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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http://thelifeyoucansave.com/

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We are inspired by:

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Upcoming events (5)

FREE! Venture Capital Panel: Investment and Latest Innovations in Media Tech

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This FREE event is sponsored by Polsinelli and will be moderated by Jason Gordon, a Polsinelli venture capital attorney. 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 participate, you must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-capital-panel-investment-and-latest-innovations-in-media-tech-tickets-125253300995 Hurry! Slots are limited! (Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event.) “Media tech” as a term relates broadly to any company that combines media and digital or online technology. The media component may encapsulate music, movies, television, and gaming, as mentioned above, but also advertising, academic and news media, and conversation platforms. --- Medium.com A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss investment in media tech startups and the latest innovations in media tech -- and what to expect for the balance of 2020 and beyond. Please come with your questions and comments. About the Panelists: (More panelists TBA.) Nuno Goncalves Pedro, Venture Partner, Grishin Robotics Venture Capital / Managing Partner, Strive Capital Nuno Goncalves Pedro is a venture partner with Grishin Robotics Venture Capital, 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-profit organizations in the US, Europe and Asia. Ho Nam, Managing Director, Altos Ventures Ho Nam the managing director and the co-founder of Altos Ventures. Before co-founding Altos in 1996, Ho worked at Silicon Graphics and Octel Communications. Prior to that, he was with Trinity Ventures where he was involved in several successful investments, including: Crescendo Communications and Wall Data. Prior to Trinity, he was at Bain & Company where he advised technology and consumer products clients. Ho received an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College. Joe Jasin, Managing Director, 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 established a robust cross border presence in the U.S. and throughout Asia. About the Moderator: Jason Putnam Gordon, Venture Capital Attorney, Polsinelli Jason Putnam Gordon is a results-oriented corporate attorney practicing in the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies group in Polsinelli's San Francisco office. He has a passion for working with experienced entrepreneurs and executives to make their vision a reality. Jason regularly represents companies throughout their life cycle in matters related to venture capital financing, strategic corporate relationships, corporate formation, complex mergers and acquisitions, sales, and divestitures. Jason regularly works in a wide array of verticals including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, video games, software, hardware, life sciences, the internet of things and agricultural technology. His clients are based locally, elsewhere in the U.S., and internationally. You can reach Jason at: [masked]

Employee Rights During COVID-19: Can I Head Back to the Office?

This event is organized by Albert's List. Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event. In order. to attend, register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/employee-rights-during-covid-19-election-2020-preview-tickets-125747023733 As Fall turns to winter, many companies are looking to resume business as usual—and that includes bringing workers back into the office. While many companies have shifted to remote arrangements, others have welcomed workers back, with social distancing as a part of the office culture despite there being no vaccine and the arrival of the new flu season. The Fall return to work also coincides with election ballot measures that concern labor issues. These include Prop 16 (affirmative action) and Prop 22 (gig work), which have fueled contentious debates among California's voting population. Business climate will definitely change depending on their passage or failure. That's why we've brought back Grainne Callan, Esq. an employment attorney focusing on workers. Prior to becoming an attorney, Grainne had several careers – travel, banking, retail, sales, tech adjacent – and witnessed a lot of employer abuse. She successfully filed charges against 3 employers before law school and discovered her passion for helping workers stand up for what is right. Now she wants to help more employees know what their rights are so they can be empowered with their job choices—and that includes your rights as we head back into a new employment normal and the ballot measures before us. In this webinar, we will: - Discuss your legal rights and considerations if your employer tells you to go back into the office. - Address what your employer must do to create a safe workforce environment - Address the pros and cons of ballot measures concerning labor - And more + your questions Join us for this webinar as we head back to the office. If you have any questions, email them in advance to [masked] and we'll answer them live. Note that neither Grainne nor Albert's List will be taking a stance on the political issues involved. **Disclaimer** Please note that asking a question or participating in this live video does not constitute an attorney-client relationship between you, Albert's List, and the Callan Law Office. You may still need to consult your own legal counsel.

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

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. 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-122887079563?aff=IdeaSViLabFreeTix33Comm&afu=3951017871 Hurry! Slots are limited! (Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info right before the start of the event.) 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 hiking. You can reach Steve at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/ Organizational Sponsor: Need help with bookkeeping and accounting? Get a FREE trial with Bench! Visit: https://bench.grsm.io/idea-to-ipo 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-122618955597 (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. 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: Need help with bookkeeping and accounting? Get a FREE trial with Bench! Visit: https://bench.grsm.io/idea-to-ipo 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 Get B2B contacts for over 30 million organizations, powered by Machine Learning!For 100 free leads, mention Idea to IPO and send an email message to:[masked] spend time prospecting again!

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