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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

Miami Operations Director
Winston-Salem Chapter Director
Rafat Abushaban Rafat Abushaban
Gaza Chapter Director
Mona Al Mukhaizeem Mona Al Mukhaizeem
Startup Grind Kuwait City
Yazeed Al-Nazer Yazeed Al-Nazer
Outreach & Partnerships Manager
Jonas Almeling Jonas Almeling
Stockholm Chapter Director
Derek Andersen Derek Andersen
Founder and CEO of Startup Grind
Filipe Aoki Filipe Aoki
Sao Paulo Co-Director
Adam Arredondo Adam Arredondo
Kansas City Chapter Director
Filip Askviken Filip Askviken
Gothenburg Chapter Director
Uranik Begu Uranik Begu
Pristina Chapter Director
Andrea Roberto Bifulco Andrea Roberto Bifulco
Milano Co-Director
Pete Biggam Pete Biggam
Monterey Bay Co-Director
Lee Blaylock Lee Blaylock
Dallas Chapter Director
Michael Boesen Michael Boesen
Copenhagen Chapter Co-Director
John Boitnott John Boitnott
Advisor
Mike Bott Mike Bott
Cincinnati Chapter Director
Shelly Brenckman Shelly Brenckman
Aggieland Chapter Director
Jeff Brokaw Jeff Brokaw
Charlotte Chapter Director
Chiara Brughera Chiara Brughera
Milan Chapter Director
Stacy Burdette Stacy Burdette
Kalamazoo Community Director
David Butler David Butler
Zurich Chapter Director
Robert Carroll Robert Carroll
Jordan Chapter Director
Michael Cayley Michael Cayley
Toronto Chapter Director
Alin Chiriac Alin Chiriac
Bucharest chapter Director
Timothy Chuma Timothy Chuma
Zurich Switzerland Chapter Director
Danton Coelho Danton Coelho
Rio Brazil Chapter Director
Alan Colmenares Alan Colmenares
Bogota Chapter Director
Emily Cooper Emily Cooper
Cincinnati Community Manager
Jason Cross Jason Cross
Adelaide Chapter Co-Director
Francisco Cruz Francisco Cruz
Startup Grind Global Community Director
Peter Crysdale Peter Crysdale
New York City Chapter Director
Rodrigo de Alvarenga Rodrigo de Alvarenga
Brazil Regional Manager
Laís de Oliveira Laís de Oliveira
KL Chapter Director
Guillaume De Smedt Guillaume De Smedt
Cape Town Chapter Director
Kateryna Dehtyar Kateryna Dehtyar
Kiev Chapter Director
Tom Denison Tom Denison
Chicago Chapter Director
Hannah Dockery Hannah Dockery
Assistant Director
Cheryl Draper Cheryl Draper
Vancouver Chapter Director
Daniel Drolet Daniel Drolet
Charleston Chapter Co-Director
Joe Famalette Joe Famalette
Los Angeles Chapter Director
Joel Fernandes Joel Fernandes
Startup Grind CTO
Ryan Frederick Ryan Frederick
Columbus Chapter Director
Diego Garcia Cacho Diego Garcia Cacho
Mexico City Chapter Director
Michael Gasiorek Michael Gasiorek
Chief Editor
Michael Gasiorek Michael Gasiorek
Nomadic Events Manager
Marian Gazdik Marian Gazdik
London Chapter Director
Steve Glange Steve Glange
Luxembourg Chapter Director
Dietmar Gombotz Dietmar Gombotz
Vienna Chapter Director
Ed Goodman Ed Goodman
Cambridge Startup Grind Director
Mike Grabham Mike Grabham
Seattle Chapter Director
Naomi Grange Naomi Grange
Orange County Director
Farouq Hassan Farouq Hassan
Cairo Chapter Director
Said Hassan Said Hassan
Events Manager
Melonee Hawkins Melonee Hawkins
Advisor
Drew Hendricks Drew Hendricks
Advisor
Greg Hudson Greg Hudson
Madison Chapter Director
Jason Ibarra Jason Ibarra
Miami Chapter Director
Augustin Jarak Augustin Jarak
Zagreb Chapter Director
Chance Jiang Chance Jiang
Guangzhou Chapter Co-Director
Chris Joannou Chris Joannou
Melbourne Chapter Director
Christie Kerner Christie Kerner
Phoenix Chapter Director
Leo Khin Leo Khin
Baltimore Chapter Director
Fabian Knopf Fabian Knopf
Shenzhen Chapter Co-Director
Stefan Koritar Stefan Koritar
Cluj Napoca Chapter Director
Karlie Krieger Karlie Krieger
Director of Global Events & Partnerships
Yannick Labonne Yannick Labonne
Mauritius Chapter Director
Pablo Lascurain Pablo Lascurain
Monterrey Chapter Director
Kenny Lazo Kenny Lazo
Lima Chapter Co-Director
Son Le Thanh Son Le Thanh
Singapore Chapter Director
Doug Leonard Doug Leonard
Lehi Chapter Director
Yan Li Yan Li
Beijing Chapter Co-Director
Dimitris Litsikakis Dimitris Litsikakis
Startup Grind Athens Director
Laura Lorek Laura Lorek
San Antonio Chapter Director
TD Lowe TD Lowe
Director of Operations
Rui Ma Rui Ma
Beijing Chapter Director
Cheryl Mack Cheryl Mack
Sydney Chapter Director
Anthony Maher Anthony Maher
Philadelphia Chapter Co-Director
Igor Maia Igor Maia
Fortaleza Brazil Chapter Director
Patrick Maloney Patrick Maloney
Marketing and Partnerships at Startup Grind HQ
Dustin Masancay Dustin Masancay
Manila Chapter Director
Endri Mataj Endri Mataj
Tirana Chapter Director
Shahar Matorin Shahar Matorin
Tel Aviv Chapter Director
Katie Maxwell Katie Maxwell
Memphis Chapter Director
Athule Mbena Athule Mbena
Johannesburg Chapter Director
Rob McMillen Rob McMillen
Lima Chapter Director
Shelton Mercer Shelton Mercer
Philadelphia Chapter Co-Director
Phin Mpofu Phin Mpofu
Edinburgh Chapter Director
John Mueller John Mueller
Kalamazoo Chapter Director
Darren Mulvihill Darren Mulvihill
Ireland Chapter Director
Adam Muniz Adam Muniz
New Haven Chapter Director
Nikhil Narayan Nikhil Narayan
Delhi NCR Co-Director
Nima Nasr Nima Nasr
Isfahan Chapter Director
Bert Navarrete Bert Navarrete
Princeton Co-Director
Joshua Ness Joshua Ness
Director of Marketing & Operations
Minh Tuan Nguyen Minh Tuan Nguyen
Ho Chi Minh City Chapter Director
Tracey Norkjaer Tracey Norkjaer
Events Manager
Inne Ongkodjojo Inne Ongkodjojo
Co-coordinator
Sam Osborn Sam Osborn
Los Angeles Chapter Director
Anthony Palizzi - Director Anthony Palizzi - Director
Denver Chapter Director
Nora Palladino Nora Palladino
Buenos Aires Chapter Director
Stoyan Panayotov Stoyan Panayotov
Varna Chapter Director
Brian Park Brian Park
Washington DC Chapter Director
Kimberly Patrick Kimberly Patrick
Austin Chapter Director
Luis Penascoza Luis Penascoza
Marketing Manager
E. Patrice Perkins E. Patrice Perkins
Albany Chapter Director
Paulo Prenafeta Paulo Prenafeta
Santiago Chapter Co-Director
Michele Price Michele Price
Houston Chapter Director
Shyam Pyarauk Shyam Pyarauk
Tokyo Co-Director
Joy Randels Joy Randels
Tampa Bay Chapter Director
Christopher Richards Christopher Richards
Chapter Director
Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit
Barcelona Chapter Director
Dr. Lee Rojia Dr. Lee Rojia
Taiwan Chapter Director
Claus Rosenberg Gotthard Claus Rosenberg Gotthard
Madrid Chapter Director
Carolina Rossi Pantoja Carolina Rossi Pantoja
Chile Chapter Director
Anamarie Sabbagh Anamarie Sabbagh
Detroit Chapter Director
Milad Saberi Milad Saberi
Tehran Chapter Director
Fawaad Saleem Fawaad Saleem
Karachi Chapter Director
Rami Sayar Rami Sayar
Montreal Chapter Director
Sebastian Schwemer Sebastian Schwemer
Copenhagen Chapter Director
Sriram Sekhar Sriram Sekhar
Chennai Startup Grind Chapter Director
Shilpi Sharma Shilpi Sharma
Fremont Chapter Director
Sourav Sharma Sourav Sharma
Costa Rica Chapter Director
Kyle Shields Kyle Shields
Utah Chapter Director
Peter Sinkevich Peter Sinkevich
Greenwich Chapter Director
Christine Souffrant Christine Souffrant
Dubai Chapter Director
David Stengle David Stengle
Princeton Co-Director
Mia Sun Mia Sun
Shanghai Chapter Co-Director
Rinchy Teng Rinchy Teng
Guangzhou Co-Director
Lisa Thomson Lisa Thomson
Edinburgh Chapter Co-Director
Vi Tran Vi Tran
Startup Grind Team Hustler
Carel van Apeldoorn Carel van Apeldoorn
Guangzhou Chapter Director
Franco Varriano Franco Varriano
Startup Grind Ottawa Director
Erik Walenza-Slabe Erik Walenza-Slabe
Shanghai Chapter Director
Yan Yan Yan Yan
Shenzhen Chapter Director
Oleg Yefymov Oleg Yefymov
Halifax Chapter Director
Ram Yonish Ram Yonish
Co-Director StartUp Grind TLV
Geng Zhang Geng Zhang
Shenzhen Co-Director

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