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+)

Startup Basics: Legal, Business, and Financing Strategies

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. 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/startup-basics-legal-business-and-financing-strategies-tickets-84647124829 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Launching a startup - or starting a business - is challenging and is fraught with pitfalls. Roger Royse, the founder of Royse Law Firm, will discus the basics of building a successful business and how to what mistakes to avoid. Roger will discuss: 1) How should entrepreneurs structure their business? 2) How should founders divide equity? 3) What’s the difference between a contractor and an employee? 4) How does a startup get funded? 5) What is an ICO? 6) How does an entrepreneur successfully negotiate with a VC? 7) How viable is crowdfunding in 2019? 8) How should entrepreneurs protect their intellectual property? and more! Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking 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. You can reach Roger at: [masked]

How 5G Will Change Everything

Procopio

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. 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/how-5g-will-change-everything-tickets-84779607087 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. "With 3G, it took about a day to download an HD movie. LTE networks, available now, slashed the time to minutes. A 5G network would reduce the wait time to seconds. That kind of speed changes everything. Latency would disappear. Engineers could build networks of connected vehicles that would relay relevant traffic information, and automatically maintain safe driving distances. Telemedicine would become viable. Imagine a world where doctors in Boston use cutting-edge robotics to perform delicate surgeries in Mumbai. Drones and self-driving cars would be able to build real-time 3D maps to operate more efficiently. The stakes are high." ---Forbes.com The advent of 5G will usher in a new era in high tech and will change life as we know it. The speaker will discuss the impact of 5G and the opportunities -- and pitfalls -- that lie ahead. Please come with your questions and comments. There will be startup demo tables for the networking portions of the event. If you would like a startup demo table, send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: Th 12/19 Startup Demo Table 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: Praveen Gupta is the vice president of corporate investment and development at HTC focused on innovative technologies for VR/AR/MR and smartphones. Praveen has broad experience in venture capital investments, partnerships, M&A, strategy, and general management He is actively pursuing technologies and services that leverage 5G and AI. Praveen was vice president of corporate business development at SK Telecom where he was involved in strategy and technologies for Cloud Computing, LTE, 5G, and IoT infrastructure and services. Earlier at CDIB Ventures, as a partner, he managed $150 million across two venture capital funds with several successful investments in enterprise software, cellular (3G) and internet infrastructure, and semiconductor companies. Praveen has held management and technical roles at Lucent, Ericsson, ICL, and Halliburton. In his technical roles, he was involved in design and development of Communication Infrastructure equipment as well as relevant applications across multiple industries. He has authored three books related to venture capital. He has an MBA and an M.S. in physics, electrical engineering and computer science.

How to Raise Money for Your Startup

WilmerHale

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: (Registration link TBA.) 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) Raising money for a startup is a complex, challenging process with many options and pitfalls. Funding options include: 1) convertible debt 2) seed preferred 3) SAFE 4) Series A 5) venture debt 6) friends 7) angels 8) super angels 9) accelerators 10) micro VCs 11) crowd funding 12) corporate venture capital 13) traditional venture capital and more.... The variety of types and sources of capital have continued to grow, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Veteran Silicon Valley corporate attorney Todd Rumberger will provide an overview of this fundraising morass and insight into how to make the best choice for success. Please come with your questions and scenarios. Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Informal Q & A, More Networking, Wrap Up About the Speaker: 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.

How to Prepare Your Startup For Venture Capital Funding

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. 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/how-to-prepare-your-startup-for-venture-capital-funding-tickets-71610162925 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. During the presentation and Q&A session, you will learn about the essential organizational- and ownership-related issues that need to be properly addressed by your startup so that you will be able to have discussions with early stage venture capitalists without any undesired surprises. The speaker will discuss the following: 1) What to consider when planning your own venture and still working for others 2) How to structure the initial allocation of equity among the founding team 3) What types of restrictions on the founder’s stock are required by investors 4) Impact of a Stock Option Plan on the company capitalization 5) How much capital should companies consider raising 6) What type of securities should a company consider issuing to investors 7) What are the most important due diligence issues for the investors 8) How to close a financing round without delays and more! Please come with your questions, concerns and scenarios. Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Informal Q & A, Networking About the Speaker: Stan Lewandowski is a partner at K & L Gates and is based in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Stan counsels companies in the U.S. and abroad on financing, operations, development and other strategic transactional issues, primarily in the technology and renewable energy sectors. Stan represents emerging growth companies at every stage of the pipeline—from start-up to liquidity. He works on a variety of strategic growth issues, including venture capital and private equity financings, private offerings, joint ventures and M&A. Combining his experience representing Central and Eastern European companies with his Silicon Valley background, Stan has worked closely with investors and companies on domestic, in-bound and out-bound transactions, as well as on-shore and off-shore structures. Stan also has significant experience advising developers, their affiliates and investors, and financial institutions in connection with the development and disposition of renewable energy projects, with a total value in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Stan earned his LL.M. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received his master of laws and diploma from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. He also earned a diploma from the University of Cambridge in England. If you have questions about the content of this presentation, you can contact Stan at: [masked]

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