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+)

How to Split the Pie, Raise Money and Reward Contributors

Innerstate Coworking

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-split-the-pie-raise-money-and-reward-contributors-tickets-58506154483 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. What’s my startup worth? How much equity should founders have? How much equity should I give to employees and consultants? How much should I give the VC’s? Silicon Valley startup attorney Roger Royse of the Royse Law Firm discusses the basic valuation and ownership issues involved in a startup’s life, from formation to financing to exit, including how to value your company and the contributions of stakeholders and investors at each step with a particular emphasis on different models, best practices and traps to avoid. 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 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 (http://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 international 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.

Venture Capital Panel: Investment and Latest Innovations in Robotics

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/venture-capital-panel-investment-and-latest-innovations-in-robotics-tickets-58173259786 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss investment in robotics startups and the latest innovations in robotics -- and what to expect throughout 2019. (This is not a pitch event, so no startups will be pitching to the panel.) If you are a robotics 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 3/21 Startup Demo Table Agenda 6:00 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 Panelists: (More panelists TBA.) Nuno Goncalves Pedro, Grishin Robotics Venture Capital Nuno Goncalves Pedro is a venture partner with Grishin Robotics Venture Capital, a Sand Hill Road venture capital firm focused on smart hardware investments. He is also the founder and managing partner of Strive Capital, a quantitative early-stage venture capital fund focused on early-stage consumer mobile and deep software (artificial intelligence and blockchain). At the same time, Nuno has served and continues serving as a board member for various start-ups and non-profits in the US, Europe and Asia. Kelly Chen, Data Collective Venture Capital Kelly Chen is a Principal at Data Collective Venture Capital, where she invests in revolutionary technologies like geospatial infrastructure, manufacturing, mobility, and robotics. She is excited by entrepreneurs who bring deep tech to population driven trends like future of work and eldercare, where she sees robotics and AI transforming the labor force. Kelly holds two degrees in engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Brandon Reeves, Lux Capital Brandon Reeves is a principal on the investment team at Lux Capital. His goal is to identify companies that are turning science fiction into science fact — especially in areas of mobility, space, robotics, and the human brain. Prior to joining Lux, Brandon was on the investment team at Capricorn Investment Group, based in Palo Alto, where he focused on autonomy, mobility, semiconductors and energy. While there, he led the firm’s investments in Navitas, a power electronics silicon company. Brandon grew up in South Florida and earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Elana Lian, Intel Capital Elana Lian is an Investment Director at Intel Capital. She drives investment in Retail, Internet of Things (IoT), AI, Robotics, etc. She is currently on the Boards of Rubikloud, Bossa Nova Robotics, Fictiv and Venafi. Before joining the IoT investment team, she made and/or supported investments in Airware, Tier3 (acquired by CenturyLink), Aldebaran (acquired by SoftBank), and InVisage. About the Moderator: Glenn Luinenburg, Wilmer Hale Glenn Luinenburg is partner at the law firm of Wilmer Hale in Palo Alto. Glenn is an experienced corporate lawyer who provides technology-focused clients with sophisticated legal counsel and practical business advice.

Silicon Valley TGIF Spring Celebration 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!

Ask The VC with Mar Hershenson from Pear Ventures

Founders Floor, LLC.

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-ask-the-vc-mar-26-2019/?utm_source=meetup-idea-to-ipo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=askthevc-03-26 Date: Tuesday, March 26 THE EVENT This is your opportunity to quick pitch your startup to Pear Ventures and ask those burning fundraising and startup questions. Understanding the fundraising process and how to grow your startup is difficult. This new, interactive event gives you the opportunity to ask those burning questions to a well known VC, and to give your startup’s elevator pitch and potentially create a relationship with this VC firm. If you are a founder or entrepreneur, this is an event you do not want to miss! See below for event details. Dinner and drinks are provided. OUR VC Mar Hershenson is a Founding Managing Partner at Pear Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, California. Founded by immigrants, Pear focus on seed and early-stage tech startups, and have invested in marquee companies such as Doordash, Gusto, Branch, Mattermark, Guardant Health, and many others. /////////////////////////////////////////// 🚀SECURE YOUR TICKET: https://foundersfloor.com/startup-event-ask-the-vc-mar-26-2019/?utm_source=meetup-idea-to-ipo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=askthevc-03-26 ////////////////////////////////////////// HOW THE EVENT WORKS #1) Submit your question to our online question portal – meet.ps/AskTheVC either before or during the startup event. #2) Upvote the questions you want to have asked. #3) The questions with the most votes will be selected to ask the VC. Authors of the questions will have the option to ask their question, AND the opportunity to give their 60-second startup pitch to the VC before asking their question. It’s a great way to build an investor relationship, as a warm follow-up after the event is always better than a cold email later. #4) Questions that are upvoted the most are unique and relevant to the majority of all founders and entrepreneurs. So try not to be too specific to your own circumstances. #5) Network with the VC and your peers before and after the event. ////////////////////////////////////////// 🚀SECURE YOUR TICKET: https://foundersfloor.com/startup-event-ask-the-vc-mar-26-2019/?utm_source=meetup-idea-to-ipo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=askthevc-03-26 ///////////////////////////////////////// AGENDA 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Registration, networking, dinner and drinks 7:00pm – 8:00pm: Event begins 8:00pm – 8:30pm: Meet the VC and network Food and beverages will be provided. BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT YOU AGREE TO THIS LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: http://foundersfloor.com/disclaimer FREE PARKING: Free street parking and free parking garage. Easy access to public transportation. See event description link above for details. 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.

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