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The Most Comprehensive Guide to the Silicon Valley Startup Ecosystem Ever Created

Posted by Drew Zias on 2017-02-15

Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey - from ideation to scaling - and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem.

With application deadline for the Silicon Valley Founder Institute approaching, we are excited to release the Silicon Valley Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Silicon Valley Founder Institute along with Founder Institute CEO and San Francisco Director Adeo Ressi

You can also comment on the open Google doc of this list at

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Startup Stages

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

    • Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
      1. Chris Saad
      2. LegalForce
      3. Silicon Beat
      4. Silicon Tap
      5. Silicon Valley
      6. Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs & Startups
      7. Silicon Valley News
      8. Silicon Valley Startups & Angel Funding
      9. Silicon Valley Watcher
      10. Startup Digest Silicon Valley - SF Bay Area
      11. Startup Lessons Learned
      12. Steve Blank
      13. Tech Central SF
      14. Tech.Co SF
      15. This Week in Startups
    • Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
      1. 106 Miles
      2. Creative Coffee San Francisco
      3. Got Startup?
      4. Latino Startup Alliance
      5. Silicon House
      6. Silicon Valley Chinese Entrepreneurs
      7. Startup Focus Thought Leadership
      8. Startup Socials Silicon Valley
      9. Startup Weekend Silicon Valley
      10. Tech 'N The City
      11. Women 2.0 Silicon Valley
      12. Women Who Code Silicon Valley

B. Educate

    • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire, like Startup Founder 101, etc).
      1. Lean Startup Circle Silicon Valley
      2. Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club
      3. Silicon Valley Startup Idea to IPO
      4. Startup Founder 101 Silicon Valley
      5. Startup Grind Silicon Valley
      6. Startup Leadership
      7. Startup School
      8. Startup Speakers Toastmasters
      9. TDWI Silicon Valley Chapter
      10. Tech in Motion Silicon Valley
      11. YouNoodle
    • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, etc)
      1. Anyone Can Learn to Code
      2. App Academy
      4. Big Nerd Ranch
      5. Blackbox Connect
      6. CodePath
      7. Coder Camps
      8. Codify Academy
      9. Coding Dojo
      10. Coding House
      11. Data Science Dojo
      12. Dev Bootcamp
      13. Draper University of Heroes
      14. Founder Institute
      15. Galvanize
      16. General Assembly
      17. Go Live Labs
      18. Hack Reactor
      19. Hackbright Academy
      20. Hackership
      21. Insight
      22. Invasive Code
      23. Koru
      24. Lean Startup Machine Silicon Valley
      25. Learntech Labs
      26. Local Food Lab
      27. Make School
      28. MakerSquare
      29. Mobile Makers Academy
      30. Praxis Data Science
      31. Product School
      32. SV In.Fusion
      33. Silicon Valley Innovation Center
      34. Silicon Valley Innovation Institute
      35. Silicon Valley Technology Venture Launch Program
      36. Square Code Camp
      37. Startup Pitch Bootcamp
      38. Startup Saturdays
      39. Thinkful
      40. Tradecraft
      41. Zipfian Academy

C. Validate

    • Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
      1. Bootstrappers Breakfast
      2. Cofounder Club
      3. CoFoundersLab
      4. Founder2be
      5. Founder Dating
      6. Igniters: Stanford Entrepreneurs & Silicon Valley Founders
      7. New Co. Silicon Valley
      8. SF New Tech
      9. Silicon Valley Startup Founders
      10. Silicon Valley Startup Incubation and Acceleration Network
      11. Startup Cofounders
    • Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)
      1. AngelHack Silicon Valley
      2. ChimeHack
      3. CodeDay Silicon Valley
      4. CODEX Hackathon
      5. FLIR's "Bring the Heat" Hacker & Maker Challenge: San Francisco
      6. Greylock Hackfest
      7. Hack My Ride 2.0
      8. Hack The People
      9. Hacker Dojo
      10. Hacking 4 Health
      11. Hacking EDU
      12. Hacking Generation Y
      13. iOS Dev Camp 2015: Wearables, Security, CONNECTEDCAR and Civic Engagement
      14. Integrate 2015 Hackathon
      15. Lincoln Labs Reboot 2015 Hackathon
      16. Outside Hacks
      17. RandTech Hackathon
      18. Silicon Valley Hackathons
      19. Sunnyvale Hacker Home - Mobile App Hackathon
      20. WWCode Silicon Valley Hackathon
      21. Women in STEM Hackathon Apps for Social Impact
      22. Yeti


2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

    • Establish: Law firms & banks for startups  
      1. Bank of America
      2. Bank Leumi USA
      3. Bend Law Group
      4. Bottom Line Law Group
      5. Chase Bank
      6. Chris Barsness, Esq.
      7. Comerica Bank
      8. ComputerLaw Group LLP
      9. Criterion Law
      10. DLA Piper
      11. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
      12. Dorsey & Whitney LLP
      13. Fenwick & West LLP
      14. First Republic Bank
      15. Goodwin Procter LLP
      16. Grellas Shah LLP
      17. Gunderson Dettmer
      18. Innovation Capital Law Group
      19. Kastner Kim LLP
      20. Latham & Watkins LLP
      21. Morrison & Foerster LLP
      22. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
      23. Perkins Coie
      24. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
      25. Royse Law Firm
      26. Silicon Valley Bank
      27. Springmeyer Law
      28. Square 1 Bank
      29. Structure Law Group LLP
      30. US Bank
      31. Walker Corporate Law
      32. Wells Fargo Bank
      33. White Summers Caffee & James
      34. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
      35. Yoichiro Taku
    • Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure)
      1. 20Mission
      2. Anchor
      3. BioCurious
      4. BootUp World
      5. Citizen Space
      6. Co Spot
      7. Connections SF
      8. Design Spaces
      9. Enerspace
      10. Firehouse 8
      11. First Floor Labs
      12. Founders Den
      13. GSV Labs
      14. Geekdom SF
      15. Hacker Dojo
      16. Hatch Today
      17. Hero City
      18. Impact Hub San Francisco
      19. Makeshift Society
      20. Mission Social
      21. NextSpace
      22. Noisebridge
      23. The Office of Silicon Valley
      24. The Pad Silicon Valley
      25. PariSOMA
      26. Plug and Play Tech Center
      27. Reactor SF
      28. Runway Incubator
      29. RocketSpace
      30. RockIT CoLabs
      31. Sandbox Suites
      32. Scaale Bay Area
      33. Shared
      34. SpherePad
      35. Startup BaseCamp
      36. Startup Embassy
      37. Startup HQ
      38. Startup House
      39. Taqueria Trabajo
      40. TechSpace
      41. Third Workplace
      42. WeWork
      43. Work Happy
      44. Runway

B. Develop

    • Formalize: Accounting, development and HR for early-stage startups.  
      1. 55 Minutes
      2. Andersen Tax
      3. Appstem
      4. ArcTouch
      5. Arkenea
      6. Blue Rocket
      7. The Brenner Group
      8. Dayspring Technologies
      9. Early Growth Financial Services
      10. EdgeWater Recruiting
      11. Exygy
      12. Futurist Labs
      13. Grio
      14. July Systems
      15. Keating Consulting Group
      16. Kranz & Associate
      17. Main
      18. Moss Adams LLP
      19. OUM & Co. LLP
      20. Prolific Interactive
      21. Quick Left
      22. Riviera Partners
      23. SVT Group
      24. Silicon Valley Accounting Solutions
      25. Silicon Valley Finance Group
      26. Silicon Valley Tax and Accounting Services
      27. The Spider
      28. SpiralScout
      29. Tano Digital
      30. ThinkApps
      31. UpTrending
      32. VonChurch
      33. WeMo Technologies
      34. WorldZOO
      35. Y Media Labs
    • Prepare for Seed: Incubators and advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources for startup TEAMS)
      1. Archimedes Labs
      2. Digital Garage
      3. e-Man
      4. Founders Space
      5. Greenstart
      6. InnoSpring
      7. Lemnos Labs
      8. Runway Incubator
      9. Startup Next Bay Area
      10. Startup Next San Jose
      11. Teens in Tech Incubator
      12. Y Combinator
      13. YouWeb Incubator

C. Launch

    • Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
      1. 500 Startups
      2. Alchemist Accelerator
      3. AngelPad
      4. BlackBox Accelerate
      5. Boost
      6. Citrix Startup Accelerator
      7. Dogpatch Labs
      8. Gateway Incubator
      9. German Accelerator
      10. i/o Ventures
      11. Imagine K12
      12. Manos Accelerator
      13. Matter
      14. Momentum
      15. One Traction Accelerator
      16. Orange Fab
      17. PITME Labs
      18. Plug and Play Tech Center
      19. Rock Health
      20. SVB Accelerator
      21. Semantic Seed
      22. StartX
      23. Tandem
      24. TiE Launchpad
      25. UpWest Labs
      26. Women's Startup Lab
    • Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)
      1. Creative Convergence Silicon Valley
      2. DEMO Traction
      3. Disrupt SF 
      4. Finovate  
      5. Founder Showcase
      6. Incubate  
      7. Launch Festival
      8. OneTraction Startups Demo Day Pitch
      9. PitchForce
      10. Silicon Valley Elevator Pitch
      11. Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs San Francisco Pitch Fest
      12. Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs South Bay Pitch and Demo Fest
      13. Startup Basecamp International Pitch Night
      14. Startup Pitch Night SF
      15. Startup Pitch Night Silicon Valley
      16. Startups Showcase Pitch & DEMO Expo and Business Mixer


3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

    • Investor Networking:  Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)
      1. Angel's Forum
      2. Astia Angels
      3. Band of Angels
      4. F50
      5. Golden Seeds Angel Investor Network
      6. Joint Venture Silicon Valley
      7. Keiretsu Forum
      8. Life Science Angels
      9. Open Silicon Valley Forum
      10. SF Angels Group
      11. Sand Hill Angels
      12. Seed Forum
      13. Silicon Valley Forum
      14. Silicon Valley Investment Forum
      15. Silicon Valley Open Doors
      16. Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum
      17. Startup Teahouse Investor Forum
      18. TiE Angels Silicon Valley
      19. US Angel Investors
    • Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businessesn)
      1. ABC
      2. CBS SF Bay Area
      3. FOX
      4. KLIV Silicon Valley News
      5. NBC Bay Area
      6. SF Gate
      7. San Francisco Business Times
      8. San Francisco Chronicle
      9. San Francisco Examiner
      10. San Jose Mercury News
      11. Silicon Valley Business Journal
      12. Venture Beat

B. Funding

    • Angels / Micro-VCs: Seed-stage investors 
      1. Adeo Ressi
      2. Alexis Ohanian
      3. Andrea Zurek
      4. Aydin Senkut
      5. Benjamin Ling
      6. Biz Stone
      7. Bobby Yazdani
      8. Chris Sacca
      9. Christine Tsai
      10. Cyan Banister
      11. Dave McClure
      12. Dave Morin
      13. David Cohen
      14. Eric Reis
      15. Evan Williams
      16. Felix Shpilman
      17. Garry Tan
      18. Gil Penchina
      19. Jason Calacanis
      20. Jeff Clavier
      21. Joel Yarmon
      22. Josh Kopelman
      23. Joshua Schachter
      24. Keith Rabois
      25. Kevin Colleran
      26. Kevin Rose
      27. Marc Andreessen
      28. Marissa Mayer
      29. Matt Ocko
      30. Max Levchin
      31. Mitch Kapor
      32. Morris Wheeler
      33. Naval Ravikant
      34. Paige Craig
      35. Parker Thompson
      36. Paul Buchheit
      37. Paul Singh
      38. Pejman Nozad
      39. Peter Kellner
      40. Reid Hoffman
      41. Scott Banister
      42. Sean Percival
      43. Shervin Pishevar
      44. Thomas Korte
      45. Tim Draper
      46. Tim Ferriss
      47. Tim O'Reilly
      48. Tom Fallows
      49. Ullas Naik
      50. Zachary Aarons
    • Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
      1. Accel Partners
      2. Andreessen Horowitz
      3. August Capital
      4. Benchmark Capital
      5. Bessemer Venture Partners
      6. Canaan Partners
      7. DFJ Venture
      8. Emergence Capital
      9. First Round Capital
      10. Founders Fund
      11. General Catalyst Partners
      12. Google Ventures
      13. Greylock Partners
      14. Highland Capital Partners
      15. Innovation Endeavors
      16. Khosla Ventures
      17. Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers
      18. Lightspeed Venture Partners
      19. Matrix Partners
      20. Menlo Ventures
      21. New Enterprise Associates
      22. Norwest Venture Partners
      23. RRE Ventures
      24. Sequoia Capital
      25. Spark Capital
      26. Transmedia Capital
      27. True Ventures
      28. Venrock

C. Growth

    • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
      1. 42 Floors
      2. Algentis
      3. Avery Associates
      4. Borelli Investment Company
      5. Escalon Services
      6. Heffernan Insurance Brokers
      7. Insurance by Allied Brokers
      8. Integra Insurance
      9. LoopNet
      10. MassMutual Silicon Valley
      11. MelitaGroup
      12. Pacific Workplaces
      13. Regus
      14. Rofo
      15. Silicon Valley Office Space
      16. Sweet & Baker Insurance Brokers
      17. Taylor Benefits Insurance Agency
      18. Zenefits
    • Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
      1. Bain & Company
      2. Cayenne Consulting
      3. Dynamic Strategic Alignment
      4. Invisor Consulting
      5. KPMG
      6. Keystone Business Group
      7. Now CFO
      8. PwC
      9. Silicon Valley SCORE
      10. Venture Archetypes

D. Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

    1. Too many to name... :)



To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Evangelists

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.  

  1. Adeo Ressi
  2. Ahmad Sufian Bayram
  3. André Eidskrem
  4. Andrea Barrica
  5. Andy Alterini
  6. Angelika Blendstrup
  7. Ankit Jain
  8. Beth Kindig
  9. Bipin Agravat
  10. Christina Ellwood
  11. Dario Mutabdzija
  12. Elyse Phillips
  13. Ezequiel Trivino
  14. Guy Kawasaki
  15. Jordan Koene
  16. Kevin Morgan
  17. Lina Constantinovici
  18. Malcolm Ong
  19. Mario Valle Reyes
  20. Marwan Forzley
  21. Matt Gardner
  22. Mitchell Levy
  23. Nima Adelkhani
  24. Roy Sehgal
  25. Russel Clímaco-Estardo
  26. Saumitra Bhide
  27. Shahid Khan
  28. Sharon Goldstein
  29. Shira Abel
  30. Sven Deichfuss
  31. Toby Morning
  32. Vitaly Golomb
  33. Yossi Ghinsberg


2. Government

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development 

  1. California Israel Chamber of Commerce
  2. Chamber of Commerce Mountain View
  3. Cupertino Chamber of Commerce
  4. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley
  5. Innovation Hub
  6. Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
  7. Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
  8. SRI International
  9. San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  10. San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber
  11. Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce
  12. Security Innovation Network
  13. Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce
  14. Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Project
  15. Silicon Valley Talent Partnership


3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

A. Local Universities (with prominent technical or business programs)

    1. Academy of Art University
    2. Art Institute of California San Francisco
    3. Art Institute of California Silicon Valley
    4. Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley Campus
    5. City College San Francisco
    6. De Anza College
    7. Herguan University
    8. Hult International Business School
    9. International Technological University
    10. Menlo College
    11. Mission College
    12. Palo Alto University
    13. San Francisco State University
    14. San Jose City College
    15. San Jose State University
    16. Santa Clara University
    17. Silicon Valley Polytechnic Institute
    18. Silicon Valley University
    19. Stanford University
    20. University of California San Francisco
    21. University of San Francisco

B. Local Employers

    1. AMD
    2. Adobe
    3. Apple
    4. Cisco
    5. eBay
    6. Ericsson
    7. Facebook
    8. Flickr
    9. Fujitsu
    10. Google
    11. HP
    12. IBM
    13. Intel Corporation
    14. LinkedIn
    15. Microsoft
    16. Motorola
    17. Oracle
    18. PayPal
    19. Tesla Motors
    20. Texas Instruments
    21. Twitter
    22. Yahoo!



Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Silicon Valley Canvas on Twitter using the hashtag #ecosystemcanvas, or on the open Google doc at

If you are looking to launch a startup in San Francisco and could use expert training and feedback, then apply to the San Francisco Founder Institute today, or join a free event.

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