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 Matchup and Networking Event at Founders Floor

SECURE YOUR TICKET: https://foundersfloor.com/sumu-2-19-20/?utm_campaign=sumu-2-19-20&utm_medium=meetup&utm_source=meetup-idea-to-ipo PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. 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. Connect with Founders, Investors, Developers & More! Startup Matchup is a networking event unlike any other. Founders Floor helps tech startups matchup with investors, skilled professionals, and quality business resources from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Silicon Valley. At this startup event you will meet and network with: = Founders looking for Co-founders = Investors looking for quality early-stage startups. = Developers and engineers looking to work with interesting startups. = Marketers, designers and business developers who want to work with startups. = Entrepreneurs looking for their next big idea or startup to join. = Skilled persons in the corporate world who want to build their entrepreneurial network or join a startup. You must purchase a ticket to attend. Food and Drinks are provided. /////////////////////////////////////////// *** SECURE YOUR TICKET https://foundersfloor.com/sumu-2-19-20/?utm_campaign=sumu-2-19-20&utm_medium=meetup&utm_source=meetup-idea-to-ipo Come to this event to GIVE just as much as you GET. Our event structure allows attendees to briefly introduce themselves and share what they are looking for. As you hear people state their needs during the introductions, think about how you can help other attendees. Then, reach out to these individuals during general networking time, just the same as others will reach out to you with ways that they can help you. The network effect of all attendees helping each other magnifies the total reach and increases the chances of finding what you are looking for. /////////////////////////////////////////// *** SECURE YOUR TICKET: https://foundersfloor.com/sumu-2-19-20/?utm_campaign=sumu-2-19-20&utm_medium=meetup&utm_source=meetup-idea-to-ipo [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] AGENDA: 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Registration, Dinner & Networking 7:00pm – 7:30pm – Startup Introductions 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT YOU AGREE TO THIS LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: http://foundersfloor.com/disclaimer [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] 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 coworking options (http://foundersfloor.com/coworking) and accelerator program (http://foundersfloor.com/accelerator-program). Find out more about our upcoming events here: http://foundersfloor.com/events [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] FREE PARKING: Free street parking and free parking garage. Easy access to public transportation. See event description link above for details.

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 Get Seed Funding for Your Early Stage Startup

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-get-seed-funding-for-your-early-stage-startup-tickets-93023799689 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Stan Lewandowski of K & L Gates will discuss currently available ways for qualified startups to secure seed funding, the instruments issued by the startup to the investors in exchange for the capital provided and the terms associated with each type of an investment. Stan will cover: 1. Overview of issues you should address before you start seeking seed funding 2. Types of legal entities suitable for your startup needs 3. Initial capitalization for your startup 4. Items to address in your executive summary 5. Should you have a business plan? 6. Most important diligence issues for early stage investors 7. How much capital should you consider raising 8. Persons you should connect with while raising your initial seed funding 9. Platforms for early stage capital raising purposes 10. How to close your initial round of funding 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]

10% OFF! Startup Fundamentals: Doing a Startup Right

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Access Silicon Valley. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-fundamentals-13-doing-a-startup-right-and-avoiding-the-most-common-mistakes-pitfalls-tickets-91557861027?aff=IDEATOIPO&afu=3951017871 Our meetup members get 10% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. If you are looking to build a successful, fundable startup that is based on a sound financial model, and is ready to be pitched to investors in Silicon Valley, you won’t want to miss this workshop! Dinner and refreshments are provided. Space is limited! RSVP ASAP! This is the first workshop in a series of three sessions for startup founders, startup executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and developers. MATERIALS A comprehensive printed workbook and reference materials is included in the price of the admission. CURRICULUM Besides building and selling a product, entrepreneurs need to worry about many other things: - How to form a company - How to hire the right people - How to compensate the team - How to split the pie with the cofounders and the team members - How much equity to give investors and at what valuation - How to raise money and under what terms - And more! Often times these issues seem overwhelming and pitfalls for the unwary or uninformed are numerous. However, successfully avoiding the most common pitfalls can make a significant difference: - as to whether or not your startup is fundable - in the sources and types of capital that you will attract - in who controls the company - in how much you will make upon exit - in your startup's overall likelihood of success. In this first segment of the Startup Fundamentals series, Roger Rappoport, a corporate attorney, partner and leader of the Emerging Growth & Technology practice at Procopio will conduct an interactive, informative session with great take away materials and actionable items. Startup issues that will be covered in this workshop include: 1) choices in entity selection; 2) creating an appropriate capitalization table 3) co-founders vs early employees (should they be treated differently?) 4) appropriate allocations of founders’ stock (including Series FF Preferred Stock) between founders and vesting, repurchase rights and rights of first refusal 5) determining if and when it is appropriate to obtain proxies from co-founders/early employees 6) stock allocation for employees, consultants, board and advisory board members, and the perils of Section 409A under the Internal Revenue Code when granting options 6) when milestone based vesting, as opposed to time based vesting, is appropriate 7) the assignment of intellectual property and ensuring that all IP created belongs to the company 8) executing employment/consulting agreements 9) the value of developing an intellectual property strategy early on and more! AGENDA: 6:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M. Networking, food and refreshments 6:45 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Speaker and sponsor introductions 7:00 P.M. - 9:00: P.M. - Startup workshop and Q & A SPEAKER BIO Roger Rappoport is the leader of Procopio's Emerging Growth and Technology Practice Group. He has extensive experience advising startup and emerging growth companies in the information technology, telecommunications, life sciences and clean tech industries. Roger is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics and issues related to the development and implementation of a company's formation and funding strategy. Before attending law school, he was the founder of a technology company with $10 million in revenue. Roger is very connected with investors in Silicon Valley and beyond. He has advised many startups on multi-million funding rounds.

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