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Upcoming Event

Wednesday, November 29

Startup Grind Charleston hosts the founders of Distil Union, Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham

Fireside Chat

DISTIL UNION Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham formed Distil Union in 2011 as an outlet to bring their own product ideas to the market, with the goal of simplifying our everyday lives. The design duo uses Kickstarter to vet product ideas and raise the money needed in order to go into production, and have successfully funded seven new products on the crowd-funding platform.

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Past Events

Startup Grind hosts Kevin Waltermire, Founder of BEVBOY and MusicBoxx

Startup Grind hosts Kevin Waltermire, Founder of BEVBOY and MusicBoxx

STARTUP GRIND HOSTS TOM WILSON (JACK RUSSELL SOFTWARE, JRS CODING SCHOOL)

Startup Grind Hosts Carolyn Finch (Women in Tech)

Startup Grind Hosts Carolyn Finch (Women in Tech)

Startup Grind Hosts John LaCour (Founder of PhishLabs)

Startup Grind Hosts John LaCour (Founder of PhishLabs)

Startup Grind Summer Party

Startup Grind Summer Party

Startup Grind Hosts Belinda Hare (Co-Founder of Launchpeer)

Startup Grind Hosts Belinda Hare (Co-Founder of Launchpeer)

Grier Allen (BoomTown)

Grier Allen (BoomTown)

Steve Lesniak (Celadon Home)

Steve Lesniak (Celadon Home)

John Osborne (The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Charleston Angel Partners)

John Osborne (The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Charleston Angel Partners)

Jocelyn Mangan (Snagajob)

Jocelyn Mangan (Snagajob)

Jason H. Rosenblum (Intellectual Property Workshop with JHR Legal)

Jason H. Rosenblum (Intellectual Property Workshop with JHR Legal)

Michael Duda (Bullish)

Michael Duda (Bullish)

Steve Parker Jr. (Levelwing)

Steve Parker Jr. (Levelwing)

Levi (Morehouse)

Levi (Morehouse)

Milt Alpern (Former CFO, BenefitFocus)

Milt Alpern (Former CFO, BenefitFocus)

Ian Lucey (Lucey Fund)

Ian Lucey (Lucey Fund)

Noah Everett (Pingly, TwitPic)

Noah Everett (Pingly, TwitPic)

Christina Lock (Catch Talent)

Christina Lock (Catch Talent)

Earl Bridges (Good Done Great)

Earl Bridges (Good Done Great)

Amish Shah (SierraMaya360)

Amish Shah (SierraMaya360)

Chris Schultz (Launch Pad)

Chris Schultz (Launch Pad)

Sam Staley (Bidr)

Sam Staley (Bidr)

Marc Murphy (SPARC)

Marc Murphy (SPARC)

Tim Kelly, Prag Shah (Zubie)

Tim Kelly, Prag Shah (Zubie)

Nate DaPore (PeopleMatter)

Nate DaPore (PeopleMatter)

Matthew Gough (Echovate)

Matthew Gough (Echovate)

Steve Swanson (Founder, Automated Trading Desk)

Steve Swanson (Founder, Automated Trading Desk)

Charlie Turner (GWIG)

Charlie Turner (GWIG)

David Mendez (Capital A Partners)

David Mendez (Capital A Partners)

Enrico Beltramini & Jamal Motlagh (FashionTech)

Enrico Beltramini & Jamal Motlagh (FashionTech)

Mary Norton (Moo Roo)

Mary Norton (Moo Roo)

Mitchell Davis (BiblioLabs)

Mitchell Davis (BiblioLabs)

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From the Blog

Matthew Gough's Two Key Principles for Success

Video: Charleston Startup Grind HostsMatt Gough, CEO Echovate "It's up to those of us in the room to come together and make the Charleston startup community thrive" These were the final words of advice that Matt Gough, CEO of Echovate, told a sold out crowd at the March Startup Grind event.  Everyone in the room nodded their heads in agreement, and for the first time, I saw people begin to understand the power of community. Throughout the fireside chat, we learned that the power of community and the power of building a successful team are two of the core principles that Matt works to uphold everyday. As a serial entrepreneur who recently moved from a mid-market city in New York, Matt understands the importance of community in an up-and-coming startup hub like Charleston. "You can't be scared to leverage your community...people are so gracious with their time.  They want to help out and to see you be successful.  Conversevely, you've got to be willing to help." Matt's view on community aligns with our Startup Grind value of help each other first - something that drives the Startup Grind community all around the world.  Since coming to Charleston, Matt has made it a point to introduce himself to the community and offer to help based on his prior experiences.   "Successful entrepreneurs don't wait for good things to happen, they hustle to make their own luck."  Matt is taking a slow, methodical approach to building a world-class team.  His story of building a world-class board of advisors clearly demonstrates his commitment to only working with the best.   When Matt was just starting Echovate he wanted to get A-list advisors to help think through the difficult issues he knew were ahead.  Instead of looking at his existing network to see who was available, he blindly emailed and LinkedIn messaged the most successful people in his industry.  Some people said no, other's said yes, and Matt ended up with his dream board of advisors.  But he didn't stop there - not only did Matt get advisors, he also got investors.  The board of advisors believed in Matt and Echovate enough to invest in the company. TWEET:  When starting a co- creating your board first and make them investors, give them a little skin in the game - Melissa Wildstein @matchstickgroup Recently, Matt made his next big move and brought on a world-class technical co-founder, Tim Wolf.  The story of how they met perfectly showcased how investing in community can help build a world-class team. When Matt moved to Charleston he met with as many people as possible to ask how we could help and provide value to the Charleston startup ecosystem.  Matt selflessly helped others first, and by doing so, proved that he was a person that other's wanted to be around.  Through one of these meetings, Matt was introduced to Tim, who ultimately decided to join Matt on his quest to build the best solution to help small businesses hire and retain employees. Throughout the event Matt offered practical advice that everyone in the audience could immediately learn from.  If you're reading this post and asking yourself what you can do to improve your company, my best advice is to go out there and make you're own luck.  Write emails (or send LinkedIn messages) to your dream board of advisors.  Go set up meetings and offer to help others in our community.  You never know if your world-class board of advisors and next all-star employee are waiting for you to reach out! -- Join us on April 23 to meet your local startup colleagues and learn from Nate DaPore, CEO of PeopleMatter.  Tickets are limited and you can get them here: Charleston Startup Grind Tickets
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Successful Kick-Off of “Fashion & Technology” Series in Charleston

Fashion magazines and designers have been predicting that consumers soon will be using clothing not only to look good and be stylish; but also to communicate with other people and devices.  “Wearable technology” will enable new fashion offerings and provide opportunities for new businesses around the globe. Both technologists and fashion designers need to work together to ensure that products they provide are actually products people will want to use and wear.  Just because you “can” do something doesn’t mean you “should” do something.  In combining the worlds of fashion and technology both markets need to ensure the products they make are stylish and functional.
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