Top 10 Lessons Learned from 2016s Hottest New Conference: AfroTech

People go to conferences every day. I go to at least 15 per year. Mostly they’re the same. Everyone has an agenda. No one really cares about meeting new people and building meaningful relationships. By the end you’re unsure if it was worth the effort and time. Sound Familiar?


Immigration Should Never Kill a Startup - Announcing The Global EIR Visa Program

In 2003, Akshay Kothari, a 17 year-old student from India, took a flight to the United States to pursue new opportunities at Purdue University in Indiana. During his first semester of college, Kothari took an exciting Physics class taught by a Nobel Laureate. Weeks later, it was that time of the year when hundreds of recruiters line up with brochures and smiles, trying to convince why you should work at Goldman Sachs or Google.


Lyft CEO Logan Green’s Tip for 5x Growth in 12 Months: Don’t Be a Jerk

Uber and Lyft are at war. One has gone global, announcing a merger this week with Chinese rival Didi Chuxing that ends an expensive price war, while the other has focused on the US.


Media Round Up: Reporting from the 2016 Startup Grind Global Conference

As the Startup Grind team returns to our Redwood City office, energized after catching up on the sleep we lost during 16 hour days, we're feeling really grateful to have been hosts for the worldwide Startup Grind community at the 2016 Startup Grind Global Conference. By the numbers, more than 100 Directors from 45 countries joined over 100 successful founders and investors, who mentored 3,000 attendees during two days of nonstop connections, lessons, and hustle.


Starting Up? Consider This Before Your Move to Silicon Valley

The location of a business’s headquarters can be one of the most important factors in its success, especially in those crucial early days. Being in a “hot location” at the time a startup launches can make a big difference in dozens of ways (some of them good and some of them bad). In recent years, some of the world’s hottest businesses have launched in Silicon Valley, making it perhaps the epicenter of innovation in the world.

But relocating to Northern California isn’t a viable option for many young businesses, especially if a company’s founders are already established in another location. The good news is that being in Silicon Valley isn’t a requirement for success in business today. In fact, many entrepreneurs have chosen to launch a startup in their own hometowns. But can such a move be successful? Here are a few pros and cons to help business owners decide: