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.
Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, funding and founding tech and biotech startups. Tom has engaged with 200+ startups, at all stages, from concept to exit. Like many, his digital experience started out with a glamorous yet struggling internet startup but blossomed into strategy and business development with some of the most recognized digital powerhouses including a top tier affiliate network, a premier SEM firm and a world-renowned and award-winning full-service interactive agency. Unlike most, Tom spent time on the client side nurturing and growing a top 200 internet retailer leading to a $30 million exit and transitioning a B2B publishing company into the digital age. Today, Tom is Co-Founder and President of SmartHealth Activator, an accelerator for startups activating extraordinary biotechnology.
Aaron’s spent the last 7 years in the employee engagement and performance space. He is an ICF Associate Certified Coach, a contributor to Thrive Global and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Aaron's educated, coached, and consulted over 4,000 business leaders, helping them to define goals, create action plans, and achieve sustained success.
Aaron is deeply passionate about awakening people to their potential and works with organizations on their employee value proposition, management training and development coaching to unlock the power of their young talent.
David Kalt the founder of Reverb.com and Co-founder of optionsXpress, the online marketplace for guitars, gear and musical instruments, and the owner of the Chicago Music Exchange, one of the world’s best-known vintage guitar dealers. He is a technologist and serial entrepreneur, and will be the featured guest at the next Startup Grind Chicago, happening November 18.