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.

HP Startup Central has offered cover the Course Fee in an HP Fellowship program. Three strong technical candidates will be selected to attend the Founder Institute courtesy of this HP offering.

Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization that has become one of the leading catalysts for startup creation, co-founder dating, and entrepreneurship in over 100 cities and 25 countries worldwide. At Startup Weekend events, attendees pitch ideas, form teams, and build functional prototypes in just 54 hours. Startup Weekend - "No Talk, All Action."

Hiring, Firing and Cofounders

Winter 2010 Bay Area Semester

What are the right mix of skills that you need to launch a world-class technology company? Should you be looking for cofounders, team members, freelancers or interns? When should you plan to bring on people to help? How do you recruit and interview to find the best resources? What are the compensation guidelines in the beginning for cofounders and other various roles? How do you set expectations, measure results and remove or fire under performing resources?

How to find the best people.
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Gina Bianchini
Cofounder, Ning

Gina Bianchini is the co-founder and former CEO of Ning, an online platform for creating your own social network for anything. She stepped down from the CEO position in March 2010. Previously Gina was the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Harmonic Communications. ...

Aaron Patzer
Founder and CEO, & Fountain

Aaron Patzer is both the visionary and technical mind behind With 10 patents filed or pending, Aaron brings strong innovation skills to Mint. Prior to founding Mint, Aaron worked in the fields of bioinformatics, optical networking, computer architecture (includ...

Jonathan Abrams
Founder and CEO, Nuzzel

Jonathan Abrams is the Founder & CEO of Nuzzel, and co-founder and a Managing Partner of Founders Den, a shared office space and private club for experienced entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. A seasoned entrepreneur, Jonathan previously held the title of founder & CEO at...

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