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.
Mary Grove is the Director of Google for Entrepreneurs, leading Google's efforts to support startups and entrepreneurs in more than 120 countries around the world. Mary is passionate about building community and has worked with groups of entrepreneurs in Pakistan, Iraq, Gaza, and Afghanistan, and previously led numerous international partnerships for Google.
Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.
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Verizon is now accepting ideas for its 2015 Powerful Answers Award program. Now in its third year, Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award offers innovators, developers and entrepreneurs a total of $6M in cash prizes, plus the opportunity for winners to participate in an Accelerator program designed to help develop their ideas and bring solutions to market faster. As demonstrated by last year’s winners, the Verizon Powerful Answers Award program seeks ideas that leverage cutting-edge technology to create solutions that deliver social good. The 2015 program is seeking ideas in three core categories: Emergency Response, Internet of Things (IoT), and Transportation. Ideas can be submitted until June 18, 2015, at http://goo.gl/WYYwuJ
Pivotal Labs consists of fellow practitioners and startup veterans who have a history of solving problems with early stage companies. Sign up for a free 30-minute workshop with Pivotal pros, on-site before the event at www.productlabs.io/sign-up.
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