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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.

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Startup Weekend


Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the Startup Weekend Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.

Discussing business ideas at the dinner table was not out of the ordinary for a young Jilliene Helman while growing up. Her father had been an entrepreneur for over 40 years, while her mother worked in luxury real estate. As a teenager, she was already consulting for her father's business, and knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur. Though her passion for business and innovation were inherent, determination also played a key role in her success.

At the end of the day, business is about execution, and I want to see more women get involved, more women put up a fight" - Jilliene Helman

Helman attended Georgetown University to major in International Business and Management. Understanding the importance of a global perspective, she would go on to spend her junior and senior year on a backpacking journey to Beijing and a semester in Barcelona before returning home. After an internship with Rolling Stone magazine, Helman made her way back to the West Coast and joined a training program at Union Bank. There she spent time with brokers, real estate lenders,and trust officers. It gave her a 360 degree view of wealth management.

Realizing the lack of accessibility and ease in real estate investing, Helman established RealtyMogul.com through the Los Angeles Founder Institute.

Real estate is kind of the last industry to change typically - it’s very archaic.

Realty Mogul simplifies real estate investment by connecting real estate entrepreneurs and investors through cutting-edge technology. In early 2013, the company quickly picked up steam. It was accepted into TechStars Seattle, secured a $500,000 seed round, and won the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition (see their winning pitch below).


The company continued its torrid pace into 2014, when it raised a $9M Series-A round, and then followed it up in 2015 with a $35 million Series-B.

My co-founder Justin Hughes and I started with a $110,000 real estate loan in Los Angeles. I never intended to be a revolutionary in this industry, the company just kept growing and we poured a lot of hard work to get it where it is today."

Today, Realty Mogul is the leading online real estate capital marketplace – one that offers commercial equity and commercial debt products nationwide, educates investors, and changes the way real estate investing and financing is viewed. In just a few short years, they have returned over $50M to investors on their platform

In congruence to Helman's go getter attitude, Realty Mogul plans to expand further with a goal of global reach. 



June 2015: Former Chief Credit Officer of JP Morgan Joins Realty Mogul

December 2015: Realty Mogul opens a new office in Houston

January 2016: Realty Mogul Opens New Office In New York 

August 2016: Realty Mogul hires a CTO and VP of marketing 

March 2017: CEO Jilliene Helman named Fintech Woman of the Year


July 2015: Realty Mogul raises $35 million in a series B round of funding

October 2015: Realty Mogul tops $150 M investments transacted via its platform 

May 2016: Realty Mogul surpasses $200 M investments transacted via its platform 

July 2016: Realty Mogul successfully closes six recent crowdfunded equity projects 

August 2016: Realty Mogul moves to open its services to non-accredited investors 

October 2016: Realty Mogul announces that they have returned over $50MM to investors

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