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+)

How I Invest in Startups : SC Moatti, Managing Partner, Mighty Capital

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/fireside-chat-with-sc-moatti-managing-director-mighty-capital-tickets-62290050217 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. In this fireside chat, SC Moatti, the managing partner of Mighty Capital, will discuss how she invests in startups. Mighty Capital is an early growth Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm that invests in companies building “products that count”: products that transform business and life at scale. They invest in companies that have: 1) a strong leadership team 2) achieved product-market fit, and 3) a clear go-to-market strategy Amplitude, a Mighty Capital portfolio company, says Mighty delivers the “best value for the dollar invested.” The combination of a diverse partnership expertise and exclusive access to Products That Count, the world's most influential network of product managers allows Mighty Capital to provide unique and proprietary value to the startups they invest in, according to SC. Products That Count, a network of over 200,000 product managers, allows startup companies to: A) sell products, B) develop new ideas, and C) potentially exit via corporate sale, since it is often executive product manager who initiate M&A transactions According to SC, this unique value proposition is a prime reason why larger firms enjoy partnering with Mighty Capital - a startup venture firm, and why Business Insider says Mighty Capital has come up with “a new way of doing venture capital.” Please come with your questions and comments. Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Informal Q & A, Networking About SC Moatti: SC Moatti is the managing partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, one of the largest communities of early adopters in the world. Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts. Andrew Chen, one of Uber’s top executives, called SC “a genius at making mobile products people love.” For more information, visit scmoatti.com. About Mighty Capital: Mighty Capital is a boutique venture capital firm that invests in companies building “products that count:” products that transform lives and create value at scale. Its unique model relies on a handpicked group of extremely successful Silicon Valley investors, and proprietary access to one of the largest pools of product managers in the world (>200,000). Visit: oumighty.capital/category/news. About the Moderator: Roger Rappoport a partner at Procopio Law Firm. Roger is the leader of Procopio's Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice group. He has extensive experience in advising startup and emerging growth companies in the information technology, telecommunications, life sciences and clean tech industries. Roger’s practice focuses on venture capital and angel investor financings (including convertible notes, SAFEs and other debt financings), mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution, development, manufacturing and licensing transactions, executive compensation, including the establishment of equity incentive plans and general corporate governance. For more info on Roger and how he can be reached, visit: https://www.procopio.com/attorneys/view/roger-c-rappoport

Silicon Valley Summer Celebration & TGIF Networking Mixer

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

@ideatoipo (https://twitter.com/ideatoipo) PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. Enter the Hyatt Regency via the main entrance on the front side of the hotel. Look to your right. Go to the bar area in the hotel lobby. Look for people with name tags. Look for the Meetup sign. This event is free to attend. Attendees must purchase their own liquid refreshments and food. There's no content or speaker at this event -- just business and social networking. Build your business and social network - face to face! Come out and enjoy a great evening of good food, liquid refreshments, and connecting. Come prepared with your best smile, a firm handshake, and a great personality. You may meet your next business collaborator, client, employer, employee, friend, or tennis partner! Getting away from a screen for a few hours will do you some good! : -) Meet Silicon Valley movers and shakers - Internet entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, mobile app coders, attorneys, bloggers, academics, 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 30 minutes or for two hours. PARKING: Park in the parking structure. Parking is free. COST: FREE to attend. All attendees will purchase their own liquid refreshments and food. Please support our host venue by purchasing at least one or two beverages. (Non-alcoholic beverages are okay.) DRESS CODE: BUSINESS ATTIRE Take the pledge: https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/ This event is organized in collaboration with other groups. Join the Bay Club/Silicon Valley Capital Club for great networking opportunities, great facilities and social activities! https://www.bayclubs.com/ http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Silicon-Valley-Capital-Club Our meetup members get a discount! Contact Greg Gonazales at: [masked] Mention "Idea to IPO" for personalized attention!

How to Get the Patent Protection VCs Crave and Cut Patent-Related Costs by 90%!

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-get-the-patent-protection-vcs-crave-and-cut-patent-related-costs-by-90-tickets-63410579751 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. VCs love it when they know you’re protecting a critical component of your company’s value -- your intellectual property (IP). From patent prosecution to patent litigation defense, statistical analysis suggests that most startups are probably paying up to 10X more than necessary for potentially worse results. At this event, the speakers will discuss how entrepreneurs can cut their patent-related expenses by 90 percent and get the patent protection that venture capitalists want to see in the startups they invest in. 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 More Q & A, Networking About the Speaker: Bill Ahmann is founder and managing partner of Ahmann Law Firm. Bill focuses on intellectual property law in the fields of wireless networks, telecommunications, computers, software, semiconductors, electronics, security, business methods, and the Internet. Other areas of his practice include patent prosecution, licensing, litigation, copyright, trademark procurement, and designs protection. Bill has worked with a number of clients, rendering patent opinions, including invalidity and noninfringement opinions, focusing on patent prosecution and patent analysis, and establishing internal patent procurement programs and competitive analysis. Bill has drafted, supervised, and/or prosecuted approximately 600 patent applications, and has filed and/or prosecuted dozens of reexaminations. He has been involved in multiple litigations matters and monetization efforts. He also has served as primary counsel in many licensing negotiations. Bill holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Missouri.

How You Can Become a Silicon Valley Success : Angel Investor Andre Gueziac

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: (Registration link TBA.) Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Andre Gueziac, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and angel investor, will describe how he became a Silicon Valley success -- and provide tips on how entrepreneurs can succeed in today's startup ecosystem. Andre will discuss the following: 1) how to start and grow your high-tech business. 2) alternative paths to Silicon Valley ventures 3) creative ways to raise money (if you need to) 4) discerning the fine line between persistence and obstinacy 5) how you can create a positive, vibrant culture 6) how to sell your high tech business and more! Please come with your questions and comments. Agenda 6:30 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 Q & A, Networking About the Speaker: André Gueziac is an entrepreneur and executive with a unique combination of product vision, technical depth, and start-up expertise. André founded Beat the Traffic and sold it to the Pelmorex Canadian media group (“The Weather Network”). André is an angel investor and advisor to selected technology companies. His sweet spot is to be a catalyst in early stage opportunities where it also makes sense for him to actively participate in an advisory role. He has published forty peer-reviewed papers, journal articles and book chapters and is an inventor of about 35 U.S Patents. He also wrote a book entitled “You can be a Silicon Valley Success”.

Past events (2,106)

Startup Matchup and Networking Event at Founders Floor

Founders Floor, LLC.

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