Events ( annual events that take place during the year)

DFJ Thought Leader Series - Featuring talks from leaders in technology, business, finance, education and philanthropy, the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series continues to educate and inspire.

Game Developers Conference (GDC) – The world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event attracting 22,500 attendees. (March) (@Official_GDC)

TechCrunch DISRUPT – is a three-day, single-track conference and startup competition addressing what’s changing in technology right now, what’s causing it and what is needs to be done about it to survive and thrive in real time.

GTS – The Global Technology Symposium at Stanford.

Launch: A conference similar to DEMO in that it is a launchpad for new ventures or ventures introducing new products.

TieCON – The worlds largest expo for entrepreneurs.

SF Newtech –  SF New Tech is the Bay Area’s largest, longest-running, and most-loved monthly technology event and networking mixer for people who can’t get enough of technology.

Clean Tech Open – As much of a competition as a conference, this annual event funds and supports Clean Tech Startups.


     Email Lists of Bay Area Tech / Networking Events

StartupDigest – Curated guide to the best startup events, people, and products in 48 cities and 5 universities worldwide. You should sign up for StartupDigest Silicon valley & SF Bay Area / ST@B (Berkely) / Silicon Valley HackersDigest (for developers). – Weekly newsletter with upcoming events from hundreds of local organizations. – Large number of events covering most sectors.

Lanyrd  – One of the better directories of events in the bay area.


     More General Groups for Tech Networking

TechCentralSF  – San Francisco’s online directory resource and collaborative community for High Tech, Biotech, and Cleantech with over 1,000 start-up companies and established innovators making breakthroughs across San Francisco. TechCentralSF is a B2B exchange to support entrepreneurs, startups & the SF tech ecosystem.

Churchill Club – nonprofit organziation with 6,500-members. Churchill club has built a reputation for dynamic, in-the-news programs featuring Silicon Valley CEOs, up-and-coming executives and national business leaders. The events regularly draw more than 400 attendees and give members the opportunity to network with the best of Silicon Valley.

Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner – Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner offers 2000 free videos and podcasts, featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders. Start exploring now.

VLAB / MIT / Stanford Venture Lab – The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people.

Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society – LES events include monthly luncheons with prominent and informative guest speakers from a variety of professional industries.

VC Task Force – Provides a forum for many types of investors: LPs, venture capital firms, institutional investors, PE and portfolio company management in which they can share ideas and information that will help them manage their businesses for maximum success.

Dealmaker Media – Network of innovators who see the opportunities in building relationships and sharing knowledge. From early-stage startups with an eye for disruption, to some of the most influential companies in the world.

Silicon Vikings - Silicon Vikings is a 40,000+ network headquartered in Silicon Valley with nodes throughout the Nordic and Baltic region including Greater Copenhagen, Gothenburg , Helsinki, Norrland, Oslo, Reykjavik, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, and Vilnius.


     Startup Tools and Resources

Y Combinator Startup Library

Khosla Ventures entrepreneurial resources

AngelList – AngelList is a community of startups—started by the dudes who do Venture Hacks

StartupWeekend Resources

Weebly – Makes it easy to create a content rich website in minutes with multiple features and its free.

Legal Zoom – Provides you with legal documents that you need for your business.

Steve Blank – Is one of the startup gurus in the valley and teaches entrepreneurship at UC Berkley, Stanford and Columbia School of Business. His website is an information goldmine for all types of startups.

Rock the Post – Social networking platform for entrepreneurs to fund and swap resources, one of the best crowdfunding sites for entrepreneurs.

Hootsuite – Allowing you to manage your social media presence by cross platform message scheduling and extensive data tracking.

SpringWise – Your essential fix for entrepreneurial ideas.

Kauffman Founders School -  An online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship.


News Sources

TechCrunch – Group-edited blog about technology start-ups, particularly the Web 2.0 sector.

PandoDaily – A news site covering the technology startup ecosystem. – High-tech and computer related news, with focus on technology related financial news.

VentureBeat – News About Tech, Money and Innovation.

Mashable – Covering digital culture, social media and technology news.

LAUNCH Ticker News - Curates the top stories of the day from every tech news source.

StartupGrind - Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community.

Silicon Vikings - mission of building a border-less community supporting Nordic and Baltic innovation and entrepreneurship

StartUpDigest - Tailored reading lists keep you connected to topics of your choice

CB Insights - The CB Insights tech market intelligence platform analyzes millions of data points on venture capital, startups, patents, partnerships and news mentions to help you see tomorrow's opportunities, today.



Brad Feld - VC at Foundry Group - Invest in software and Internet companies around the US, runner of marathons

Fred Wilson - Fred is a Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures, and has been an active and successful venture capitalist since 1987.  Based in New York, some of his largest deals include Tumblr, Twitter, and Zynga (ZNGA), to name a few.

Bill Gurley - Bill is a General Partner at Benchmark Capital and has realized great success over a long venture career. His latest triumphs include numerous recently exited companies like OpenTable (OPEN), Zillow (Z), and DemandForce (acquired by Intuit for $424 million), just to name a few.

Ben Horowitz - Computer science student, software engineer, cofounder, CEO, fund raiser, company acquirer and seller - cofounder and Partner (along with Marc Andreessen) of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz based in Menlo Park.

David Skok - Everything you need to know as a founder and entrepreneur

Mark Suster - 2x entrepreneur turned VC. He joined Upfront Ventures in 2007 as a General Partner after selling his company to



Simon Sinek - Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. He's the author of the classic "Start With Why"; his latest book is "Leaders Eat Last."

Ted Gross - Bill Gross founded Idealab, an incubator of new inventions, ideas and businesses.

Julie Hanna - Julie Hanna is a serial entrepreneur that has been driven by her belief in information technology as a democratizing force for social, political and business disruption.