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.

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Upcoming events (5)

Funding and Entrepreneurship in the Age of COVID-19 / Investor Andre Gueziec

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered and paid via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link before the start of the event. The deadline to register and pay online is one hour before the start of the event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. There is a cover charge for this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. In order to participate, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/funding-and-entrepreneurship-in-the-age-of-covid-19-angel-investor-andre-gueziec-tickets-105471243328 Take advantage of online advance registration and early responder pricing. Slots are limited! First come, first served! First Responders $7 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $10 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $13 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Hurry! Slots are limited! The COVID-19 health and economic crisis has changed the world as we know it. Yet, with any crisis, there is opportunity. The speaker will discuss: 1) How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted the tech startup ecosystem? 2) How has funding for startups changed? 3) How does an entrepreneur go about pitching to angel investors and venture capitalists now? 4) Is it a good idea or bad idea to seek funding from friends, family and fools now? 5) How are these spaces doing now? a) fintech b) IoT c) AI d) AgTech e) Health Tech f) Ed Tech g) Sharing economy h) Robotics 6) What opportunities have opened up because of the current crisis? 7) How can entrepreneurs be innovative and come up with solutions to the crisis? 8) Can online interaction be scaled to create a vibrant startup ecosystem that is more democratized and efficient than in person events and face to face interaction? And more! Please come with your questions, comments and scenarios. About the Speaker: André Gueziec is an angel investor and advisor to selected technology companies. His sweet spot is to be a catalyst in early stage opportunities where it also makes sense for him to actively participate in an advisory role. He has published forty peer-reviewed papers, journal articles and book chapters and is an inventor of about 50 U.S patents. In addition to being an investor and advisor, Andre has a professional background as an entrepreneur and executive with a unique combination of product vision, technical depth, and startup expertise. André founded a company called Beat the Traffic and sold it to the Pelmorex Canadian media group (“The Weather Network”). Andre is also a published author. His book “You can be a Silicon Valley Success” is available at Amazon.com. https://www.amazon.com/You-can-Silicon-Valley-Success/dp/1520616813

Pitch to Angel Investor Gary Jinks, Managing Director, South Valley Angels

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered and paid via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info before the start of the event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. There is a cover charge for this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $7 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $10 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $13 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees In order to participate, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pitch-to-angel-investor-gary-jinks-managing-director-south-valley-angels-tickets-107361661620 Hurry! Slots are limited! 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 from a Silicon Valley thought leader. This is a great opportunity to practice you pitch, get constructive feedback and guidance. Format: Three minute pitch followed by five minutes of one-on-one feedback and discussion. a) elevator pitch with no slides or b) pitch with slide deck If you would like to pitch and get feedback during the webinar, email Gary at: [masked] Since this is a public forum do not ask for any funding or discuss your use of funds. Agenda Opening Comments: Guidelines and Format Pitches Open Q&A About the Instructor: Gary is the Founder and Managing Director of South Valley Angels and an executive level leader with deep expertise and 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 the 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 400 Startups, working with the top incubators and investors in the 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: [masked] Organizational Sponsor: 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! Uncover your competitors' organic search, paid, content, PR and social media strategies! 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 Albert's List is a job search community helping facilitate the career journey, helping 43,000+ job seekers, hiring managers, career service providers, and industry leaders discover the qualities of meaningful work. Join us to meet your next new hire, professional contact, or support network and take your career to the next level. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/findyournextopportunity/ www.albertslist.org

When Monkeys Teach Monkeys: How Artificial Intelligence Will Make Us More Human

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered and paid via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info before the start of the event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. 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 $7 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $10 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $13 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees In order to participate, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-monkeys-teach-monkeys-how-artificial-intelligence-will-make-us-more-human-tickets-105469911344 Hurry! Slots are limited! What is intelligence in the artificial and human sense? Can machines develop consciousness and how would we recognize this? Are machines capable of showing and feeling empathy? If a God created us humans, and we humans are perfect super-intelligence, has God failed? Are we then gods? Does AI help us become immortal? How did the Greeks imagine robots and AI and how does that differ from our ideas? What ethical questions arise with intelligent machines? And what does that make us? In this talk the speaker will discuss the many opportunities and positive effects of AI on all aspects of social and economic development. About the Speaker Mario Herger (In his own words) I have been living in Silicon Valley since 2001. I research technology trends, write books and consult for companies on topics such as Innovation, the Silicon Valley Mindset, the Foresight Mindset, Automotive, Artificial Intelliigence, Creativity, and Intrapreneurship. For many years I worked at SAP as a development manager and an innovation strategist. Now I help companies with how they can apply the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit from Silicon Valley to their organizations, to be more innovative and discover trends and tipping points earlier and influence them. I give keynotes about these topics and conduct workshops on the Foresight Mindset, AI, Innovation, Silicon Valley-Mindset, Automotive, Creativity, and Intrapreneurship. I also look at signals of emerging technology trends and how they impact society, politics, or employment. I also host and meet delegations from other countries and bring them in contact with people and companies in Silicon Valley. Books Some of my last books (since 2016) were Foresight Mindset: The Art and Science to Design Your Future (in German, April 2019) The Last Driver’s License Holder … Has Already Been Born (in English, October 2019) The Silicon-Valley-Mindset: What we can learn from the innovation champions and combine that with our strengths (in German, March 2016). My newest book will be about Artificial Intelligence with the title "When Monkeys Teach Monkeys: How Artificial Intelligence Will Make Us More Human" and is available in German as of February 2020. Mario can be reached here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marioherger https://futureangst.com/en/about/ Organizational Sponsor: 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! Uncover your competitors' organic search, paid, content, PR and social media strategies! 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

FREE! How Your Startup Can Raise Venture Capital in the COVID-19 Era

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event. THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND! 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/free-how-your-startup-can-raise-venture-capital-in-the-covid-19-era-tickets-107163163908 Hurry! Slots are limited! This presentation will cover some of the key topics that you will need think about as you prepare your startup for venture capital funding. The speaker will address the following and provide context for the COVID-19 era: 1) Should you be raising money from venture capital investors yet, or does it make sense to seek more angel/friends and family financing to allow you to better succeed when you seek venture capital funding? 2) What kinds of marketing documents will you need? 3) Do you have a compelling team, including the right advisors? 4) Who are your targets? 5) Is your pitch and presentation ready for a prime time audience? 6) Can you effectively answer the questions you will face? 7) Is your company prepared for legal due diligence? The speaker, veteran startup and corporate attorney Greg Chin of Duane Morris LLP, has seen hundreds of startups succeed and fail . Greg will address these issues and more! Please come with your questions, comments and scenarios. About the Speaker Greg Chin is a partner at the international law firm Duane Morris LLP based in San Francisco. Greg focuses his practice on representing emerging growth industries, including innovative media, edtech, software, cannabis, energy and sustainability, life sciences and digital health, in complex transactional and general corporate matters. Greg also represents venture capital firms and investment banks that support emerging growth companies. He has represented public and private targets and acquirers in mergers and acquisitions, issuers and investors in venture capital financings, and issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings. Prior to entering the practice of law, Greg worked in business development and marketing for an emerging growth company in Japan, and wrote a column in Japanese about Silicon Valley news. Greg is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a graduate, with distinction in the major, of Yale College. He is fluent in Japanese. If you have questions regarding the content of this presentation you can reach Greg at: [masked]

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