We Are
Startup Grind

About Us

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Our Values

  • We believe in making friends, not contacts.
  • We believe in giving, not taking.
  • We believe in helping others before helping yourself.
  • We're passionate about helping entrepreneurs and startups succeed.
  • We make the startup journey less lonely and more connected.
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Our Team

Derek Andersen Derek Andersen
Founder and CEO of Startup Grind
Pete Biggam Pete Biggam
Monterey Bay Co-Director
Francisco Cruz Francisco Cruz
Startup Grind Global Community Director
Laís de Oliveira Laís de Oliveira
KL Chapter Director
Joel Fernandes Joel Fernandes
Startup Grind CTO
Michael Gasiorek Michael Gasiorek
Nomadic Events Manager
Karlie Krieger Karlie Krieger
Director of Global Events & Partnerships
Pablo Lascurain Pablo Lascurain
Monterrey Chapter Director
Brian Park Brian Park
Washington DC Chapter Director
Sudeep Singh Sudeep Singh
Delhi NCR Co-Director

What people are saying

Ann Miura-Ko

“What the movies and the TV shows don't recognize is that it's a Startup Grind.”

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