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+)

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.

How to Negotiate with Venture Capitalists and Win!

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-negotiate-with-venture-capitalists-and-win-tickets-58758873372 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. For early stage entrepreneurs, dealing with venture capitalists can be intimidating. The speaker will discuss how to negotiate with venture capitalists and win! During the presentation and Q&A session, you will learn about the steps you should take in order to prepare your early stage company for investment by institutional investors, how to navigate through the term sheet nuances and to which financing provisions you should devote most of your attention to secure an ultimate win. 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, More Networking About the Speaker Stan Lewandowski is a partner at K & L Gates and is based in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Stan counsels domestic and international companies 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]

Go To Market Strategy w/ John Rizzo #3 - Sales & Marketing in the Redefined GTM

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. In order to attend, please register and pay here: https://goo.gl/npdNp4 Our MeetUp members get 10% OFF! [ Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO ] ***DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE.** This three part series will take a holistic view of technology startups, focusing on the role of the CEO and founding entrepreneur in the go-to-market process, including mechanisms to measure outcomes and how they relate to funding and capitalization. John will examine each of the disciplines in the GTM process: sales, marketing, marketing operations, content marketing, demand generation, social marketing, marketing automation, and leadership skills. The technology startup landscape is littered with the remains of incredibly promising, put-a-dent-in-the-universe technologies. These businesses often fail due to self-inflicted errors in go-to-market (GTM) strategies and tactics. The art and science of the sales and marketing discipline at best is largely foreign to technology entrepreneurs, and at worst, feels like a waste of time for those who view the world primarily through an analytical lens. Topic 3: Marketing and selling must evolve in this different view of GTM - how must they? Given a wider view of GTM, how should sales and marketing be structured, measured and what roles do they plan and at what stage of company growth in the GTM process. CURRICULUM The workshop will address the following: - Definition and role of sales - Definition and role of marketing - Measuring and holding sales to account for their role in the GTM model - Measuring and holding marketing to account for their role in the GTM model - Choosing the right sales model - Demand capture and demand generation - Pipeline measurement and monitoring - Budgeting S&M in the overall GTM cycle. - Filld and Deem will be used as examples to illustrate the topics. AGENDA 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - networking, food and refreshments 6:30 PM - 6:45 PM - speaker and sponsor introductions 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM - startup workshop and Q & A Dinner and refreshments included. DEMO/ SPONSOR TABLES Reserve a demo or sponsor table and get great exposure! Demo/Sponsor table includes: - 1 (one) event ticket - ½ shared Demo Table - Promotion to guests before live event, from 5:30pm-6:45pm You will also be able to talk for one minute in front of the entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and tell them about your company from 6:45-7:00pm. Limited availability. ********************************************************************** SPEAKER BIO -About John Rizzo: John brings more than 35 years of experience helping to guide some of the world’s most successful technology companies through start-up phases, major product launches, branding and marketing campaigns, rapid growth, acquisitions and IPOs. He has raised over > $150M in private and public markets, was a key early-stage contributor to companies that are today delivering well over $200B in combined sales and has two IPO's and five exits under his belt. John's career began at Intel as first product marketer for the first FLASH memory device. He then joined Apple as the first product manager for the first Macintosh working with Steve Jobs and the early Mac team. He ran marketing and sales for Weitek, the world’s first fabless chip company, completing an IPO & pioneered 3D graphics for video gaming. He subsequently was Vice President at Oracle & CEO of Cahoots/Informative (a social networking and customer intelligence SaaS company), which was acquired. He was President and CEO of Zeebo, Inc. a wireless interactive entertainment & education platform for consumers in Brazil, Mexico, China, India where he has extensive experience. SEE FULL BIO: https://goo.gl/npdNp4 Procopio - Ranked among the Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report from[masked]

FREE Coworking Day at Innerstate

Innerstate Coworking

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Innerstate Co-Working. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. This event is FREE to attend. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-monday-at-innerstate-coworking-tickets-59180388134 Innerstate Coworking offers a warm and welcoming professional environment to get your best work done. Come drop in for a few hours or for the whole day! FREE parking, Free blazing fast wifi, phone booths, FREE coffee, FREE tea and more! Ride your bike or go for a jog at lunch on the Bayfront trail across the street, No matter what state your business is in, Innerstate is here to help! Questions? Visit: https://innerstatecowork.com/

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Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

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