystem, venture capital, and more in 2022.

Please come with your questions and comments.

Panelists:

(More panelists TBA.)

Sanjit Singh Dang, Chairman and Co-Founder, U First Capital

Nuno Goncalves Pedro, Managing Partner and Founder, Chamaeleon

Bill Reichert, General Partner, Pegasus Tech Ventures

About the Moderator:

Jason Putnam Gordon, Venture Capital Attorney, K & L Gates

Jason Putnam Gordon is a results-oriented corporate attorney in the Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice of the San Francisco office of K&L Gates. Jason has a passion for working with experienced entrepreneurs and executives to make their vision a reality.

In his practice, he regularly represents companies throughout their life cycle in matters related to venture capital financing, strategic corporate relationships, corporate formation, complex mergers and acquisitions, sales, and divestitures. Jason also works with angels and venture capitalists as they deploy capital. With industry focuses in health and technology, because of his broad skill set and deep network, Jason regularly works in a wide array of verticals including life sciences, digital health, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, software, hardware, the internet of things, and agricultural technology.

Jason works with companies based locally, elsewhere in the U.S. and internationally. Jason brings a unique skill set to the negotiating table and to litigation-minimization strategies in the boardroom. He started his career as a federal law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and then continued as a litigator handling corporate, securities, intellectual property, and commercial litigation before establishing a transactional practice.

How to Build an MVP without a Technical Co-Founder

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This event is organized by TechSpeak.

Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event.

This event is FREE to attend!

In order to attend, please register here:

https://www.techspeakforentrepreneurs.com/outsource/?utm=ideatoipo

(Registrants will receive login info right before the start of the event.)

Yes, you can launch a tech startup without a technical co-founder!

In the early days of your startup it will be hard to attract a technical co-founder to build your app. However, by knowing how to efficiently build your MVP and thus get some traction, you can de-risk the opportunity for the potential tech co-founder and change the conversation from "I Need You" to "Here's an Opportunity".

Learn how you can make the shift from struggling to develop your MVP and feeling uncertain of what you should be doing to successfully building your MVP in the next 3-4 months -- and start getting traction for your product and attract a technical co-founder or CTO!

The speaker will discuss:

1) Why it’s so hard to find a technical co-founder or CTO

2) A strategy for attracting a a technical co-founder or CTO

3) How not get ripped off in the process

and more!

About the Speaker

Nelly Yusupova is a CTO, with over 18 years experience, leading companies to technical excellence. She is a startup tech advisor, outsourced CTO, and the creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs.

Nelly is on a mission to help entrepreneurs minimize technology mistakes. Through her online master class TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, she provides the roadmap to successfully manage technology teams and projects.

Just recently included in Fast Company’s, “League of Extraordinary Women”, Nelly has been at the forefront of the women’ s movement online since 1999 and is one of the Wall Street Journal’s “Women on the IT Fast Track”.

Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and major industries events including: Women’s Enterprise Center, New York Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, and more.

She has been featured in Inc. Magazine, NBC's Today Show, Fast Company, NewsDay.com, O’Reilly, Smart Money, Small Biz, TechRepublic, Women’s Radio and more.

Nelly can be reached at:

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