• How to Get Seed Funding for Your Early Stage Startup

    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/how-to-get-seed-funding-for-your-early-stage-startup-tickets-59979423069 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Stan Lewandowski of K & L Gates will discuss currently available ways for qualified startups to secure seed funding, the instruments issued by the startup to the investors in exchange for the capital provided and the terms associated with each type of an investment. Stan will cover: 1. Overview of issues you should address before you start seeking seed funding 2. Types of legal entities suitable for your startup needs 3. Initial capitalization for your startup 4. Items to address in your executive summary 5. Should you have a business plan? 6. Most important diligence issues for early stage investors 7. How much capital should you consider raising 8. Persons you should connect with while raising your initial seed funding 9. Platforms for early stage capital raising purposes 10. How to close your initial round of funding and more! 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 Informal Q & A, Networking About the Speaker Stan Lewandowski is a partner at K & L Gates and is based in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Stan counsels companies in the U.S. and abroad on financing, operations, development and other strategic transactional issues, primarily in the technology and renewable energy sectors. Stan represents emerging growth companies at every stage of the pipeline—from start-up to liquidity. He works on a variety of strategic growth issues, including venture capital and private equity financings, private offerings, joint ventures and M&A. Combining his experience representing Central and Eastern European companies with his Silicon Valley background, Stan has worked closely with investors and companies on domestic, in-bound and out-bound transactions, as well as on-shore and off-shore structures. Stan also has significant experience advising developers, their affiliates and investors, and financial institutions in connection with the development and disposition of renewable energy projects, with a total value in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Stan earned his LL.M. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received his master of laws and diploma from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. He also earned a diploma from the University of Cambridge in England. If you have questions about the content of this presentation, you can contact Stan at: [masked]

  • FREE Co-Working Day at SVI Hub

    SVI HUB

    PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized in collaboration with SVI Hub. http://svihub.com/ Come and work in a friendly, cozy and productive setting for the day! Take advantage of free wifi, free refreshments and free parking! Meet other entrepreneurs and techies. Network, socialize, and connect! 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]

  • Developing an Appropriate Funding Strategy for Your Startup (Fundamentals #2)

    Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

    PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Access Silicon Valley. 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://asv-startup-fun-2.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEAIPO&afu=3951017871 Our MeetUp members get 10% OFF! [ Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO ] ***DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE.** Dinner and refreshments are provided. Space is limited. RSVP early. This is a workshop for startup founders, startup executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, designers and developers only. OVERVIEW Getting funding from investors is always a challenge for startups. Avoiding common pitfalls when raising money can make the difference between your startup's success or failure and the amount of dilution that founders will suffer that can mean the difference between a great or a dismal exit. In this session you will learn: • how to develop a funding strategy appropriate for your startup • when to raise funds, how much to raise, and from whom; • the danger of taking too much or too little from investors; • identifying the valuation inflection points of your company; • the differences between seed, angel and venture capital funding; • alternative funding sources; • appropriate funding instruments for each round of funding, including convertible notes, SAFE's, common stock and preferred stock ; • the pros and cons of selling equity, convertible instruments, and venture debt; • selecting and gaining access to the right investor; and • what to do to increase the pre-money valuation of your company. MATERIALS A comprehensive printed workbook and reference materials are included in the price of the admission. AGENDA: 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM networking, food and refreshments 6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Sponsor introductions and demonstrations 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. - startup workshop and Q & A ************************** DEMO/SPONSOR TABLES Reserve a demo or sponsor table and get great exposure. Demo/Sponsor table includes: - 1 (one) event ticket - 1/2 (half) table - promotion before and during the event Your logo will be displayed on the event description (if submitted 24h before the event). You will also be able to talk for one minute in front of the attendees and tell them about what you do. Limited availability! ************************** Space is limited. Secure your spot now: https://asv-startup-fun-2.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEAIPO&afu=3951017871 SPEAKER BIO: Roger Rappoport is the leader of Procopio's Emerging Growth and Technology Practice Group. Roger has extensive experience in advising startup and emerging growth companies in the Internet, software, telecommunications, life sciences and cleantech industries. His practice is focused on assisting companies at all stages in their life cycle, from inception through seed, angel and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and, drawing on his experience as an entrepreneur of 10 years, the implementation of effective strategies to achieve business objectives and ultimately a successful exit. He also represents investors who invest in these areas, Roger is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics and issues related to the development and implementation of a company's formation and funding strategy. Before attending law school, he was the founder of a company . EVENT HOST: www.AccessSiliconValley.net PREMIER SPONSORS: Procopio.com #ASV #accesssiliconvalley #startupeducation #entrepreneurship #siliconvalley

  • How to Successfully Pitch to Investors and Get Funded /Angel Investor Gary Jinks

    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. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $13 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees Fourth Responders $25 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-successfully-pitch-to-investors-and-get-funded-angel-investor-gary-jinks-tickets-60332546270 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $30 (cash) at the door. Agenda 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm How the Funding Process Works ; What You Need to Do to Prepare; How to Formulate Your Message 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm How to Prepare Your Executive Summary and Investor Presentation - Step-by-Step This is an interactive and dynamic workshop to help anyone learn how to get his or her business message right and deliver it confidently to investors. · This workshop is designed to address your questions and assess your current strategy and business case. · Learn to clearly communicate your vision, plan, and value proposition. · Learn step-by-step bullets for your executive summary and pitch deck. · Match funding strategy to “needs” -- i.e., how much do you need and why? and more! There will be opportunities to practice your pitch and find out what you need to do to get it right! If you have an elevator pitch or a pitch slide deck you would like to have reviewed at the workshop, email Gary at: [masked] About the Speaker: Gary Jinks has spent his entire career in Silicon Valley producing innovative products and getting them into the hands of customers. Gary is the President of GLJ Group, a consulting firm which focuses on strategic planning and new market entry. Their efforts have resulted in over $300M in new business for clients. Gary is also the founder, managing director and chairman of the board of South Valley Angels, angel investor group which he was launched in 2011. Gary is highly respected and very active in the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem, regularly mentor entrepreneurs at Santa Clara University, local accelerators and other investor organizations. In 2015 Gary worked with over 70 startups to establish strategic direction and launch. Previously, Gary spent 20 plus years at Fortune 1000 companies holding key positions in systems engineering, operations, project management and business development. If you have questions about the content of Gary's presentation, please email him at: [masked]

  • Trillion Dollar Coach / Eric Schmidt, etc. with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki

    PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by the Computer History Museum. This event is free to attend! In order to attend, please register here: https://connect.computerhistory.org/pages/events/2019-04-trillion-dollar-coach Hurry! Space is limited! DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Join Google leaders Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle as they discuss the legacy and business wisdom of “Coach” Bill Campbell, the behind-the-scenes mentor to dozens of Silicon Valley’s visionary founders and builders. They will share insights from their new book, Trillion Dollar Coach, an essential guide for creating high-performing teams and companies using the leadership strategies that helped Bill create well over a trillion dollars in market value. Though Bill Campbell passed away in 2016, his belief that to be a great manager you have to be a great coach lives on through those he mentored. Self-effacing and delightfully profane, Bill was a former football player and coach at Columbia University. He moved west in 1983 to apply the fundamentals of human relationships to business that he learned on the gridiron. Bill put these fundamentals into practice by establishing trust, treating everyone the same, and listening. He taught that “the path to success in a fast-moving, highly competitive, technology-driven business world is to form high-performing teams and give them the resources and freedom to do great things.” His results were spectacular. Learn more about this Valley legend and how you can apply Bill’s key insights to your organization.

  • Startup Basics: Legal, Business, and Financing Strategies

    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: (Registration link TBA.) Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $20 (cash) at the door. Launching a startup - or starting a business - is challenging and is fraught with pitfalls. Roger Royse, the founder of Royse Law Firm, will discus the basics of building a successful business and how to what mistakes to avoid. Roger will discuss: 1) How should entrepreneurs structure their business? 2) How should founders divide equity? 3) What’s the difference between a contractor and an employee? 4) How does a startup get funded? 5) What is an ICO? 6) How does an entrepreneur successfully negotiate with a VC? 7) How viable is crowdfunding in 2019? 8) How should entrepreneurs protect their intellectual property? and more! Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking About the Speaker 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. His clients include international emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) and is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.

  • How to Avoid Deadly Common Startup Mistakes

    K & L Gates

    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: (Registration link TBA.) Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Stan Lewandowski of K & L Gates will discuss how to steer your startup away from making deadly mistakes that could negatively your business in the following area: - business - financial - structuring - fundraising - intellectual property - contractual - employment and compensation - exit 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 Informal Q & A, Networking About the Speaker Stan Lewandowski is a partner at K & L Gates and is based in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Stan counsels companies in the U.S. and abroad on financing, operations, development and other strategic transactional issues, primarily in the technology and renewable energy sectors. Stan represents emerging growth companies at every stage of the pipeline—from start-up to liquidity. He works on a variety of strategic growth issues, including venture capital and private equity financings, private offerings, joint ventures and M&A. Combining his experience representing Central and Eastern European companies with his Silicon Valley background, Stan has worked closely with investors and companies on domestic, in-bound and out-bound transactions, as well as on-shore and off-shore structures. Stan also has significant experience advising developers, their affiliates and investors, and financial institutions in connection with the development and disposition of renewable energy projects, with a total value in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Stan earned his LL.M. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received his master of laws and diploma from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. He also earned a diploma from the University of Cambridge in England. If you have questions about the content of this presentation, you can contact Stan at: [masked]

  • 20% OFF! Silicon Valley Open Doors 2019

    Computer History Museum

    PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Silicon Valley Open Doors. 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.eventbrite.com/e/svod2019-silicon-valley-open-doors-startup-investment-conference-tickets-49870009541?aff=IDEA2IPO&afu=3951017871 Our meetup members get 20% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Silicon Valley Open Doors ("SVOD") is for startup founders, investors and tech industry professionals! 2,000 attendees 800 startup founders - 300 angels & VCs - 50 exhibitors - $800M in funding Experience unique networking opportunities that are not available at most other conferences! Don’t miss one of the best startup investment conferences of the year! Our crowd is international: we love startups that come to Silicon Valley from other parts of the world. We believe they carry out of the box thinking that makes Silicon Valley boil with new ideas. Since 2005, SVOD hosts an eclectic mix of most creative, forward-thinking, and insightful people in the entrepreneurial and investment world as speakers and investor judges for STARTUP PITCH sessions. SVOD is well-known as a conference with the highest ratio between founders and investors, which helps a lot of companies find their first major investments. Over the course of 14 years, our companies have raised $850M in funding. This year our focus is on the following topics: 1. Machine Learning/ AI/ Big Data 2. Enterprise software / SaaS / Infrastructure 3. IoT/ VR/ Gadgets / Smart Home/ Hardware 4. Consumer applications & gadgets / Fitness / Digital Health / e-commerce 5. Social Impact & Mission-driven companies 6. Blockchain/Cryptocurrency/Fintech From founders to CEOs, from industry legends to brand young entrepreneurs, SVOD brings together the people who are shaping our lives today and influencing our future by hosting fireside chats and keynotes about technology innovation with the gurus of technology, venture capital, and entrepreneurship, and providing access to a variety of pre-selected young entrepreneurs and startups that think outside of the box. SVOD2018 SPEAKERS: http://www.svod.org/speakers/ SVOD2018 INVESTORS: http://www.svod.org/investors/ Every year SVOD brings in reporters from top media editions, such as TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Forbes, The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Bloomberg, Fortune Magazine, & Wall Street Journal. WHAT TO DO AT SVOD Mingle with 800+ successful start-up founders and 300+ top investors who share their experience on how to invest/raise funding, work with angels and VCs, & launch products. Learn about the latest developments in their industry and their needs, aspirations and future plans Hear 35 carefully pre-selected startups (seed to Series B) presenting on stage in front of the audience of top Silicon Valley angels and venture capitalists. Meet with 600+ professionals working in the technology area as experts, mentors, service providers and so much more! SUPER NETWORKING SVOD offers unique networking opportunities that are not available at most of the other conferences. Refund Policy: http://www.svod.org/refund-policy/ Contact Information: [masked].

  • Silicon Valley 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 Raise Money for Your Startup

    Foley and Lardner LLP

    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: (Registration link TBA.) 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) Raising money for a startup is a complex, challenging process with many options and pitfalls. Funding options include: 1) convertible debt 2) seed preferred 3) SAFE 4) Series A 5) venture debt 6) friends 7) angels 8) super angels 9) accelerators 10) micro VCs 11) crowd funding 12) corporate venture capital 13) traditional venture capital and more.... The variety of types and sources of capital have continued to grow, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Veteran Silicon Valley corporate attorney Todd Rumberger will provide an overview of this fundraising morass and insight into how to make the best choice for success. Please come with your questions and scenarios. Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Informal Q & A, More Networking, Wrap Up About the Speaker: E. Thom (Todd) Rumberger Jr. is a partner and corporate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he focuses his practice on private equity, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital, and Internet, software, telecommunications, digital media and financial services companies through all stages of their growth. He is vice chair of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice, a member of the Transactional & Securities Practice and co-chair of the Technology Industry Team. Mr. Rumberger counsels his corporate clients, ranging from startup, emerging growth stage and venture backed, to public domestic and foreign, companies, on a wide variety of matters ranging from formation, capitalization, key executive employment and general employment issues, and corporate governance, to early (convertible debt and seed preferred) and later stage venture, capital, debt and public equity financings and offerings, strategic partner, reseller, and similar commercial agreements. In addition, he has broad transactional experience representing public and private company, and private equity, buyers and sellers involved in mergers and acquisitions and financings. Additionally, Mr. Rumberger works with foreign startup and growth stage companies in establishing a presence in the U.S.