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I’m Patrice Perkins and I run Startup Grind Albany, the most progressive and innovative monthly gathering of entrepreneurs in our region.

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community actively connecting more than 1,500,000 entrepreneurs in over 500 cities in 125 countries. We're partnered with Google for Startups, and we host monthly fireside chat interviews, mixers and annual conferences featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Each month I select one of our region’s movers and shakers to chat with for an hour in front of an audience of enthusiastic folks who are eager to hear about how my guests built their successful company.

We educate and inspire business owners and others wanting to learn innovative best practices to get more customers, reduce costs and grow their companies.

Upcoming Event

June 27, 2019

From Guitar Hero to Investment Guru - Guha Bala, President, Velan Ventures and Velan Studios

SG Fireside Chat

Guha Bala has seen most sides of the video game continuum; as co-founder with brother Karthik of Vicarious Visions for 25 yrs. - r $4 billion+ in sales & home of world-renown games like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Guitar Hero, Skylanders & Crash Bandicoot. Today, Guha is President of innovation investment company Velan Ventures, & Velan Studios, focused on the discovery of new play patterns.

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Past Events

Healthy, Local Food for Busy People: 9 Miles East Farm - Gordon Sacks, Founder & CEO

Healthy, Local Food for Busy People: 9 Miles East Farm - Gordon Sacks, Founder & CEO

$ales is Not a Dirty Word - Lorraine Ferguson, Sandler Training Associate and Author

$ales is Not a Dirty Word - Lorraine Ferguson, Sandler Training Associate and Author

Sticker Mule - Custom Stickers That Kick A**  Anthony Constantino, co-founder & CEO

Sticker Mule - Custom Stickers That Kick A** Anthony Constantino, co-founder & CEO

It Shouldn't Take 5 Years - Tom Nardacci, CEO, Aurelius Coworks and Gramercy Communications

It Shouldn't Take 5 Years - Tom Nardacci, CEO, Aurelius Coworks and Gramercy Communications

Travel and Do Good - Gabby Fisher, CEO, co-mads

Travel and Do Good - Gabby Fisher, CEO, co-mads

Starting Your Company With No VC - David Gibson, Founder/ex-CEO, XOS

Starting Your Company With No VC - David Gibson, Founder/ex-CEO, XOS

Doing the Next Good Thing, Jeffrey Buell, Principal, Redburn Development Partners

Doing the Next Good Thing, Jeffrey Buell, Principal, Redburn Development Partners

Creating a Company That Means Something - Joe Tyler & Terry Nawrot (SpringStart, ex-Informz)

Creating a Company That Means Something - Joe Tyler & Terry Nawrot (SpringStart, ex-Informz)

Robots, Culture & Car Washes - Ron Slone, President, Hoffman Development

Robots, Culture & Car Washes - Ron Slone, President, Hoffman Development

Both Sides of the Table: John A. Cococcia, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Arista Strategy Group

Both Sides of the Table: John A. Cococcia, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Arista Strategy Group

It'll Never Happen To Me - Cindy Applebaum, Market President & Publisher - Albany Business Review

It'll Never Happen To Me - Cindy Applebaum, Market President & Publisher - Albany Business Review

Steve Lobel (Anchor Agency) - You Only Know Part of the Story

Steve Lobel (Anchor Agency) - You Only Know Part of the Story

Rich Honen (Phillips Lytle) Talks 30 Yrs. Educating Upstate NY about Venture Cap & Angel Investing

Rich Honen (Phillips Lytle) Talks 30 Yrs. Educating Upstate NY about Venture Cap & Angel Investing

Startup Grind Albany Hosts André Taylor (Taylor Insight Worldwide)

Startup Grind Albany Hosts André Taylor (Taylor Insight Worldwide)

Robert Starbuck (Migrate Business Services & Migrate Int'l. Investment Co.)

Robert Starbuck (Migrate Business Services & Migrate Int'l. Investment Co.)

Stephen Key (inventRight)

Stephen Key (inventRight)

Sue, Zak & Max Kerber (RAD Soap Co.)

Sue, Zak & Max Kerber (RAD Soap Co.)

Mike Brown (Death Wish Coffee Co.)

Mike Brown (Death Wish Coffee Co.)

Ethan Schmertzler (Dispel)

Ethan Schmertzler (Dispel)

Vic Christopher & Heather LaVine (Lucas Confectionery/Peck's Arcade)

Vic Christopher & Heather LaVine (Lucas Confectionery/Peck's Arcade)

James E. Spencer, Jr. (RPiHUB)

James E. Spencer, Jr. (RPiHUB)

Anu Duggal (Female Founders Fund)

Anu Duggal (Female Founders Fund)

Colleen Costello (Vital Vio)

Colleen Costello (Vital Vio)

Sinclair Schuller (Apprenda)

Sinclair Schuller (Apprenda)

Tom "TK" Kuegler (Wasabi Ventures)

Tom "TK" Kuegler (Wasabi Ventures)

James E. Spencer, Jr. (RPiHUB)

James E. Spencer, Jr. (RPiHUB)

Eben Bayer (Ecovative)

Eben Bayer (Ecovative)

Dr. Walter L. Robb (Vantage Management, Inc.)

Dr. Walter L. Robb (Vantage Management, Inc.)

James E. Spencer, Jr. - POSTPONED!! (RPiHUB)

James E. Spencer, Jr. - POSTPONED!! (RPiHUB)

Robert Manasier (In Focus Brands/IFP Films)

Robert Manasier (In Focus Brands/IFP Films)

Jacques Bastien (Boogie/PrettySimpl)

Jacques Bastien (Boogie/PrettySimpl)

David W. Dussault (DHA Holdings, Inc.)

David W. Dussault (DHA Holdings, Inc.)

Ken Deckinger (Jess, Meet Ken)

Ken Deckinger (Jess, Meet Ken)

Dr. Kimberly A. Fredericks (The Sage Colleges)

Dr. Kimberly A. Fredericks (The Sage Colleges)

Dr. Emad Rahim (Endowed Chair, Bellevue University)

Dr. Emad Rahim (Endowed Chair, Bellevue University)

Martin Babinec (TriNet/Upstate Venture Connect)

Martin Babinec (TriNet/Upstate Venture Connect)

Guy Kawasaki (Canva/Ex-Apple)

Guy Kawasaki (Canva/Ex-Apple)

Philip Schwartz (Albany Business Review)

Philip Schwartz (Albany Business Review)

Richard Green (evvnt)

Richard Green (evvnt)

Heather Dwyer (Semi-Lux, Inc.)

Heather Dwyer (Semi-Lux, Inc.)

Christianne L. Smith (Designsmith Studio)

Christianne L. Smith (Designsmith Studio)

Joshua Drew (Microsoft - BizSpark)

Joshua Drew (Microsoft - BizSpark)

Rick D'Errico (New York BizLab)

Rick D'Errico (New York BizLab)

Max Weber (Spotify)

Max Weber (Spotify)

John Miller (Entrepreneur & Member, Eastern NYAngels)

John Miller (Entrepreneur & Member, Eastern NYAngels)

Michael Hickey (Pitney Bowes Software/MapInfo)

Michael Hickey (Pitney Bowes Software/MapInfo)

Heather Howley (Independent Helicopters)

Heather Howley (Independent Helicopters)

Walter S. Borisenok (Fortitech)

Walter S. Borisenok (Fortitech)

Ed Mitzen (Fingerpaint Marketing)

Ed Mitzen (Fingerpaint Marketing)

Antonio Civitella (Transfinder)

Antonio Civitella (Transfinder)

Amy Friedman (Broadblast Inc.)

Amy Friedman (Broadblast Inc.)

Ed Mitzen (Fingerpaint Marketing)

Ed Mitzen (Fingerpaint Marketing)

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