Deep Dive

D eep Dive is 2-week long hands-on educational program held in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of technology entrepreneurship. Deep Dive helps technology companies and investors extend their business operations overseas by establishing partnerships and connections, setting up a local presence and accelerating cross-border business development.

Program Format

Deep Dive program was shaped to facilitate your understanding of how Silicon Valley works for global companies.

Deep Dive program includes networking with Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investment communities, successful entrepreneur stories, case discussions, project pitches, company visits, after hours parties, Stanford/Berkeley campus visits, VC meetings, company exit examples and presentations from founders operating in both global regions and Silicon Valley.

Deep Dive training sessions are delivered by investors, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneurs and expert guest speakers. Moderated team discussions will be used to help participants assimilate the information-rich content.

Deep Dive VIP status allows participants to use their own projects, situations, and problems as program case studies with the participation of Silicon Valley experts. VIP participants also receive an exclusive coaching session with venture capitalists and technology professionals. Project Pitch Session allows VIP participants to present projects in front of Silicon Valley investors to get feedback and attract investment interest.

Deep Dive Experts and Guest Speakers

Deep Dive is an international program gathering industry renowned experts from Silicon Valley to mentor and coach upcoming and promising global startup founders and entrepreneurs. Every Deep Dive program includes seasoned speakers who share their war stories and life experiences, reinforcing the insightful concepts described in Steve Blank’s Four Steps to Epiphany.

Speakers at the Deep Dive program (67 speakers to date):
  • Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur and founder of E.Piphany, Professor, Stanford University, UC Berkeley
  • Charles Chenggong Fan, Senior Vice President, Chairman of China Center of Excellence, EMC
  • Bo Parker, Managing Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation, PwC
  • Kamran Elahian, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of CAE Systems, Inc., PlanetWeb, Inc., Actelis Networks, Inc., Global Catalyst Partners, Entopia and others
  • Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote
  • Ilya Strebulaev, Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Esther Dyson, Partner, EDventure Holdings
  • Chuck De Vita, President, Growth Process Group, Adjunct Professor, Stanford Continuing Studies
  • David Weekly, founder of PBwiki (now PBworks) and Founding Director of Hacker Dojo
  • Betty Kayton, CFO, DropBox
  • Renat Khasanshyn, Partner, Apaxys Ventures
  • Alexandra Johnson, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Andrew Filev, Founder and CEO, Wrike
  • Angelika Blendstrup, International Executive Communication Coach
  • Dmitri I. Dubograev, Partner, femida®.us
  • Sergei Burkov, Mentor & Adviser to various startups
  • Igor Taber, Investment Director, Intel Capital
  • Alexei Kostarev, CEO and Founder, i-Jet
  • Stan Chudnovsky, CEO and Founder, OOGA Labs
  • Daniel Zimmerman, Partner, SNR Denton
  • Bill Tai, Partner, Charles River Ventures
  • Peter Loukianoff, Partner, Almaz Capital
  • Vivek Mehra, General Partner, August Capital
  • Alex Miroshnichenko, Founder and CTO Virsto Software
  • Eric Buatois, General Partner, Sofinnova Ventures
  • Jim Smith, General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Brian Jacobs, General Partner, Emergence Capital Partners
  • Mark Iwanovski, General Partner, Trident Capital
  • Marylene Delbourg-Delphis, Serial Entrepreneur, Professional CEO, Coach
  • Sondra Card, Executive Recruiter, HR Director for Mayfield
  • Asa Dotzler, Director, Product Management, Mozilla Corp
  • Alex Rosen, Managing Director, IDG Ventures
  • Erin Vehr, VP Horn Group
  • Vlad Shmunis, CEO, RingCentral
  • Fadi Bishara, Cofounder at Blackbox, Founder & CEO at techVenture;
  • Gleb Arshinov, CEO at Acunote
  • Sidney Minassian, Board Member & Advisor KAYWEB Angels LLC
  • Manish Chandra, Founder & CEO of Poshmark, Founder of Kaboodle
  • Ankit Agarwal, CEO at Micello.

Deep Dive Business Development Results

Global business development achievements of Deep Dive participants
US Business partnerships formed (US partners to build product for US market, US subsidiary partners, US Channel partners and partners to reach US market) 43%
Set up operations in the US (build and sell products for US market) 17%
Setup new business unit for global market (expanding into US market, Operating in international markets, scaling further, mature business planning a Spin-off of innovative products for global markets) already 17%
Built product for US market 13%
Other (won industry competition, closed investment round) 9%

Deep Dive Business Development Results
Very High impact 40%
High impact 60%
Low impact page 0%
Very low impact 0%

Added value for your business in $$ (extra revenues, market cap increase, etc)
More than $5.000.000 20%
$1.000.000 to $5.000.000 33%
$100.000 to $1.000.000 13%
Less than $100.000 13%
Other (not ready to disclose) 20%


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