Karlie is passionate about producing flawless events. 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 the Director of Events, heading up the 2014 global event and then some. Karlie now lives in San Francisco.
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 found Vaporware Labs, a company that has tried and failed many times, but successfully launched products like Startup Grind, Commonred, and Steve Young Football (iOS). He's also a contributing author for Techcrunch and Business Insider and lives in Palo Alto, California.
Julia Hartz is the co-founder and President of Eventbrite. Prior to that, Julia worked at MTV and was lucky enough to be on the team that discovered Jackass (you're welcome). After MTV, Julia enjoyed a career at FX Networks on the series development team which put Nip/Tuck, The Shield, and Rescue Me on the air. Julia graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Telecommunications.
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