Join us if you are a budding startup CEO/Co-Founder or you have run a startup, are an innovator or an idea generator who would like to turn an idea into a company, or are a VC who wants to be closer to entrepreneurs. The focus of this group is startup leadership through good and bad times, through the emotional highs and lows, and changing investment environment - through different stages of a startup and for different types of startups.
Startup founders and leaders from a diverse set of startups will come together periodically to share their stories and insights / tips from their experiences: the essential learnings, challenges they faced, and pitfalls they avoided or weren't able to. In 2016, these stories and insights (e.g., on fundraising, pivoting, surviving and thriving, team building and retention, culture, product development, sales and marketing) are more relevant than ever to guide your own startup journey.
This meetup is hosted by the Silicon Valley (Palo Alto) chapter of the Startup Leadership Program. The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a highly selective, global, world-class training program and lifelong global network for outstanding founders, leaders, and innovators who want to become startup CEOs. Classes are held on evenings or weekends. We take no equity. The program began in Boston in 2006 with seven Fellows (participants). It has grown to 27 cities in 12 countries. Every year 15-25 Fellows join the program in every city. This year 500 Fellows will go through the program as a single class. Our program is truly global. You can start in one city, but attend any class in any city worldwide. During the program, and for life, you can apply to pitch at investor demo days on three continents, and build relationships with growing numbers of entrepreneurs in your sector. SLP Fellows (participants) have founded more than 1,300 successful startups including ixigo, Innoz, Momelan, Runkeeper, SideTour, Shareaholic, Ubersense, Savored, Voicetap, and many others, which have collectively raised more than $500M in funding. Many have been acquired. It is a measure of the caliber of the people in the program.