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:

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We are inspired by:

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Upcoming events (5)

FREE! Product, Growth & Innovation Virtual Summit

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This is an online event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This event is organized by the Growth Marketing Conference. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. This event is FREE to attend. In order to attend, please register here: https://growthmarketingconf.com/productgrowthsummit/?utm_source=IDEATOIPO&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=productsummit Hurry! Slots are limited! DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. After the spectacular success of their last two virtual events, our partners at the Growth Marketing Conference are launching their Product, Growth & Innovation Virtual Summit on August 12- 13. Get ready to learn the best practices that are currently driving record-breaking growth for the world’s most successful products, as well as the latest, most industry-defining trends in AI, IoT, eCommerce, telehealth, remote work - and then leverage this knowledge to grow and scale your business! Limited Free Tickets Available Now! This virtual summit is highly recommended for: Professionals: Growth, Marketing, & Product Managers and Executives; Performance Marketers; Industries: SaaS, eCommerce, Marketplaces, Financial Services, Healthcare, Mobile Apps, Media, Enterprise Tech, & Gaming Companies Focus: B2B & B2C You’ll learn bottom-line-revolutionizing best practices through actionable, takeaway-packed keynotes, interactive sessions, and hands-on workshops covering themes and topics like: 1) The Three Rules the Most Successful Products Always Follow 2) Design for Growth: Bringing The Best From Both Worlds 3) The Holy Grail of Onboarding: Why Product & Marketing Can Drive UX & SQOs Success Like Nobody Else 4) Demystifying Product-Led Growth for Enterprise SaaS 5) Back to Basics - How Our Obsession with Metrics is Stifling Innovation 6) Winning the Agile Growth Revolution: Outside-the-Box Ideas for Solving Your Biggest Business Challenges and more! Join 7k+ growth, demand generation, & product leaders from companies like Dropbox, Google, Pinterest, Intercom, Gainsight, Freshly, Gusto & and more! See full agenda here: https://growthmarketingconf.com/productgrowthsummit/?utm_source=IDEATOIPO&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=productsummit

FREE! Pitch Practice: How to Pitch to Investors and Get the Deal!

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! This event is FREE to attend. 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/free-pitch-practice-how-to-pitch-to-investors-successfully-raise-money-tickets-116195835873?aff=IdeaSViLabFreeTix33Comm&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/ 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! Wednesday Night Silicon Valley Business & Social Networking Mixer

www.idea-to-ipo.com @ideatoipo (https://twitter.com/ideatoipo) https://www.facebook.com/IDEA.TO.IPO www.youtube.com/ideatoipo This event is 100% online. Participants can be located anywhere in the world. This event is free to attend. In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/silicon-valley-wednesday-night-business-social-networking-mixer-online-tickets-116086783695 (The login link will be emailed to registered participants right before the start of the event.) Hurry! Slots are limited! There's no content or speaker at this event -- just business and social networking. Build your business and social network - face to face (online)! Come out and enjoy a gathering of professionals from all walks of life, right from the comfort of your own home office! You may meet your next business collaborator, client, employer, employee, friend, or tennis partner (once social distancing passes)! Meet other Silicon Valley movers and shakers - Internet entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, mobile app coders, attorneys, bloggers, academics, thought leaders, community organizers, artists, 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 15 minutes or the full two hours. Towards the end of the evening we may watch an episode of Silicon Valley (the TV series). Good stuff! COST: FREE to attend. This event is organized in collaboration with Albert's List, a job search community based in Silicon Valley with 42,000+ job seekers, hiring managers, recruiters, and career service providers. Join us at bit.ly/findyournextjob. Organizational Sponsors: 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 CRATUS is Silicon Valey's IoT Technology and Product Design Company. CRATUS Provides Engineering Innovation Services for creating IoT Products and Platforms. www.cratustech.com ASSET-Rx is the operational intelligence software that connects the shop floor to the top floor in manufacturing facilities, factories, medical institutions, repair centers, and assembly lines. ASSET-Rx provides you quick and easy access to your KPIs by autonomously harvesting intelligence from the interactions between your inventory, your assets, and your team. www.cratustech.com/asset-rx PHYSICAL | DIGITAL | CONNECTED For more info on Idea to IPO events, visit: www.idea-to-ipo.com

FREE! How to Use Storytelling to Scale up Your Customer Base and Revenue!

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! This event is FREE to attend. 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-use-story-telling-to-scale-up-customers-and-revenue-tickets-116196656327?aff=IdeaSViLabFreeTix33Comm&afu=3951017871 Hurry! Slots are limited! Find out how to use storytelling to build rapport and trust with your customers. Learn how stories help people gain insights and change behavior for mutual benefit. Marketing depends on connecting to prospects and customers with your branding message. The message should promise to to fulfill their needs. Storytelling lets us get personal with our customers. A good story invites the listener to engage with us. It’s a human moment that builds a bridge of connection and trust. People learn from stories. They inspire good ideas into movements. They change how people view the world. Join us to learn how to use a story to build trust and affinity with your customers. In this workshop you will: · Learn the six steps that make a great story · Find the story that reveals the insight and behavioral change you need · Match the story to the need; tell the story to reveal hidden insight and new belief and action. Participants are invited to share a short story to shape it into the six steps that make a great story. You will learn tips to make the story brief, personal and inspiring so the audience connects with you. Most importantly – learn how to get the listener to change behavior and take some type of action. Finally, we will review the differences between a story presented live and in person vs via video or in writing. This will be a powerful and entertaining event! About the Speaker Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and founder of Silicon Valley iLab. He has worked with over 2,500 startups—giving him a unique insight into the patterns of success . Dozens of startups have raised funds and scaled up after attending the workshops. Steve has been the CEO, COO and VP Sales and Marketing. He has been responsible for driving company revenue through good times and 3 recessions. Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. has managed global operations including personally making $100s of millions in B2B sales. 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 Techparks in Austria, Korea and Turkey. Steve has a BS in Finance and a major in Chemistry. He plays guitar and hikes for fun. https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/ Keywords: growth hacking, inbound marketing, sales and marketing, increase sales, seed funding, raise money, entrepreneur, story telling 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

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FREE! Funding 101 for Tech Entrepreneurs

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