What we're about

Entrepreneurship permeates the culture of Silicon Valley - the innovation capital of the world.

The advent of the Digital Age has democratized innovation and entrepreneurship.

Never before has it been more possible for anyone from anywhere, with a great idea and a burning desire to succeed, to make it big, and in the process, change the world in a relatively short period of time.

HP, Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Yahoo, eBay, Amazon, Google, Facebook and many, many, many other iconic companies all started with just an idea.

Taking a startup from idea to IPO has taken on mythical proportions in Silicon Valley and beyond. Many dream the dream, with hopes of launching the "next big thing".

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 throughout Silicon Valley and beyond.

One of the compelling features of our organization is our packed, busy calendar of informative programs and practical activities designed to help our entrepreneurial members achieve their objectives and realize their aspirations. Taking advantage of this vast array of relevant content will make you a better entrepreneur.

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.

Our events feature expert speakers, networking opportunities, collaboration, community, and fellowship.

Many events on our calendar are in held in collaboration with other like-minded Silicon Valley organizations and institutions.

Our popular business and social networking mixers are festive occasions that allow you to meet new people from many different groups. We hold many social events to help members connect on a personal level and make friends.

Our network is expansive and global. We have members throughout the U.S. and around the world. We welcome international entrepreneurs from everywhere in the world to become part of our global community.

We are inclusive, not exclusive. : - )

We believe entrepreneurial educational opportunities should be accessible to anyone with a dream and ambition.

We support:

http://www.khanacademy.org/donate

http://thelifeyoucansave.com/

http://www.hackerdojo.com/

We are inspired by:

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.a...

Upcoming events (5+)

Startup Matchup and Networking Event at Founders Floor

Founders Floor, LLC.

SECURE YOUR TICKET: https://foundersfloor.com/startup-matchup-networking-event-founders-floor-10-17-2019?utm_source=meetup-email-svsian&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sumu-OCT-17 PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized by Founders Floor. 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 below. DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Connect with Founders, Investors, Developers & More! Startup Matchup is a networking event unlike any other. Founders Floor helps tech startups matchup with investors, skilled professionals, and quality business resources from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Silicon Valley. At this startup event you will meet and network with: = Founders looking for Co-founders = Investors looking for quality early-stage startups. = Developers and engineers looking to work with interesting startups. = Marketers, designers and business developers who want to work with startups. = Entrepreneurs looking for their next big idea or startup to join. = Skilled persons in the corporate world who want to build their entrepreneurial network or join a startup. You must purchase a ticket to attend. Food, beer and wine are provided. /////////////////////////////////////////// *** SECURE YOUR TICKET:https://foundersfloor.com/startup-matchup-networking-event-founders-floor-10-17-2019?utm_source=meetup-email-svsian&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sumu-OCT-17 /////////////////////////////////////////// Come to this event to GIVE just as much as you GET. Our event structure allows attendees to briefly introduce themselves and share what they are looking for. As you hear people state their needs during the introductions, think about how you can help other attendees. Then, reach out to these individuals during general networking time, just the same as others will reach out to you with ways that they can help you. The network effect of all attendees helping each other magnifies the total reach and increases the chances of finding what you are looking for. /////////////////////////////////////////// *** SECURE YOUR TICKET: https://foundersfloor.com/startup-matchup-networking-event-founders-floor-10-17-2019?utm_source=meetup-email-svsian&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sumu-OCT-17 /////////////////////////////////////////// [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] AGENDA: 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Registration, Dinner & Networking 7:00pm – 7:30pm – Startup Introductions 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT YOU AGREE TO THIS LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: http://foundersfloor.com/disclaimer [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] WHO IS FOUNDERS FLOOR? Founders Floor is a co-working accelerator for tech startups. We provide low cost co-working office space to select startups including mentorship & advice, a 3 month accelerator program, funding opportunities via our VC network, & monthly events . Find out more about our coworking options (http://foundersfloor.com/coworking) and accelerator program (http://foundersfloor.com/accelerator-program). Find out more about our upcoming events here: http://foundersfloor.com/events [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][] FREE PARKING: Free street parking and free parking garage. Easy access to public transportation. See event description link above for details.

How to Prepare Your Startup For Venture Capital Funding

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-prepare-your-startup-for-venture-capital-funding-tickets-71610162925 Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $25 (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]

FREE! Filmmakers and Photographers Open Forum

This event is organized in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Filmmakers, Photographers and Film Society. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. This event is organized in collaboration with other groups. This event is free to attend. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/filmmakers-and-photographers-open-forum-tickets-75610126925 Video and photos are important for promoting your startup, building your personal brand, and marketing products. Come out and meet other filmmakers and film buffs and photographers and photo bugs! 1) Bring some food to share. This is a potluck! (Suggested food: pizza, sandwiches, ethnic foods, fruit, salad, dessert.) No alcohol please. Water will be provided. 2) You can set up a table to demo your film and photography work. 3) You can take pics and video at the venue. 4) Attendees interested in getting head shots / portraits are welcome! 5) Lightning talks to go over what you are working on and what you are looking for. Use this platform to network, socialize, and connect! Agenda 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Check In, Food, Networking, Tabling, Photo Shoots 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm Open Forum (5 to 10 minute lightning talks) 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm Networking, Photo Shoots, etc. Organizational Sponsor: Generate Your Patent Application 100% Free at https://www.getmeapatent.com/. This free system is provided as a courtesy by Chhabra Law Firm, PC. No Credit Card/Payment/Commitment Needed.

10% OFF! How to Minimize Your Business Data Breach Risk

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-data-privacy-2.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEATOIPO&afu=3951017871 Our meetup members get 10% OFF! Use promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO Hurry! Slots are limited! DO NOT RSVP ON OUR MEETUP SITE. Dinner, refreshments and networking included. Space is limited. Save your seat now! Join Access Silicon Valley for a live workshop on how to avoid data breaches presented by Procopio attorney Elaine Harwell. SUMMARY From Facebook to Equifax, the last couple of years have seen no shortage of high profile privacy scandals and security mishaps. The damage from a data breach on an established business can be devastating. For startups and emerging growth companies, a data breach can be catastrophic, resulting in the loss of reputation, potential customers or even investors. Data privacy now consistently ranks as a top issue Americans would like businesses to address. Join us to discuss the particular risks startups face when utilizing customer data. We will discuss how to minimize those risks and instead design effective data management processes at the outset to create a competitive advantage for your business. Dinner and refreshments are provided. Space is extremely limited. RSVP early. ******************************************************************* AGENDA 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Check In, Food, Networking 6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Demo Table/Sponsor Introductions 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Program ******************************************************************* ABOUT THE PRESENTER Elaine F. Harwell is an experienced business litigation attorney and a trained privacy professional. Her practice focuses on representing clients in privacy and data security matters, including litigating claims involving privacy issues, helping clients manage emerging risks and conduct privacy risk assessments, and advising on regulatory and compliance issues. Elaine thrives on counseling clients through a complex and ever-changing data privacy landscape and strives to find effective business solutions for clients in every situation. Elaine has also been involved in numerous trials as well as arbitration proceedings related to contract and general business disputes, complex unfair competition and business practice claims, and professional liability. She has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Elaine is also a frequent speaker and writer on legal issues surrounding privacy and data governance. SAVE YOUR SEAT NOW - https://asv-data-privacy-2.eventbrite.com/?aff=IDEATOIPO&afu=3951017871

Past Events

Pitch to Investor Panel

Procopio

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