Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 250 cities and 100 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
Startup Grind is a connected online and offline network of vibrant startup communities to help fuel innovation, economic growth and prosperity at the local level. While Startup Grind was founded in Palo Alto, California, our extended network of Startup Grind chapters are located around the world. Start a Chapter in your city or school!
We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself. We are truly passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs and startups succeed. We intend to make their startup journey less lonely, more connected and more memorable.
Damon Clinkscales is the Engineering Manager in Technical Solutions at Spredfast. He's also the founder of Kismet Labs, a product development firm. Since 2005, he founded and cultivated Austin on Rails, Austin Open Coffee Club (entrepreneurs and investors meet over coffee), and Cafe Bedouins (a weekly hack night). He serves as a mentor to Techstars Austin. He helped launch FounderDating in Austin by serving as Managing Director for 2012-2014. In 2017, Damon took over as Chapter Director of Startup Grind Austin, which is part of a global entrepreneurial community, originating in Silicon Valley. Damon loves to help others along their path by sharing what he's learned, making connections, and building community.