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.
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.
Chrys is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Secret. Prior to Secret, Chrys was a Product Manager at Google where he launched the photo-sharing community Photovine and contributed to Google+ and YouTube. He has built and launched several mobile social products such as Fliggo, TwitVid, Vidly and Treehouse. Chrys was born and raised near Boston and is a Y Combinator alumni.
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Honoring its ongoing commitment to innovation and social responsibility, Verizon announced its 2014 Powerful Answers Award. The multi-million dollar global challenge, which debuted last year with much success, encourages innovators, developers and entrepreneurs to create ideas that solve the world’s biggest issues and leverage Verizon’s cutting edge technology to deliver ground-breaking solutions and social good. This year’s categories are: education, healthcare, sustainability, and transportation. Submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2014 at www.powerfulanswersaward.com.
#40Forward is a challenge issued by Google for Entrepreneurs to startup and entrepreneur organizations so create new innovative programs to increase participation of women by 25% in 2014 in their communities. Google is providing funding and program assistance to further the efforts of women entrepreneurs through these programs. Be a part of the conversation on twitter #40Forward