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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.

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How to Build a Unicorn

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The speakers will discuss:

1. Background
2. How to build a successful team.
3. What is the difference between acceleration and hyper-acceleration?
4. How has the digital transformation impacted going global?
5. How do you find the right advisors and investors?
6. What are the key characteristics of successful startup entrepreneurs?
7. What are the keys to successful company building?
8, What are some of the pitfalls of building a startup?

and more!

Please come with your questions and scenarios.

About the Speakers:

Nick Bravante

Nick Bravante is a two-time entrepreneur, product developer, and project manager. He has built companies in industries ranging from algorithmic trading to automotive hardware, executed complex commercial real estate deals, and led operations for an engineering firm.

Today, he is an integral part of GSD Venture Studios and drives progress for their partners on both a micro and macro level. As VP of Programs for GSD Labs, Nick assists with every aspect of venture building, from sales and marketing strategy to program coordination/leadership, and especially copywriting of materials for member companies.

Prior to GSD, Nick led a team that identified a pattern in the stock market and coordinated research, software development, and back testing to develop a trading algorithm. He also worked as a commercial real estate broker and lead transactions across Northern New Jersey, including a 100-unit apartment development which sold for $27.5m. Nick also worked as an operations manager for a fire protection design and installation firm, coordinating complex life safety projects.
For fun, Nick revived an automotive hardware brand that catered to the vintage Porsche market. He attended Loyola University in Maryland where he majored in business and specialized in law.

Based in New Jersey, Nick spends his free time surfing big waves and automotive racing. He believes that the chaos of these pursuits dilutes the chaos of daily life and venture building, enabling a calm and measured approach to any challenge.

Gary Fowler, President, CEO and Founder, GSD Venture Studios

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Gary Fowler is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and investor with 17 companies and two unicorns and a successful IPO under his belt. Gary was on the original management team of ClickSoftware that was recently sold to SalesForce for 1.35 billion and was the co-founder of the award winning AI company, Yva.ai that was recently acquired by Visier. He has over 30 years of experience and is the CEO and president of GSD Venture Studios. GSD is a Silicon Valley-based venture studio located in Silicon Valley. GSD takes operational roles in companies and uses their vast global network and experience to help companies maximize their opportunities. Gary was recently named one of the top 10 Global AI executives and is an international speaker and the author of over 180 articles.

Pitch Practice: How to Pitch to Investors and Get the Deal in a COVID-19 World

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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 has presented workshops in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and around the world. He has spoken at conferences at Tsinghua, Geju and SUES Universities in China and at incubators and accelerators in in Austria, Korea and Turkey.

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, enjoys playing the guitar and hikng.

You can reach Steve at:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/

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How to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!

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There is a difference between releasing code and releasing code effectively and efficiently. That difference is having an efficient process

  • a repeatable way to produce consistent results over and over again.

In this webinar, Nelly Yusupova, a CTO with 18 years of experience, a startup tech advisor, and the founder of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, will share the process she uses to manage teams and projects to deliver projects on time and on budget.

You will learn:

  1. The lean way vs. traditional way of building products

  2. Two money saving things you should do before you build anything

  3. How to define your MVP properly to reduce the cost and time of development

  4. How to see the red flags sooner and minimize mistakes

and more!

Please come with your questions and scenarios.

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:

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How to Find Product Market Fit Quickly

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Product-market fit is one of the most important Lean Startup concepts, yet it is also one of the least well defined.

Join us for a FREE online masterclass, where Nelly Yusupova, CTO with 18 years experience, Startup Tech Advisor, and creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, will share what is product market fit and the importance of reaching product market fit quickly.

You will learn:

  • What is Product Market Fit (PMF)
  • Product Market Fit metrics
  • A method of reaching PMF quickly
  • How to define your MVP properly to reduce the cost and time of development
  • A framework for releasing code more often so you can learn faster
  • A tactic you can use to improve your product

And more!

About the Speaker

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

Nelly is on a mission to help entrepreneurs minimize technology mistakes and through her online masterclass 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 a Wall Street Journal’s “Woman on the IT Fast Track”.

Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and major industries events including: Women’s Enterprise Center, NY Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, and has been featured in INC Magazine, NBC Today Show, Fast Company Magazine, NewsDay.com, O’Reilly, SmartMoney, SmallBiz, TechRepublic, Women’s Radio.

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