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:


TEC World Leaders Series : Marten Mickos, MySQL/Eucalyptus/Nokia

Marten Mickos currently is the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, the leader in open source cloud computing. Also, he has recently been nominated for the board of Directors of Nokia Corporation.

As the CEO of MySQL AB for seven years, Marten grew that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems of MySQL AB for $1bn, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun's Database Group.


TEC World Leaders Series : Steve Blank Presents his New Book! (May 3,2012)

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.


TEC World Leaders Series: Jonathan Heiliger, Facebook/North Bridge

Dear Friends!

Following a historical Facebook IPO, don't miss your chance to meet our very special guest – Jonathan Heiliger on June 7th in Palo Alto.

Being an accomplished serial entrepreneur and technologist, Jonathan joined Facebook in 2007 to take charge of technology behind the tremendous FB growth - more than 20 times over just 4 years. After leaving Facebook in 2011, Jonathan invested and nurtured multiple local startups and just recently joined as a General Partner one of the most successful VC funds - North Bridge Venture Partners.

Jonathan kindly agreed to discuss a multitude of topics – starting from Facebook growth technology secrets (shh.. check out the Open Compute Project) to new cool technologies he is looking for as an investor.

When: June 7, 2012, Thursday
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304 US

Eventbrite - TEC World Leaders Series: Jonathan Heiliger, Facebook/North Bridge


TEC World Leaders Series : Marten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL and a leader of the open source movement

Dear Friends:

Mark your calendars and join us on Wednesday, May 23rd in Palo Alto for an exciting evening with Marten Mickos – a legendary figure in the open source, a leader and builder of the global disruptive businesses.

Marten Mickos has been called "very visible hero of open source" by New York Times. Forbes magazine calls him "a hero of open source revolution".

Discussion Questions:

  • What is your first recollection of experiencing great leadership?
  • Who had the most significant influence on shaping you as a leader?
  • What was the most difficult decision you had to make as a leader?
  • How do you structure your day, what tools do you use to keep up with your schedule?
  • MySQL had "No software patents” stickers on its web site. What is your view of patenting?
  • Do you consider yourself a CEO that is strongly involved with sales? What kind of people do you look for to do enterprise sales? What is your recipe for successfully selling the product/services?
  • You twitted "I have a feeling that asymmetries drive the world more than symmetries do" – can you elaborate?


When: May 23, 2012, Wednesday
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304 US

Eventbrite - TEC with Marten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL


TEC World Leaders Series : Legendary Steve Blank Presents his New Book!

Dear Friends,

Mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, May 3rd in Palo Alto for an exciting Fireside Chat with Steve Blank and his 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.

After the fireside chat, Steve kindly agreed to sign books that are included in the price of the tickets.

When: May 3, 2012, Thursday
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA

Eventbrite - Legendary Steve Blank presents his New Book!


Israel Innovation Showcase at TEC-Palo Alto

Dear Friends,

Please join us April 23 at 6pm in Palo Alto JCC to celebrate Israel's 64th birthday!


Come celebrate Israel's 64th birthday by attending "Israel Innovation Showcase" at the Palo Alto JCC. This special event will include demos by exciting Israeli-founded companies, VC keynotes and extensive networking with the best and brightest of Silicon Valley.

This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the exciting innovations of Israeli-founders' tech companies and to make valuable connections with key players in the industry.

Hosted and organized by TEC Club , IEFF and JHTC  with grateful thanks to sponsor Bank Leumi and the Palo Alto JCC.

Free registration : idd2012-tec.eventbrite.com

Presentations by founders/CEO of :   


Oren Zeev will provide opening remarks on the current state of technology investing, the JOBS bill, Israeli entrepreneurs, and provide input from his experience on how to pick winning startups.
Oren Zeev is a Founding Partner of Orens Capital and is focused on the internet and mobile internet spaces. Oren typically leads the rounds he invests in and plays a very active role in the companies he invests in. Oren currently serves on the boards of Chegg, Infolinks (Chairman), Duda Mobile (Chairman), Houzz, Crossrider, Tipalti, Younow and until recently Wibiya (acquired by Conduit). Oren is also a significant investor in Celltick and GT Nexus, and an early investor in Gogobot, Capriza, Spreecast and Bonobos. Oren was the lead investor in Audible (Nasdaq:ADBL, acquired by AMZN) and a significant investor in Cramster (acquired by Chegg).
Between 1995 and 2007 Oren was with Apax Partners, where he headed the US tech practice and was a member of the firm's investment committee.


TEC Keynote by Charles Giancarlo ( 2012-03-15)

TEC keynote by Charles Giancarlo – leading PE investor and senior executive/board member of Cisco, Linksys, Avaya, Netflix, Accenture and Skype.


TEC Panel on Entrepreneurship (Dec 6,2011)

Mike Cassidy, built and sold 4 companies -- Stylus Innovations, Direct Hit (built in 500 days and sold for $532M), Xfire, and Ruba (sold to Google)
Stan Chudnovsky, sold 2 companies, one for over $100M
Alex Miroshnichenko, serial entrepreneur, CTO, Virsto, the "hottest" startup in the Valley

Moderator: Ilya Strebulaev, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University


TEC Fireside Chat with Vlad Shmunis, CEO, RingCentral (Feb 8,2012)

Vlad Shmunis is one of the most successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs of Russian origin. He was recently named as one of 25 technology innovators by the World Economic Forum in Davos. Learn how to bootstrap, make your company grow, get funded -- over $50M in total - by such top funds as Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, DAG Ventures and Scale Venture Partners, and manage more than 300 people. Demonstrating a unique mix of technical vision, marketing and business acumen, Vlad is building this company to become the industry leader, and is willing to share his experience with you.


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