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.
Marco Zappacosta is a co-founder and CEO of Thumbtack. Marco started Thumbtack after graduating from Columbia. Thumbtack is a consumer service that helps millions of people accomplish the personal projects that are central to their lives. To date, the company has raised a total of $150 million from Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Venture Partners, and Google Capital.
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.
We built Samepage so our company could work together more effectively. Then we discovered Samepage is also awesome for organizing social, group, and school activities. Now lots of people are using Samepage to plan epic vacations, organize school fundraisers, keep sports teams on track, run their businesses and get more done. How will you use Samepage? For more information and to create a personalized Samepage page, visit www.samepage.io.
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 www.powerfulanswersaward.com.
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