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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We are inspired by:

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Upcoming events (5)

How to Pitch to Investors and Get the Deal in a COVID-19 World

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 In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-pitch-to-investors-and-get-the-deal-in-a-covid-19-world-tickets-101909692634?aff=SViLabAffiliate&afu=3951017871 Hurry! Slots are limited! Raising money is a difficult and stressful task for startup Founders.Founders struggle to get the right combination of facts and projections to persuade investors to put in money. This workshop is an intro to the longer pitch program. It covers to the two main parts of pitching: 1) What to say 2) How to say it On this webinar you will learn: 1) The five step elevator pitch to get to the point in 60 seconds. 2) The standard topic for each page of the pitch deck, (for 90% of the startups) 3) How to use your customer “use case” in a story to show what your product does 4) The four key background points to set your pitch in the right direction 5) The key item two thirds of startup pitches leave out that is critical to customer adaption 6) The essential key points investors are looking for and more! This workshop is an intro to a four day workshop that speaker, entrepreneur and thought leader Steve Austin has presented to accelerators in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, in Asia and Europe.This content was derived from interviews with angel investors and venture capitalists in attendance at over 100 pitch to investor events where Steve’s students have pitched. This workshop focuses on what angel investors and venture capitalists have indicated they are looking for in startup pitches. Don’t waste more time with weak pitches. Learn how to focus on the essential points and get the deal. Scale your Innovation into Revenue!™ About the Speaker: Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and the founder of Silicon Valley iLab.He has worked with over 2,500 startups—giving him a unique insight into challenges and secrets to success when it comes to being an entrepreneur. Dozens of startups have raised funds and scaled up after attending Steve's workshops. Steve has presented workshops in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and around the world. He has spoken at conferences at Tsinghua, Geju and SUES Universities in China and at incubators and accelerators in in Austria, Korea and Turkey. Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. He has been the CEO, MD, and vice president of sales and marketing for several organizations. Steve has managed global operations including personally generating hundreds of millions of dollars in B2B sales. Steve holds a BS in Finance and Chemistry. For fun, enjoys playing the guitar and hikng. You can reach Steve at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/

How to Scale Your Go-to-Market Strategy and Tactics in a COVID-19 World

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 In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-scale-your-go-to-market-strategy-tactics-in-a-covid19-world-tickets-102042708488?aff=IdeaIPOMktStgy1&afu=3951017871 Hurry! Slots are limited! Marketing depends on building a connection to prospects and customers via your branding message. The message promises to fulfill their needs. But suddenly everyone’s needs have changed. COCID-19 means some companies are: · On hold: barbers, dentists, real estate and factories waiting for parts · Devastated: airlines, tourism, hospitality, restaurant, entertainment, · Thriving: home delivery, warehouses, Zoom, Internet bandwidth, hospital supplies, etc. In this workshop we will work on twp critical goals in a changing market: A. How to update our marketing strategy, and, B. Six ways to scale up (tactics). YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO: A. Create a new marketing strategy: 1. Build three effective methods to leverage the new marketplace over the next 12 - 18 months, 2. Segment your customers into three groups (we’ll show you how), 3. Figure out customer’s new needs and solve their pain points. 4. Craft your new offer and message to provide relief or gain, 5. Make a list new keywords, (check trending; tubebuddy) 6. Assign budgets. B. Select tactics for scaling up We will cover six ways you can scale up from social media, podcasts and more. Use these tactics to drive new revenue and keep the business you currently have. Don’t delay – shift your messaging to fit the changing times and needs. Join us and learn How to Scale Your Go-to-Market Strategy and Tactics in in a COVID-19 Turn your Innovation into Revenue™ About the Speaker: Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and the founder of Silicon Valley iLab.He has worked with over 2,500 startups—giving him a unique insight into challenges and secrets to success when it comes to being an entrepreneur. Dozens of startups have raised funds and scaled up after attending Steve's workshops. Steve has presented workshops in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and around the world. He has spoken at conferences at Tsinghua, Geju and SUES Universities in China and at incubators and accelerators in in Austria, Korea and Turkey. Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. He has been the CEO, MD, and vice president of sales and marketing for several organizations. Steve has managed global operations including personally generating hundreds of millions of dollars in B2B sales. Steve holds a BS in Finance and Chemistry. For fun, he enjoys playing the guitar and hiking. You can reach Steve at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/

Marketing, Branding and Story Telling for Entrepreneurs

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. 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/marketing-branding-and-story-telling-for-entrepreneurs-tickets-102045815782 Hurry! Slots are limited! Storyteller and animator Karl Pontau, the founder of Squash and Stretch Productions, Inc, will discuss the importance of having a high quality message and story when establishing your brand, seeking funding, and marketing your business. The speaker will answer the following business storytelling questions: 1) What kind of story should I tell? 2) How can I leverage explainer animation to raise money from investors, recruit key employees, and sell to customers? 3) Why is this technology worth the investment? 4) How effective are videos and animation? 5) How does this fit into my digital marketing strategy? 6) How does this fit into my sales funnel? 7) What do I need to get started? and more! Please come with your questions and scenarios. About the Speaker Karl Pontau is the owner and president of Squash and Stretch Productions Inc, and helps companies leverage powerful stories and engaging animations to achieve their goals. His company works with startups and small enterprise companies who are looking to attract new investors and clients, explain complex concepts, and grow. The experience of being diagnosed and treated for two malignant brain tumors taught Karl the importance of collaboration and helping others. Karl most enjoys working with tech, biotech, and health and wellness companies who are working to develop new treatments and technologies that could improve the quality of life for people who are most in need of this innovation. Karl is co-founder of Brainiacs of SF Bay, a non-profit organization that helps young professionals dealing with brain tumors. Its mission is to connect the recently diagnosed with somebody who’s been through a similar experience for emotional and social support. You can reach Karl at: [masked] https://www.linkedin.com/in/kpontau/

How To Talk Like A CEO and Get Funded /Angel Investor Gary Jinks

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/how-to-talk-like-a-ceo-and-get-funded-angel-investor-gary-jinks-tickets-102046381474 Hurry! Slots are limited! Your ability to present a sound business case confidently and clearly is critical for funding, partnerships and building your team. Failure to demonstrate leadership and strategic thinking will directly impact your success. Do you sound like an engineer, developer, sales rep, Bob in shipping or like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Sundar Pichai? Talking like a CEO and clearly communicating is a soft skill you can’t learn from a formula, You must learn this skill from practical application and experience. However, you can make some simple adjustments in how you carry yourself, present your message and what you say that will be game changing. This is a fun and enlightening session that could make the difference whether you get funded or not. The speaker will cover the following: 1) What makes a good CEO? 2) What are investors looking for in a CEO? 3) What is the most important to investors in your pitch book? 4) How to present your business case -- don't just sell your product! and more! About the Speaker: Gary Jinks 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 adviser helping clients formulate custom strategies and implementing the next evolution of the startup model, “Startup 3.0 Precision Innovation”. If you have questions about the content of Gary's presentation, please email him at: [masked]

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