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Startup Grind

About Us

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 1,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 250 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 105 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, Startup Grind has now hosted 5,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of 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.
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Our Team

Derek Andersen Derek Andersen
Founder and CEO of Startup Grind
John Boitnott John Boitnott
Advisor
Judy Chang Judy Chang
Marketing Manager
Emily Cooper Emily Cooper
Cincinnati Community Manager
Joel Fernandes Joel Fernandes
Startup Grind CTO
Baird Hall Baird Hall
Marketing Manager
Said Hassan Said Hassan
Events Manager
Melonee Hawkins Melonee Hawkins
Advisor
Drew Hendricks Drew Hendricks
Advisor
Neda Morrar Neda Morrar
Operations Manager
Tracey Norkjaer Tracey Norkjaer
Events Manager
Inne Ongkodjojo Inne Ongkodjojo
Co-coordinator
Vi Tran Vi Tran
Startup Grind Team Hustler
Rodrigo de Alvarenga Rodrigo de Alvarenga
Brazil Regional Manager

What people are saying

Jake Fuentes

“Before I even founded my company, it was events like Startup Grind that helped me think like an entrepreneur.”

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