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San Francisco Startups
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San Francisco Startup Mentor Programs

Post 2008, San Francisco has eclipsed Silicon Valley proper to become the new epicenter of tech startup activity. San Francisco is everything you’d expect from the tech capital of the world. Office rent and housing costs are sky-high, the city is bustling, and there are more startup events on any given evening than you could possibly attend. Because San Francisco is so startup focused, it is one of the best places to meet co-founders, investors, hire talent, and learn how to run an effective high-growth company.

Founders Network, headquartered in San Francisco, sits in the heart of it all. Serving as a connection within the city and to the rest of the world, Founders Network provides a mentorship program that removes geographical limits for its founders. San Francisco members can operate with a network of global support behind them.

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Mentorship from select San Francisco  founders

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Gain Access To:
London Founders Network
San Francisco
  • Peer mentorship program with fellow tech founders

  • Global, stage and local founder forums

  • Pitch practice with tier 1 vc's

  • Proactive support and introductions from staff

  • Biannual global conferences

  • Accelerator grade discounts

  • Exclusive local Founders Network events

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Founders Network Global Stats

Connecting San Francisco Founders with each other and the Founders Network community.

$1B+
Collective Capital Raised
$1.1M
Avg Funding
600+
Global FN Network
55%
Serial Entrepreneurs
100+
FN Global Events
FN's most valuable asset is the community‚ All the founders on the network are always willing to schedule time to help a fellow founder out or make a quick introduction to their own network.
Mark Oden
Founder of Taskware
The thing that I value the most about Founders Network is that I can get advice from a vetted group of entrepreneurs who have faced or are facing the same challenges as me. With the ability to follow specific threads, mute others, and post/reply directly from my email inbox, my questions get answered fast by founders who know what they're talking about.
Justin Hefter
Founder of Bandura Games
The staff of founders network have a sincere desire to help startup founders. I really appreciate the open, transparent philosophy that Founders Network expects from its members.
Michael Maners
Founder of Yoodelit

Local Leadership Team

Each Founders Network Chapter has an appointed Chapter Leadership Team. Made up of founders who have chosen to volunteer their time, they are on deck to give advice, facilitate events, and lead the growth of the Chapter.

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Amandeep Khurana

Membership Chair

Okera
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David Ordal

Chapter Director

ExaVault
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Peter Imburg

Growth Chair

Elfster

Leadership Positions Available

Join 600+ Founders Who Love FN

In Africa, there is a saying: 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' The great thing about the Founder's Network is that it's not an either/or! We go together farther AND faster, and actually it's way more fun ;)
Alexandra Greenhill
Founder of Careteam
The fn community has been along for my journey through four startups including one dissolution, one major restructure, a successful exit and now a high-growth, funded SaaS company. Being a Founder is sometimes overwhelming and lonely. This community provides guidance and the lift you need when facing your most excruciating obstacles. More importantly, it's a community that genuinely celebrates your successes along the way!
Neha Sampat
Founder of Contentstack
Founding a business can be a lonely pursuit, but being surrounded by a like-minded community enriches the experience. Founders Network is a cadre who provides concrete perspective and insights. In my experience, it's just as enriching to me as a serial entrepreneur to see what and who is coming next, as it would have been to me years ago as a first-time founder to avoid (some!) rookie errors.
Lisa Shields
Founder of Fi Span

Upcoming events

Are you a full-time tech founder? Be our guest! During COVID, we’re making our events available to tech founders everywhere. Enjoy a complimentary ticket to come learn from fellow tech founders, partners and investors. Already used your complimentary guest pass? Request an invite to see if you qualify for membership.

Past events

Partners

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The Secrets to SaaS Startup Success with Dave Lambert

Dave Lambert grew up in Colorado and moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford. Right after college he started a computer hardware company which he ran for a decade. …

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Pitch Practice With Jackson Square Ventures’ Victor Echevarria

As a founder, it’s your job to know all the ways your startup could potentially fail. And if you believe you have all your bases covered, founder-turned-investor Victor Echevarria encourages …

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How Andy Bowers Transformed the Podcasting World

Andy Bowers is an audio journalist and podcast pioneer. He founded Slate Podcasts in 2005 and, in 2015, co-founded the podcast services company Megaphone, which sold to Spotify in 2020. …

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Pitching Your Enterprise Software Startup with Lightspeed’s Nnamdi Iregbulem

A self-taught programmer turned venture capitalist, Nnamdi Iregbulem, who specializes in enterprise software, loves to dive into the guts of what makes a product work. Parsing out the technical details …

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Is Your Startup Venture-Scale?

According to B2B investor Arjun Chopra, not every startup is venture-scale. He explains what makes a venture-scale startup and why a solid founder-market fit is so important. “We’re in the …

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The Secrets to SaaS Startup Success with Dave Lambert

Dave Lambert grew up in Colorado and moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford. Right after college he started a computer hardware company which he ran for a decade. …

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Wattpad’s Allen Lau on Founding a Company with Global Ambitions

Wattpad was started by two immigrants, Ivan Yuen and Allen Lau, in Toronto, which is known to be the most diverse city in the world. As CEO & co-founder Allen …

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How to Turn a Sales Presentation into a Conversation

“My belief is a presentation should be a conversation, and the dominant force in that conversation is not what to say — it’s what to ask.”  This is Greg Winston’s strategy …

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Should You Outsource Your Product Development?

According to Alvaro Chacon, founder and CEO of the creative and technical digital agency Stateside, developing a long-term product development plan is important from the start. He recommends founders ask …

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Pitch Practice With Jackson Square Ventures’ Victor Echevarria

As a founder, it’s your job to know all the ways your startup could potentially fail. And if you believe you have all your bases covered, founder-turned-investor Victor Echevarria encourages …

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