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+)

Venture Capital Panel: Investment and Latest Innovations in AI Startups

The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. Park in student lots 8, 9, 6, or 2. Parking is okay in these lots and free for this event. (Normal campus parking regulations won't be enforced.) Lot 8 is closest to the meeting space. Go to College Center - Building 10, Bay View Dining Room (2nd floor). Please review the campus map in advance so you can find the meeting space and parking seamlessly. http://collegeofsanmateo.edu/map/docs/CSMCampusMap.pdf 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-ai-startups-tickets-64640687035 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss investment AI startups and the latest innovations in AI -- and what to expect throughout 2019. (This is not a pitch event, so no startups will be pitching to the panel.) If you are an AI 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: T 7/23 Startup Demo Table Agenda 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Panel Discussion, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking About the Panelists: Jennifer Vancini is a general partner with Mighty Capital. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience across a broad range of technologies, with extensive experience in the mobile and security industries. She has held management and executive roles in start-ups and innovation units of large organizations including Price Waterhouse, Nokia, the Symbian Foundation and Telefonica, and has served on several boards. Nuno Goncalves Pedro is a venture partner with Grishin Robotics, 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). Homan Yuen is a Partner at Fusion Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on being the first institutional capital into innovative companies bringing technologies to market. The firm has over 50 industrial, enterprise, and healthcare technology companies in the portfolio. Homan received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science from Stanford University and his B.A. in Physics from UC Berkeley. Homan received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science from Stanford University and his B.A. in Physics from UC Berkeley. George Arabian is a start up veteran and managing partner of Steelhead Ventures, a micro venture capital fund with seed stage investments in companies his brother and partner, Gary and him truly believe in. He works with founders, other venture partners, thought leaders and executive teams who are making a positive difference in their communities and the future of our world. Steelhead’s portfolio includes 30+ visionary founders. About the Moderator: 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.

Top Ten Leadership Skills for Entrepreneurs

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/top-ten-leadership-skills-for-entrepreneurs-tickets-65349902317 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. The likelihood of getting funded and of actually succeeding with your new venture comes down to one word: leadership. A great product or service offering and superb technical know-how and talent is not enough. The common denominator in any business is people, and the ability to create a shared vision and provide a path for success is your role. At this event, you will learn what the key success characteristics of an entrepreneurial leader are and you will learn how to hone your leadership skills in order to achieve maximum effectiveness. Ten key tenets of leadership will be explored in practical take-away language. Be prepared to: 1. Expand your current definition of leadership 2. Explore and challenge your current thinking of leadership characteristics in an interactive session 3. Translate key learning points to practical application 4. Evaluate and score yourself on each leadership element 5. Create a personalized plan to address targeted areas for your personal growth and success. Agenda 6:30 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 Speaker Jeff Colvin has over 20 years in management consulting and training experience, delivering value to clients in diverse industries around the world ranging from startups in Silicon Valley to Google, IBM, Hewlett Packard. Jeff teaches leadership at Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development and leads advanced project management and strategy execution workshops. He also has taught leadership courses via Stanford Continuing Studies, including a class called Leadership for Collaborative Success and Building High Performing Teams. Jeff also provides mentoring and coaching to senior managers and teams as well as customized workshops in leadership, team leverage, and innovation. He has taught courses for Stanford University to over 6000 participants in over 20 countries. Venue Sponsor: www.SVIHub.com SVI Hub is the place in Silicon Valley where business meets innovation, where startups, entrepreneurs and corporations work side-by-side in a vibrant and nurturing community. Questions? Contact: [masked] Mention Idea to IPO for discounts on memberships at SVI Hub! Your email address may be shared with SVI Hub for the purpose of sending you news and invitations relating to events organized and hosted by SVI Hub. If you ever need to be removed from the SVI Hub mailing list, please send an email message to [masked] or follow the unsubscribe instructions within the email announcements from SVI Hub. 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.

Venture Capital Panel: The Hottest Funding Trends of 2019 (so far) !

Shenzhen Bay Innovation Center

The deadline to register and pay 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. In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-capital-panel-the-hottest-funding-trends-of-2019-so-far-tickets-65595063601 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 Please bring a printed copy of your ticket to the event. Or pay at the door: $25 (cash) A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss some of the trends in startup funding in Silicon Valley for 2019 (so far) and what to expect for the balance of the year. Please come with your questions and comments. (This is not a pitch event. The panel will not be taking pitches during the program.) If you would like a startup demo table for the networking portion of the event, please send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: T 7/30 Startup Demo Table Agenda 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking About the Panelists: (More panelists TBA.) Vish Mishra, Clearstone Venture Partners Vish Mishra is a venture director at Clearstone Venture Directors. Vish joined Clearstone in March 2002 with over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the high tech industry including software, Internet, networking and telecommunications. He is a founder and served as a board member of Telera and was also co-founder of Excelan - companies which had very successful exits. Vish sits or has sat on boards of many venture-backed companies. Vish holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Technology at Benares Hindu University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and MBA work from the University of Minnesota. Nuno Goncalves Pedro, Grishin Robotics Venture Capital Nuno Goncalves Pedro is a venture partner with Grishin Robotics, 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. Joe Jasin, DNA Partners Joe Jasin is Managing Director of DNA Partners, LLC, an early stage venture capital investment firm. DNA invests in digital media value chain technology companies based in the U.S. and China. Joe spends about 20 to 30 percent of his time in China. Joe has over 20 years of experience in a career that spans globally in the mobile/wireless and digital media industries, having establishing a robust cross border presence in the U.S. and throughout Asia. Joe is presently in active dialogue with the open-source software community, sourcing and indexing the emerging landscape worldwide, including: Mozilla–Firefox OS, Jolla-Sailfish, Samsung-Tizen, Canonical-Ubuntu. About the Moderator: 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.

Adam Gazzaley and Robert Strong: The Neuroscience of Magic

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by the Commonwealth Club. 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://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2019-07-31/adam-gazzaley-and-robert-strong-neuroscience-magic Our meetup members get the Commonwealth Club member rate! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. From ancient conjurers to quick-handed con artists to Las Vegas illusionists, magicians throughout the ages have been expertly manipulating human attention and perception to dazzle and delight us. The phenomena of cognitive and sensory illusions are responsible for the “magic” of a magic trick, but how and why? Come meet neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and magician Robert Strong as they team up to demonstrate how magicians use our brains as their accomplices in effecting the impossible—and explain what scientists can learn about the brain by studying the methods and techniques of magic. NOTES In association with Wonderfest All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

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