May 13, 2014 07:30 ET

Zana Launches Virtual Silicon Valley Incubator for Entrepreneurs

Free, On-Demand Access to Connections, Community and Content to Grow a Successful Startup

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - May 13, 2014) - Zana today announced that it has launched its virtual Silicon Valley incubator to satisfy the needs of the burgeoning entrepreneur population. Thanks to Zana's access to top mentors, dialogue with leading experts, peer-led coaching and curated content, entrepreneurs can finally obtain all the tools and skills necessary to be successful throughout every stage of running a business.

In the U.S. and around the world, entrepreneurship is acknowledged as the driver of economic growth, social progress and prosperity. Silicon Valley is the beacon of successful entrepreneurship, and, until now, the knowledge and best practices were not readily accessible in an approachable format tailored for the modern entrepreneur, across all the key stages of start-up growth. Whether you are a start-up in Paris, Texas or Paris, France, Zana has something for the whole entrepreneurial team, from founders to employees and advisors.

"All new net job growth comes from startups, yet nothing prepares you for how to found or work in a startup," said Shea Tate-Di Donna, founder and CEO of Zana. "Incubators, accelerators and business programs are often inaccessible; it is harder to get into Y Combinator, for example, than an Ivy League college. The information and resources change rapidly on pace with technology, and the needs of a company vary as it grows. Zana is the key to make being an entrepreneur -- a successful one -- a more tangible and realistic goal."

Zana is building the first global education platform and community devoted to bringing the knowledge, best entrepreneurial practices and best minds of Silicon Valley and elsewhere, to entrepreneurs, available any time, anywhere. Given the rapid pace of change in start-ups, it is essential that the platform deliver in real-time to entrepreneurs. No matter where they are in the world, entrepreneurs with access to Zana can channel the Silicon Valley environment and foster their vision through Zana's program, which includes:

  • Curated content - quick, bite-sized lessons answer the questions you did not know you had and give you the tools to move your ideas forward
  • Connections - on-demand access to top mentors and leading experts open a channel of communication not typically available
  • Community - peer-led coaching presents the opportunity for entrepreneurs to both give and take, reciprocating what you gain from your fellow Zana members by offering your own advice for success

Founded by Shea Tate-Di Donna, the creator of True Venture's True University and platform of Founder Services, Zana is always available and can be accessed by all entrepreneurs. With topics including product, design, growth, marketing, sales, funding and more, Zana brings approachable, digestible and actionable information that entrepreneurs can immediately put to use -- offerings include:

  • "How To": instead of academic or theoretical information, learn exactly what you need to build your idea into a successful business now
  • 10 Steps: approaches to behavior changing content
  • Actionable activities and related materials to delve in
  • Lessons Learned: bite-sized, Tweetable takeaways
  • Time savings!: curated, trusted, vetted, quality content at your fingertips

"With massive IPOs and the glamorization of the startup lifestyle, entrepreneurs have more pressure to succeed than ever before, yet there are not enough resources to prepare them for the challenges they face when building a startup," said Jim Scheinman, founder and CEO at Maven Ventures. "Zana's mission to share insights from thought leaders and a community of entrepreneurs is instrumental to startups throughout their company lifecycle. Building from her background in early stage VC and working with hundreds of founders and their teams, Shea has deep expertise in this space, and I truly believe she is the right person to realize this vision."

Zana is available today. To begin your journey as an entrepreneur, sign up for an account and learn more about Zana by visiting

About Zana
Zana is a virtual Silicon Valley incubator for entrepreneurs. Aiming to democratize entrepreneurship, Zana provides free, on-demand access to top mentors, leading experts and peer-led coaching. Entrepreneurs can access short and curated lessons, answers to key questions and the right tools to help turn their vision into a reality. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Zana was founded by Shea Tate-Di Donna, who created True University for True Ventures and built their platform of Founder Services, and is backed by leading entrepreneurs and angels, such as Steve Blank (Customer Discovery & Lean), Jeremy LaTrasse (co-founder of Twitter) and Jim Scheinman (Maven Ventures). For more information, visit

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