Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

Ravix Group provides seasoned consulting expertise to outsource the finance, accounting and human resources functions for early-stage and middle market companies.

Startup Blueprint is the only program designed to fuel profitability for your startup by providing free payment processing and advice. Connecting through top tier incubators, accelerators and VCs, they activate the optimum revenue model for your business. Benefits include a free transaction volume up to $1.5 million USD* ($50,000 USD of PayPal fees waived for 18 months). For Braintree, free transaction volume up to $100,000 USD (braintree fees waived for 18 months).

FounderDating is a network of talented entrepreneurs helping one another start and grow companies. All too often you know people with similar backgrounds and skills sets to your own. With FounderDating you find world-class people with complimentary skill-sets, expert areas and knowledge.

Vet-Tech is the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans. With a national network of over 60 veteran led startups in its portfolio, Vet-Tech provides veteran entrepreneurs with expert mentorship, access to funding and helps establish corporate partnerships,

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past four decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector. The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors. The firm has offices in Austin, Palo Alto, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.


First Republic Bank and its subsidiaries provide private banking, private business banking and the full range of wealth management services with an emphasis on exceptional relationship-based service and a solid commitment to responsiveness and action.


Ravix Group - Ravix Group Inc.provides seasoned consulting expertise to outsource the finance, human resources, and facilities functions of early-stage and middle market companies so that management can focus on their priorities to increase the value of their company. 


Purplepatch Services is a strategy consulting firm offering technology firms Marketing Communications and User Experience Design solutions.

Mentor Idea Review

Silicon Valley Autumn 2012 Semester

Can you pitch your idea in three minutes and survive the scrutiny of seasoned CEO? How viable is the idea itself? Can the founder present the idea in a meaningful and articulate way? Has the founder done the research necessary to understand the market and prove that the idea is valid?

Review your idea with Mentors.
2012-11-06, 06:30 PM


Sam Chaudhary
Co-founder & CEO, ClassDojo

Sam studied quantitative economics at Cambridge University, and went on to work as a teacher for several years following. Sam subsequently worked in the Education arm of the consultancy firm McKinsey & Co in London, and then left to start ClassDojo with his co-founder Lia...

Bhavin Shah
CEO, Refresh, Inc.

Bhavin Shah has over 15 years of experience building companies, assembling great teams, creating quality brands, and shipping product. He is the co-founder and CEO of, a company that gives people the insights they need to make the most out of every meeting and ...

Karl Shaikh
Founder , Interpreters-On-Call

Karl is a founder of Interpreters-On-Call and Virtual Directors, both of which are London based companies. He also advised the founding team of R1-GB, and many other startups. He currently resides in San Francisco, and is helping NPOs (eg Parents Education Network, Taproo...

Ziv Gillat
Ziv Gillat - Co-founder, Eye-Fi & Forq (Silicon Valley FI), Forq, Inc.

Co-founded Eyefi & Forq: Eyefi has seen it's sales grow to 48 countries, while generating tens of millions of dollars of revenue per year, from selling millions of cards. We've also taken billions of photos & videos from our customers, through our servers and cloud. ...

Wayne Willis
Managing Partner, Nodal Partners

Wayne is Managing Partner of Nodal Partners, a network of investors, senior advisors and executives who collaborate with early stage companies. Wayne was co-founder of Hyatt Legal Services, and Chairman or CEO of several other companies, as well as serving on various Boa...

Jared Goralnick
Founder & CEO, AwayFind

Jared Goralnick is the Founder & CEO of AwayFind, a web application that helps people to escape from email by notifying them of urgent messages. In addition to leading business development and managing the team at AwayFind, he also hosts Ignite DC, co-organizes Inbox Love...

Sami Inkinen
Co-Founder, Board Member, Trulia

Sami is a serial tech entrepreneur, most recently Co-Founder and President of the leading online real estate marketplace Trulia, which grew to 400+ employees and more than 20 Million monthly users and went public (NYSE: TRLA) in September 2012. He continues to help the co...

Jill Stelfox
VP & GM, Location Solutions, Zebra

Jill Stelfox joined Zebra location solutions as Vice-President and General Manager in November 2012, tasked with directing strategy to enhance, still further, the innovative solutions, market leading applications, and exceptional value offered by the company. Her goal...

Feedback Form

We welcome your feedback to improve the Institute. Please contact us using the form below, and we will get back to you promptly.
Your Email Address:
Message to the Institute:
What is ? (enter the answer below):
Close Window