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 Director of Events. She now heads up strategy, planning, and execution of our global events and oversees all Startup Grind partnerships. 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.
In 2003, Phil Jaber decided to transform his grocery store into the first Philz Coffee. Jacob, Phil's son, began running Philz Coffee full-time at 18 years old. Today, Philz Coffee has become one of the most successful small coffee chains in the Bay Area, with 15 locations in NorCal and one location in SoCal. Philz Coffee now has 300 team members and caffeinates more than 15,000 people a day.
Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.
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The world’s leading MBA event is coming to San Francisco on Saturday, September 27th at the Westin Market Street with a special offer for Startup Grind SF members – free entry upon registration (quote ‘Startup Grind’ upon arriving at the event) and the chance to get all your MBA questions answered in one place.