What we're about

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

Never before has it been so 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.

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

We are a community of entrepreneurs, technologists, academics, financial professionals, corporate executives, attorneys, academics, bloggers, writers, content creators, and social activists.

One of the compelling features of our meetup group is our packed, busy calendar full of informative programs and practical activities designed to help our entrepreneurial members achieve their objectives and realize their aspirations.

We meet regularly to share resources, exchange ideas, and network. We participate in on-line as well as off-line events.

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

Upcoming events (4+)

How Non-Techies Can Launch Successful Tech Startups

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This event is organized by TechSpeak.

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This event is FREE to attend!

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As a non-techie, If you want to launch a successful tech startup your goal shouldn’t be to learn how to code and create your own app. Your goal should be to learn how to build the right team and implement the right processes to execute your idea. Then you need to go to market as fast as possible so you don’t miss out on the market opportunity.

Join us for a FREE 60 minute online masterclass and learn what non-technical founders need to know to launch a successful tech startup.

You will learn:

  1. The one most important skill that you must have in the early stages of your startup to be successful

  2. Why it’s so hard to find a technical co-founder or CTO and what you should do instead to get your idea off the ground

  3. Two money-saving skills you need in order to test ideas without engaging a developer

  4. How to define your MVP properly to reduce the cost and time required to develop your app

  5. The importance of process

and more!

Please come with your questions and scenarios.

About the Speaker

Nelly Yusupova is a CTO, with over 18 years of experience leading organizations 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 presented at many major industry 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:


Startup Fundamentals #1/3: Start Up Right, Avoid Common Mistakes & Pitfalls

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

This event is organized by Access Silicon Valley.

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There is a cover charge for this event.

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Includes dinner, networking, workshop, and workbook!


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This is the first workshop in a series of three sessions for startup founders, startup executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and developers. This series is designed to optimize your startup stardom journey all but ensuring you avoid common follies that threaten startup success.

This series teaches how to start up your business right, the first time, from formation to exit based on the hands-on lessons of globally-known startup attorney, Roger Rappoport.

If you are looking to build a successful, fundable startup that is based on a sound financial model and that is ready to be pitched to investors in Silicon Valley, you won’t want to miss this workshop!

Space is limited so hold your seat now!


A comprehensive 50-page digital workbook with an actionable step-by-step guide will be distributed to all registered event attendees on the day of the webinar.


Besides building and selling a product, entrepreneurs need to worry about many other things:

  • How to form a company
  • How to hire the right people
  • How to compensate the team
  • How to split the pie with the co- founders and the team members
  • How much equity to give investors and at what valuation
  • How to raise money and under what terms
  • And many more

Oftentimes these issues seem overwhelming, and traps for the unwary or uninformed are numerous.

However, successfully avoiding the most common pitfalls can make a significant difference:

  • as to whether or not your startup is fundable
  • the sources and types of capital that you will attract
  • who controls the company
  • how much you will make upon exit
  • and your startup's overall likelihood of success.

In this first segment of the Startup Fundamentals series, Roger Rappoport, a partner, and leader of the Emerging Growth & Venture Capital Practice Group at Procopio, an AMLAW 200 law firm in Silicon Valley, will conduct an interactive, informative session with great takeaway materials and actionable items.

Startup issues that will be covered in this workshop (among others):

  1. choices in entity selection
  2. creating an appropriate capitalization table
  3. co-founders vs early employees (should they be treated differently?)
  4. appropriate allocations of founders’ stock (including Series FF Preferred Stock) between founders and vesting on Founders’ shares,
  5. repurchase rights and rights of first refusal
  6. determining if and when it is appropriate to obtain proxies from co-founders/early employees
  7. stock allocation for employees, consultants, board and advisory board members,
  8. the perils of Section 409A under the Internal Revenue Code
  9. granting options when milestone-based vesting, as opposed to time-based vesting, is appropriate
  10. the assignment of intellectual property and ensuring that all IP created belongs to the company
  11. executing employment/consulting agreements and
  12. the value of developing an intellectual property strategy early on.


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Dinner and networking
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM - Speaker introductions
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM - Startup workshop Part A
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM - Intermission
7:45 PM -8:45: PM - Startup workshop Part B
8:45 PM - 9:00 PM - Q & A




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Wednesday Night Networking (In-Person) - S.F.


Look for the Meetup sign!

Come out and meet new people!

Network, socialize and connect!

This event is free to attend.

Please register here:

Wednesday Night Networking (In-Person) - S.F. Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Attendees must purchase their own liquid refreshments and food.

There's no content or speaker at this event -- just business and social networking.

Build your business and social network - face to face! (in-person)

Come out and enjoy a great evening of good food, liquid refreshments, and connecting.

You may meet your next business collaborator, client, employer, employee, friend, or tennis partner!

Getting away from a screen for a few hours will do you some good!

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Meet Silicon Valley movers and shakers - Internet entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, mobile app coders, attorneys, bloggers, academics, financiers, marketing professionals, community organizers and investors!

This event is organized in collaboration with other groups.




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FREE! Pitch Practice: How to Pitch to Investors and Get the Deal

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This is an online event.

Participants who have registered and paid 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.

In order to attend, please register here:


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Raising $ is tough- and now it's all changed. PRACTICE your PITCH, get facts & inside info to RAISE $ & Scale your Innovation into Revenue!

You are invited to a live-steam webinar/workshop.

*** BRING YOUR PITCH DECK. Two or more Founders will pitch and get feedback. ***

*** Audience members will get a chance to make a NEW ELEVATOR PITCH and get feedback. THIS IS A REAL WORKSHOP! ***

Raising money is a difficult and stressful task for startup Founders. Founders struggle to get the right combination of facts and projections to persuade investors to put in money.

This workshop is an intro to the longer pitch program. It covers to the two main parts of pitching:

  1. What to say

  2. How to say it

On this webinar you will learn:

  1. The five step elevator pitch to get to the point in 60 seconds.

  2. The standard topic for each page of the pitch deck, (for 90% of the startups)

  3. How to use your customer “use case” in a story to show what your product does

  4. The four key background points to set your pitch in the right direction

  5. The key item two thirds of startup pitches leave out that is critical to customer adaption

  6. The essential key points investors are looking for

and more!

This workshop is an intro to a four day workshop that speaker, entrepreneur and thought leader Steve Austin has presented to accelerators in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, in Asia and Europe.This content was derived from interviews with angel investors and venture capitalists in attendance at over 100 pitch to investor events where Steve’s students have pitched.

This workshop focuses on what angel investors and venture capitalists have indicated they are looking for in startup pitches.

Don’t waste more time with weak pitches.

Learn how to focus on the essential points and get the deal.

Scale your Innovation into Revenue!™

About the Speaker:

Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and the founder of Silicon Valley iLab.He has worked with over 2,500 startups—giving him a unique insight into challenges and secrets to success when it comes to being an entrepreneur. Dozens of startups have raised funds and scaled up after attending Steve's workshops.

Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. He has been the CEO, MD, and vice president of sales and marketing for several organizations. Steve has managed global operations including personally generating hundreds of millions of dollars in B2B sales.

Steve holds a BS in Finance and Chemistry. For fun, he enjoys playing the guitar and hiking.

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