TEC Pitch March 21 - early stage companies

Mark your calendars and join us on March  21 (Thursday) in Palo Alto for our famous TEC Pitch! 

The event includes a panel of venture capitalists, 10 min pitches from 8 pre-selected companies and extensive networking.

If you interested to present your startup at future Pitch events, please apply at http://www.tecglobal.org/PitchingApp

WHEN : Thursday, March 21,2013, 6:00-9:00pm
WHERE: WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, 94304

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Guy Kawasaki: ‘How to Publish a Book’

By Lesya Pishchevskaya

On January 24, 2012 The Entrepreneur’s Club hosted Guy Kawasaki at the WilmerHale Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Kawasaki shared advice from his new book, “APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur - How to Publish a Book”.  Abundant with useful advice and ingenious remarks, Kawasaki’s speech was acclaimed by the crowd of Silicon Valley professionals.

Kawasaki opened up by sharing his impressive bio and then explained why Google+ was the “Macintosh of social media”. Kawasaki went on to state that many speakers in Silicon Valley weren’t skilled in public speaking and had two “fail flaws“ -  “they sucked as speakers” and “went long.”

Kawasaki presented an example of what a proper speech should encompass, breaking it down into 10 distinct parts.


TEC Pitch - mobile app, cloud services, medical devices

Mark your calendars and join us on February  21 (Thursday) in Palo Alto for our famous TEC Pitch! 

The event includes a panel of venture capitalists, 10 min pitches from 8 pre-selected companies and extensive networking.

If you interested to present your startup at future Pitch events, please apply at http://www.tecglobal.org/PitchingApp

WHEN : Thursday, February 21,2013, 6:00-9:00pm
WHERE: WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, 94304

Agenda :

6:00pm – 6:30pm  - Registration and networking with light food and drinks
6:30pm – 8:30pm – Startup presentations
8:30pm – 9:30pm – Networking 

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TEC World Leaders Series with Guy Kawasaki


Dear Friends:

Mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, January 24th in Palo Alto for an exciting evening with Guy Kawasaki – a bestselling author of 10 books on entrepreneurship, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, a legendary Apple Fellow, and now an Android Fan.

TEC World Leaders Series are exciting and enlightening keynotes or fireside chats with the gurus of the technology world. Among our speakers were: Pitch Johnson with the stories from the Silicon Valley tranches, Steve Blankwith manual for startups, Tim Draper on how to become a venture capitalist, Marten Mickos with his life story and vision on how to build successful businesses, and Charles Giancarlo on how to buy Skype , turn it around and make $5B of profit in less than two years.


  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm     Registration and Reception
  • 7:00pm-8:15pm       Fireside Chat with Guy Kawasaki
  • 8:15pm-9:00pm       Networking

When: January 24, 2012, Thursday
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA

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TEC Event: Software Defined Networks (SDN) and OpenFlow for Fun and Profit(Dec 13,2012, Palo Alto)

On July 23, 2012, VMware bought Nicira for $1.26B validating this revolution in Networking. The folowing week, Oracle acquired Xsigo. Just recently Cisco acquired vCider. Upstarts claim they will commoditize the expensive networking gear sold by the incumbents, with standards like Software Defined Networking (SDN), and OpenFlow (OF).

Google and Facebook already deploy their own scaled-up network hardware and software instead of proprietary offerings of incumbent networking players. Many entrepreneurs are betting on SDN and OpenFlow to change the face of networking, but will they succeed?

TEC invited top industry experts Matt Palmer and Roy Chua (partners at Wiretap Ventures and co-curators at SDN Central) to discuss SDN technology, business and new opportunity for startups.


  • 6:00-6:30 Registration & Networking
  • 6:30-8:00 Keynote
  • 8:00-8:30 Startup pitches

Startup Pitch:

Please submit your application at http://www.tecglobal.org/PitchingApp 

Confirmed Investors (to be updated ):

  • Anna Dvornikova, TEC Ventures
  • Anis Uzzaman, Fenox Venture Capital
  • Brian Wilcove, Sofinnova Ventures
  • Louis Schreier, Deutsche Telekom
  • Ammar Hanafi , Alloys Ventures
  • Asmeet Sidana, Foundation Capital


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TEC Event: The Opportunity of the Cloud

TEC is proud to host a keynote by Tom Mornini, co-founder and CTO (retired ;-) of Engine Yard, the leading cloud platform (PaaS) for Ruby on Rails and PHP.

Having lived in the cloud for seven years, before it was even called "the cloud," Tom would like to share his thoughts on its implications for entrepreneurs. The good news is that massive opportunity awaits. The challenge is that it's not business as usual.

Tom Mornini co-founded Engine Yard, Inc., spent 6 years as CTO and retains a board seat. Engine Yard hosts web applications in the cloud for companies like Audi, MasterCard, MTV, Estee Lauder and Butterball.

Tom became enthralled with accounting at EngineYard, but also saw the pain of reports, spreadsheets and manual data entry that finance and developers had to go through to close the books every month. There had to be a better way...which led him to co-found Boocx, Inc. - the world's first machine scale double-entry accounting engine.

Tom lives in San Francisco with his wife Elizabeth and son John. He is an Audiophile, loves Jamaican Ska music and enjoys the occasional walks on the beach. ;-)

When: November 15, 2012, Thursday
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Complimentary appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served.

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TEC Event : Disruptive Innovation in Education ( Nov 1 2012, Palo Alto)

Dear Friends,

Please join us on November 1th in the Palo Alto JCC for an exciting evening featuring a panel of widely successful and disruptive online/offline education companies. After an in-depth discussion of today’s trends, we will be able to look into the trend of tomorrow by attending  startup pitches judged by top local investors.

Education as we know it, has been around for centuries. Little has changed from the model we have all experienced:  teachers and professors stand in front of students, who are expected to absorb all the subjects in a passive and often boring environment.

And the results are often not great..

Many entrepreneurs realize that this is the next frontier to disrupt and we are hearing about startups such as Coursera, Udemy, the Khan Academy, Udacity.....betting on the fact that students are ready to learn in a different climate and in different ways that suit them and their unique learning styles.

This event is organized in cooperation between TEC – The Entrepreneurs Club, IEFF , GABA, JHTC, BayBrazil, SiliconFrench, SiliconVikings and many of our supporters.

Complimentary appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served.

When: November 1, 2012, Thursday
Time: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303


  • 5:30-6:30 Registration & Networking
  • 6:30-7:30 Panel of successful EdTech companies, investors and experts
  • 7:30-8:30 Startup pitches

Panel speakers:

  • Angelika Blendstrup (moderator)
  • Eren Bali (Udemy, CEO & Co-Founder)
  • Keith Devlin (Executive Director, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University)
  • Michael Staton ( Chief Evangelist at Inigral, Inc. )

Confirmed Investors (to be updated ):

  • Dan Avida, Opus Capital
  • Jim Connor, Sand Hill Angels
  • Louis Schreier, Deutsche Telekom
  • Igor Taber, Intel Capital
  • Oded Hermoni, Rhodium
  • Eddy Lee, Fenox Venture Capital


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TEC Event with Ron Carcamo: "Why do companies lose their edge"

As companies evolve from startup mode to a more established organization with increased revenues and people there is often a critical junction they must navigate that involves critical leadership and organizational competencies. Ron Carcamo brings a unique operating perspective to the question "why do companies lose their edge"  given his role as a Chief Procurement Officer and a Finance professional.  His view point comes from being deeply involved in supporting functional operating plans as well as assisting with business unit strategy execution for major corporations throughout his career.   

When: September 27, 2012, Thursday
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA

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"Why do companies lose their edge and go out of business"


The Entrepreneurs Club (TEC) : Steven Blank New Book Presentation

Steve Blank is one of the rule-breakers of Silicon Valley, a co-founder of 8 startups, a lecturer at Stanford and UC Berkeley, named one of the 10 influencers of Silicon Valley, author of two books -- Four Steps to Epiphany and The Start-up Owner's Manual, and the originator of the "customer development" methodology for getting a technology startup off the ground.

For full presentation video check http://www.tecglobal.org/tec_20120503_video



Halloween TEC-Start:

10-day intensive educational and networking program in Silicon Valley

for start-ups with a clear business idea and global plans

The Entrepreneurs’ Club presents:

  • 10-day intensive program full of events and workshops, where you meet more than 100 experts - successful serial entrepreneurs of the silicon valley, investors, business coaches, lawyers, sales and marketing professionals
  • Polish your pitch with an international communication expert and present it to the investors
  • Find out what California VCs look for when they consider investing in start-ups
  • Visit the Silicon Valley’s largest and/or coolest companies such as Google, Twitter, and Evernote as well as some early stage startups
  • Enjoy huge sequoias, visit Yosemite National Park, and taste California wine along with investors!
  • Get “infected” by the very special entrepreneurial spirit of the Valley, which has created the world's best environment for startups!

Where: in the heart of Silicon Valley. Some of the activities will take place in San Francisco.

When: October 22 -31, 2012

To be considered for program participation, please, fill up your application at:


What They Say About Us

"The wonderful thing about entrepreneurs is that their passion for starting new companies transcends languages and geographic boundaries."

Ron Conway, Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, early stage investor in Google and PayPal

"Networking is very important for start-ups. The challenge for them is often not money: it is mentoring and finding people who can give good advice from experience."

Esther Dyson, Founder, EDventure Holdings

"This conference is clearly a labor of love for a group of dedicated professionals who care deeply about the Eastern European entrepreneurs. From the value-packed educational panels, to the star-studded key note speakers' line up, to an amazing quantity of venture capitalists – this is a not to be missed event for any high tech entrepreneur,"

Richard Guha, President of the Marketing Executives Network and Managing Partner at MaxBrandEquity

"As Stanford MBA students, we were exposed to a lot of VC firms both from the Valley and abroad. It is at Stanford that we met Anna Dvornikova, an absolutely amazing business leader and (by our big luck) our friend, who was the center of the Russian Silicon Valley professional community, and was doing a huge work to connect Russia and the Valley. Anna helped us a lot with kick-starting Wikimart, put us to our first-ever conference, introduced us to most of Russian VCs. And all that happened in a very short time span! It was the beginning of a six-month journey that despite the particularly tough times resulted in an extraordinarily group of investors backing our start-up."

Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakayev,
co-CEOs, Wikimart