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.


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SVB Financial Group has helped entrepreneurs like you to transform their ideas into innovative business for almost thirty years. Through SVB’s Entrepreneur Services Group program we provide you with the tools and connections to help you stay informed and expand your network of colleagues and investors. Our clients have benefitted from a variety of events such as investor showcases, VC dinners and authors speaker series. No other financial institution matches our commitment to supporting growing companies with expertise, guidance and connections.


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Startup Research

Summer 2011 Silicon Valley Exclusive Semester

What market are you pursuing? Is the target market big enough? Is it growing or shrinking? What are the other characteristics of your market, and why do you care? How do you find data on your market? How do you define your competitors? What are inexpensive tactics to do custom market research, such as surveys? How can you determine if you can win in your target market, and when do you decide to walk away?

Goal:
Choose your business and market.

Date:
2011-07-12, 06:30 PM

Mentors

Phil Libin
CEO, Evernote
Joe Betts Lacroix
Co-Founder, OQO
Adeo Ressi
Founder/CEO, Founder Institute

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