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This meetup group is for technologists and entrepreneurs seeking to leverage the resources of the Silicon Valley ecosystem to solve problems, potentially make it big, and change the world.

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How to Plan and Implement a Successful Exit Strategy!

This event is organized by: www.idea-to-ipo.com 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-plan-and-implement-a-successful-exit-strategy-tickets-64345075854 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. The most important event of a startup company’s life is the exit, meaning the sale or initial public offering. At exit, the founders and team may cash out and realize the benefits of many long years of hard work. The M&A market is strong now, and many startup companies are actively seeking a buyer. Other startup companies should be preparing for an eventual sale by taking steps to increase their marketability and limit the risk of a failed acquisition. This presentation will cover: 1) When to start thinking about an exit 2) How to ensure the maximum after-tax returns to the sellers 3) Transitioning from being a founder to becoming an employee of an acquirer 4) Using earn outs to maximize sales proceeds 5) How to retain your most valuable asset – people – until a sale occurs 6) Using intellectual property to make your company an attractive target and more! The speaker is Silicon Valley attorney Roger Royse who will address not only the legal aspects of preparing for M&A but also the practical business and planning issues involved in a successful sale. Please come with questions, scenarios, and comments. 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 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. If you have questions about the content of this presentation, you can reach Roger at: [masked]

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 lots 8, 9, or 9A to 9D, or Edison 7. 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: (More panelists TBA.) 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). Victoria Zuo is an investor at Gradient Ventures. Prior to joining Gradient, Victoria worked in tech mergers & acquisitions at Qatalyst Partners, where she worked with a number of software, internet, and semiconductors companies. While there, she advised on over $20 billion worth of transactions, including CA Technologies’ $18.9 billion sale to Broadcom, and Weebly’s sale to Square. Victoria graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Management Science and Engineering, with a concentration in Technology and Engineering Management. 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.

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