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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:
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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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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

Morrison Foerster Early Growth Financial Services The Vault

GTM: Where to Start and How to Get it Right with Kris Bondi

Prior to becoming CEO and Co-founder of Mimoto, an XDR cybersecurity company, Kris Bondi spent more than 20 years positioning technologies and companies. Her unique expertise has contributed to seven …

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My Journey into Customer Funding with Meetul Shah

Meetul Shah has always known he could build things. An engineer and the founder of technographics provider DemandMatrix, which was recently bought by Demandbase, Shah started creating innovative companies at …

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Disengage from the Grind to Build Teams

Startup teams are used to bonding over deadlines and the constant pressure to deliver but Tyler Welch, founder and CEO of Tyler’s Mystery Tours, offers a different approach to team …

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How to find opportunity in an ever-changing world: A product panel

When the world came to a screeching halt 18 months ago, it was hard to imagine how any innovation could realize its full potential. Taking a pause made the most …

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How to Hire Your First Executive Coach as a Founder

More and more VC’s and leaders are recommending founders hire an executive coach to offer emotional support and increase performance. Coaches can be game-changing for some founders. Similar to how …

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GTM: Where to Start and How to Get it Right with Kris Bondi

Prior to becoming CEO and Co-founder of Mimoto, an XDR cybersecurity company, Kris Bondi spent more than 20 years positioning technologies and companies. Her unique expertise has contributed to seven …

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Newfund’s Augustin Sayer Shares His Top Advice for Entrepreneurs

While Newfund is industry agnostic, there is one thing which all of the French companies Augustin Sayer chooses to work with have in common. There is an international reach baked …

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Creating a Culture of Alignment with Rishi Bhargava

With decades of experience in both product management and go-to-market, Rishi Bhargava, co-founder of Demisto, has much to share about how they intersect. He says that transparency between Demisto’s product …

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Founder Liquidity, A Simple Method With Michael Avent

For the last decade, Michael Avent has served as corporate counsel to up and coming startups in the technology and life sciences fields. He regularly aids these startups in negotiations …

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Return to Normal? How fn Members Feel About Getting Together at this Stage in the COVID Pandemic

Introducing Founders Network Research Insights We are pleased to share data from the first fn Research Insights report, an ongoing series of market research on topics of interest to our …

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