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Mega-Event: Art of the Start / Launch Silicon Valley with Guy Kawasaki by Garage / SVASE (and the Lamborghini is a Surprise…)

Mark November 8th, Wednesday on your calendar for a full-day entrepreneurial super-event (actually two) at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View.

At 8am SVASE will present The Art of the Start, a conference all about helping entrepreneurs succeed, offering time-tested, battle-hardened business strategies and the opportunity to meet experienced entrepreneurs and investors.

The drought of the past few years is over and venture capital is flowing again. But starting a high tech business is no less challenging and demanding than it’s ever been, even in an environment of venture capital overhang.

Pure talent and winning ideas are never enough. Whether you’re an entrepreneur in a garage, dorm room, lab or inside a big company, there are fundamental business insights and skills you need to succeed.

Start-up authority and popular business author Guy Kawasaki and experts from Garage, along with Silicon Valley leaders and mavericks, venture capitalists, and successful start-up CEOs explore the art of starting up.

The conference includes breakfast and lunch, including a Fireside Chat with Guy Kawasaki and Mike Arrington of TechCrunch. Check out the agenda here, then rush to register. Rush, as Early Bird registration ends tomorrow, November 3rd. (Yes, I know, posting this late, sorry…)

The conference ends at 3:30, and an hour later a related event, Launch: Silicon Valley starts at the same venue.

Launch: Silicon Valley is an opportunity for the next generation of emerging technology companies will to tell their stories to the world – literally, as the event will be videotaped and broadcast later. Over 150 startup submissions from all over the country, several European countries and as far as New Zealand have been reviewed by an Advisory Board of investors and executives. The 30 most interesting companies have been invited to participate in the “Launch: Silicon Valley” showcase, and 15 of these companies have also been invited to deliver product presentation to an audience of Silicon Valley’s leading movers and shakers.

Product presentations will take place in three categories, 5 companies each:

  • Information Technology, Communications & related technologies
  • Life Science, Material Science, CleanTech
  • Consumer & Other

Please check out the complete agenda, and again, rush to register, as Early Bird pricing ends tomorrow, November 3rd for this event, too. The Registration site allows you to book both events together, or any of them selectively.

Now, for the surprise: Silicon Valley Auto Group will be displaying Aston Martin, Bentley, and Lamborghini cars at both events, and I’m hearing they’ll schedule test-drives. I’m sure half the participants – the cream of the Valley VC community – can actually afford these cars… as for the other half, the Entrepreneurs, how is this for an incentive? smile_wink

Update (11/4): I can now give away a few hugely discounted tickets ( $49 vs. $199).

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The bling cars make it all a bit tacky . . . er, do you know if they are doing Spyker test drives? If so, please ignore the first comment.

  2. Anonymous says:


    I sent you an email regarding the discounted tickets, I hope to hear back from you :-)

    – Andrew

  3. Anonymous says:

    You did :-)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Launch Silicon Valley is a showcase event for emerging startups. On November 8, at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, CA, the next generation of emerging technology companies will have the opportunity to tell their stories to the world at the first annual “Launch: Silicon Valley.”

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