Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 150 cities and 65 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. You should start a Chapter in your city! Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. Started by Derek Andersen and Spencer Nielsen in February 2010 in a small office in Mountain View California, the original goal to bring together friends who would help each other has spread across the world.
We aim to build a connected network of vibrant startup communities to help fuel innovation, economic growth and prosperity at the local level. While Startup Grind was founded in Palo Alto, California, our extended network of Startup Grind chapters are located in some of the most entrepreneur-friendly cities and startup ecosystems around the world including Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Sydney, Singapore, Melbourne and more with dozens of new chapters launching in the coming months. Join our community by attending one of our monthly events or help us launch a Startup Grind chapter in your city.
We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself. We are truly passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs and startups succeed. We intend to make their startup journey less lonely, more connected and more memorable.
“There are great local entrepreneurs in each city in the world. We bring these people to our stages to mentor the next generation.”
“Conversations between industry leaders, the host, and the audience that are intended to really dig deep and extract the nitty-gritty details about running a startup.”
Adam Muniz is the founder and director of renowned eCommerce and media website For Tomorrow. Founded in 2007, For Tomorrow specializes in high-end fashion and lifestyle products. In 2010, Adam founded For Tomorrow Creative, which is the digital media and creative arm that provides coverage of fashion weeks around the world as well as providing eCommerce and digital marketing solutions for external clients. The For Tomorrow website is a custom built platform and has a large following in key fashion centers around the world. Adam splits his time between Sydney, Paris, London and New York, traveling the fashion week circuit, as well as mentoring young designers. Adam previously ran the Sydney, Australia Startup Grind chapter from 2012-2014. Adam studied a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Wollongong and is currently applying for an M.B.A at Yale School of Management.
Alex has 15 years experience in the internet and Information Technology industry. Prior to starting www.wadja.com, Alex was Managing Director of Box Up Solutions in Athens, Greece and held sales and consultant positions at AirTouch Cellular, in Phoenix, Arizona and Creative Technical Services in Scottsdale, Arizona. Alex is currently CEO, Founder and Executive Board Member of Wadja Media Limited, splitting his time between Cyrus, Athens and Sunnyvale, California and has been featured in guest posts on Mashable and Businessinsider on Entrepreneurship in Europe.
Level 27 multiclass: Àlex is co-founder at MarsBased, and leads a start-up community in Barcelona. Natural-born developer, he prides himself in his social skills: loves travelling, connecting people and learning languages (speaks 5 fluently: Catalan, Spanish, Italian, German & English). Mens sana, in entrepreneur sano: Àlex is a runner and a highly competitive sportsman. Volunteered for ESN, the largest exchange student network in Europe, for over four years both in Munich and Barcelona.
Ingeniero industrial de la Universidad Javeriana. Becado por el Gobierno de Israel en su programa internacional de Innovación y Emprendimiento en MASHAV, MCTC. Conferencista. Docente universitario. Desarrolló proyectos para iNNpulsa, Instituto Caro y Cuervo, apps.co, MinCIT y Fundación Bavaria. Es coordinador de aceleración en Corporación Ventures. Co-fundador de Think Jam y Cultivando Futuro, proyecto ganador de SocialAPP (Socialab Colombia). Consultor en innovación para Muysca.co. Community Leader de UP Global.
I'm a communicator, cofounder, and community-builder, and at the heart of it all, a startup helper. My experience with Hacker Studios and Startup Canada's Startup Communities program has underscored and confirmed my belief that the best way for early-stage founders to learn is from experience--especially the experience of others. I love London, and I think it's a terrific place to start up, and am glad to bring successful entrepreneurs onto the stage to share their experiences with other homegrown companies.
Amarit Charoenphan (Bangkok, Thailand) Amarit Charoenphan is a startup ecosystem builder, serial events organizer & entrepreneur. Prior to starting Thailand's 1st startup coworking space (HUBBA) & 1st creatives & design coworking space (PAH Creative Space), he worked in management consulting and ran a social enterprise incubator for a local non-profit. He is actively building the Thai startup community through events and workshops such as co-organizing Echelon Ignite Thailand, Thailand's biggest international tech startup conference (www.e27.co/ignite) and was Thailand Country Host for Geeks on A Plane Southeast Asia tour, on top of the 100+ events he's organized in the past 2 years. He’s also has a stealth startup in the works, is a Startup Weekend Organizer & Global Facilitator among other things, and based in Bangkok but calls Southeast Asia home. In his spare time, he likes to scuba dive and to visit different coworking spaces across the world. Twitter handle: @aimamarit Linkedin profile: th.linkedin.com/in/amaritcharoenphan/ HUBBA (www.hubbathailand.com) / PAH Creative Space (www.pahspace.com)
Amity is a management consultant in Hong Kong. She has working experience with Accenture and Value Partners. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics & Finance from the University of Hong Kong. Growing up in Shanghai and living in Hong Kong, she has a well rounded point of view of business, social and cultural trends in the region. In her spare time, she is a passionate diver.
Anamarie freelances with Coffee of Origin, LLC., www.coffeeoforigin.com. She asists with the online presence and launching the social media campaigns for the company. She has authored and delivered unique courses that focus on continuing education in the fields of entrepreneurship and small business development. Anamarie speaks several languages, has spoken/performed in four continents and is adept at cross-cultural communications.
Andrew is the Development Director at Startup Calgary, an entrepreneur led, volunteer-driven movement with the mission to activate startups, connect founders, and grow Calgary's startup ecosystem. He graduated from Mount Royal University with a BBA in General Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Throughout his time in school he was involved in many initiatives including holding an Entrepreneur in Residents position for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship during his last semester. He was also heavily involved in Enactus Mount Royal and was an integral part of developing new programs, implementing older ones, and sharing their story on a regional and national stage.
Founder and CEO at Homplex.com - interior design startup supported by Business Angels since 2011. Happy entrepreneur and motivator. Co-founded Reaktor - Warsaw Startups community house. Believes in technology mixed with inbound marketing, product placement and global local markets solutions. Advises on business models, startup development strategy and early stage investments. Previously IT security expert in ABN AMRO and RBS leading teams in the Netherlands, Poland and the UK. IT geek since childhood.
Anthony is a dynamic and results-focused leader with over 20 years of progressive experience in building communities, teams, revenues, profits, and business growth. He enjoys working with people that are passionate, empathetic, smart and innovative. Anthony follows simple rules: treat others as you want to be treated, listen attentively, learn from your failures, and celebrate your successes and be thankful. Anthony has been very fortunate to be a part of eight start-ups, two of which he co-founded. Currently he is focusing his energy with his partner on growing the second venture, eIntero, an online marketplace for software development. Outside of his faith, family, and friends, pioneering new beginnings is his passion.
Arif Nezami is a dreamer, doer and story teller. His local content & youth focused startup did magic in Bangladesh. He is an organizer of Google Developer Group Dhaka, renowned tech blogger and serial tech community manager. Tech communities and events in Bangladesh are hard to think of without him. Arif is passionate about innovation, tech and entrepreneurship. His love towards social business model made him start socbiz.org .
Arj has a background in business development and strategy and most recently worked at Vodafone Australia within their sales & distribution strategy team. In 2009 Arj created his own eponymous fashion brand and presented his collection at Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week in 2011. Arj is currently developing a social-commerce platform to disrupt the way fashion is broadcast and sold online. Arj holds honours degrees in B.Eng (Mechanical) and B.Com (Corporate Finance, Investment Finance) from The University of Western Australia.
Assina is a computer scientist and assistant lecturer at University of Lubumbashi. She started a small company P&R Tech (Pebble and Ripples Tech) and she’s planning to take Congo by storm. Her goal is to create more female engineers. She likes reading and meeting people.
Athule Mbena is a Marketing and Creative Strategist by profession, she joins the team as Director of the Johannesburg Chapter of Startup Grind. Athule has Public Relations and Marketing experience from both local and international PR agencies that are active in South Africa, working on business and consumer accounts. She originally hails from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Athule holds a Bachelors of Commerce (BCOM) Degree in Marketing, Logistics and Financial Management from The University of Stellenbosch, she also holds a 3-year Public Relations and Communications Diploma from the University of South Africa. To contact Athule, please email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Atin is a branding and marketing professional, Founder-Director of ab Initio HK. A technology enthusiast and a social media fanatic. Armed with an MBA in Communications Management, he set out to work for the world's second largest business newspaper as a Brand Manager. An optimist by nature, he is currently living his dream of being an entrepreneur at the cross-section of his passions: digital media, events and startups. When not working, he's probably watching Indian movies, DJing Indian parties or hiking the trails.
Presales Engineer at Telefónica, she is passionate about everything she does. Thanks to being part of Business Development at Telefónica she realized she had great communication and organizational skills and is constantly developing it. Stay current on industry technology trends through partner training, always with great enthusiasm because her motivation is to achieve extraordinary things wich leave a lasting impact. Her hobbies are playing the piano and fashion. You will always find her with a smile in her face!
Bakhytgul is a young startuper and dreamer. She studied journalism; she is an experienced business journalist. Her last appointment was that of an observer with Forbes Kazakhstan. She is passionate about her vision, is a keen reporter and looks for the deep understanding of business principles that integrate into our lives and change the society in a positive manner. And that was the reason she and her team started the idea-lab.kz and StartupGrind chapter in her country.
Co-founder of Valuraha a software company that develops financial literacy tools for the African finance industry. Entrepreneur, passionate about startups, passionate about creating opportunities that enable others to grow into their potential, passionate to see the African tech-preneurial scene bloom. Love to read. Love the outdoors...
Brian is currently the COO of Startup Grind. He has over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. Experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise collaborative web products and services. Has started three previous startups, including one that had $17 million in revenues. Previously worked for AOL and Merrill Lynch. Is a CMUer.
Carel is CEO and cofounder of Ink361.com, the leading web based Instagram photo sharing network. Carel is a serial entrepreneur and holds a MSc degree of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has worked in investment banking prior to becoming an entrepreneur and has founded three successful companies over the last 12 years.
Chance Jiang is co-founder of welomo.com, a Guangzhou startup making cloud-ready electronic appliances for business and consumers. Chance is currently focused on startups making smart and connected appliances for business and consumers, including robots. He's been an active member in Guangzhou's tech community, from organizing community events to mentoring other startups. Chance was founding member (Interim Chair) of IEEE System, Man and Cybernetics Guangzhou Chapter (2004-2007).
Cheryl Draper is a community builder, event producer and entrepreneur originally hailing from Ottawa but now based in Vancouver. By day, she's the Sponsorship and PR Manager at Unbounce. By night, Cheryl can be found facilitating startup weekend events around the world, mentoring up-and-coming companies or playing dinner host to visiting out-of-town founders. In her downtime, she likes to drink tea, travel, spend time with family and friends, and can often be found geeking out over craft beer.
Cheryl Mack has been living the startup life since moving to Vancouver in 2008. She is an active member of the startup community, having worked with several startups, accelerators and investors. She is dedicated to building a thriving startup ecosystem in Vancouver and growing access to funding, developers, and other resources. UBC Sauder alumni, technology geek, and travel enthusiast.
Chris is a Digital Artist, Entrepreneur, and Startup Pusher with businesses in everything from Tech to Tequila. CEO and Founder of Startup Melbourne, Perceptar (live mobile to mobile video application) and the General Manager - Startup Grind Australia / New Zealand.
Outside of Tech he runs J&D Consortium an innovative private label food and beverage business that primarily imports for the Retail and Foodservice markets within the Asia-Pacific.
Part efficiency nut, part branding fanatic, part dance devotee and definite business addict; Christie Kerner loves everything entrepreneriffic. Through her varied experiences from building her own businesses, working for Fortune 100 companies and coaching passionate business owners Christie developed an innovative process for launching small businesses to success. She loves helping entrepreneurs learn the nuts and bolts they need to be successful - and to do the cha-cha while they are at it. Christie currently enjoys teaching others how to make a living doing what they love at launchmie.com. She also leads an international chain of dance fitness studios she founded and licensed.
Christine Souffrant is a Haitian American entrepreneur with 7 years of business management experience, 6 years of international study in over 26 countries, and 2 years of banking & finance expertise. Christine spent her early years managing a family business in New York that featured Haitian street artwork. In 2007 she attended Dartmouth College on a Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship started a career in banking upon graduation. Christine experienced a 3X promotional trajectory that ranged from managing a retail branch in DC to managing middle market clients in NY/NJ. In 2013 she decided to take a leap of faith and exit Corporate America to pursue a Masters Degree at Hult Dubai. Within 7 months she acquired several influential hats including: being Managing Director of Startup Grind Dubai, Founder of 2 city wide initiatives with DP World- Smart City Weekend and She Dares Group and became a member of the Rotary’s Rotaract Jumeirah Club. Today, Christine is known as the Founder & CEO of Vendedy- the first mobile bidding marketplace for street artisans of the world. For the first time, the remote poor can upload photos of their work onto online galleries via mobile technology, await consumers to bid on their work and receive payment via sms message once the order is delivered. In partnership with IBM and affiliates of the Clinton Global Initiative the startup is expanding to 150 countries. Current press coverage include the National of UAE, Clinton Global Initiative, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Social Enterprise Hive Magazine, The Gulf Elite, Lioness Magazine, The New Quo, Ellevate 85 Broads UAE Next Level, Women 2.0 forum, and Radio Solidarite 107.35 Haiti.
Chris Richards is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and business. He was the Founder and Chapter Director for the Atlanta Startup Grind before relocating back to Oregon to launch a new chapter of the Startup Grind here in Portland. He's currently running Cellar Door, a digital marketing consulting company, and the Social Media Manager for ChooseATL, a campaign from Nebo Agency and the city to represent Atlanta as a creative and digital epicenter. When not finding new clients for a growing digital agency he has a passion for everything digital and pretty much anything that gets him outside from snowboarding to kayaking.
Danish born serial-entrepreneur for the past 20 years with a number both failures and exits including Awarded by American Chamber of Commerce in Russia - Small Business of the Year (2001) My latest venture is Book'n'Bloom which we believe will help and transform the way million's of small local appointment led businesses work - helping them to leapfrog into digital operation and Social & Mobile. I love sailing, running & cooking
Colleen is passionate about making connections between people and businesses. Colleen is an Angel Investor, Digital Marketing Expert, and has supported her Husband at his Probiotics Manufacturing Startup, where she helped him hire staff and discover funding through the power of her network. She believes that if you spend time in your local Community connecting and creating meaningful conversations with the people around you, that you will create powerful connections that will strengthen and benefit everyone. Colleen is a Denver native and is excited to be part of Startup GRIND Denver so she can help educate, inspire, and connect local and global entrepreneurs.
Daniel Drolet is a senior executive, investor, & expert in the field of Intellectual Property Asset Management and Business Operations. His focus is on business development, startup operations and scale, licensing, commercialization, partnerships, and monetization of technology, media, and entertainment assets and brands. Daniel has gained a national reputation in technology management and has been highlighted in a number of publications regarding commercialization and management of technologies developed by early stage companies, VC Backed Start Ups, Universities and Government agencies. His focus is on leveraging high-value intellectual property assets, technologies and brands into large, scalable opportunities either through licensing, value-added projects, or startup companies. As Director of Startup Grind Charleston; Daniel leverages his wealth of experience in offering technology entrepreneurs and IP owners with experience, operational support, resources and connections they need to develop, execute and accelerate the growth of their projects & companies. Daniel is also a mentor at Stanford University's Technology Entrepreneurship program through NovoEd and is listed in “Who’s Who among IP Technology Professionals and Executives”. Daniel is also Chairman and CEO of IPG Worldwide since 2001 and led the management of technology assets that in total have been valued at of over $100 Million from companies like Sony, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs Advanced Research, Johns Hopkins, PCN Technology, University of Strathclyde and others. He also has led numerous IPG investments into managed intellectual property assets, technologies, and through venture backed startup companies with syndication partners.
Danton had a successful IT career over the past 15 years on big corporations and consultant firms, but he always had a entrepreneur heart. Since the beginning of 2013 he's helping to develop the startup ecosystem in Rio de Janeiro, where he runs Y55, a tech startup germinator that helps Brazilian dreamers to become business man and foreign startups to establish and be successful. He is passionate about how technology can empower people all around the world
Darren is the Head of Seed Investing at The Lucey Fund, Lucey Technology, a Dublin based cloud specialist with offices in London. He was also a featured interviewer at Startup Grind 2013, conducting a memorable discussion with Patrick Collison of Stripe
David Butler is a serial networker and social media aficionado. Both David’s strong social presence and his love of testing beta versions of new products coming from Zurich’s many startups, have made him a sought after advisor in many industries. Fully engaged in the Swiss Startup Scene, promoting it's innovation with events, networking, twitter, and connecting the dots.
Davide is a philosopher who was caught by the entrepreneurial spirit. MA in Philosophy (University of Pisa), Davide has a working experience in the B2B field and a growing experience in the startup business environment. He got interested into entrepreneurship by meeting passionate entrepreneurs, discovering that passion for your product and your business field are key factors to run a successful business. Passionate about startup culture, he previosly founded a local startup community in Pisa and Startup Grind Pisa is the natural evolution of that experience. He likes to foster the entrepreneurial spirit promoting networking, spreading of ideas and friendship; his will is to connect Italy to the worldwide community of Startup Grind. He's convinced that trust is the most valuable currency in the world.
Derek is the founder of Startup Grind, a 125-city community mentoring entrepreneurs. Startup Grind is based in 60 countries with over 1,500 volunteers. Derek Andersen spent four years in product management at Electronic Arts working on games like the Godfather, Burnout, and Mirror's Edge. He left in 2009 to create Vaporware Labs which launched several failures and a couple of successes like Startup Grind, Commonred (Acquired by Income.com), and Steve Young Football (iOS). He's also a contributing author for Entrepreneur.com and Business Insider and lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife and three children.
Diego is a serial entrepreneur, management consultant, and strategic advisor to senior leaders. He is a servant leader in the development and execution of mission-critical Programs and Projects Management (PPM) within organizations. He enjoys working with Social Entrepreneurs, Business Startups, Business Overhauling and through Rural & Local development projects. With over 15 years of experience and a successful track record of delivering projects and programs; Diego is a registered member of the International Project Management Association of Guatemala, is also a Certified Project Manager (IPMA Level C) and Professional ScrumMaster (PSM I). Diego invests 40% of his time as a member of national and international bodies and committees including IPMA. He is Director of the Certification Body for IPMA in Guatemala (OCIgt) and is the Chapter Director of Startup Grind Guatemala.
Mechanical engineer by education and natural tinkerer by design, recently self-proclaimed amateur rocketeer. Diego started off as project engineer in an energy savings production startup that involved mixing hydrogen and diesel into power generators. He then went on to develop the business model for an Industrial Agropark in Veracruz that is beginning construction. Now he is in charge of the Business Development area in the Mexico Business Summit, the premier platform in Mexico that addresses the key issues shaping Mexico`s future and its relationship with its key partners.
Doug Leonard is a security researcher set to graduate BYU’s Master’s of Information Systems program April 2015. His high school class voted Doug as the most likely to get "even" with a perpetrator if his identity were to ever be stolen. Doug cracks passwords in his spare time and is a member of BYU’s Offensive Security Team. Doug solicits himself as a homebrew hacker with passion for entrepreneurship and education.
Dustin is the Associate Director for Ventures at IdeaSpace, a non-profit incubator/accelerator based in the Philippines, that helps science and technology entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground. Dustin is a Global Startup Youth alumnus, Startup Weekend organizer and a Global Shaper for the Manila Hub of the World Economic Forum. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and its role in fostering inclusive growth. Dustin is a former fat kid, loves the sun and gives away free hugs!
Patrice is an Army brat who has lived in Germany, Hawaii and several less exotic locations. A polymath with 25+ years’ experience in state government and the private sector including broadcast TV/Radio host; paralegal; director of marketing; writer/editor; patent/trademark proofreader; prospect researcher; narrator/director/producer; documentarian; philanthropist. Recently launched The Word Architect, a boutique firm focused on helping startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses find their Authentic Brand Metaphor™. Former Santa’s Reindeer Keeper.
Ed Goodman is a business start-up mentor who’s worked with over 10,000 start-ups to successfully build their knowledge of financial management, social media, networking and more. He has also delivered keynote presentations and workshops at large-scale seminars and exhibitions, including the MADE Festival, Business Start-Up Show, and other events at Earls Court, ExCel London and The National Space Centre. Through independent consultancy and mentoring, along with aligned partnerships, he has worked with multinational corporations including Barclays, Google, Sage, Intuit and more. In 2012, Ed co-founded the Cambridge Business Lounge, a co-working space and support hub for start-ups and small businesses. He also regularly blogs on small business topics, including ‘The A–Z Guide to Starting a Business’, as well as being a contributor on the BBC, podcasts as well as other established business blogs. January 2015 sees the release of Ed's first book "New Business, Next Steps - The All In One Guide to Managing, Marketing and Growing Your Small Business", published by Pearson.
Elyssa Rae is a co-community manager for Startup Grind DC, where she enjoys connecting aspiring entrepreneurs to seasoned veterans. During the day, she works in public relations and corporate communications, specializing in consumer tech, entrepreneurial tech and corporate philanthropy. She previously lived in Beijing, where she helped launch Girls in Tech China, a startup working to foster female entrepreneurship and innovation.
Emily is the Marketing and Operations Manager at The Brandery.
Endri is a self-starter, young entrepreneur, technology and travel passionate, with the goal to drive creativity and innovation among his network and local community. Endri earned a MS degree in Telecommunication and Network Management from Syracuse University in New York, USA, and a BS degree in Mathematics (Computer Science) from Russian Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow, Russia. He is the recipient of several honors and awards including Fulbright Student Award, John R. Weitzel Memorial Award, membership in the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society, Certificate of Appreciation for his professionalism from the White House Communications Agency, and being named Honorary Citizen of Nebraska State (USA). Endri served as ICT adviser to the Prime Minister of Albania, and before joining the Prime Minister’s cabinet, he held several positions in the public administration. Currently, Endri is the CEO and Co-founder of ARPAD Partners, the Co-founder of a technology startup venture in India, and serves as Board Member of the Albanian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA).
Erik manages the Shanghai office of The Applied Value Group, a professional services and investment group, and support Startup Grind as director of the Shanghai chapter. Applied Value is strategic management consultancy with a focus on cost reduction, complemented by a merger and acquisition advisory and management training expertise. They combine the in-depth expertise of a global advisor with the focus, attention, and flexibility of a boutique consulting firm.
Fabian works in foreign direct investment advisory and implementation with Dezan Shira & Associates in South China. Before coming to Shenzhen, he was based in Xi’an, Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou, where he built the firm’s office. Through his day job he has insights into foreign companies’ startup process in China and Asia. Besides that, he has founded the stock exchange society at his university, served as board member of the German Junior Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, and currently serves as a guest lecturer at Peking University HSBC Business School.
Over 7 years of Brand Management & Digital Marketing experience with an educational background of MBA (IBA). Founder of DigitalTribe working with clients in Pakistan,US & Middle East helping them create a Digital Footprint.
Fayaz is a serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor and startup champion from Bangladesh and the current CEO of Fortuna, one of the leading footwear manufactures & retailer in Bangladesh. He also founded Fortuna Fried Chicken, and Infrablue Technology. Fayaz also co-founded The Wave, one of the coolest co-working space in Dhaka, & StartupDhaka.org which provides startup news in Bangladesh. He is leading the angel investor group with his investment firm Empty Ventures that has invested in Lightcastle Partners & Magnito Digital. Fayaz in the past has organized Facebook Developer Garage, Ruby Tech, StartupBashbd and many more events.
Two and a half year ago, when Florian was faced with the choice between a highly lucrative career in the financial capital of Germany or the pursuit of his love of startups and entrepreneurship, he demonstrated his poor decision-making skills by choosing the latter, moving to Berlin to work as an intrapreneur for an incubator. Since then, he fell in love with the city and its buzzing entrepreneurial community. His goal with Startup Grind is to bring the community a valuable event series to educate, inspire and especially connect the right people with each other and to help entrepreneurs move their startup journey ahead.To learn more about the Berlin chapter please visit: startupgrind-berlin.de
Francisco is the Global Community Director at Startup Grind, a community designed to connect, inspire, and educate entrepreneurs through monthly events around the world. He is responsible for on-boarding new chapter directors, overseeing local events, and producing video content on the Startup Grind Youtube Channel. Since he joined the team in 2012, Startup Grind has achieved exponential growth expanding from 10 to 60 cities, five to 30 countries, and now reaching a network of over 40,000 entrepreneurs globally.
Franco's been an entrepreneur since the age of 11. After working overseas during university, he returned to work in the NGO, public and private sectors building web and mobile programs. He's been actively involved in helping and organizing various Ottawa events to make the city a better place. He's currently leading content and growth with Guides.co, the online destination for interactive and helpful guides.
Gerard is a startup junkie and technology enthusiast! Passionate about entrepreneurship and tech startups, his goal is to help as many startups in the Caribbean with the resources and tools they need to move forward and be successful. He graduated from Babson College with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and he is determined to make the Caribbean a startup hotspot.
Guillaume De Smedt, "G", as he is otherwise known, is the director of the Cape Town chapter for Startup Grind.
He runs a web dev & marketing company Joojooberry and completed his bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering.
Hannah is Marketing Business Partner at MBN Solutions. A marketing professional with extensive experience in B2B and service-based marketing roles, with previous roles in London and Glasgow. Hannah possesses a wealth of understanding across offline and online marketing, including internal marketing campaigns, event planning, customer retention strategies, copywriting, social media strategies, website development and email marketing. Feel free to connect with Hannah on LinkedIn.
Hisham Al-Shurafa is co-founder of Startup Calgary, an entrepreneur-led, grassroots, non-profit organization with the mission to activate startups, connect founders and grow the tech ecosystem in Calgary. He's also an entrepreneur himself, co-founding and running SnapDx and Pixineers. Hisham previously held software and product management positions at Amazon.com and NexJ Systems. Hisham graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B. A. Sc. in Systems Design Engineering. You can follow him on twitter @hisham.
Igor is passionate about how technology can create amazing tools to improve our lives everyday, encouraging business entrepreneurship connections and making new friends. He currently is responsible to increase the number of Auto parts retail stores associates to Brazilian Marketplace Canal da Peça. He´s also Event Coordinator at the Regional Counselor of Engineering Junior for the State of Ceará (CREAJR-CE) and is at the end of Industrial Engineering bachelor degree at Fanor-Devry in Fortaleza. Stoked to be part of Startup Grind as well.
Believing that one of actions for the growth of Indonesian economy is to cultivate entrepreneurs and startups or UKM in Indonesian, Inne Ongkodjojo dedicate her spare time to help and promote programmes for entrepreneurs in Indonesia. Joining the Startup Grind Jakarta's team is one of the activities that she pursues.
Irena is a systems thinker, player and doer. Currently she is working as a director of sales and development at Clear View Business Training Center based in Skopje, Macedonia. With her stellar team, she helps businesses create better results by giving them just the right training or consulting vitamins. Irena brings experience in working with different organizations from all around Europe. She is most passionate about connecting the dots between business development, innovation, and sustainability. She has a zeal for entrepreneurship and supporting people who make things happen. Stop and say hi @irenawarwick or drop an email email@example.com
James is an Agile Project Manger and ScrumMaster with over fifteen years experience of implementing collaboration
Jason Ibarra is a life-long entrepreneur, 12 year digital marketer and technology / digital marketing recruiter. Starting as the first employee and ending as the Agency Director, Jason dedicated eight years to building South Florida internet marketing agency Exults at an average growth rate of 250% year over year. As part of his commitment to South Florida’s entrepreneurial and technology community he spends time in advisory and director roles on the boards of TEDxMiami and SFIMA, the South Florida Interactive Marketing Association. He’s no stranger to what it means to be lean, in 2012 he co-founded HalfOffDrinks.com a growth hacked Groupon clone focused on bars and nightlife which grew to 10,000 subscribers in Miami within three months, before he set the project aside to join partners in his current early stage startup Recovery Passport. A native of South Florida, Jason is a seafood lover who prefers to dive in and chase his dinner. His favorite pastime, spearfishing reflects his attitude in life to “dive in and go after what he wants.” In 2013 Jason became a new Father to son, Callid Corvis Ibarra and he says seeing Callid breathe the same air we all breathe drives him more than ever to make a difference in this World. “I’m not counting on reincarnation.” –Jason Ibarra Follow Startup Grind Miami on Twitter: @StartupGrindMIA
Jess held her first job as a 14-yr-old working for a VC firm in downtown San Francisco and has loved the energy ever since. She brings her passion and experience in global marketing, branding, and startup sectors now to Boise to launch Startup Grind Boise in 2014! Living the good life where she can hit the ski slopes in 30 minutes, she has only slowed down long enough to spend time with her two beautiful girls.
Joe Famalette has immersed himself into the entrepreneurial world from a young age. Joe is the founder and CEO of OneMusicPortal, a music platform designed to help emerging artists be discovered. Joe's team consists of software engineers working at Microsoft and Success Factors, marketing ambassadors from around the country and a number of talented in-house musicians. Joe and his team currently create and execute marketing strategies for a number of musicians ranging from Michael Jordan's violinist to emerging hip hop artists and electronic dance music DJ's. Driven and determined, Joe fought through the challenges that every new business leader faces when they set out to change the world. His journey led him to re-launch Startup Grind's Minneapolis chapter where he operated as the Director from March 2014 to August 2014. Now, Joe looks forward to bringing Startup Grind back to Los Angeles and it's booming community of entrepreneurs.
Engineer. Co-founder of Commonred. Toronto / Lisbon
A journalist and digital consultant, John Boitnott has worked at TV, newspapers, radio and internet companies in California for 20 years. He's an advisor at StartupGrind and has written for NBC, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, USAToday and Venturebeat among others.
John Mueller is an assistant professor at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo where he teaches entrepreneurship. Prior to working on his PhD in Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville, he started and ran several businesses in the software industry, including GolfSolutions.com. His work experiences have allowed him to live and work in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He enjoys being involved with exciting businesses in the startup community.
Startup Grind North Bay Director John has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area entertainment and technology fields for more than 20 years. He's helped start two venture funded tech companies, managed computer networks for several large non-profits, taught computer skills to journalists and produced or acted in lots of media projects. His voice can be heard on commercials, corporate narrations and award-winning children's audio books. He lives and works in Marin County, CA and is dedicated to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in the North Bay.
Jonas is a business developer and community builder. He is a true supporter of entrepreneurs in Stockholm, Sweden and globally. Over the years he has started and managed several companies in IT, media, event, catering and TV. He is passionate about combining entrepreneurship with social development and is working with companies inside and outside of the startup community to build strong, value-based relationships.
Josh is a growth strategist in the New York City startup community. He's currently the strategy lead for a strategy startup, and he thinks that's pretty meta.
Josh is the founder of MWI, an online marketing firm with offices in Hong Kong, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona. He is a contributor for Forbes with a focus on entrepreneurship and startups in Hong Kong, and his writing has also been published in Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fast Company, TechinAsia, and the South China Morning Post. He holds a Masters of Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University. Josh is also a triathlete, trail runner, and skater. He lives on South Lantau Island with his wife and two children.
Joy is the Founder and CEO of NewMarket Partners. She’s launched 13 startups, had 2 IPO’s and 9 acquisitions, raising over $300M seeing the hard work payoff and experiencing failure. Joy is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, security and mobile. New Market Partners helps emerging tech companies create scalable businesses, performs due diligence for capital raises and M&A. Joy is also the co-founder of Applied G2 and Nurturism Media Group. She’s an active angel investor and an organizer of Startup Weekend, Ignite Tampa Bay and Barcamp. Bottom line, she wants to see Startups ROCK!
Karlie is passionate about producing flawless events and building meaningful brand relationships. Prior to Startup Grind she spent 3+ years running all national conferences for Inc. Magazine in New York. In August 2013, she joined the HQ team as Director of Events. She now heads up strategy, planning, and execution of global events as well as SF and Silicon Valley chapters, and manages all Startup Grind partnerships. A California native, Karlie now lives in San Francisco.
Katie Maxwell worked in the corporate world for the past 8 years specializing in marketing, communications and public relations. Due to a company wide restructuring her position was eliminated in early 2013. Unsure of what she wanted to do next, Katie spent several months working with a team to start a coworking space in Memphis, TN. In just a few months, the lease was signed, renovations completed and Cowork Memphis came on the scene. She now serves as the Director of Community Relations at Cowork Memphis.
Monirul believes in the power of goodness inside the core of every person. In his 15 years of career across FMCG, Retail, Advertising, Telecom, Media and Internet Industries he has set examples of how deep understanding of people, culture and beliefs can give birth to great ideas, reveal hidden opportunities and inspire people to drive growth of business and societies. Before taking up evangelizing for Google in Bangladesh, Monirul was serving as the youngest CXO on the Management Team of Grameenphone Ltd. – The Legendary Joint venture between Nobel Lauriat Professor Mohammed Yunus’s Grameen Bank and Norwegian Telecom Company Telenor. He also served on the board of GpIT Ltd. that became the first company in the country to be bought by Accenture in 2012. He is passionate about the subject matter of Creativity, Design Thinking & Innovation. Monirul Co-founded a Non-profit Carefountain.org in 2011. He is also Board Member and Advisor to a number of interesting companies and start-ups. On weekends, Monirul likes solving the great mysteries of the creative world while trying to bake homemade cupcakes. His six-year old daughter believes dad is a workaholic trapped inside his office room by day and an inspired superman saving kittens and trees by night; and Monirul finds the image just about endearing enough to love it as he loves life with all its quirks.
Kelly Tomlinson is a designer focused on user interface and experience design at Cremalab. She is the founder of Coffee & Design, chapter director of Startup Grind Kansas City, and a KCSW organizer. She believes in solving problems, sharing stories, saying thank you, and small wins.
Kimberly Patrick has served as an advisor to some of the brightest CEO’s, President’s, and Leaders. Kim is a Certified Business Coach and a driven entrepreneur. She became passionate about working with business owners as a child, while growing up in a family business. Kim has previously founded multiple companies in real estate development, recruiting, and fitness. Along with being the Chapter Director for StartupGrind Austin, Kim is deeply involved in the local startup community where she spends her time helping companies select and hire the right talent. Kim’s passion is connecting people and helping startups grow their organizations.
Kyle is currently pursuing a Master of Accountancy at Brigham Young University. A large portion of his time is devoted to learning the ins and outs of tax accountancy, but once the books are closed Kyle can be found working on some new entrepreneurial pursuit, or working with professors on research projects.
Entrepreneur. Technology, Personal and Leadership Development enthusiast. Current East Community Director for Startup Grind, facilitating the growth of local startup communities across Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific. Past Mindvalley Entrepreneurship Coordinator. Before moving to KL: co-organized the 1st #StartupCampLatam with @Wisboo, did Marketing and PR for @NXTPLabs (leading seed fund accelerator for Latam) and was the Country Manager for AIESEC in Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay).
I'm the founder of Silicon Hills News, an online technology news site covering entrepreneurs and companies in the Austin and San Antonio region. Founded in 2011, SHN won a New Media Women Entrepreneur grant to provide seed stage funding to launch the site, which now has a staff of five reporters. Previously, I worked as a senior writer covering technology and business news at the San Antonio Express-News, a senior writer for Interactive Week Magazine and a specialty writer and technology columnist at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. I'm interested in startups, entrepreneurship, technology and storytelling. I live in Wimberley, in the Texas Hill Country, with my husband, Charlie, teenage son, Teddy, and two Labradors, Apollo and Zeus.
Lee Blaylock is the founder and CEO of Who@. Starting his career at Dell (badge #244) for 7 years he was their 2nd ex-pat and worked two years in Dell Germany then to Oracle, where he left as a practice director in the high technology consulting group. His first company, ServiceLane, was funded by Austin Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank and sold to Owens Corning (NYSE: OC). He later co-founded Annandale Capital, an investment advisor managing ~$500 million in institutional and private client assets. Who@ is a mobile centric app helping professionals, and the companies they work, for maximize the value of their relationships in a unique and private way. Who@ improves the way companies leverage their most valuable asset, their relationships. See more at www.whoat.net.
Leo Khin is a Founder, Thought Leader, and Advisor to some of the best and brightest CEO’s, Presidents, Owners, and Entrepreneurs in the Washington, DC and Baltimore regions. With a natural passion for entrepreneurship he's had since childhood, Leo has founded multiple startups focused on technology and social impact. Along with being the Chapter Director for StartupGrind Baltimore, Leo is deeply involved in the local tech and startup communities. He is the Venture Advisor and a Lead Mentor for AccelerateDC, a MIT based mentorship program that aims to influence and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. He is currently the Cofounder of AMPlus, a Partner at Gratii, and sits on the Board of Advisors for various startups in the region. His passion is connecting people, and helping founders take their startups from vision to realization.
Lisa is co-Chapter Director of Start Up Grind Edinburgh & Glasgow Chapters, and Founder/MD of Purpose (HR & Coaching) Limited. Lisa has developed her HR experience in high-growth, fast-paced entrepreneurial technology companies across a range of sectors. She supports business leaders and managers with fast-paced changing environments, business growth and the associated people and organisational challenges, and coaches technical, creative and entrepreneurial people supporting their personal and soft skills development. Lisa is a 2014/15 Saltire Fellow and will be studying at Babson College, Boston from September - December 2014.
Business and technology journalist. Entrepreneur Maca Lara Dillon co-founded PulsoSocial in 2008, the most important blog about startups and technology in Latin America. Actually, she is the Communication and Marketing Director of NXTP Labs, the seed fund with acceleration program most important of Latin America. Based in Buenos Aires Maca Lara Dillon, is co - host of the radio program "Casos de Negocios" which airs weekly on Radio Palermo. And most important, she is currently developing with its partners, a solution for video publishing that promises to transform the way in which news are created.
Digital entrepreneur, startup mentor and networking expert. He mentors for Virgin Startup, lectures at General Assembly and speaks at leading digital and tech conferences like The Web Summit. Marian has an MBA from ESCP (oldest business school in the world) and is a passionate adventure traveller. Check out his Business Networking blog or his articles at Virgin.com.
Matt Crook is a full time student currently getting his MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler and is focused on entrepreneurship. Before school he worked in various roles doing product management, technology consulting, and business management in Washington, DC.
Matt has a background in accelerator startup management and higher education recruitment technology. Currently, Matt directs a brand new recreational sports program at Dominican University of California where he is building and implementing a strategy that will add value to the overall student experience.
Melonee is a CPA and the founder of Badabean. Specializing in stage appropriate services for startups and small business owners, she is currently dedicated to development of systems that deliver real time business results and instant tax benefits. She is a long time Black Card member of the Silicon Valley Chapter.
Marketing and Events Manager at Generator
Full-time "juggler" with an IT-engineering background, who have been working as Research Affiliate at NASAs Jet Propulsion Lab. Now inventor of the self-repairing chip technology commercialized by Biomicore, VP of Silicon Vikings CPH, Co-host of Silicon Drinkabout CPH, Co-founder of AppGarage DTU, Co-founder of "ssshh-it's-still-a-secret”-
Hi I'm Michael Cayley, Founder of Cdling (pronounced "seedling"), a platform that builds trust between investors, startups and mentors. I'm also Founder of the Ontario Cross-border Technology Innovation Ecosystem (OCTIE) Study. I've been doing the startup grind my whole career across Canada, the US, in Europe and China over the years. I hope that helps add some value to this conversation!
Michael is a marketing maverick in booming Shenzhen by day and founding hustler of ShopHop Hong Kong by night. Polish-born, US-raised, Hong Kong-loving, and Shenzhen-based, Michael loves travel, new tech, and learning by doing. His current mission is to connect with passionate people and help others do the same. Besides directing Shenzhen Startup Grind, Michael fuels the Shenzhen startup community as Startup Weekend volunteer, director of Shenzhen DrinkEntrepreneurs, Startup Digest curator, and cross-regional brand consultant.
Michael runs Majoran Distillery, Adelaide's tech coworking space, which went from 5 members in the first month to over 50 members a year later and is still growing. Michael's first exposure to startups was entering the local Startup Weekend with a business idea that didn't take off, but Michael was hooked. He knew he wanted to be surrounded with startups, so he, along with two other guys, set out to open a tech coworking space which Adelaide was in desperate need of. Michael's drive and excitement about coworking and the startup life is shown throughout everything Michael is involved with, including Startup Grind.
Michael is Co-Founder / Managing Director of QUARTER/TO Ventures, a consulting and management training firm for the digital age. He is actively bridging the gap between startups and established companies, growing startups as a mentor and helping corporates innovate like startups. Michael has a diverse background in consulting, software and digital businesses with 15+ years experience and is a frequent public speaker.
Michael Terpin is founder and CEO of SocialRadius, one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms. Success stories include the viral outreach for recording artist Will.i.am’s Yes We Can video during the Obama campaign (which won an Emmy, Webby and Clio Gold Lion), as well as social media event marketing for Live8 and LiveEarth, and blogger outreach for Participant Media (“The Cove”) and several divisions of Philips. SocialRadius is headquartered in Las Vegas, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and is a division of Terpin Communications, a leading international high-tech PR firm, which launched some of the biggest success stories of the consumer Internet era, including America Online, Earthlink, and The Motley Fool. Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest and most technologically sophisticated company newswires. Most recently, Terpin co-founded BitAngels, the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups.
As a "Life-Long Entrepreneur", Michele delivers forward-thinking solutions for entrepreneurial-style leadership. Her ability to create inspiring visions, along with her tenacity and attention for detail in execution, makes Michele a truly unique woman in business. As the “Voice” of Breakthrough radio, a global business radio show, Michele recognizes when you master the inner and outer game of business, success is yours for the taking. Make sure when you visit Houston’s chapter you ask her about how she tamed a herd of buffalo in Montana.
Digital marketer, tech startup enthusiast, and GM of the
Michael is optimistic, curious and a problem solver. He is a product fit guy that focuses on customers and revenue. He loves starting companies/teams and enjoys the collaboration with smart people to figure out how to create value for a customer. He is a five time founder and has raised $3.5MM from angel investors. He has sold two companies, closed a company and failed once. Currently he is working with several start ups helping them grow and/or determine how best to market or sell their products to acquire customers. Let him know if you need some help. You can visit his blog at michaelgrabham.com or follow him on twitter @grabmike
Formerly a Naval Officer, Mike is a startup real estate entrepreneur. He's passionate about building companies with amazing people and creating as much value and impact as possible. Mike is a graduate of the US Naval Academy where he played varsity soccer, and he has an MBA from the Villanova School of Business in Real Estate, Finance, and International Business. Currently, Mike is the Co-Founder & CEO of Benjamin’s Desk, Philly's premier coworking community for mobile professionals, entrepreneurs, and startups. Along with his wife Jennifer, Mike recently launched FirstBase, a startup real estate brokerage that helps match startups with the best office brokers and then powers them with discounted services when they find their home. As the Co-Founder of RealComps, a real estate technology startup, Mike recently pivoted the model in an effort to disrupt the residential real estate industry with his new startup Houwzer, where he is the Co-Founder & CEO. A lover of all things Philly, Mike is looking to bring his real estate startups to a city near you.
Naomi Grange has over 27 years of strategic marketing and business development that she brings as Founder and CEO of GIVEvolution®. Grange expanded her vision and team to create GIVEvolution® in 2012 and is changing the world through mobile social giving. Grange is inspired by the courage, determination and independence of people who have touched her life in one way or the other and is using her leadership and talent to better the giving community through her newly founded company. Watch for TXTgirl®, a positive space to connect like-minded girls whenever, wherever around the world through philanthropic efforts to educate, inspire and empower girls of all ages to become confident influential leaders in their communities. Follow her on twitter @TXTgirlNaomi
With around 4 years of experience in corporate America, 3 out of which in Bio pharma R&D as Automation Engineer (yeah, fun stuff), Natwar moved back to India for good and started working with a promising startup in Bangalore. With that he is also working towards bringing Lean Startup Methodology to India via another startup he co-founded. Testing different ideas and (in) validating them is something which he really enjoys. Other than that, he enjoys locally brewed beer and fine scotch. He thinks Bangalore weather is a bliss and startup community here is awesome.
Neda Morrar recently obtained her Executive MBA from Kellogg-Recanati at Tel Aviv University. She currently works at the Palestine Telecommunications Company (Paltel Group), the leading telecom provider in Palestine where she was selected as one of the top 50 female telecom executives in the Middle East and North Africa region in 2012. She also volunteers at a startup called Yamsafer, an online travel website which enables travelers to book a huge inventory of Middle Eastern hotels online at discounted prices. Yamsafer is the first venture capital round to close in Palestine. Neda’s first exposure with the startup scene took place at a Ramallah Startup Weekend, and although her team didn’t win, Neda was excited and hooked. She is passionate about developing and engaging with the growing entrepreneurial community in Palestine. She currently lives in the West Bank town of Ramallah and loves to travel whenever possible. Twitter handle: @nedamorrar Linkedin profile: www.linkedin.com/in/nedamorrar/ Company name: www.yamsafer.me Company name: www.paltelgroup.ps
Nikhil is a technology enthusiast who specializes in Business analysis. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and works for Fidelity Worldwide Investments where he drives technology requirements for European business. He is a dreamer, a go-getter and a thrill seeker with passion for travelling and exploring new places.
Nora Palladino is tech marketing and public relations passionate. After some years at multinationals and call centers, she pivoted her career to the government area and then to private sector again. At the end of 2008 she was invited to join the team of Undersecretary of Investments at the City Government. There she developed the launching platform of the Technology District of the City of Buenos Aires. During her management role, the Technology District succeed to get over a hundred of companies moving to the south of the city and generating 2400 new jobs. In 2011 she was invited to join NXTP Labs as a first employee. She collaborated in the creation of the first acceleration programs, and ever since, helped startups to grow. For over four years she has worked to help women to succeed in tech áreas working with employees first and entrepreneurs, afterwards. She volunteers at Vital Voices, Women 2.0 and Ellas2.0. Her most beloved credentials are being Ale's wife and Bruno's mom.
Ozan started his career at Deloitte and served in managerial positions for 8 years in the financial services sector. He transitioned into business development roles in a private university, then to entrepreneurship and impact investment roles with Angel Wings Ventures where he launched the AWV's Turkish office. He's a NBIA certified incubation manager and is passionate about teaching, supervising, motivating entrepreneurs as a jury, mentor, trainer in international events like MIT GIST and various national start-up events. He's the co-creator of Social Change Labs, the first social entrepreneurship incubation program and is most proud of this. He has an MBA and an MS in Environmental Social Sciences and loves tattoos btw
Pablo is an entrepreneur that has participated professionally in different areas. Lawyer by education, he has been involved in international franchising, real estate consulting, business logistics, and technology development in government. He is founder of Grupo CREA, a company dedicated to business development and Startups via alternative investment mechanisms. Currently he is operatng CREA Muebles, Mexico’s bigest RTA furniture online store and developing INTRINNO the first OI platform in Latin America. He founded Startup Grind Mexico; now he is Director of Startup Grind Latam and he participates actively in the organization and development of the Startups and Investors community in Mexico with emphasis on creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Monterrey that provides opportunities on a regional level to latinamerican entrepreneurs. He is also a contributing writer for Forbes Magazine.
Per is a young, driven mind with passion for entrepreneurship, business design and urban development. At the age of 22 he entered as CEO of the IT-consultancy startup We Know IT alongside his engineering studies and has ever since been loving to inspire and connect people.
Originally from Beit Sahour, Peter manages FastForward Accelerator, the first start-up accelerator in Palestine. Peter attended the University of San Diego, where he earned a BA in Business Finance. Peter has diverse business experience ranging from management at PepsiCo to business development and account management at a marketing technology start-up, where he thrived in the fluidity of the start-up culture.
In 2013, Peter was inspired and intrigued by the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem of Palestine, and decided to move back to his home country to pursue new opportunities. Now based in Ramallah, he is passionate about his work, wanting the best for not only himself and his company, but also the people of Palestine.
Peter is the Founder/CEO of StrategyHack, running marketing strategy hackathons for startups and professional marketers. He has a diverse background with 8+ years experience spanning engineering, social good and technology startups. In his spare time, he enjoys day dreaming and cross country skiing.
A Fairfield County native, Peter is a smart and agile thinker, a genuine problem solver who possesses a knack for spotting new business opportunities and relationships. He has a natural curiosity, demonstrated ability to overcome adversity and a true passion for entrepreneurship and the startup process. Peter has made a lifelong career as the quintessential serial entrepreneur, working for himself and assisting others as a corporate advisor, executive and consultant mentoring, guiding and shaping a multitude of ventures. He has been fortunate to have a successful clientele list that ranges from small local startups to international household brand names. From a multi-disciplinary background and deep skill set that spans the 'entrepreneurial eighteen hats', Peter has conquered the art of switching gears. His diverse experience has played a key role in assisting startups and existing companies with leadership, strategic planning, fund raising and investment, operations, marketing, sales, corporate development, risk management, product/customer development, relationship management and information technology and communications.
Phin is founder of HOMESPLACE, possibly the most disruptive PropertyTech start-up, which efficiently matches property owners and qualified buyers, cutting out the need for an Estate Agent (Estate Agents don't like him much). A natural born leader, avid networker, team player and passionate about entrepreneurship and technology. Phin invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.
Rafael Bertani has three main goals in his life: to acquire knowledge, to nurture relationships, and to have meaningful experiences. That’s the reason why he decided to leave a stable job at Multi Group, one of the largest education groups in the world, and become an entrepreneur. He entered in the tech world through ofertas.com, company that he left in 2011. After that, he has invested in several startups, becoming a known and credible angel investor in Brazil. He is currently sitting in the board of three different companies with a bright future in Brazil.
Results driven person with a passionate of helping others. Today serves as VP sales and marketing of a large software services company (1300 employees) and a proud member of StartUp Grind. formerly owner of SureTest LTD and a partner of a startup called ProductionMap. A dreamer but yet with two solid legs in the ground. positive thinker and a believer. Most of all a proud father of 3 kids. I’m here to help any Israeli entrepreneur with my networks globally and vice versa for any entrepreneurs/ investor looking for Israeli startup’s and technology. “Believe you can and you are halfway there” (Theodore Roosevelt)
Sacramento Chapter Director Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Rich Foreman is the founding director of the Sacramento Chapter of Startup Grind. In his day job, Rich is the CEO of Apptology. He leads Apptology with 20 years of experience in leadership, engineering, mobile application development and sales. Rich has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, an MPA from Troy State University and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Rich recently co-authored his first book, “Tap into the Mobile Economy." His blog has been listed in the top 20 Mobile Marketing Blogs of 2014. He has been featured on KCRA3, NEWS10, Tech AM PowerDrive, SiliconIndia, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the Sacramento Bee.
Rinchy Teng is right now the Senior Marketing Manager in Catch Inc, a Guangzhou Startup creating a one-button-send-out APP (CatchChat) with photos or short videos. She is active in local events, especially the startup events, social entrepreneurship and innovative circles, and she is also the lead organizer of Startup Weekend Guangzhou.
Rob is currently Managing Director of Kickstart Peru and CEO of Alta El-Dorado Emprendimiento. Previously Rob was a Principal at Alta Ventures Mexico, an early stage venture capital firm. Before that Rob ran sales, operations and finance at Rhomobile, helping to successfully guide the company to exit with Motorola Solutions. That exit represented the highest IRR achieved to date by both its institutional investors. Rob received his MBA and JD degrees from Brigham Young University.
Robert works with Oasis500 to fund and coach startups throughout the world. His work with entrepreneurs began at a venture seed fund in Utah and a tech startup in Silicon Valley. Stay in touch by following @robgcarroll or by subscribing to his weekly newsletter on JordanVC.com.
Rodrigo Alvarenga is a dreamer and an enthusiast of entrepreneurship, innovation, energy efficiency and the environment. During 22 years of experience in the Brazilian financial market at banks such as HSBC, Safra and Santander, Rodrigo worked with Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Treasury, International Division, Foreign Trade, Global Clients, Corporate Banking and Middle Market. He then finally decided to leave banking in order to dedicate himself to building his lifelong dream by subsequently founding HAG Consulting, a provider of financial and strategic consultancy services along with ECO INNOVARE, a startup focused on innovation in the environmental and energy efficiency arena. Last, but certainly not least, he's become a Grinder, with the mission of helping others build their dreams too, founded Brazil's Angels chapter on PR, became partner of Grow Ventures and an angel investor and mentor to startups. "It's unparalleled, the feeling of fulfillment and joy that I receive by doing something I really love instead of only having a job!"
Ryan has had the privilege of being part of several startups and growth companies. He has helped companies grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. During the evolution of these companies, Ryan as served on company boards and been instrumental in capitalization activities. He has also helped companies to expand to international markets. Ryan brings a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge to help companies and clients to achieve their objectives. He enjoys the process and challenge of starting and growing a company. In addition to leading the Columbus chapter of Startup Grind, Ryan (@ryanfrederick) is a Principal at AWH: Builders of software applications and careers (@AWHNET).
Ryan Wilson is a delivery focused entrepreneur with a proven track record for successfully taking an idea from concept to reality. Co-founder of Generator. In the historical heart of the Auckland CBD, Generator is a truly inspirational workspace for creative thinkers, entrepreneurs and dynamic small businesses who are serious about their success and enjoying their entrepreneurial lifestyle.
Sam Osborn is a Los Angeles based media professional with a passion for the intersection of digital entertainment and technology. He has created content for networks including JASH, Havoc Television, This Week In, West Park Pictures, Digital Magics and others. Sam is a graduate of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, a two-time College Television Award winner, and an avid surfer and waterman.
I am curious about everything, and I believe that connecting the "Why?" with a person is one of the neatest puzzles to solve! My 14+ years of experiences include product marketing and management across a variety of industries, and here's my top 3: 1) Technology (my passion), 2) Nonprofits (because they need and want my passion for technology), 3) Healthcare (because this industry needs more passion for open source technology)
Bavarian-European enthusiast between tech, business and law. Sebastian launched his first startup while still being a student and has worked for leading mobile advertising, consulting and law firms. He is addicted to the concept of "hygge", good coffee, and the alps and has a strong passion for disruptive online & mobile businesses and their ecosystem. He currently lives in Copenhagen.
Shahar Matorin has been involved in Israeli High-Tech, Internet and Digital industry since 1999 and has led lthe business development in InteGreat established 5 years ago. With a group of professional experts, Shahar can lead entrepreneurs from an idea to Worldwide Product Marketing. Shahar chooses to advise, accompany and assist entrepreneurs and mature companies in their way to the digital world since that is what he does best.
With a passion for new and creative ideas and a background in new media and small startups, Simon brings to Startup Grind Dubai what is needed to be the driving force of a Chapter Director. His wealth of experience and knowledge in the marketing and branding sectors across many new startup companies helps bring a diverse skill base and passion to grow the entreprenuer netork in Dubai. Simon is the founder of ThinkTank and a part of a strong local network of influential people. He is excited about extending the Startup Grind community to the UAE by spear heading the Dubai Chapter. With an interesting list of up coming events, Dubai is set to be a powerful spring board for any budding entrepreneuer.
Son Le Thanh is a professional software developer with more than 10 years of experience. During his career, he progressed from being Java programmer at Saigon Software Park, a Vietnamese Government-linked company, to his current role as a Product Manager at Deskera Open Source, a Sequoia-backed company in Singapore. Son launched his foray into the Singapore startup scene at Startup Weekend in October 2011, where he spun off a social mobile application project that had been conceptualized at the same event. Being a hustler, Son was rejected by the Founders Institute four times and by sheer grit, he soldiered on and was finally accepted into the April 2012 intake. In June 2012, Son launched the StartupGrind event series in Singapore after his trip to the Silicon Valley in April 2012. The event currently gathers a consistent crowd to share startup experiences and foster new networks. In his spare time, Son enjoys participating in side projects and mentoring technology projects through Start Up Nation. His greatest joy, however, is his young son, who will turn two this year. Son graduated from NUS with a Master of Technology in Software Engineering and has been awarded the PMP certification.
Founder of Sophie Alexander Events. Passionate about planning and delivering beyond expectations. Strong desire for the startup community and entrepreneurship. Usually found running or eating chocolate.
He found his entrepreneurial calling early in life, and after working with top global and Indian consulting companies & finance houses for several years, he started his own venture - S.M.A.R.T Advisors, a financial consulting and advisory firm based out of Chennai, India, focused on helping entrepreneurs with business strategies and raising funds. He also recently started South India's first professional dog walking service - though this is still a very nascent concept in India.
Coordinator of Embryonix Accelarator Center and Lecturer, İzmir University of Economics, Turkey Taylan Demirkaya completed his high school education from TED Ankara College in 1994. He then had his Business Administration undergraduate degree from Bilkent University in 1999. He has completed his MBA degree on finance from Başkent University in 2002 and he is doing his PHD on finance in 9 Eylül University. Taylan has been a founder for 2 IT companies in Ankara after his graduation from Bilkent University. In 2003 he moved to İzmir as a research assitant in İzmir University of economics. In 2010 he became the director of Embryonix which is an incubator center for entrepreneurs. He had successfully helped 3 projects to become million dolar companies. He has also published 2 books as a co-author on entrepreunership. Taylan is a host professional in internet media TV program which is broadcasted every tuesday on Yeni Asır TV. He is also a professional blogger and a social media expert.
Tayo is a concrete fellow who is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship and currently balances being an entrepreneur, brother, son and a dreamer. Tayo is a Lagosian and is excited to be part of Startup Grind Lagos so he can help educate, inspire, and connect local and global entrepreneurs.
With a background in enterprise application development, having worked as a freelance CRM/ERP consultant for over 7 years, Tim brings Startup Grind to Zurich, Switzerland to prove that Switzerland is more than cheese and chocolate. Tim is the founder and CEO of Censeo Computing, a Microsoft Bizspark startup that provides Saas front office applications for the financial service sector. An über fan of anything CRM/CXM, he shares his experiences through his blog The CRM Guy Swiss. He is currently lives in Zug, Switzerland with startup CEO wife and two lovely kids.
Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, funding and founding tech startups. Like many, his digital experience started with a glamorous yet struggling internet startup, but blossomed into strategy and business development with some of the most recognized digital powerhouses. He has also nurtured and made profitable a top 200 internet retailer. Today, he is the Founder of Funl, a collection of savvy digital marketing experts who “Provide the expertise and resources needed to drive a large, loyal and profitable customer base.”
Uranik Begu is a highly experienced management and marketing executive, who currently is serving as an Executive Director at Innovation Center Kosovo (ICK). Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) was founded to support entrepreneurship, innovation and commercially based business development, with a focus on information and communication technology. The Centre supports both start-ups and existing companies with the potential for growth. Uranik has served also as a Head of Marketing and part of a management at Post Telecom Kosovo for four years. Uranik is currently close to completion of his Doctorate degree in Management, at Swiss Management Center. He is also a renowned lecturer and has taught at several private universities, and the public university of Prizren. Uranik since six years ago is an active member of the Economic Development Council of Prishtina, also is the vice-President of Handball Club Prishtina.
I do stuff. Ex-intern at @500startups & occasional hustler at @startupgrind.
Victoria is owner of The Fencing Post, a store specializing in equipment for the Olympic sport of fencing. Victoria saw her small business thriving so expanded. She led the construction of a commercial building to house the store and started San Diego Fencing Center, a training facility for Olympic and local fencers. But fencing and small business aren’t Victoria’s only passions, she is also driven by family, and advocates in public education for special-needs children.
Victor Robledo is the founding director of the Monterey Bay chapter of Startup Grind.
Vincent Hunt is the Founder & CEO at MASSIVE Corporation, a United States based design and innovation consultancy. A Visionary Leader, Hunt works closely with project teams to conceptualize, develop, and launch breakthrough ideas. Overseeing the organizations internal design, and innovation processes, Hunt ensures that MASSIVE remains design-focused, innovation-driven, and uniquely positioned to help organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.
Yan is a sales manager for Bafo Technologies, a multinational telecommunication company. Amazed by the passion of Shenzhen’s business people and can’t wait to find out what the next big things are going to be like in Shenzhen, he devote some of his time in helping out building the startup community here, he’s also organizing Startup weekend Shenzhen among other stuff.
Yuri is a dreamer and traveler. His experience ranges from being a lifeguard, husband and father to journalism and partnership in a multi-industry investment business. Responsible for Alfa Finance Holding’s strategic management and exploring ways to support entrepreneurs and new, exciting ideas. Yuri embraces startup ideas of his friends, smiling at the big fails on the way. Genuinely believes in the benefits of open and frank communication, curious about human relations, psychology and (energy) efficiency.