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 Pitch Your WOW! to Investors: Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures

The venue for this event has been changed to: One Piece Work/ Shenzen Bay 3120 Scott Blvd, 1st Floor Santa Clara, CA 95054 Please plan accordingly. 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 to attend this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-pitch-your-wow-to-investors-bill-reichert-garage-technology-ventures-tickets-68547014967 Take advantage of online advance registration and 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 your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Bill Reichert, one of the most prominent venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, will discuss getting to WOW! when delivering an elevator pitch. Bill will also listen to some elevator pitches and provide feedback. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6MS9AtJDTE If you would like to apply to pitch to Bill send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: Th 8/22 Pitch Applicant - Pitch Your WOW! to Bill Reichert Pitching slots in the formal line up are limited. Even if you are not slotted to pitch, you will learn a lot from listening to Bill's presentation and hearing his feedback to presenting startups. All are welcome to attend and learn from Bill! There will be demo showcase tables for startups and tables for startup service providers on display during the networking portions of the event. If you would like table space for your startup or if you are a startup service provider and would like a sponsor table, please send an email message to: [masked] Please put this in the subject header: Th 8/22 Tabler - Pitch Your WOW! to Bill Reichert Agenda 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking, Demo Tables 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Networking About the Speaker: Bill Reichert - Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures http://www.garage.com/ Bill spent most of his early career as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. Bill and Garage have helped many great companies get their start, including Pandora Media, LeftHand Networks, Kaboodle, and Tripwire. Bill has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. He is a co-founder of F50 and TimeJoy, and is an advisor to Playlist. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and served as chairman of the Churchill Club. He is an advisor to the Women’s Startup Lab, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. 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.

Top Ten Legal Mistakes that Could Kill Your 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 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 $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/top-ten-legal-mistakes-that-could-kill-your-startup-tickets-69404034335 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Silicon Valley attorney Roger Royse, the founder of Royse Law Firm, 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 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 come time for 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! 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 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.

Fireside Chat "UNLEASHED" w/ Apex.AI & Canaan (Match.com, Ebates, Lending Club)

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Access Silicon Valley. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. There is a cover charge for this event. Our MeetUp members get 10% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO GET TICKETS HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y6o59cdk ***DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE.*** Networking, dinner and refreshments included in ticket price. Space is limited so secure your spot early. Access Silicon Valley invites you our next Fireside Chat-- "Investors and Their Portfolio Companies," where investors and their star portfolio companies discuss topics relevant to entrepreneurs and investors. Joining us for this rare edition is Jan Becker, founder of Apex.AI, one of the hottest companies in the mobility software space. He is joined by Rayfe Gaspar-Asoaka, a VC (Principal) at Canaan Partners, one of the hottest, most innovative and sought after venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. You may have heard of a few of their investments: Match.com, Ebates, Kabam and Lending Club, along with many more, some of which are listed below. Founded in 2017, Apex came to Canaan in October/November of 2018 seeking funding. After connecting with Rayfe, the group was able to raise a $15.5 Million Series A round led by Canaan, with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners who invested in Apex’s seed round. Dinner and refreshments are provided. Space is extremely limited. RSVP early. Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/y6o59cdk *************** AGENDA 6:00pm - 6:45pm: Dinner/refreshments, networking, 6:45pm - 7:00pm: Demo Table/Sponsor Introductions 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Fireside discussion with Rayfe and Jan *************** Roger Rappoport, founder of Access Silicon Valley, and leader of Procopio's Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice group, will moderate this Fireside Chat “Unleashed” discussing: the most efficient and effective ways to raise capital in today’s environment; the do's and don'ts of fundraising and, building and scaling a company and the culture of that company, from both the investors' and founder's perspective. Guests will gain a practical perspective and insight into: - the fundraising process, - what investors are looking for, - how to reach them, - what entrepreneurs need to do (and not do) to get a meeting and raise a successful round, - common early stage mistakes that entrepreneurs make that can impact fundability, Additionally Roger will explore Apex’s relationship with Canaan, honing in on that unique bond between a VC and entrepreneur, as well as Jan’s journey, from his early days and what led up to him becoming the CEO and co-founder of Apex.ai. Join ASV for this interactive, audience-driven evening of insights from the perspectives of two of the most interesting and inspiring leaders who’ve made it big in Silicon Valley! Don't miss RAYFE GASPAR-ASAOKA & JAN BECKER “UNLEASHED”!! Reserve your seat now: https://tinyurl.com/y6o59cdk ABOUT THE SPEAKERS About Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka Principal/ West Coast With engineering roots, Rayfe brings technical knowledge to Canaan. He focuses on deep tech investments including AI / ML, Space, Robotics, and Autonomous Vehicles, as well as enterprise and infrastructure software. Rayfe previously worked on Cloud and IoT projects at Keystone Strategy. Prior to that, he developed machine learning algorithms for Wolverine Trading and was a hardware engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. About Jan Becker Co-founder & CEO Apex.AI, Lecturer at Stanford University Pioneering Automated Driving and Robotics leader who has been engineering innovations in autonomous/automated driving, robotics, artificial intelligence, and hardware/software design and development. History of working on robotics and automotive projects in the US & Europe. Learn more about the speakers and their companies HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y6o59cdk

How to Get Your Startup Ready 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 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 $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-your-startup-ready-for-venture-capital-funding-tickets-69543168489 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Venture capital funding is seen as the holy grail for a startup, often improving the company’s chances of a big IPO or exit dramatically. Most companies start their lives with the hope, if not the expectation, that they will eventually receive venture funding. This presentation will cover what a company should do to prepare for venture funding, what steps to take, what the venture capitalists expect and how to avoid venture capital deal breakers. The speaker will discuss: 1) what types of companies are candidates for venture capital funding 2) the essential assets, qualities or aspects that your company must have to approach a venture capitalist 3) how (and when) you should value your company for venture capitalists 4) how you can protect yourself against dilutive rounds, losing control and being removed from management 5) how to get your company in front of venture capitalists and more! Please come with your questions, comments and scenarios. 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 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. If you have questions about the content of this presentation, you can reach Roger at: [masked]

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