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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
Paul Ark Paul Ark
Bangkok Chapter Director
John Boitnott John Boitnott
Judy Chang Judy Chang
Marketing Manager
Emily Cooper Emily Cooper
Cincinnati Community Manager
Eugenia Digon Eugenia Digon
Graphic Designer
Joel Fernandes Joel Fernandes
Startup Grind CTO
Baird Hall Baird Hall
Marketing Manager
Said Hassan Said Hassan
Events Manager
Drew Hendricks Drew Hendricks
Neda Morrar Neda Morrar
Operations Manager
Tracey Norkjaer Tracey Norkjaer
Events Manager
Inne Ongkodjojo Inne Ongkodjojo
Deanna Rampton Deanna Rampton
Vi Tran Vi Tran
Startup Grind Team Hustler
Silke Wolf Silke Wolf
Zurich Co-Director
Rodrigo de Alvarenga Rodrigo de Alvarenga
Brazil Regional Manager

What people are saying

Mark Suster

“One of my favorite events.”

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