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.
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.
Before Homebrew, I led consumer product management at YouTube, starting when it was acquired by Google. I originally joined Google in 2003, managing product and sales efforts for AdSense, Google‘s contextual advertising business.
Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.
Sign up for a free 30-minute to an hour workshop with Pivotal pros, on-site at the event Feb 10-11th - Go to www.productlabs.io/sign-up. Pivotal Labs consists of fellow practitioners and startup veterans who have a history of solving problems with early stage companies. We do good things, for good people who are working on hard problems. We have worked with some of the most innovative companies in today’s market including Twitter, ModCloth, Gnip, and TaskRabbit. We apply agile development techniques to accelerate time-to-market, reduce execution risk, and increase quality for all types of businesses from start-ups to global enterprise organizations. The company has also developed Pivotal Tracker, the award-winning project management tool for companies of all sizes. They believe building truly great software requires assembling and educating great teams.
Sampepage is a social and collaborative way for groups and colleagues to work together. It’s a cloud-based platform that securely connects people with projects, conversations and files, so that everybody is always on the same page.