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 150 cities and 65 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.
Leo Khin is a perpetual parallel entrepreneur, thought leader, and seasoned mentor/ advisor to some of the best and brightest CEOs, executives, owners, and entrepreneurs in the Washington DC and Baltimore regions. With a natural passion for entrepreneurship he’s had since childhood, Leo has founded multiple startups focused on technology and social impact. Leo combines over a decade of experience centered on business development, technology, and strategy to help mentor local tech founders, and drive results. He is currently the Chief Product Officer at ExecVision, a sales technology company that leverages analytics to drive revenue. Along with his role at ExecVision, Leo is deeply involved in the regions startup and tech communities. He is the Director for Baltimore’s chapter of Startup Grind, a global community for entrepreneurs that spans over 175+ cities and 80+ countries. Along with being a Director for Startup Grind, Leo is a Co-Director for Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program – which helps aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. Leo also actively mentors and advises numerous tech focused startups in the region through his involvement in both Accelerate Baltimore and Accelerate DC. His mission is to educate, influence, and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and game changers – by helping founders take their ideas from startup vision to reality.
Brian is currently the Washington DC Director of Startup Grind. He has over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. Experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise collaborative web products and services. Has started three previous startups, including one that had $19 million in revenues. Previously worked for AOL and Merrill Lynch. Is a CMUer.