The Future of living -Tech-integrated and regenerative villages
6:30 pm18:30

The Future of living -Tech-integrated and regenerative villages

  • WSGR


Technology and engineering are evolving at a faster rate than at any other time in history. The world today is unrecognizable from 100 years ago, and not just in an aesthetic capacity, but in the way that we, as humans, function within it. 
The next 2-3 billion people coming to the planet. What can we expect to see in 100 years’ time? How will we live? how will we work? how will we relax?

Learn new trends in sustainable lifestyle/ clean tech/ renewable energy!

Our speaker: James Ehrlich, a Founder of ReGen Villages, a Stanford University spin-off company implementing the “Tesla of Ecovillages”

SVOD 2017 Conference
May 25

SVOD 2017 Conference

  • Computer History Museum

Are there conferences in the Silicon Valley where entrepreneur-to-investor ratio is 2-to-1, where you can freely access some of the top angels and venture capitalists without formal introductions, where famous speakers do not use VIP rooms to enter the stage?

SVOD or SVOD - Silicon Valley Open Doors Conference is the place where founders and successful CEOs, investors and industry legends, who are shaping our lives today and influencing our future, come to network and share their experiences. 


SVOD2017 Social Impact Startup Pitch competition!

In support of the United Nations's Sustainable Development Goals #SDG, we are inviting entrepreneurs to apply for SVOD2017 Social Impact Startup Pitch competition!

We are looking for companies that are committed to impacting and aimed to change the way the social sector operates to present their ideas and business cases to a distinguished group of Silicon Valley venture capitalists, angels, industry executives, and experts.

The winners will pitch on stage at SVOD Conference for FREE.

In addition, the winners get:

- Pre-conference Pitch Training with professional coach,
- One-on-one meetings with investors
- Participation in International Pre-SVOD party
- Attendance to invitation-only VIP Reception
- Pitching on stage in front of 30+ Silicon Valley and international investors
- and much more.

Disclaimer: SVOD does not cover your travel expenses!

Apply For FREE:

Partner's Event: TEC Club Pitch by Navigator Accelerator (by ElAl & BlueJet)
6:30 pm18:30

Partner's Event: TEC Club Pitch by Navigator Accelerator (by ElAl & BlueJet)

  • WSGR


Join TEC Club pitch presentations by members of Navigator acceleration program powered by Cockpit Innovation (EL AL’s venture arm) and JetBlue Technology Ventures.

Presenting Companies:
- 30SecondsToFly’s technology Claire is an A.I assistant that manages corporate travel for organizations. Claire books policy compliant business trips for employees within seconds. At the same time, she tracks compliance and reports travel expenses to management.
- SeatAssignMate(SAM) specialize in interactive email marketing. We are helping airlines increase ancillary revenue by building a check-in app into traveler’s Email inbox. Travelers will be able to review real time seat maps, assign seats, check-in bags, purchase meals, WiFi etc. in their inbox.
- Cambiu creates the world’s first Currency Marketplace. Optimizing demand and supply, Cambiu generates money for people and currency providers, Cambiu will be offered to enterprises as a service, allowing them to increase their revenue.

Confirmed Investors:

Guy Resheff, Grove Ventures
Eyal Bilgrai, Sonen Capital LLC
Sergey Patsko, Projector Ventures Ltd.
Shuonan Chen, Agile VC
Ronald Weissman, Band of Angels
Artem Burachenok, Flint Capital
Jennifer Cooper, Adobe
Bennet Goldberg, Angel Investor
Monali Jain, Kieretsu Forum
Peter Loukianoff, Agia Capital
Rodrigo Sanchez Servitje, Bridge 37 Ventures
Diane Ding, Shenzhen Valley Ventures
Phin Upham, Thiel Capital
Michael Ting, Merrill Lynch
Jinlin Wang, TEEC Angel Fund
Michael Minkevich, Maxfield Capital
Daniel Hoffer, Tandem Capital
Sherry Chuang, Sand Hill Angels
Harry Feng, NewGen Venture Partners
Ryan Han Liu, IPV Capital
Ivy Nguyen, NewGen Capital

About JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV)
Located halfway between San Francisco and San Jose in Silicon Valley, JetBlue Technology Ventures invests in, incubates and partners with early stage startups at the intersection of technology, travel, and hospitality. We scan the worldwide startup ecosystem to keep informed of innovations in travel and hospitality. For more information, please visit
About Cockpit Innovation
Cockpit Innovation is a venture arm with the mission to invest in inspiring entrepreneurs with ground breaking technology. As part of the EL AL Group, Cockpit recognizes exceptional technologies and teams and helps them take the first steps towards revolutionizing the worlds of aviation, travel, and aerospace. 

AmBAR/JHTC Pitch: Meet Ukrainian entrepreneurs and investors, members of UVCA
6:30 pm18:30

AmBAR/JHTC Pitch: Meet Ukrainian entrepreneurs and investors, members of UVCA

  • Oshman Family JCC, room E104

Join AmBAR/JHTC pitch presentations by a visiting group of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs, Investors - members of UVCA!

Confirmed investors:
Ajoy Mallik, Follow[the]Seed
Andrey Kolodyuk, AVentures
Anna Dvornikova, TEC Ventures
Artem Burachenok, Flint Capital
Daniil Stolyarov, Almaz Capital
George Arabian, Steelhead Ventures
Itzik Lerner, Angel Investor
Stas Khirman, TEC Ventures
Mark Glukhovsky, Kernel Capital
Michael Minkevich, Maxfield Capital
Nancy Hayes, Angel Investor
Jennifer Cooper, Angel/Adobe Systems
Lu Zhang, NewGen Capital
Ryan Han Liu, IPV Capital
Sherry Chuang, Sand Hill Angels
Victor Orlovski, SBT Venture Fund
Vitaly Golomb, HP Tech Venture

Presenting startups:
1) Hideez - Personal Information and Cyber Security- Your Only Digital Key. Hideez Technology was established in 2014 and specializes in researching, designing, developing and producing wearable cyber security devices
2) Wider is a laser projection high definition monoblock with panoramic 130 inch screen for entertainment and business needing in B2C and B2B.
3) Raccoon Technologies Inc. is working on the development of complex and functional devices for interaction with digital reality. The most simple variant - clip (allows you to orientate in space), the most difficult - VR glove, which allows you to feel virtual objects in a tactile way.
4) Ecoisme is a monitoring system that lets users take active roles in managing their bills. Detecting major home appliances, solar, and grid energy, Ecoisme helps owners keep track on their resources and save up to 15% of energy.
5) TechNovator develops a technology that sets the world free from wired wall charging and gives you peace of mind. The XE is a wirelessly charging system that works over the distance of up to 17 feet from the charge base.
6) SolarGaps is the sunblind for the window at your home or office which can provide you with solar energy to power your appliances.

About UVCA:
Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) was established in mid-2014 and unites more than 40 members - private equity and venture funds, accelerators, incubators, educational institutions, and non-government organizations that make significant impact on the development of Ukrainian investment market. Association promotes investment opportunities in Ukraine for foreign investment funds, conducts market research, lobbies laws for improving investment and business climate, implements Invest in Ukraine activity. UVCA aims to remove the gap, by channeling the power of its network into better awareness and investment climate by proving that it is worthwhile to INVEST IN UKRAINE.

TEC - The Entrepreneurs Club pitch presentations by a visiting group of Israel's Women Entrepreneurs!
7:00 pm19:00

TEC - The Entrepreneurs Club pitch presentations by a visiting group of Israel's Women Entrepreneurs!

  • 650 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA, 94304 United States

Join TEC Club pitch presentations by a visiting group of Israel's Women Entrepreneurs!


Confirmed Investors:

Anna Dvornikova, TEC Ventures
Cheryl Cheng, BlueRun Ventures
Ammar Hanafi, Moment Ventures
David Wagonfeld, Tandem Capital
Reza Malekzadeh, Partech Ventures
Sergey Patsko, Projector Ventures
David Wagonfeld, Tandem Capital
Michael Porat, Cisco Investments
Andrew Bolwell, HP Tech Ventures
Lu Zhang, NewGen Capital
Artem Burachenok, Flint Capital
Kathryn Salmanowitz, Golden Seeds
Julia Schottenstein, NEA (New Enterprise Associates)
Ajoy Mallik, Follow[the]Seed
David Roebuck, DFJ DragonFund
Elizabeth Fullerton, Fullerton Venture Partners
Ye Yuan, Oriza Ventures
Gaurav Bhasin, Pagemill Partners
Phil Boyer, Crosslink Capital
Guy Resheff, Grove Ventures
Carl Wu, F50

Presenting Entrepreneurs:

Eynat Guez, Co-Founder and CEO, Papaya Global
Tali Av-Zuk, Co-Founder and CEO, Vala
Tsafra Perlmutter, CEO and Cheif Designer, CO.CO Collective
Karen Shlimovich, COO, CrossBorder
Adi Zamir, CEO, Emerald Medical Applications
Orly Shoavi, Co-Founder and CEO, SafeDK
Ornit Maizel, Co-Founder, VP-E&D and GM Israel, Sunbit
Nira Sheleg, CEO, Wizer

Networking and Demos by entrepreneurial organizations impacting “The Next Billion” around the world
6:00 pm18:00

Networking and Demos by entrepreneurial organizations impacting “The Next Billion” around the world

  • Computer History Museum
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:00 pm Networking and Demos by entrepreneurial organizations impacting “The Next Billion” around the world
7:00 pm Program

A growing number of innovators and entrepreneurs are focused on the next
billion people who are digitally excluded, many of whom live in extreme
poverty, globally and locally. For example, since its first loan to a
fishmonger in Uganda, Kiva, the world's largest crowd-lending marketplace for
underserved entrepreneurs, has allowed people to lend money via the Internet
to underserved entrepreneurs. Kiva has crowdfunded more than one million
loans to more than 2.1 million entrepreneurs in 82 countries, totaling nearly
$1 billion dollars with a repayment rate over 97 percent.

How are entrepreneurs changing the lives of the next billion, one by one? How
is technology being used as a force for democratization of access and
opportunity? Where are hot spots around the world for entrepreneurship and
what can Silicon Valley learn from them? What are some positive roles for
government? Is there a way to dismantle the false choice between purpose and

Join us for a fascinating fireside chat between Julie Hanna, Kiva executive
chairman and Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, with
Exponential’s Marguerite Gong Hancock.

Admission is free.  Register here:

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. During one week each
November, thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire
millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to
potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman
Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a
network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. For 2016, GEW is November
AmBAR Family Walk/Run 5K
10:00 am10:00

AmBAR Family Walk/Run 5K

  • Coyote Point Drive San Mateo, CA, 94401 United States

Fundraising event: AmBAR Family Walk/Run 5K. This family-friendly costume run/walk will take you around the beautiful Coyote Point Recreattion Area. ALL AGES! 


Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

As a part of our AmBAR philanthropy initiative we would like to invite you to join us for AmBAR family Walk/Run 5K fundraising event to support GOODdler Foundation, a local non-profit organization with a mission to inspire youth to become a solution to the most pressing global issues. The money will be used to organize Kids Social Hackathons - a series of free creative tech events for kids and youth, to give kids tools to express their creativity, and be empathetic towards each other and the world around them.
All donations are tax-deductible: Gooddler Foundation - 501(c)(3) #81-0833072

GOODdler Bike Ride From San Francisco To Tahoe
5:00 am05:00

GOODdler Bike Ride From San Francisco To Tahoe

Fundraising non-stop grueling bike ride from San Francisco to Truckee, Tahoe.

Gooddler Tour 2016 date has been announced and registration is now open! Mark your calendars - September 17, 2016
For registration and more info go here:

It's a fundraising event to support GOODdler Foundation, a local non-profit organization with a mission to inspire youth to become a solution to the most pressing global issues. 
The money will be used to organize Kids Social Hackathons - a series of free creative tech events for kids and youth, to give kids tools to express their creativity, and be empathetic towards each other and the world around them.
Donate here:
(Donations are tax-deductible: Gooddler Foundation - 501(c)(3) #81-0833072)

Elite one day 226 miles fundraising bike ride from San Francisco to Truckee. 

The tour takes place once a year some time during the summer and ONLY expert and elite level rides are encouraged to register. Even though 226 miles is not the longest some of us ever rode, the specifics of this ride make Gooddler Tour one of the toughest events you have ever entered. Do not be misguided by rather mild statistics of the past rides. It is not really 13,000ft of climbing over more than 200 miles, it is more like 10,000ft of climbing going straight uphill over the last 70 miles.

Variety of temperatures, from morning Bay Area cold (~40F) to the super hot Sacramento Valley (~+100F) and back to super cold mountain temps (~30F-40F), makes it hard to swallow even for the strongest. Diverse terrain is another challenge. Riding through little towns' dirty roads, open spaces and narrow roads in the Sierras will test your handling skills and patience. Add to all of that riding in the dark and you get the whole package a few other rides have to offer. 

... but rewards are endless. You will be all year hot topic at all cocktail parties you go. After all, every Californian drove from Bay Area to Tahoe at least once and for most it is too long even by car.

Oh, yes, and don't forget a certificate you will receive upon the completion of the journey. 

Bots are coming - conversation and AI as an interface
6:30 pm18:30

Bots are coming - conversation and AI as an interface

  • WSGR

A panel discussion about the next big thing - chat bots, conversation, and AI as an interface. 

Enjoy this opportunity to learn, network and discuss the latest technology for all things bots. 
All bots welcome. :)

FREE for AmBAR members! (Ask the code for FREE registration)

Sergei Burkov, Alterra
Mikhail Larionov, FB Messenger
Michael Naumov, Digital Genius

Moderator: John Markoff, New York Times
John Markoff writes about science and technology for the New York Times from San Francisco. He was one of a group of New York Times reporters awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2013.

About our panelists:

- Sergei Burkov,
Sergei Burkov, PhD, is the founder and CEO of, a Deep Learning / NLP startup, building conversational virtual assistants powered by artificial neural networks. The company’s flagship product is a virtual travel agent. The company’s flagship product is a virtual travel agent ( His previous startup was acquired by Google, where he became the first head of its Moscow R&D Center.

- Mikhail Larionov, Facebook
Mikhail is the technical lead on Facebook Messenger platform. 
Before joining Facebook he was product lead for social games at Disney (Playdom), and did a couple of startups.

- Mikhai Naumov, Digital Genius
DigitalGenius is building next-generation communication automation technologies for the enterprise. At the core of the platform are proprietary natural language processing and artificial intelligence modules that enable Fortune-500 companies, governments, and banks to fully replicate human-like conversations at scale. The system is engineered to enable enterprise clients to leverage a portfolio of artificial intelligence and NLP technologies through one manageable platform.

Wine and snacks will be provided.



Welcome to the San Francisco Symphony! Ashkenazy conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.
8:00 pm20:00

Welcome to the San Francisco Symphony! Ashkenazy conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

  • Davies Symphony Hall

We are pleased to welcome AmBAR to the San Francisco Symphony! To receive our group discount, you must use the button below to purchase tickets for the concert shown.

Ashkenazy conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA

15-16 Season
“My Symphony is definitely the best work I have written so far,” Tchaikovsky wrote to his brother Modest in 1877. The Fourth Symphony strikes a perfect balance of warm lyricism and dramatic and fantastic elements, opposite Shostakovich’s brooding Cello Concerto.

25% discount for AmBAR members:

International Pre-SVOD Party
6:30 pm18:30

International Pre-SVOD Party

  • Pivotal Labs

SVOD is happy to announce a special networking event to welcome our special guests from South Africa and early arriving international SVOD attendees to mingle before the main Conference days. Together with the general networking reception, the event will host a series of 1-min pitches/introductions from the attendees.

Our special guests – E-nnovate organized delegation from South Africa – will be happy to gain exposure to world-class innovation and discuss possible business cooperation with fellow entrepreneurs and companies that are interested in entering the South African market. Startups coming from South Africa mainly represent such sectors as hardware, FinTech, Mobile, and EdTech. 

Our pre-SVOD international party is co-hosted by:

  • AmBAR - American Business Association of Russian-Speaking Professionals

  • TEC Club - The Entrepreneurs network

  • SiliconFrench

  • RWIT - Russian Speaking Women In Tech

  • IEFF - Israeli Executives and Founders forum

  • JHTC - Jewish High Tech Community

  • GABA - German American Business Association of California

  • BayBrazil 

  • .... more to be announced soon

Members of AmBAR  enjoy 50% discount with code AMBAR50 )

We kindly invite all our friends and partners to attend and take the most of this unique networking opportunity.

Food and wine will be provided.


Monday, May 23, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT) - Add to Calendar


Pivotal Labs - 3495 Deer Creek Rd, Palo Alto, CA

6:30 pm18:30

Kirill Sheynkman, RTP Ventures: What an entrepreneur learned after 5 years of being a VC

  • 650 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA

(FREE for AmBAR members, ask a promocode)

Kirill Sheynkman is the Managing Director of RTP Ventures. Kirill is focused on developing all aspects of the firm's investment strategy in the United States, building the firm's investment team, and creating a portfolio of Cloud, SaaS, Big Data, and Enterprise Infrastructure companies.

Kirill, is a 25-year software industry veteran, who has spent 10 of those years as a CEO of software startups. He is a three-time founder of venture-backed enterprise software companies, including an early relational OLAP vendor acquired by IBM in 1995 and Plumtree Software (NASDAQ: PLUM), the creator of the corporate portal market, acquired by BEA/Oracle in 2005. Kirill's companies were twice backed by Sequoia Capital where he was also an Entrepreneur in Residence. Kirill also held sales, product management, and business development positions at Oracle and Microsoft.

Kirill holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

Meet Dmitry Gudkov
6:30 pm18:30

Meet Dmitry Gudkov

  • JCC Palo Alto - (Room E104)

Dmitry Gennadyevich Gudkov is a Russian politician. He was elected as a member of the State Duma in December 2011. His father, Gennady Gudkov, was also a Duma deputy from 2001–2012. Both father and son are members of the party A Just Russia.

Where: JCC Palo Alto - 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303 (Room E104)


6:30 pm18:30

Building an App from Idea to Release - Tools and Best Practices

When: March 17, 2016
Where: 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

Tools and best practices to increase the success rate of building your idea into a solid app. No coding or design experience is required. 

Stages of app development: Wireframes, Functional Specification, Graphic Design, Implementation, Testing.

Tools and Checklists to make each stage easier and more manageable for non-techie entrepreneurs.

If you are not coding it yourself, how do make sure that you get what you asked for? How do you manage your budget and not get stuck with a lousy build? Can you do any of the work yourself? Where can you find the right developers? What is the best way to communicate during the various stages of development?  

About Speaker:

Alexander Tsyplikhin has been building consumer and enterprise web and mobile apps for over nine years. Alexander cofounded Flexis, a custom software design and development company based in Palo Alto, that was awarded with major projects by Cisco and LeapFrog. He also is the founder and CEO of, the destination website for companies looking for stellar mobile development teams. 
Alex holds a PhD in Speech Biometrics and is passionate about creating great user experiences and using data to build great products.

When: March 17, 2016
Where: 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

Quick Pitch - Be Ready to Pitch in a Pinch
6:30 pm18:30

Quick Pitch - Be Ready to Pitch in a Pinch

  • 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304

(FREE for AmBAR members, ask a promo code)

You might be called up on stage to pitch... 
You might be at a networking event... 
You might even strike up a convo waiting line for a coffee and realize - hey - I need to pitch! 

Bottom line - you never know if the next person you meet could change your startup! You want to be armed with the perfect story of your venture at any given moment. Donna Griffit, an International Corporate Storyteller and Founder of will share insider tips for getting your story straight and sounding great telling it. A few lucky companies will get to come up, pitch their story and get expert feedback. This will be a very interactiveworkshop - please sign up in advanced if you'd like the opportunity to be coached on your pitch and get your story polished by Donna. 

About the Speaker: Donna Griffit, Corporate Storyteller, has worked globally for over a decade with Fortune 500 companies, Start-Ups and investors in a wide variety of industries. She has consulted and trained clients in over 30 countries, helping them create, edit and deliver verbal and written presentations, pitches and messages. Donna has the ability to magically spin raw data into compelling stories that captivate audiences and drive to results. Through her guidance clients have raised hundreds of millions of dollars. Donna is Co-Founder and CEO of – a tool that helps startups create their pitch to investors and get the meetings they want!