May
3
4:00 pm16:00

Tech Launch Arizona Showcase at TechCode

Join Tech Launch Arizona and TechCode for a showcase event on Wednesday, May 3rd at the TechCode event space in Mountain View, CA.

Register on our Eventbrite page here: http://bit.ly/2p42aDH

Agenda

4:00-4:30 – Registration and mingling

4:30-4:45 – Welcome and Introduction to TechCode by Ted Kraus, Investment Director at TechCode

4:45-5:00 – Introduction to TLA by David Allen, Vice President of Tech Launch Arizona

5:00-6:15 – Pitches from four showcase teams, followed by a five-minute Q&A

6:15-6:30 – Two five-minute presentations by TLA staff about projects in the middle of the TLA process

6:30-7:30 – Wrap up and mixer

Teams presenting:

  • Reglagene: Reglagene is focused on cancer therapeutics and the commercialization of the DNA Quadruplex discoveries from the labs of Laurence Hurley.
  • BDIAB: Platform to analyze healthcare data (Big Data in a Box).
  • Lum.ai: Lum.AI is developing a natural language processing software, with an initial focus on the search of biomedical research journals regarding cancer.
  • Avery Therapeutics: Avery Therapeutics is a pre-clinical company dedicated to advancing cell-based tissue engineered therapeutics to treat heart failure.

Five-minute presentations:

  • Regulonix: Regulonix is developing small molecule inhibitors for chronic pain reduction. These molecules regulate voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.7 via a unique pathway.
  • Hulme: Small molecule inhibitors of DYRK1A for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative and cognitive diseases.
May
16
6:30 pm18:30

Panel on AI and Neurotech for Brain Health hosted by Columbia Alumni

DESCRIPTION

Join Columbia Alumni for a panel featured at SXSW focused on advances in machine learning, AI, and VR/AR that are revolutionizing mental health. The panel of experts including: Mimi Winsberg, MD; Walter Greenleaf, PhD and Arshya Vahabzadeh will explore how neuro-technologies can affect traditional medical settings, the ethics of the field and the future of the industry.

Panelist Bios

Mimi Winsberg, MD is a Harvard and Stanford-trained psychiatrist with over twenty years of clinical experience. She is currently the Psychiatry Lead at Ginger.io. Prior to that she served as medical director for Lyra Health. She completed a research fellowship at Stanford in brain imaging and mood disorders. Her combined experience in clinical practice, research, and digital health provide a unique perspective to inform evidence and measurement based digital therapeutics that impact behavior, and optimize mental health care delivery as well as clinical outcomes. Mimi is also a world ranked triathlete and writes about sports psychology and performance.

Walter Greenleaf, PhD is a research neuroscientist and medical product developer working at Stanford University. Walter is known internationally as an early pioneer in digital medicine and virtual environment technology, and is one of the leading authorities on medical applications of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Technology. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s MediaX Program, and the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab. In addition to his research at Stanford, Walter is and co-founder of Virtual Ventures, Chief Science Officer at Pear Therapeutics and Cognitive Leap, and Director of Technology Strategy for the University of Colorado National Behavioral Health Innovation Center.

Dr. Vahabzadeh is the Chief Medical Officer at Brain Power, a neuroscience-based company focused on the development of augmented reality and data-driven technologies for autism and behavioral health. He is also faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vahabzadeh has trained in psychiatry, child psychiatry, and family medicine. He is an expert on the application of wearable, immersive, and digital therapeutics for brain disorders. He has over 20 national and international awards in medical research, leadership, and innovation, and was the youngest Council Chairman at the American Psychiatric Association. He is a 40 under 40 healthcare innovator, and has been described as one of the future leaders in psychiatry. Dr. Vahabzadeh has numerous publications in authoritative texts, and has been quoted or written for many media outlets including CNN, USAToday, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, and Nature. He is also the Innovation Officer at the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy, the largest educational and consulting service for mental health in nation. He is a senior mentor for Neurolaunch, the world's first neuroscience startup accelerator.

Jun
1
6:00 pm18:00

Lessons Learned in the Early Days of Facebook

Organizer: Bruce  Schechter from The Schechter Company

Speaker Name: Mike Hoefflinger

Mike Hoefflinger, author of the book “Becoming Facebook,” has 25 years’experience in Silicon Valley. After working directly for Andy Grove at Intel, as general manager of the Intel Inside program, he moved to Facebook in 2009 to serve as Lead, Global Business Marketing. During his seven years with the social network, he helped grow their advertising business dramatically. He is now an entrepreneur-in- residence at XSeed Capital.

Jun
20
10:00 am10:00

The Speak to Sell Series for Startups, Small Business Owners and Sales Professionals

Registration information is available here.

Learn the secrets to gaining more exposure, selling more products and services to a greater audience in 90 days or less….

A one-day intensive program designed to teach sales professionals the tricks to increasing their sales exponentially and in less time and effort.

Each session cover the following topics and tailored for each audience.

*B2B Appointment setting-Learn the secrets for setting more appointments with prospects without all the rejection.

*Influential Networking-If you’ve ever attended a networking event only to find that all you’ve done is collect business cards, then you’ll want to learn the secrets of Influential Networking. Learn how I build a business by asking 2 simple questions.

*Speak to sell- Whether you’ve considered speaking as a career to sell more products or just want a better way to get in front of more prospects with better results, this workshop is for you.

*Publicity 101- Every business owner or sales professional builds a business based on great PR and name recognition. If no one knows who you are then how can you expect anyone to buy from you? Learn how to get booked on Internet radio shows, and other media outlets and how to turn exposure into revenue.

*Publishing-If you’ve ever thought of publishing a book to bring in more sales, then this segment is for you.

*Sales Strategies- This segment covers everything you need to know about closing more sales faster and with less effort than ever before.

Dates: Each workshop will focus on the needs of a specific industry, however, all are welcome to attend an event that fits your needs and agenda.

February 28th - Insurance, Real Estate, Mortgage Brokers and Financial professionals

April 18th - Small Business (including janitorial, graphic designers etc.) and Start-Ups

June 20th - Speakers (Beginning- advanced)

September 12th - Women Business Owners

Want to exhibit your product/service at the event? No worries. You can lease a table for the day for just $250 per day/person.

Sep
12
10:00 am10:00

The Speak to Sell Series for Startups, Small Business Owners and Sales Professionals

Registration information is available here.

Learn the secrets to gaining more exposure, selling more products and services to a greater audience in 90 days or less….

A one-day intensive program designed to teach sales professionals the tricks to increasing their sales exponentially and in less time and effort.

Each session cover the following topics and tailored for each audience.

*B2B Appointment setting-Learn the secrets for setting more appointments with prospects without all the rejection.

*Influential Networking-If you’ve ever attended a networking event only to find that all you’ve done is collect business cards, then you’ll want to learn the secrets of Influential Networking. Learn how I build a business by asking 2 simple questions.

*Speak to sell- Whether you’ve considered speaking as a career to sell more products or just want a better way to get in front of more prospects with better results, this workshop is for you.

*Publicity 101- Every business owner or sales professional builds a business based on great PR and name recognition. If no one knows who you are then how can you expect anyone to buy from you? Learn how to get booked on Internet radio shows, and other media outlets and how to turn exposure into revenue.

*Publishing-If you’ve ever thought of publishing a book to bring in more sales, then this segment is for you.

*Sales Strategies- This segment covers everything you need to know about closing more sales faster and with less effort than ever before.

Dates: Each workshop will focus on the needs of a specific industry, however, all are welcome to attend an event that fits your needs and agenda.

February 28th - Insurance, Real Estate, Mortgage Brokers and Financial professionals

April 18th - Small Business (including janitorial, graphic designers etc.) and Start-Ups

June 20th - Speakers (Beginning- advanced)

September 12th - Women Business Owners

Want to exhibit your product/service at the event? No worries. You can lease a table for the day for just $250 per day/person.


Apr
27
6:00 pm18:00

Future of the Drone Industry - SIPA

Registration information here.

Drones have been the mainstay of the defense industry for quite a few years now. Drone technology has rapidly evolved and so have the use cases, especially in the commercial arena. This is an exciting time for the drone industry as it opens a whole new set of opportunities and applications such as logistics, monitoring and recreation.

We have invited two drone experts who will give a talk on this exciting area.

1. State of the Drone Industry by Michael Fertik

  • Current state of the industry

  • Use cases and Applications of Drones

  • State of Drone Technology

  • Current Regulations

  • Where are the Investments

  • Opportunities for entrepreneurs, startups especially in adjacent fields like machine learning, analytics

2. Building your own Drone by Charles Linquist

  • Why do you want to build a drone?

  • Legal - FAA rules

  • Safety

  • Selection of components - motors, propellers, airframes, batteries, flight controllers, ESCs, radios, FPV, wiring.

  • "Back of the napkin" calculations

  • Using available software tools - eCalc

  • Ground-based tools - laptops,video systems, Mission Planner, FatShark goggles.

  • Tools needed.

  • Resources - sources of supply and information.

About Speakers:

Michael Fertik

A seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur. CEO and founder of a stealth mode startup. Formerly CEO and founder of Reputation.com

Charles Linquist

An engineer with over 30 years of experience. Currently CTO of DAWN VME Products, a military sub-contractor. Previously Director of Engineering at several telecom companies. Has built over 20 custom multirotor aircraft, starting in 2011. Currently fly 4 units, all capable of totally autonomous flight. Has flown multirotors to a height of 2 miles and for a distance of 12 miles (outside the USA). BSEE. Iowa State University

Apr
25
6:30 pm18:30

VCChat: AI & Big Data with Lux Capital & Array Ventures

Register here: https://pitchperfectsv.ticketleap.com/vcchat-ai-big-data-lux-capital-array-ventures/details

Join us for VCChat on Future of AI & Big Data with investors Shahin Farschi, Partner Lux Capital & Shruti Gandhi, Partner Array Ventures

GLOBAL DEMO NITE @TechCode: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT DOMAIN SPECIFIC BUT COVERS ALL DOMAINS. All demo startups will have a table to promote their startup & have an opportunity to give a 3minute pitch to the attendees after VC Chat between 8pm & 8:30pm. You will also have a video of your pitch uploaded to youtube. 

Shruti Ghandi is a Managing Partner at Array Ventures. Shruti brings a strong mix of operating and investing experience. Previously, Shruti was an early stage venture capital investor at True Ventures, Samsung Electronics, Lightbank, HighBAR Partners, and the i2A Fund. Shruti started working with Machine Learning algorithms while working on her master's thesis in computer science from Columbia University on understanding user behavior on instant messaging platforms. While at IBM she worked on self learning algorithms that detected user location based on IP addresses, which she later incorporated into the Lotus Sametime product. Later, her company Penseev helped users make better connections with their friends based on social data. When not investing, she is hacking on some app or thinking about ways she can be in many places at one time. Shruti also has an MBA from the University of Chicago, where she polished her finance skills before making the switch from engineer/founder to investor. 

Muzzammil Zaveri (MZ) Partner KPCB & joined in 2015 and focuses on consumer and enterprise investments in the firm’s digital practice.  He joined KPCB from Tencent, where he was part of the investment team in Palo Alto, CA focusing primarily on early-stage consumer Internet and core-tech investments. At Tencent he worked on investments in companies such as Scaled Inference, Vurb, CloudMedX, Tile, Satellogic, and Weebly to name a few. Prior to Tencent, Muzzammil co-founded Proxino, a Y Combinator (S11) backed startup in the JavaScript error detection space. He has spent time helping entrepreneurs build and develop their mobile products.  Muzzammil spent nearly a decade of his early childhood traversing the globe before settling in the Washington, DC area. He received a B.A. degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.

MODERATOR: Dave Rosenberg joined GE Ventures in the fall of 2016. Dave brings more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor. Prior to joining GE Ventures, Dave was head of technology investment strategy for the Invention Development Fund at Intellectual Ventures where he led the global technology and invention teams. In that role he incubated and spun-out five companies in two years while simultaneously developing a broad intellectual property portfolio. Previously, Dave was CEO and co-founder of Nodeable (acquired by Appcelerator), and MuleSoft (NASDAQ: MULE), an open source and cloud middleware provider. He’s held technical and marketing roles at the Linux Foundation, Glass Lewis &Co, Sprint, OmniSky, NorthPoint Communications, Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

6:30pm to 7:00pm Networking

7:00pm to 8:00pm VC Chat

8:00pm to 8:30pm Demo Pitches

8:30pm to 9:00pm Networking

 

Apr
24
5:00 pm17:00

TechCode Monday Night Ping Pong Tournament!

Don't spend time in traffic on Monday nights. TechCode is opening our event room for ping pong. Free event, come and meet potential co-founders, new buddies and others in the startup and ping-pong world!

View the sign-up page here!

Apr
17
5:00 pm17:00

TechCode Monday Night Ping Pong Tournament!

Don't spend time in traffic on Monday nights. TechCode is opening our event room for ping pong. Free event, come and meet potential co-founders, new buddies and others in the startup and ping-pong world!

View the sign-up page here!

Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

VLAB Monthly Pitch & Plan Meeting

Grab a slice of pizza and share your ideas for new upcoming VLAB events. Hear about the events currently being planned, pitch new ideas, and learn more about the VLAB community. VLAB provides an excellent opportunity to be on the leading-edge of new innovations and technologies long before they ever hit the mainstream market.

We interactively discuss and plan for upcoming events and brainstorm about the types of new cutting-edge technologies, trends, and emerging companies on the horizon.

Open to anyone with the passion for emerging business & technology. We would love to see you.

RSVP here.

Apr
4
5:30 pm17:30

Robotics, AI, and Machine Learning: Tech Trends and Investing

Registration information available here.

AI, the science of making intelligent machines, is now a popular area for investing and technical development. We explore new trends for machine-learning technologies and big data. Understand the challenges in designing computers to understand and interpret natural language in the same way as human brain power.

SPEAKERS:

Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

Fire Side Chat with Angel Investor Suzanna Lam

Registration information: here

Winners will find a way to Win! 
Learn from our Speaker, a Vietnamese refugee, that came to the USA with zero and has made her way to the top 10% earners in America!
Suzanna says, "If I can make it - with a great plan and dedicated work ethic, you can too!"

How to make it in the world of Fin-tech and bringing Ideas for alternative methods of funding your startup!

AGENDA:

6:00 PM Food and drinks
6:30 PM Fireside chat + Q&A
7:30 PM Networking
8:00 PM Close

SPONSORS:

APLAZ Group, Inc., the De-facto human resources department to startups and small business. "We actually do the work of employment!" Clients rave that APLAZ actually does the work - from finding the employee, on-boarding, administrative boondoggles, complying with all Government agencies. (From pre-hire to termination) Aplaz does it all.

TechCode: A leading global entrepreneurship ecosystem that provides Incubation, Acceleration, Venture Funding, and Strategic Consulting to companies all over the world!

INNOCHAMP Advisors: Understanding tax strategies and managing your taxes taking advantage of the numerous IRS vehicles available in order to maximize potential income. Our services do not end when tax season ends. We are available to help you with any of your financial concerns year round.

Ygrene Energy Fund.,
No Money Down. 100% Financing. Property owners, Commercial, Mixed Use, Home Improvement Financing For Energy Efficiency Upgrades! Improve the comfort, health and safety, of your property and you may save big on your monthly energy bills and boost the value of your most important investment, your property. 

Startups Showcase Group: 
We bring Startups from all over the world that have a promising product or service together with available funding sources: Pre-seed all the way to C+ rounds

Mar
29
6:30 pm18:30

Building ChatBots using Existing Platforms with NodeJS

This is an introduction to building a chatbot using Facebook's messenger platform and adding an AI platform such as WIT.AI or API.AI and integrating it with NodeJS at the backend along with a demo Chatbot App.

Speaker: Ashish Kumar

Ashish is an entrepreneur, consultant and trainer. Here is his profile http://codementor.io/ashish1dev 

6:30–7 pm Meet and greet

7- 8pm Presentation and Q&A

8-8:30pm Social and catch up

https://www.evensi.us/building-chatbots-using-existing-platforms-with-nodejs/202955519

 

Mar
22
6:00 pm18:00

When Every Device Can See-AI & Embedded Vision in Products - Jeff Bier

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-every-device-can-see-ai-embedded-vision-in-products-jeff-bier-tickets-32144095856

HOST: Silicon Catalyst

AGENDA

6:00-6:30 pm: Meet and Greet

6:30-7:30 pm: Presentation from Jeff Bier

7:30-8:00pm: Q&A

ABSTRACT

In nature, intelligence and vision are tightly linked: virtually every species we consider to be intelligent has been equipped by evolution with vision. Similarly, to truly be intelligent, our devices and applications need visual perception. Most systems today lack vision because computer vision technology has been too expensive, too power-hungry, too complex – and too unreliable. But this is now changing with breathtaking speed. Accelerating advances in processors, algorithms, sensors, and development tools and techniques are increasingly making it both attractive and practical to equip all kinds of systems with vision, including high-volume, battery-powered devices. Artificial neural networks play a critical part of this transformation.

In this presentation, Jeff will share his unique perspective – informed both by product development projects and by interactions with many industry players – on the most important technology trends enabling the widespread use of embedded vision in products, with particular emphasis on deep learning. Jeff will also highlight examples of innovative products that illustrate the potential for vision to fundamentally change the capabilities of devices and to enable new business models.

SPEAKER BIO

Jeff Bier is the Founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance, a partnership of 60+ technology companies that works to enable the widespread use of practical computer vision. He is also the General Chairman of the Embedded Vision Summit (May 1-3, 2017 in Santa Clara, California) — the only conference devoted to enabling product creators to build better products using computer vision. Jeff is also president of BDTI. Jeff is a frequent keynote and invited speaker at industry conferences, and writes the popular monthly column “Impulse Response”.

Mar
20
7:00 pm19:00

The State of Deep Learning on Mobile

https://www.meetup.com/sviphone/events/234006876/

Speaker: Nand Dalal

It’s 2017, and computers can see. Still, it can be challenging to integrate deep learning into our apps. I’ll go over the best approaches, including Tensorflow, and show how the new Clarifai SDK makes it easy to train models in real-time on a device and share them among users.

Nand is a research engineer at Clarifai, where he works on building out machine learning capabilities and bringing them to new platforms, like mobile. Prior to Clarifai, he was an undergrad at the University of Michigan working with Professor Honglak Lee.

Mar
15
6:30 pm18:30

Bi-Weekly Deep Learning Discussion

This is bi-weekly deep learning study session. We come together to read the latest papers on deep learning and review their applications. 

The papers will be announced 1 week before the meetup. 

See you at our meetup.

6:30–7 pm Meet and greet

7-8 pm Presentation and discussion

8-8:30pm Social and catch up

https://www.meetup.com/svaibd/events/237107989/

Mar
8
12:15 pm12:15

Monthly Mixer: Find your cofounder

Register here.

Looking for a cofounder for your startup? 

Do you want to start a new business? Do you have new ideas or try to get inspired? Are you in the process of building up business connections or finding your partners?

Our event is open to everybody: entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, executives, startup founders and business owners, please join us if you want to get help with business basics, participate in networking activities and choose cofounders, find marketing resources and strategic partners, seek investors and raise venture capital, get access to advisory boards and mentors, as well as improve entrepreneurship skills in various training programs.

For efficiency, no lunch will be provided. 

You will hear from every cofounder or techie in the room: 1) Who they are, 2) What they are working on, and 3) What they are looking for in people or resources. Plenty of time to network before and after and over the quick lunch break.

Mar
4
2:00 pm14:00

Global Macro Trends and Technology Investment Outlook in 2017 and Beyond

DESCRIPTION

First Joint Event of The Chinese Finance Association (TCFA) CA (https://www.tcfaglobal.org/) and Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce USA (ZCC USA) (http://www.zcc-usa.com/) will take place on Saturday March 4th at Techcode Accelerator in Mountain View.

Time: March 4th, 2pm – 4:30pm (We start sharp on 2pm, so please arrive 10-15 minutes early for networking purpose as desired)

Location: Techcode, 1172 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040

Mission

The event is to promote professional development, career development and exchange of ideas and opportunities among members and future members of both organizations.

Agenda:

Opening Remarks:

ZCC-USA’s Exec President Dr. Guoliang Yu, TCFA CA co-chair Dr. Yuying Gao, and Techcode’s Dr. Michael Zhong will share brief messages.

Speaker Sessions:

The organizations of The Chinese Finance Association’s California Chapter and ZCC-USA will feature distinguished speakers of

1. Prof. Sarah Ding of Univ. of San Francisco – Global Currency Trends

2. Mr. Kevin Lin of Blackrock – Robo-advisor, where will it go from here?

3. Panel Discussion: Silicon Valley Technology Investment: Perspectives and Outlook on 2017

Moderator: Cindy Wang, founding partner of PhaenomenaWest Capital

a. Dr. Michael Zhong, Deputy GM of TechcodeAccelerator
b. Mr. Rodney Chiu, Vice-President, Foxlink Group
c. Mr. Liu, Yang - 恒生电子联合创始人柳阳
d. Mr. Fang, Xian - 西牛资本管理合伙人方贤

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Xiaoya (Sara) Ding is an assistant professor of finance in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. She received her PhD in finance from Queen's University in Canada. Her research interests are primarily in international finance, empirical corporate finance, and empirical asset pricing. Her work has been published in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, and Journal of Portfolio Management and presented at numerous finance conferences and seminars in North America, Europe, and Asia. She is the recipient of best-paper awards at the Asian Finance Association Conference and China Goes Global Conference. Dr. Ding primarily teaches foreign currency risk management and financial decision making in multinational firms.

 

Mr. Kevin Lin was an investment researcher and model manager at BlackRock's Model Portfolio Solution teamfrom 2013 to 2016. His team's mission was to deliver systematic asset allocation expertise to retail market through financial advisors. Before 2013, Kevin was a fixed income investment strategist at BlackRock's fundamental fixed income team, delivering fixed income market and product commentary to key clients. From 2007 to 2011, Kevin worked for BlackRock institutional investment and risk management system. Kevin obtained his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington and UCLA, his MS in Finance from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Mr. Rodney Chiu is responsible for developing company’s long-term growth strategies and heading enterprise investment in US, as well as investigating IoT, AI, wearable, robotics, big data, and mobile technologies. He holds 6 patents in Applied Materials and publication in surveillance vehicle research for US Navy. With strong technical background and over 10 years of experience in manufacturing & operations, Rodney has helped companies like Apple, Google, Square, Tesla, & Amazon to bring concept designs into mass productions at Foxlink, one of the largest OEM/ODM in the world. Previously, Rodney worked at Apple where he managed strategic supply chain and Macs production. Mr. Chiu also serves on the board of directors in multiple companies. Mr. Chiu graduated with full scholarship from MIT with a MS in Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering.

Feb
28
10:00 am10:00

The Speak to Sell Series for Startups, Small Business Owners and Sales Professionals

Registration information is available here.

Learn the secrets to gaining more exposure, selling more products and services to a greater audience in 90 days or less….

A one-day intensive program designed to teach sales professionals the tricks to increasing their sales exponentially and in less time and effort.

Each session cover the following topics and tailored for each audience.

*B2B Appointment setting-Learn the secrets for setting more appointments with prospects without all the rejection.

*Influential Networking-If you’ve ever attended a networking event only to find that all you’ve done is collect business cards, then you’ll want to learn the secrets of Influential Networking. Learn how I build a business by asking 2 simple questions.

*Speak to sell- Whether you’ve considered speaking as a career to sell more products or just want a better way to get in front of more prospects with better results, this workshop is for you.

*Publicity 101- Every business owner or sales professional builds a business based on great PR and name recognition. If no one knows who you are then how can you expect anyone to buy from you? Learn how to get booked on Internet radio shows, and other media outlets and how to turn exposure into revenue.

*Publishing-If you’ve ever thought of publishing a book to bring in more sales, then this segment is for you.

*Sales Strategies- This segment covers everything you need to know about closing more sales faster and with less effort than ever before.

Dates: Each workshop will focus on the needs of a specific industry, however, all are welcome to attend an event that fits your needs and agenda.

February 28th - Insurance, Real Estate, Mortgage Brokers and Financial professionals

April 18th - Small Business (including janitorial, graphic designers etc.) and Start-Ups

June 20th - Speakers (Beginning- advanced)

September 12th - Women Business Owners

Want to exhibit your product/service at the event? No worries. You can lease a table for the day for just $250 per day/person.

Feb
15
Feb 16

The Silicon Valley Real World Startup & Small Business Success Summit

Everything you need to know to grow your business

Sponsored by Techcode and Small Business Forum Radio

Assisting startups at every step

Today’s entrepreneur has many challenges to contend with in addition to securing investors. If you’re the owner of a small business or a start-up, you’re at a disadvantage when it comes to securing capital, brand recognition, media exposure and sales because the market is saturated with good ideas and competition. As the owner of a small business or a start-up, you need several things to stay (and grow) your business including….

  1. Capital
  2. A solid business plan
  3. Sales consistency
  4. Resources and information to help support your work
  5. Connections to people that can help take your business to the next level
  6. A clear business strategy that will not only help grow your business but also help you weather the rough times
  7. A solid marketing and sales strategy
  8. Team support to help you run your business efficiently
  9. Products and services that customers can say yes to.

Join the team of Techcode us.techcode.com along with radio personality, business development strategist and best- selling author, Tony Wilkins of Small Business Forum Radio www.blogtalkradio.com/tonywilkins as he and some of the top business gurus in the world, share their best tips for growing your business in this 2 day event on Feb 15th and Feb 16th.

Agenda and registration information here: http://bit.ly/2dPwhFO 

Feb
8
6:30 pm18:30

Intelligent Chatbot for WeChat

https://www.meetup.com/svaibd/events/237146024/

Talk Abstract:

As one of the biggest social network in the world, WeChat is innovating the way how people acquire the needed information, knowledge and services. In this talk, we will present the chatbot development effort made by WeChat AI team. Both conversational and service oriented bots are covered. We will share our vision, our technology, and some good lessons being learned during building the real-world chatbot products. Especially, we’ll demonstrate how deep learning technologies are managed to overcome some hard natural language understanding problems, e.g. how the fasttext algorithm is tuned to improve the short question understanding, how to better make use of dialog context by using a recurrent neural network, how to diversify the dialog response within the encoder-decoder framework, etc. At the end, we would like to express our enthusiasm to look for experts in AI fields, including but not limited to natural language processing, speech recognition, machine learning, image and video processing, etc., to join our team.

Speaker: Cheng Niu, Principal NLP Engineer, WeChat Team, Tencent. 

Bio:  Cheng Niu has 16 years of experience in natural language processing and machine learning. He has worked in Microsoft Research Asia and BING. Now he works on chatbot development in the WeChat AI team.

6:30-7pm Check in 

7-8pm Talk by Cheng Niu and Q&A

8-8:3pm Networking

Feb
8
12:15 pm12:15

Monthly Mixer: Find Your Cofounder

Register here.

Looking for a cofounder for your startup? 

Do you want to start a new business? Do you have new ideas or try to get inspired? Are you in the process of building up business connections or finding your partners?

Our event is open to everybody: entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, executives, startup founders and business owners, please join us if you want to get help with business basics, participate in networking activities and choose cofounders, find marketing resources and strategic partners, seek investors and raise venture capital, get access to advisory boards and mentors, as well as improve entrepreneurship skills in various training programs.

For efficiency, no lunch will be provided. 

You will hear from every cofounder or techie in the room: 1) Who they are, 2) What they are working on, and 3) What they are looking for in people or resources. Plenty of time to network before and after and over the quick lunch break.

Feb
7
12:00 pm12:00

Preparing Your Hardware Startup to Get Funded

Join us for a dynamic and interactive discussion about getting your hardware startup ready to get funded. Our panel will explore the latest trends in hardware and funding for 2017. Most entrepreneurs think about creating great products and technologies for which they have a passion. However, to make a sizable investment, professional investors will consider the team, market opportunity, and then the product, as key factors when evaluating startup. We will share tips and have an interactive discussion that can help you position your hardware startup ready for Seed, Angel and VC funding. 

Speakers:
Panel:TechStars (TBD)
Ann Crady-Weiss (Hatch Baby / True Ventures)
Keating Consulting (Finance)

Feb
2
6:30 pm18:30

The Role of Robotics in Modern STEM and STEAM Education

Event Description – Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion around the role of robotics in modern STEM and STEAM education for kids.   We will feature a panel discussion with thought leaders and experts in both robotics and education.

· How early should kids be exposed to robotics?

· What is the role of robotics in STEM and STEAM education?

· Will robotics programming be as commonplace as typing today?

We will also feature a live demonstration from Roboterra, a cutting edge tech-ed startup who builds modular robotic kits with programming platform.  Adults and Educators can have fun playing and building robots during the event networking reception.  

Feb
1
6:30 pm18:30

Deep Reinforcement Learning

https://www.meetup.com/svaibd/events/236899967/

We will review the basic concepts of deep reinforcement learning.  

This discussion will be led by Junling Hu.

Recommended reading: 

1) Andrej Karpathy, Deep Reinforcement Learning: Pong from Pixels, Andrej Karpathy blog, May 31, 2016

2) Sergey Levine, John Schulman, Chelsea Finn, UC Berkeley CS 294: Deep Reinforcement Learning, Course materials, Spring 2017

See you at our meetup.

6:30–7 pm Meet and greet

7-8:30 pm Main topic discussion, based on recommended reading 

Jan
31
12:30 pm12:30

Cybersecurity in the Age of Escalating Cyber Crime

Register for the FREE lunch event here.

You’ve all seen the shocking news. Millions of personal records stolen from the US government, healthcare, department stores, Yahoo, and many more. It’s a $1 billion business and growing -- to steal your data and money.

Join us for a free lunch event at TechCode to learn how hackers operate; the types of attacks, and best practices for you AND your organization to adopt in order to lower your risk of being exploited.

Presenter: Jon Simms
Jon Simms, President of TeamLogic IT of Mountain View has built a successful technology business and held leadership positions at Sun and Oracle.

Jan
26
6:00 pm18:00

Chatbots and Use Cases

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chatbots-and-use-cases-tickets-31086530650?

Please join us for the concluding session of the three-part series on BOTs.

In this session, we have invited three companies to talk about Chatbots. These companies will provide a presentation on their view of Chatbots, the technologies, customer use cases and where the industry will go.

Agenda:

6.00 - 6:30 PM: Registration and Networking

6:30 - 8:30 PM: Presentations

Presenters:

1. Botmetrics (Sandeep Chivukula) - Data-driven analytics and engagement products for messaging

2. Kyber (Paolo) - Project management app on Slack based on BOTS

3. Pullstring (Bhavik Joshi) - Computer conversations in text, voice, and video

Jan
25
6:00 pm18:00

Launch a new product @SVE Demo Night

Join the SVE entrepreneur community for our monthly Demo night! Network with founders, investors, and Silicon Valley professionals in our community. 

Want to Demo your products at our next event? 
Interested founders apply here. 

Looking to build your start-up team? If so, please give us brief information on the skills you are looking for by using the form below, and we will add this to our list of announcements during our "Open Mic time": 
Team Building Form

PANELISTS: 
Steven J. Frisch
Managing Partner at CentralSpark, Serial Entrepreneur, Executive Coach & EIR.

Ron Gentile
Partner at CentralSpark, Strategic Advisor & EIR

Bill Eichen
Founder of Software Incubators, Cloud based B2B and B2C mobile, enterprise.

Event Schedule & Format · 5.30 p.m. Networking
· 6.15 p.m. Opening Remarks and introductions
· 6.30 p.m. Demo(s) begin
· 7.45 p.m. Open Mic/Investor Panel review
· 8.00 p.m. Input from Investor panel, Q&A with panelists
· 8.15 p.m. Networking
. 9.00 p.m. Closing

Jan
22
1:00 pm13:00

Artificial Intelligence Seminar

Presented by USTC - Silicon Valley Alumni Association

Topic: Artificial Intelligence Seminar

1. Machine Learning for Medical image Analysis

2. Prospects for Investment in Artificial Intelligence

3. Artificial intelligence in Fog and Dust Computing

Speakers:

1. Qin Wenjian, Stanford University - University of Chinese Academy of Sciences co-training doctoral degree, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology Engineer, served as the Guangzhou Institute of Advanced Technology Institute of Science and Technology Deputy Director, Lenovo Research Institute practice researcher, National Standards Technical Committee. Participated in the creation of two medical device technology companies, presided over and participated in more than 10 scientific research projects, the cumulative funding of more than 2000 million, scientific research has repeatedly won the Entrepreneurship Competition awards.

2. Wang Chuan, Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994, received a master's degree in computer science, and has worked in Silicon Valley since. Experience across software design, real estate investment and financing, quantitative transactions. Currently focused on high-tech research on the secondary market investment. Over the past two years through its WeChat public number investguru published more than 100 original articles.

3. Ding Xianfeng, perception and cognitive expert. Huawei Sensor Laboratory Director and Chief Scientist, responsible for Huawei sensor import validation, context-aware algorithm development, software development and integration. Prior to working in Silicon Valley was in the sensor algorithm and artificial intelligence system development for 15 years, any STMicroelectronics Director of Engineering, Director Sensor Engineering Manager, the United States Semiconductor Engineering Director, Intel director, Chief Sensor System Architect.

Jan
18
6:30 pm18:30

Reinforcement Learning

https://www.meetup.com/svaibd/events/236899602/

We will review the basic concepts of reinforcement learning, its applications and how it is connected to the recent success of AlphaGo.  

This discussion will be led by Junling Hu.

Recommended reading (Please read before you come to the meetup): 

1) Junling Hu, Reinforcement Learning Explained, O'Reilly Media Data Science Blog, December 8, 2016

2) Richard Sutton and Andrew Barto, Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction (2nd edition), Book draft, September 2016   

6:30–7 pm Meet and greet

7-8:30 pm Main topic discussion, based on recommended reading 

Jan
12
11:00 am11:00

TechCode AI+ Demo Day at the AI Frontiers Conference

Register here for the TechCode AI+ Demo Day at AI Frontiers Conference.

After more than two months of acceleration, select startups from TechCode AI+ Global Accelerator will present the exciting products and technologies they are developing at the TechCode AI+ Demo Day.

The TechCode AI+ Demo Day is a featured session on the second day of the AI Frontiers Conference. AI Frontiers Conference is a top tier summit in Silicon Valley which includes distinguished speakers from AI giants such as Google, Tesla, Baidu, Microsoft, Amazon, etc., as well as many excellent startups in AI industry.

Demo Format: 5min Demo + 5min Q&A with the VC Panel

Startup Lineup:
Collective Intelligence Technologies
Cocoon Cam, cocooncam.com
Slick, slick.video
Rever, reverscore.com
Titanium Falcon, titaniumfalcon.com
SmartyPans, smartypans.io
Yono, yonolabs.com
Eggcyte, eggcyte.com
VidiVR, vidivr.world
Avolved, avolved.com
Angilytics, angilytics.com
Activescaler, activescaler.com

Jan
11
12:15 pm12:15

Monthly Mixer: Find your cofounder

Looking for a cofounder for your startup? 

Do you want to start a new business? Do you have new ideas or try to get inspired? Are you in the process of building up business connections or finding your partners?

Our event is open to everybody: entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, executives, startup founders and business owners, please join us if you want to get help with business basics, participate in networking activities and choose cofounders, find marketing resources and strategic partners, seek investors and raise venture capital, get access to advisory boards and mentors, as well as improve entrepreneurship skills in various training programs.

For efficiency, no lunch will be provided. 

You will hear from every cofounder or techie in the room: 1) Who they are, 2) What they are working on, and 3) What they are looking for in people or resources. Plenty of time to network before and after and over the quick lunch break.

Dec
15
3:00 pm15:00

BeCuZ Event

Join some 400 Entrepreneurs, Founders, Startups, Young Adults, Students, Creatives, and Everyone else on December 15-16, 2016 at TechCode Accelerator in Mt.View and the Gala Event and Banquet Hall in Fremont as we bring together a brilliant group of diverse creators, dream chasers, and game changers to create the hub for SOCIAL INNOVATION.

Allen Saakyan, Co-Founder, Eureka Show and 2030 Podcast, will be facilitating both days. Some of our Speakers include the following:
Minoo Gupta, Sr. Director of Engineering, Citrix
President, Board of Directors
Shawn Flynn, Business Development Manager, Tech Code
Daniel Engle, Senior Director of Development & Corporate Finance, Carlton Senior Living
Sweta Patel, Founder, Global Marketing Tactics
Sergio Smirnoff, Art & Creative Director
Ron Galatolo, SMCCCD Chancellor
Farida Nyirabagwiza, The American Dream
Henni Z Dancer, A Dancer Scientist
Lots of Excitement And More!

( Special thanks to Everyone who came together as volunteer speakers and co-creators of this event. All participating groups and individuals are giving their talent and time to build up this cause of bridging gaps between us. The proceeds from this event will be sent to aid the Water Protectors of the Oceti Sakowin Camp.)

~TICKET INFORMATION TO FOLLOW