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! Virtual Employment Networking Mixer — Meet & Connect with Recruiters

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/virtual-employment-networking-mixer-meet-connect-with-recruiters-tickets-116690553587 (The login link will be emailed to registered participants right before the start of the event.) Hurry! Slots are limited! More than 50 million unemployment claims in the U.S. have been filed since the beginning of COVID-19 and many companies have laid off staff. Globally, there is an unemployment crisis in many countries. With more talent on the market than ever before, just having a resume won't be enough to get you through the door — you'll also need the right qualifications and connections. If you're looking for work, join us for a virtual employment networking event over Zoom where you'll get to meet with recruiters and get leads for your next job or career opportunity. Many startups and mid-size companies have openings marketing, engineering, finance, operations, and sales talent — and they are ready to hire! We'll start with a general introduction in our meeting and then break out into specific rooms as well so that you can have the most focused conversations possible. Please dress business casual, have your video on, and be ready to network. Opportunities await! If you are a recruiter or hiring manager with a startup, mid-size, or enterprise organization and would like to participate, contact Albert's List at: [masked] Participation is FREE for this event. 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

10% OFF! Preparing a Pro Forma Cap Table for a Venture Capital Financing

This is an online event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This event is organized by UFirst Capital. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. There is a cover charge for this event. In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-preparing-a-pro-forma-cap-table-for-a-vc-financing-tickets-115854936233?aff=IDEATOIPO&afu=3951017871 Our meetup members get 10% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. This workshop will provide an understanding of the most important aspects of building a pro forma cap table and demonstrate how to model out a venture financing. Each workshop participant will have a chance to build their own pro forma cap table and ask questions during the workshop. Below are some of the topics that will be covered: 1) What is a cap table and how is it used? 2) What are the key economic concepts associated with building a pro forma cap table? 3) How should investors and founders think about different classes of stock, warrants and options on the cap table? 4) What is the impact of the option pool on a financing and how should you think about setting up an option pool in financing? 5) What are some common pitfalls and issues to look out for in building cap tables? 6) How does one calculate the price per share in an equity financing? 7) What sort of dilution is typical at various stages of the company’s growth and what are the key levers that impact dilution? and more!

FREE! Fireside Chat on Intellectual Property and Funding (Online)

This event is organized by Tech Futures Group. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. This is an online event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This event is FREE to attend. In order to attend, please register here: https://norcalsbdc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-POk7FgcQ_aVtsQhWHJh8w DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Join Patrick Reilly, Esq. and Louise Kirkbride for a discussion about building funding-friendly intellectual property protection. This speakers will discuss: · Patent Portfolios as viewed by Potential Investors and Venture Capital · Maintaining a Clear Record of Intellectual Property Rights ("IPR") and Practices · Copyright Hygiene in Software and Trademarks · Outbound-Licensing Considerations · Inbound Licensing Risks · Trademark Strategy · Avoiding Errors in IPR w/Consultants and more! Please come with your questions, scenarios and comments.

FREE! Pitch to Investor Gary Jinks, Managing Director, South Valley Angels

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right 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. In order to participate, you must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-pitch-to-investor-gary-jinks-managing-director-south-valley-angels-tickets-116559383253 Hurry! Slots are limited! Your ability to present your business case confidently and clearly is critical for funding, partnerships and building your team. Most people are not born natural speakers -- we must work on it. This forum will allow you to pitch or listen to others and hear the guidance and discussions. This is a great opportunity to practice your pitch, get constructive feedback, guidance and investor insight. Format: 3 minutes to pitch followed by 5 minutes one-on-one feedback and discussion; no slides. Since this is a public forum do not ask for any funding or discuss your use of funds. Agenda Opening comments, rules and format Pitches Open Q&A discussion (30min). About the Speaker: Gary is the founder and managing director of South Valley Angels and an executive level leader with deep expertise and an 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 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 450 startups, working with the top incubators and investors in Silicon Valley, launching innovation centers and developing regional ecosystems around the globe. He is a regular speaker, evangelist and lead executive advisor helping clients formulate custom strategies and implementation of the next evolution of the startup model, “Precision Innovation” If you have any questions about the content and format of this webinar, contact Gary at: [masked] 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 Albert's List is a job search community helping facilitate the career journey, helping 43,000+ job seekers, hiring managers, career service providers, and industry leaders discover the qualities of meaningful work. Join us to meet your next new hire, professional contact, or support network and take your career to the next level. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/findyournextopportunity/ www.albertslist.org For more info on Idea to IPO events, visit: www.idea-to-ipo.com

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