Ukraine -- A Powerhouse of Talent -- U.T. GEM Technology and Innovation Conference


Join our friends from Happy Farm Business Incubator, the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco and their team as they present a powerhouse of talent from the Ukraine. Silicon Valley luminaries, investors, startups and the international community will gather on 18 September in San Francisco from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco to network, share information, pitch and more. Discount code: WavePlay_Special. Register here.

Founders Space San Francisco Roundtable

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Apps and Apps Investing: Which Apps Are Most Appealing to Angels and VCs

The app space is crowded, but investors continue to invest. Over the last few years, it has become increasingly difficult to stand out in the app space. Nevertheless, the need for new and exciting apps continues, and investors continue to look for opportunities. With the app space getting more saturated by the day, app developers need to be aware not only of shifting markets but shifting investment attitudes as well. Learn from our panel of experts about which apps and app startups are most appealing to angels and VCs and how best to pitch your app.

Presenters: Noah Doyle of Javelin Ventures, Jeff Tannenbaum of BlueRun Ventures, and Una Ryan of Angels’ Forum.
Date: 29 October 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT
Location: SOMACentral at 1 Market Street in San Francisco
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Save the date for San Francisco Roundtables in 2013: 04 December.

Founders Space Silicon Valley Roundtable

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Angel Investor Forecast: Investment Trends and Predictions

Join us for a lively and informative roundup of opinions, reporting, and predictions on the state of affairs of angle investing. As the end of 2013 approaches, angel investors are assessing their current portfolios as well as potential opportunities for 2014. Hear from our panel of investors about their current investing strategies, what they are seeing, and how your startup can tee up for angel investment in the New Year.

Presenters: Jim Scheinman of Maven Ventures; Inessa Obenhuber of the Seraph Group and Astia Angels
Date: 30 October 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT
Location: Sheppard Mullin in Palo Alto
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Save the date for Silicon Valley Roundtables in 2013: 03 December.

Ultra Light Startups Future Energy Investor Feedback Forum


Future Energy is a series of startup-investor pitch events that connects entrepreneurs, researchers, and private investors in the energy and clean-tech industries to develop and commercialize radical solutions to the world’s energy challenges. This event takes place on 09 October at Public Works on Erie Street in San Francisco. Enjoy pizza, startup pitches, investor feedback and networking. Register here.

Live and Learn at FailCon

Join Cass Phillipps of WebWallflower Events and the startup community for FailCon 2013 in San Francisco. This conference is for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers as they study their own and others' failures and prepare for success. The event takes place on 21 October at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Use this promotional code for a 15% discount: 15waveplay. Learn more here.


Founders Space San Francisco Roundtable, 26 June

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How to Create and Use Traction to Capture the Attention of Investors

What does traction mean to an investor? Our panel of experts will share how and why traction matters when they consider investing in a startup. Discover everything you need to know about creating and demonstrating traction when networking with or pitching to investors, including:
  • How does an investor define traction?
  • What does traction tell an investor?
  • Which businesses need to demonstrate traction prior to funding? Which don't?
  • What are the different types of traction?
  • What is the best way to share information about traction?
  • How can key your team demonstrate traction by key functional area?
  • How do investors compare your traction against that of competitors?
Presenters: Jay Eum of Translink Capital, Adam Levin of Crosslink Capital, and Jeff Tannenbaum of Blue Run Ventures.
Date: 26 June 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT
Location: SOMACentral at 450 Townsend Street in San Francisco
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Save the date for San Francisco Roundtables in 2013: 28 August, 25 September, 29 October, 04 December.

Founders Space Silicon Valley Roundtable, 27 June

Howard Hartenbaum
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Sell a Dream: Reel In Investors with a Great Vision

How can you tap into an investor's thirst to fund a visionary leader? Visionary leaders not only have the most compelling stories, they attract top investors and talent. Discover the techniques for developing and sharing your vision with investors, talent, the media and the business community. The discussion will include:
  • What defines a visionary leader from an investor's point of view?
  • What are the creative building blocks for developing a vision?
  • What are specific techniques for sharing your vision?
  • Is a compelling vision more important than the business model?
  • What are examples of visionary leaders to emulate?
  • How do you position yourself as a visionary leader?
  • How do visionary leaders inspire their teams?
  • Can someone other than the CEO communicate the vision to investors?
  • How do you communicate your vision while addressing business issues?
Presenters: Howard Hartenbaum of August Capital, Deepak Jeevan Kumar of General Catalyst Partners, and Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures.
Date: 27 June 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT
Location: nestGSV in Redwood City
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Save the date for Silicon Valley Roundtables in 2013: 29 August, 26 September, 30 October, 05 December.

Portuguese Speaking World Pitch Event, 26 April

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Portuguese Speaking World Pitch Event

Network with investors, founders, subject matter experts, dignitaries and the San Francisco/Silicon Valley international community!

Our panel of judges will give feedback and tips to entrepreneurs on their pitches, presented in English.

Countries represented:
Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Portugal

2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. -- Networking, drinks and appetizers
2:30 p.m.-2:40 p.m. -- Welcome and introductions
2:40 p.m.-3:40 p.m. -- Pitches with panel feedback
3:45 p.m.-4:20 p.m. -- Networking
4:25 p.m.-5:00 p.m. -- Innovation Spotlights: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Portugal

Presenters: Steve Goldberg of Venrock; Sarah Cone of Illuminate Ventures; Jon Soberg of Blumberg Capital and Suraj Rajwani of DoubleRock Venture Capital
Date: 26 April 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST
Location: Reed Smith at 101 Second Street in San Francisco
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Silicon Valley Dojo Event, 23 April

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Silicon Valley Dojo Event

Network with investors, founders and the international community while gaining information on "The Silicon Valley Way" of doing business to connect with investors and get traction in the U.S.

Do you want information on what makes business happen in Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay? You'll get the information you need from investors and subject matter experts while networking with the international and domestic community. Our experts will answer these questions and more:
  • What are the shortcuts to connecting with investors?
  • How do I determine the right investors for my startup?
  • What turns investors on--and off?
  • What information do I need to have when meeting with investors?
  • Who can provide me with the best introductions?
  • What kind of traction will investors expect of me?
  • Do I need to create a U.S. company to get funded?
  • How do I compose my team?
  • Are investors open to pitches from international founders?
Presenters: Pat Kenealy of IDG Ventures; Adam Levin of Crosslink Capital; Doug Renert of Tandem Entrepreneurs; Jon Soberg of Blumberg Capital; and Mike Sullivan of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Date: 23 April 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PST
Location: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman at 4 Embarcadero in San Francisco
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International Founder Event in Silicon Valley


International Founder ASK Party

What do you need? International founders, are you looking for talent, an introduction, funding, advice? Join us for informal networking, drinks and appetizers with the international Silicon Valley community of investors, domestic and international founders, and experts. International founders, you will have the microphone for one minute to ask for what you need. Those present will hear you and provide ideas and advice. This event is open to the Bay Area/Silicon Valley international community.

NOTE: International Founders who wish to participate in the ASK at this event must supply WavePlay with their name, company name, email address and one sentence describing their ASK by 24 January. Click here if you have questions or comments.

Date: 29 January 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Sheppard Mullin in Palo Alto
Register here.

Buenos Aires Startup Pitch and Networking Event in San Francisco

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Buenos Aires Startup Pitch and Networking Event in San Francisco

Join us for networking with the Bay Area/Silicon Valley community of investors, founders, experts, and award-winning companies and dignitaries from Buenos Aires. This event takes place in San Francisco.

Pitch Event Panelists and Judges
Ron Weissman, Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist and Angel; John Giddings, Angel Investor and Co-founder of Tech Angel Group; Peter Craddock, Shoreline Venture Management; Don Reinke, Partner, Reed Smith and Angel Investor.

Companies Presenting
Clawi, Data Factory, Fanwards, Liibook, Monits, Polisofia, Socialare, Soicos, The Fan Machine, VI-DA Global, Wideoo, Xappia.

Date: 12 September 2012
Location: Reed Smith law firm at 101 Second Street in San Francisco
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European Tech Companies: Breaking Barriers


European Tech Companies: Breaking Barriers

Join us for a networking event and lively panel discussion featuring the cultural differences and professional challenges faced by European founders as they scale their business and embrace the global marketplace in Silicon Valley. This event is hosted by the French Consulate at Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto.

Event Panelists
Alfredo Coppola of US MAC, Sunil Maulik of Innovation Denmark and Craig Sherman (Moderator) of Wilson Sonsini
Date: 11 September 2012
Location: Wilson Sonsini law firm at 650 Page Mill Road in Palo Alto
Register here.


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