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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 from Chicago to Silicon Valley and beyond. 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.

Upcoming events (4+)

FREE! Pitch to Angel Investor Gary Jinks, Managing Director, South Valley Angels

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online.

Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event.

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.

In order to participate, you must register here:


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Your ability to present your business case confidently and clearly is critical for funding, partnerships and building your team. Most people are not born natural speakers we must work on it. This forum will allow you to pitch or listen to others and hear the guidance and discussions from a Silicon Valley thought leader.

This is a great opportunity to practice you pitch, get constructive feedback and guidance.


Three minute pitch followed by five minutes of one-on-one feedback and discussion.

a) elevator pitch with no slides


b) pitch with slide deck

If you would like to pitch and get feedback during the webinar, email Gary at:


Since this is a public forum do not ask for any funding or discuss your use of funds.


Opening Comments: Guidelines and Format


Open Q&A

About the Instructor:

Gary is the Founder and Managing Director of South Valley Angels and an executive level leader with deep expertise and extensive track record developing high yield innovation ecosystems and building up high growth exit focused start-up ventures. Gary has created, transformed and launched innovation in the Silicon Valley his entire career, from combat vehicles to lifestyle apps. Gary founded GLJ Group in 2005 and has led engineering, strategic direction and, business development for corporate clients resulting in over $300M in new business. In 2010 he shifted complete focus to the Startup community, advising over 400 Startups, working with the top incubators and investors in the Silicon Valley, launching innovation centers and developing regional ecosystems around the globe. He is a regular speaker, evangelist and lead executive advisor helping clients formulate custom strategies and implementation of the next evolution of the Startup Model, “Precision Innovation”

If you have any questions about the content and format of this webinar, contact Gary at:


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U.S. Visa Options for Int'l Tech Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Investors

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.

In order to participate, you must register here:


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(The login link will be sent to Eventbrite registrants right before the event begins.)

This workshop will cover various U.S. visa options for tech professionals, entrepreneurs and investors, including employment-based visas and the best visa options for starting your own company.

We will also discuss the different challenges to getting visas to the U.S. and strategies for successfully overcoming these obstacles.

We will close with a discussion on what changes we can expect with the Biden administration.

The speaker will go over:

1) Visas for exploring business and employment opportunities in the United States

2) Visas for employment and investment, such as the E, H-1B, L-1 and O-1 and the advantages and disadvantages of each

3) An overview of the paths to permanent residence, including employment, family and investment

4) Common obstacles to obtaining a visa and how to overcome these obstacles

5) What to expect from the Biden administration and what that means for you and your visa options

and more!

Please come with your questions, concerns and scenarios.

About the Speaker:

Nadia Yakoob has over 20 years of experience in U.S. immigration law. She began her career at Fragomen, which is the world's largest immigration law firm, and spent eight years in their New York, Brussels and San Francisco offices. From there she went to work as a staff attorney for the federal courts (Ninth Circuit) in their immigration unit. After five years with the federal courts, she decided to start her own immigration practice. She works primarily with start-ups, emerging companies, and tech entrepreneurs. She graduated from Georgetown University's Law Center in 2000 where she was the Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

FREE WEBINAR: How to Outsource Development of Your App

This event is organized by TechSpeak.

Our meetup group is collaborating by promoting this event.

This event is FREE to attend!

In order to attend, please register here:


(Registrants will receive login info right before the start of the event.)

If you are a non-technical person with an idea for an app, you’re probably looking for a technical co-founder to help you build the app.

However, you can launch a tech startup by outsourcing code!

In the early days of your startup it can be challenging to attract a technical co-founder to build your app. But by knowing how to efficiently outsource the building of your MVP and gain some traction, you can de-risk the opportunity for the tech person and change the conversation from "I Need You" to "Here's an Opportunity".

In this webinar, the speaker will discuss the best way to outsource the development of your app, including:

1) Why outsourcing may be the best way to find a technical co-founder

2) Outsourcing best practices

3) How not get ripped off in the process

and more!

About the Speaker

Nelly Yusupova is a CTO, with over 18 years experience, leading companies to technical excellence. She is a startup tech advisor, outsourced CTO, and the creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs.

Nelly is on a mission to help entrepreneurs minimize technology mistakes. Through her online master class TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, she provides the roadmap to successfully manage technology teams and projects.

Just recently included in Fast Company’s, “League of Extraordinary Women”, Nelly has been at the forefront of the women’ s movement online since 1999 and is one of the Wall Street Journal’s “Women on the IT Fast Track”.

Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and major industries events including: Women’s Enterprise Center, New York Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, and more.

She has been featured in Inc. Magazine, NBC's Today Show, Fast Company, NewsDay.com, O’Reilly, Smart Money, Small Biz, TechRepublic, Women’s Radio and more.

Nelly can be reached at:


How to Navigate A Performance Review

Online event

This event is organized by Albert's List.

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Performance reviews can be hard & stressful for everyone involved but they don't have to be. Performance reviews are an opportunity for you to highlight your accomplishments & get constructive feedback for growth. How can we take what may be perceived as "scary" and turn it into something that is valuable, tangible & productive? In this workshop, learners will:

- Identify what makes a performance review great & the components involved
- Gather tools to successfully prepare for a performance review
- Re-shift the fear of a performance review to an opportunity to showcase & highlight work
- And much more!


Priya Sodha has been leading trainings and workshops for organizations & companies for over 10 years. Her specialty lies in transformational workshops focused on preparing individuals for the workplace & developing a deeper understanding of self-promotion through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

She is the founder of Innergem, a coaching & training business, where she provides 1:1 coaching for women in career transition and creates engaging trainings for staff and members. Priya also served as the Executive Director for the Youth Business Alliance where she launched career development workshops for schools all over LA. Additional to hosting workshops, Priya is a career coach who runs bi-monthly cohorts for individuals in career transition or looking for strategies to navigate the workplace. Her workshops are engaging, reflective, and action-oriented. Priya's passion truly lies in that of giving people the tools they need to succeed in their personal and professional life

Learn more about her business at http://www.innergemworks.com/


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