What we're about

Startup California and Startup Bay Area are regions of The Startup America Partnership a public private initiative founded by President Obama and former AOL Chairman Steve Case See www.startupcal.org for more information. The Startup America Partnership is based on a simple premise: young companies that grow create jobs. As a core American value, entrepreneurship is critical to the country’s long term success and it’s time to step up our game.

GOALS

We have three main goals:

1. Provide valuable resources and connections to help young companies grow

2. Support regional startup ecosystems throughout the country

3. Recognize startups as the drivers of our economy and their founders as American heroes

Upcoming events (5+)

Early Stage Startup Valuation Workshop: What is Your Startup Worth?

The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by: www.idea-to-ipo.com 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 Third Responders $20 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/early-stage-startup-valuation-workshop-what-is-your-startup-worth-tickets-61961421279 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. Have you ever wondered what your startup is worth? Do you have someone interested in investing in or even buying your startup? Do you need to grant stock options? If you are an early-stage startup that is looking for help in determining the value of your startup, come to this hands on valuation workshop. The speaker will discuss what valuation models to use in the early stages and will run some actual models, including: Cost Approach, VC Method, Discounted Cash Flow. He will also discuss and model the impact that funding rounds and their various terms and preferences can have on the common stock values. ** Due to the popularity of this event, we have split this workshop into early and mid-stage groups so we can dig deeper and be more relevant to your specific stage. [Early-Stage = pre-development, pre-alpha, pre-revenue and projections have not yet been built.] If you not an early-stage startup and are a mid-stage startup, that workshop will be held at a later date.** 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 Networking About the Speaker: Jeff Faust, CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst) is the director of valuation services at Abbott, Stringham and Lynch. Jeff has extensive experience in the valuation of start-ups / private companies for various purposes; fundraising, mergers/acquisitions, stock options grants (IRC § 409A) and more. He has provided valuation expertise to start-ups of all sizes and stages of development and in a wide variety of industries including hi-tech (Software, SaaS, Mobile, Telecom, Social Media, Cloud, Data, etc), bio-tech, manufacturing and many more. If you have questions about the content of this workshop, contact Jeff at: [masked]

Adam Savage: My Life as a Maker

Villa Ragusa

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by the Commonwealth Club. 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/adam-savage-my-life-as-a-maker-tickets-56073887507?aff=sv040119 Our meetup members get the Commonwealth Club rate. DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Adam Savage, Former Co-Host, “MythBusters”; Author, Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It; Twitter @donttrythis In Conversation with Kishore Hari, Host, "Inquiring Minds" Podcast This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Adam Savage is a maker. From his elaborate Comic-Con costumes to a 1,000-shot Nerf gun, he has built thousands of projects as a special effects artist and co-host of the hit TV show “MythBusters.” Savage will highlight some of his memorable ideas and shares what inspires him to build, make, invent, explore and above all else create. Savage spent 14 years as the popular co-host of “MythBusters.” He currently stars on Tested.com’s YouTube channel and is the host of “MythBusters Jr.” Location: Villa Ragusa, 35 S. Second St., Campbell, CA Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program Notes: In association with Wonderfest All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

How to Prepare Your Startup For Venture Capital Funding

The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. This event is organized by: www.idea-to-ipo.com 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-prepare-your-startup-for-venture-capital-funding-tickets-60564992523 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $20 (cash) at the door. During the presentation and Q&A session, you will learn about the essential organizational- and ownership-related issues that need to be properly addressed by your startup so that you will be able to have discussions with early stage venture capitalists without any undesired surprises. The speaker will discuss the following: 1) What to consider when planning your own venture and still working for others 2) How to structure the initial allocation of equity among the founding team 3) What types of restrictions on the founder’s stock are required by investors 4) Impact of a Stock Option Plan on the company capitalization 5) How much capital should companies consider raising 6) What type of securities should a company consider issuing to investors 7) What are the most important due diligence issues for the investors 8) How to close a financing round without delays 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]

Pitch to Investor Panel

SVI HUB

The deadline to register and pay online is 2 pm the day of the event. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by: www.idea-to-ipo.com There is a cover charge to 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pitch-to-investor-panel-tickets-62229091889 Take advantage of online advance registration and early responder pricing! Hurry! 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 your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (cash) at the door. A distinguished investor panel will discuss the latest trends in startup funding. Pre-selected entrepreneurs in the formal line up will then pitch to our investor panel, followed by questions and feedback from the panel. Audience members (even those who are not pitching in the formal line up) will benefit from the insights offered by the investor panelists . All attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Silicon Valley startup investment ecosystem. All attendees will have an opportunity to interact with investor panelists during the networking portions of the event. After the formal program has been completed, there will be an informal "speed pitching" session that will allow for all attendees to talk to investor panelists directly. If you would like to pitch to the investor panel in the official pitch line up, send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: Th 6/6 Pitch Event - Pitch Applicant The pitch format is: Two minutes, no slides, followed by four minutes of Q & A / feedback. Additionally, there will be startup demo tables and tables for startup service providers. If you would like space on a startup demo table, or if you are a startup service provider and would like a sponsor table, please send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: Th 6/6 Pitch Event - Tabler Agenda 6:00 PM to 7:00 pm Food, Networking, Demo Showcase Tables 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm Program 8:45 pm to 9:00 pm Networking Investor Panel (More investors TBA.) André Gueziac is an entrepreneur and executive with a unique combination of product vision, technical depth, and start-up expertise. His passion is to build a quality product and experience from the ground up. André founded Beat the Traffic and sold it to the Pelmorex Canadian media group (“The Weather Network”). André is also 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 about 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”.

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