With 5,000 founders and investors, more than 40 keynote and fireside sessions, and over 50 exhibiting startups, this is Startup Grind's largest event ever.
Vlad Tenev is the cofounder of Robinhood. A first-generation immigrant from Bulgaria, Tenev earned his B.S. in Math and Physics at Stanford University before starting two finance companies in New York City, selling trading software to hedge funds. In 2013, Tenev created Robinhood, a financial services company focused on offering free trading for everyone. The company has raised $66 million from NEA, Index Ventures, and others.
He love's technology and believes that the Internet is deeply impacting humankind. He got started on the Net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. I also created the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good and co-founded The Coaching Fellowship; the GyShiDo (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publish the influential The Heretic newsletter.
Today he heads up Singularity University’s startup initiatives, where they grow startups solving the most intractable problems in the world. Further he is the entrepreneurship chair and SingularityU’s Global Evangelist. I frequently speak and write about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact.
Jim has achieved 5 ‘unicorn’-level successes over the past 20 years as a founder, executive, and investor. His top performers include Zoom ($1B valuation), Cruise ($1B sale to GM), Bebo ($850M sale to AOL), Tango ($1B+ valuation), and NBCi ($6B IPO), plus several other exits including the recent acquisition of Check by Intuit for $360M. Jim is one of the leading growth experts in Silicon Valley, a TED speaker, and a frequent presenter and judge at many startup conferences and events. Jim has a BS in Neuropsychology from Duke University and earned a JD at the University of California Davis School of Law. Jim has startup in his blood. He’s been a serial entrepreneur dating back to his high school and college days.
Immediately prior to founding Maven Ventures, Jim was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Charles River Ventures (CRV), a leading venture firm where he helped source, vet, and advise their consumer portfolio companies. Jim is one of the early pioneers of the social networking phenomenon as one of the first employees and the former head of business development and sales at the first social networking site, Friendster. In 2005, Jim left Friendster to join co-founders Michael and Xochi Birch to launch Bebo as the first employee and Board member. Prior to his internet career, Jim practiced corporate and intellectual property law at a leading Silicon Valley law firm for 3 years.
Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced "keep"), a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising through an innovative platform that leverages "moments of achievement" in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users, developers and advertisers. Backed by Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures, Verizon Ventures, and others, the company has raised $15.4 million in funding to date. Kiip has been listed by Forbes as one of the 4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List, and been named to the Dow Jones FasTech50 List.
Called the youngest person to ever receive venture capital funding by TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal, Brian received his Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia at age 18, after skipping four K-12 grades. He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including: Forbes' 30 under 30; the Top 20 Under 20 awards for all of Canada; Business Insider's Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising; Mashable's Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; and the AdAge Creativity Top 50.
Derek Andersen is the Founder & CEO of Startup Grind, a 400,000 person entrepreneurial community with 200 chapters in 85 countries run by more than 1,000 volunteers. Startup Grind's mission is to help every entrepreneur in the world. It's core values are giving before you take, helping others first, and making friends. Derek Andersen spent four years in product management at Electronic Arts working on games like The Godfather, Burnout, The Sims 3, and Mirror’s Edge. He left EA in 2009 to start Vaporware Labs, a product incubator which mostly failed but built products including Commonred which was acquired by Income.com in 2012, and Startup Grind. After running Startup Grind as a side project for 2 years, Derek turned his full attention to scaling it from 3 chapters to 200 chapters today. In 2015 Startup Grind will host 1,200 events for 75,000 entrepreneurs. He currently lives in Palo Alto, California but has lived eight years outside the U.S. in France, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands.
Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures, an earlystage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies. Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at SoftTech VC. In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. In addition to his investment activities, he supports SoftTech portfolio companies on business and corporate development matters. He was also the CoFounder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, an Androidfocused mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to joining SoftTech VC and cofounding Bionic Panda Games, Charles Hudson was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business until the company was acquired by Zynga in February 2010. Prior to Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Interactive, an online hangout and virtual world for teens. Prior to Gaia, Charles worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for earlystage products in the advertising, mobile, and ecommerce markets. Prior to joining Google, he was a Product Manager for IronPort Systems, a leading provider of antispam hardware appliances that was acquired by Cisco Systems for $830 million in 2007. Charles was also the founder of the Virtual Goods Summit and Social Gaming Summit, two of the leading conferences in the freetoplay games space. Charles spent several years working at InQTel, the strategic venture capital group for the Central Intelligence Agency. While at InQTel, he focused on identifying investment opportunities that could deliver significant value to the CIA and the commercial market in both the short and long term. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Stanford University.
Peter is a passionate entrepreneur with roots in Southern California starting his career with 8 years in the enterprise hardware and software space. Having success in building companies ranging from solid state storage to SAS businesses Peter then focused his time in the consumer internet space. At Photobucket he was the 5th employee and was responsible for driving growth to 61M users and leading its $300M acquisition in 2007 to Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corporation. Peter then turned his energy in helping people save money as CEO of BillShrink from inception to their 1st Million users in a little over a year. BillShrink became TruAxis which was acquired by MasterCard in 2012.
Continuing the journey of building early stage companies Peter was the Co-Founder & President of Color exploring the future of mobile and social interactions through proximity. Most recently he spent time as a 2nd time Entrepreneur In Residence at Trinity Ventures.
He spent more than a decade as an engineer, engineering manager, and business development executive for digital camera manufacturing giants Nikon to Lytro. A serial entrepreneur and longtime mentor and technology advisor to the startup community, WhatsApp was invented at his kitchen counter. At Bugsee, Alex brings his practical experience, business connections and enthusiasm for innovation to his role as Chief Executive.
Elena Grewal leads Airbnb’s team of data scientists, data analysts, and machine learning specialists. The team partners with the all parts of the company, from the product team to the policy team, enabling Airbnb to use data effectively throughout. Examples of team projects include price prediction, payments routing optimization, lead scoring for operations teams, and analytics around recruiting and performance. Prior to working at Airbnb Elena completed a doctorate in education at Stanford where she modeled friendship networks in schools and the impact of friendships on educational outcomes. She has a longstanding passion for diversity and inclusion and has championed diversity at Airbnb and beyond.
Amy Feldman is a staff writer at Forbes, where she covers entrepreneurs for Forbes magazine and Forbes.com. Before returning to Forbes last year, she was a staff writer or senior writer at BusinessWeek, Money and the New York Daily News, as well as a contributor to numerous publications, including Barron’s, Fast Company and Inc. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @amyfeldman.
RJ Jain is the Founder and CEO of Price.com. Prior to Price, RJ co-founded Appurify, which pioneered on-device debugging, CI testing and performance optimization for mobile applications. Google acquired Appurify in 2014. Jain previously served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Foundation Capital and as a technical advisor for Metamorphic Ventures, a New York City based venture capital firm. Additionally, he has held engineering leadership roles at the ride-sharing startup Sidecar and the gaming company Zynga.
Dennis Mortensen is the CEO and Founder of x.ai, whose artificial intelligence driven personal assistant lets people schedule meetings using plain English and nothing more than a CC to email@example.com.
He’s a pioneer and expert in the analytics, optimization and big data space – and has been since its inception. He is also a fully-fledged entrepreneur and has successfully delivered a number of company exits.
Dennis is an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, the Author of Data Driven Insights from Wiley and a frequent speaker on the subject of Analytics and Data.
A native of Denmark, Mortensen currently calls New York City his home.
TD Lowe is a Partner at 42Phi Ventures and is Founder of EnovationNation Inc. TD serves as faculty at Southern Methodist University and has served as a guest instructor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. In addition to being a Politico Ambassador, she is an economist and self-taught developer who draws on her passion for innovation and her experience in technology, finance and strategy as driving forces to enhance, influence and educate the world on the power of innovation.
TD has worked in Technology, Strategy, Finance and Venture Capital at several Fortune 50 companies and smaller firms. During her tenure, TD assumed key roles as a leader in corporate innovation, finance, product marketing, contract negotiations, and technical development. Her passion for innovation and entrepreneurs has served as a catalyst for her work with Startup Grind’s Startup Exhibition.
Laura is the founder and CEO of Atipica, a talent life cycle engine that that uniquely combines both artificial, human intelligence to help companies realize the lifetime value of their candidate and employee data. Additionally, she is a founding member of Project Include, a nonprofit formed to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions in the tech industry. She previously worked at Twitter, where she was a founding team member of the International team and lead product expansion into 50 languages and in dozens of countries. Gómez has also worked at Hewlett-Packard, Jawbone and YouTube. Laura was recognized by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her involvement in the TechWomen Program 2012. She serves on the board of Institute for Technology and Public Policy alongside Lt Governor Gavin Newsom and FWD.us Innovation Council - which mobilizes the tech community in support of commonsense immigration reform.
After completing her BSE in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania— The Wharton School, Arum Kang has focused in delighting customers in the consumer product space. She has worked with a variety of companies including Amazon and Avon Products. After obtaining her MBA degree from Harvard Business School, Arum co-founded Coffee Meets Bagel with sisters Soo and Dawoon Kang. As the CEO, Arum creates and executes the vision of Coffee Meets Bagel. With her various roles, her overarching goal is always to make sure the customers’ needs are heard and met with a superior product experience. She has been interviewed many times about the dating and startup scene and has given many talks about the subject alongside her sister, Dawoon.
Ian Kalin is passionate about empowering people. He started his career in the U.S. Navy as a Counter Terrorism Officer and later as a Nuclear Engineer. Ian built a successful clean-tech business called Power Advocate where he supported over $35 billion of power plant and transmission line construction. He supported Smart City data projects for companies like Socrata and Google and most recently served as the first-ever Chief Data Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ian has received awards and honors from Harvard Kennedy School, two Presidential Cabinet Secretaries and from President Barack Obama. He lives in San Francisco with his family.
Philz Coffee’s unique blends, community-oriented stores and one-cup-at-a-time approach have drawn a cult following nationwide. Founded by Phil (Jacobs Dad) with Jacob by his side, the first store opened in the Mission district of San Francisco in 2002. Jacob started running the business at the age of 18 and has since guided Philz to national expansion, opening more than 30 stores on the East and West coasts. Jacob aims to buck trends – from the coffee it serves, to its customer service approach and care for employees. Jacob believes his mission is to better people’s day, one coffee at a time. Philz has raised $75 million in venture capital, and the once-small Bay Area cult coffee shop is becoming a force to be reckoned with on the national coffee scene. His favorite Philz coffee: Tesora — the first blend his dad created — with honey and a bit of cream.
Kanishk Priyadarshi captains the national AI App Engineering team for IBM. He leads the IBM Watson AI and Data Platforms practice for the west-coast out of Silicon Valley.
Eli Bressert loves big ideas and putting them into action by connecting the impossible. He manages the Growth and Messaging Analytics team at Netflix to help usher Netflix into the future on a global scale. Prior to Netflix Eli headed Data Labs at Stitch Fix where his team researched exponential technologies and methodologies for data science initiatives. Eli has an astronomically biased history where he obtained his PhD in astrophysics, produced media-quality visualizations for space telescopes at the Harvard-Smithsonian Institute for Astrophysics, and developed new models on star formation. He is a mentor to Singularity University and author of the NumPy & SciPy O'Reilly book.
Hulya Emir-Farinas is a founding member of the data science team at Pivotal. She has extensive experience in applying algorithmic approaches to complex problems in multiple vertical industries. Before joining Pivotal, Hulya held positions at IBM and M-Factor, where she helped enterprise customers make better business decisions using machine learning algorithms with optimization routines. She holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Florida.
Hannah Kuchler is a San Francisco Correspondent for the Financial Times, writing about technology with a particular focus on social media and cyber security. She enjoys telling the story of the Silicon Valley to the FT's broad international audience. Hannah has worked for the FT for over seven years in the US, Europe and Asia.
Ryan Sweeney joined Accel in 2008 and manages its growth fund. He is the first outside investor and board member in a number of leading enterprise software companies like Atlassian, Hootsuite, Qualtrics, Squarespace and Xero. Ryan is also active with innovative mobile and payments startups like Invoice2go, Lightspeed and VSCO. He was also responsible for numerous investments with notable exits, including AirWatch (acquired by VMware), Braintree/Venmo (acquired by PayPal), Groupon (public), Lynda.com (acquired by Linkedin) and OzForex (public). Ryan grew up in South Jersey and graduated from Notre Dame and Harvard Business School.
Jack co-founded SeatGeek, where he currently focuses on Email and Slack Administration. Prior to SeatGeek he specialized in writing code for IE7 compatibility mode, a skill he is sad to observe is no longer valued in the job market. Jack studied math and econ at Dartmouth College, but also has a sensitive side.
John Locke joined Accel in 2009 and helps lead the firm’s growth fund. He focuses on mobile, software, payments and marketplace companies. John is the lead investor and board member in SeatGeek, GoFundMe, Lightspeed, Wyzant, Invoice2Go, Pond5 and QMC Telecom. He also works closely with the teams at Prosper, Tenable Network Security, CrowdStrike, WorldRemit, Braintree/Venmo (acquired by PayPal) and OzForex (public). John grew up in Ashland, Ohio and graduated from Princeton.
Owais is the President and Co-founder of West Agile Labs. With over 15 years of experience helping business grow he helps ensure success for West Agile Labs’ clients thinking through the Create, Build and Scale philosophy. Before West Agile Labs, Owais was an extremely active investor focusing on TMT, Software and Industrials. Owais loves bringing process to the creative things West Agile Labs does. Outside of work Owais is either chasing fast moving objects, spending time with his 18 month old son, or telling people to Git off his Lan while drinking coffee or scotch.
Brian is a startup evangelist, advisor, and angel investor. He is currently the Director of Product at Real Time Cases, an EdTech startup based in DC. He is also the director for Startup Grind DC and Executive-In- Residence at the AOL Fishbowl Labs. He was also formerly the global COO of Startup Grind and has started three previous startups.
Corey is a partner at West Agile Labs and oversees product, creative strategy and business consulting. Corey spent his twenties diving into the startup scene gaining firsthand experience in the food, music, and travel industries, and has launched two startups leading one through an accelerator program. He holds degrees in Entrepreneurship and Business Management from Butler and DePaul University. Corey recently relocated to San Francisco late 2015 via Chicago to work for West Agile Labs and is a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks fan. Outside of work, you can find Corey somewhere in Golden Gate Park playing fetch with his Kelpie, Juno, or exploring the winding trails of SF on his Cannondale, Ollie.
Zach began his career in high school when he started a website hosting company called BounceHost. The company later pivoted to a digital marketing and software development company and rebranded to BounceFire. Before graduating college, Zach was recognized as one of the top 33 student entrepreneurs in the world for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (put on by Entrepreneurs Organization and the Kauffman Foundation) in 2010 and shortly after sold his company, BounceFire.
In 2012, Zach joined forces with Ilya Pozin and became the CEO of Coplex with the intent of shifting it to a Startup Studio business model. The company applies lean and agile techniques to repeatedly validate, build, and grow startup companies. By 2016, Zach acquired the company from the founders. To date, Coplex has worked alongside founding teams to create more than 250 startups. Later in 2016, Zach also became a founding partner of Coplex Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund that invests in select startups that go through the Coplex Startup Studio.
Zach has been involved as a mentor and advisor for a variety of other startups and maintains a column for Entrepreneur Magazine. He was recognized as one of “Arizona’s 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35,” an “Empact Showcase” award winner, and a winner of the Spirit of Enterprise “Social Impact” award by Arizona State University. Zach holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Ohio Northern University with a dual-minor in Mathematics and Entrepreneurship.
Sanjit is an Investment Director at Intel Capital. He drives investments in several areas like Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, IoT, eCommerce, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Robotics, etc. He is on the Board of several companies.
Sanjit has been on Hillary Clinton's Tech/Innovation Policy Advisory team. He is on University of California President's UC Innovation Council. Sanjit has the fastest Eng PhD from University of Illinois (2yrs 9mo after undergrad), which he received in 2000 with top research awards. He also attended the Venture Capital Executive program at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He’s an invited Speaker at several top events, eg SURGE/WebSummit, TiECon, ShopTalk, McKinsey leadership event, Silicon Valley Open Doors, Global Big Data and IoT conferences. He’s a mentor at Stanford and Berkeley’s Entrepreneurship programs.
He has had several Exits within 1 year of investment with excellent financial returns - eg VokeVR (acq by Intel within 7 months of investment), Basis Science (Wearables, acq Intel) and Maginatics (Cloud Storage, acq EMC). He is currently a Board Member in several startups, including True Fit (AI for eCommerce with 51 Million users), Body Labs (AI for Body Models using Image Recognition), Reflektion (AI recommendation for eCommerce) and Enlighted (IoT).
He is currently an investor in DocuSign (eSignature), True Fit, Reflektion, Body Labs, MongoDB (NoSQL Database), Enlighted (IoT), Mirantis (Cloud Computing), GoodData (SaaS BI) and Arcadia Data (Data Analytics 2.0), to name a few.
Sanjit has over a decade of Exec leadership experience in Product Design, Business Development and Strategy across several domains: Big Data, Natural Language Processing, 3D Camera/Apps, Supply-Chain Analytics and Flash Memory. He has managed $2Bill/year accounts and executed >30 partnership deals in $100M-$2Bill range. Always ahead of the curve, Sanjit worked on Big Data Analytics before industry created the term 'Big Data'. Similarly, he launched 2 online courses during grad school in 1999 and published iconic papers on learnings, way before the MOOC revolution started.
Personally, Sanjit has an interest in film-making. He has made a few short movies and taken courses in script-writing, lighting, editing and production at DeAnza College, Cupertino.
Jack Nicas covers Google and its sister companies for the Wall Street Journal. Jack joined the WSJ in 2011 in Chicago, where he covered national news and aviation. He joined the San Francisco bureau in 2015, and has also written about emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, virtual reality and robotics. He previously wrote for the Boston Globe.
Joel Riddell is an Emmy Nominated IACP award-winning journalist and talk show host who happily the calls the San Francisco Bay Area Home. When not recording or writing, Riddell is out and about emceeing culinary events, judging wine, or researching the next story in some far-off nation. A passion for Food, Wine, and Travel keeps Joel on the go, tasting everything from Haute Cuisine to farm cooking. Find out more about Joel via T - @joelriddell I- @diningaround and on www.diningaround.com.
We are a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.
Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind now spans over 200 cities across the world.
Meet Silicon Valley’s top investors, developers, journalists, and entrepreneurs for over two days of workshops, talks, intimate meetings, and parties.
Apply to be one of only 100 Startups to exhibit at our 2017 Global Conference
Programming runs from 8AM to 6PM on both days (February 21th and 22nd). We’ll be hosting an afterparty on the 21st that will go until 10:00 PM.
The event takes place at the Fox Theater at 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, CA.
You’ll have all-access to two full days of speaker sessions and networking across multiple theaters in Redwood City. Your ticket also includes coffee, lunch, snacks, and drinks throughout the day. It also admits you into the Startup Grind afterparty and parties throughout. For our best deal, get the 2-for-1 ticket and bring a friend!
We work with Fortune 500 as well as newly launched companies to reach entrepreneurs around the world, and we’d love to work with you as a sponsoring partner. You’ll reach thousands of entrepreneurs, business owners, as well as developers, investors, and the like during our event. As a sponsor, we’ll also include you in messaging to our network - spanning across hundreds of thousands of online followers and subscribers. Please fill out the form or email our Partnerships Director, firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
If your business has raised less than $3MM and has fewer than 20 employees, you’re eligible to apply for the 2017 Startup Program. If selected, you’ll have the chance the exhibit your company during the conference, be exposed to our network of 200 investors, and enjoy perks like media opportunities and startup service discounts.
The Startup Program is simple and transparent: if chosen, your startup receives 4-full day tickets, including a display booth for one of the two conference days.
San Francisco (SFO) is the most trafficked airport in the Bay Area, complete with its own airport BART station. It is the closest (15mi/24km) to the Fox Theater. Travelers will get ride the BART to Millbrae, then transfer onto the Caltrain to Redwood City.
Oakland (OAK) is located across the peninsula in the East Bay, offering slightly cheaper airfare and accommodations. It’s furthest (29mi/47km) from the Fox Theater, but offers nearby BART public transit to get into Silicon Valley.
San Jose (SJC) is located at the very bottom of Silicon Valley and is closest to Palo Alto. While not far from the Fox Theater (20mi/32km), SJC doesn’t offer many public transit options.
All the following hotel suggestions are less than a 15-minute drive from the Fox Theater, the Startup Grind Global Conference Venue. Many guests also choose to stay with local hosts through Airbnb.
1000 Twin Sophin Dr. Redwood City, CA 94065
Fairfield Inn & Suites
555 Skyway Rd, San Carlos, CA 94070
950 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070
Extended Stay America
3 Circle Way San Carlos, CA 94070
223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City, CA 94065
Expect: luxury, concierge service, modern decor.
Atherton Park Inn & Suites Redwood City
2834 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061
Best Western Plus Executive Suites Redwood City
25 Fifth Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063
Holiday Inn Express Redwood City-Central
1836 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063
Expect: Business-tier accommodations, concierge service.
425 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Expect: Luxury accommodations, central location, free breakfast, wine tastings.
Sure, though streetside parking is limited near the venue. Luckily, local garages offer more space by the hour. Both of the following garages offer paid parking 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Monday through Friday, with free parking after 6:00 PM.
Winslow Parking Garage: Located on Middlefield close to the Fox Theater, Winslow offers parking for 50 cents per hour.
The Main Street Parking Lot: Located on Main Street by City Hall, this garage offers parking for 25 cents per hour.
Jefferson Garage: The underground garage on Middlefield between Jefferson and Winslow provides 1.5 hours of free parking.
The Marshall Street Garage: With entrances off of Marshall and off of Broadway offers 1.5 hours of free parking.
The Jefferson and Marshall garages offer limited parking that may be limited by duration.
Absolutely. The Fox Theater is a few blocks from the Redwood City Caltrain station. If you’re visiting us from San Francisco, you can easily take the BART to the Millbrae BART station and connect onto Caltrain.
The Caltrain runs between San Francisco and San Jose, with stops covering the entire Bay Area. See the Caltrain schedule here.
BART is San Francisco’s city rail service and the best way to commute to and from OAK and SFO airports. See Bart locations and schedule here. It may be wise to purchase a Clipper Card, used for all public transit in the Bay Area.
For bikers and rail commuters, thanks for doing your part to save the rainforests!
Yes. Over 100 Startup Grind Directors and thousands of startup founders are flying in from places like Iran, Mongolia, Australia, and China. They’re definitely not stepping away from their businesses, families, and teams without good reason: this is going to be good.
Absolutely! You can enter and exit the event at your leisure so long as you are wearing your Startup Grind wristband, which acts as your ticket.
But do us a favor: do not remove, tamper, or attempt to transfer your ticket to another visitor, or we may have to refuse your entry.
You can shower and sleep with your wristband on, and if you wear it for the whole year, we guarantee you a free ticket to our next conference. Yes, really!
Thanks for offering your time! We usually receive many applications for just a limited number of volunteer spots, but if you have the right skill set to be an awesome volunteer please fill out this form.
The entrepreneur’s journey can be a winding one, so we often collaborate with partner companies to sponsor the tickets of a handful of applicants. To find out if you’re eligible, tell us about what you’re working on and why you should receive a sponsorship at this email.
If you’re a journalist reporting for a major media outlet or a private blogger with a considerable audience, we’d be happy to have you join as our guest.
Please email us with your name, the name of the outlet for which you’ll report, a link to the site where your articles are published, and the monthly recurring visitors to the media property (if known).
Please note that speaker access is reserved to select media personnel on advance request and is not open to most press pass holders.
Ah, bosses — we know the drill. We have an expert team at the ready for this kind of situations: they’ve spent their lifetimes training in the fine art of tasteful wit, persuasive copywriting, and even the dark arts of corporate speak. Send us an email to and we’ll make the case on your behalf. But beware! With such great power comes great responsibility — contact wisely.
Though speakers like Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures spent over an hour with the audience, most speakers are busy founders who do us the great favor of sharing their time pro-bono exactly because they know we won’t demand much of it. All speakers are encouraged to meet attendees, walk the floor, and enjoy the conference — but we make no guarantees.
There will, however, be hundreds of investors among the audience — many who’d love to meet you. There was over $1.5 million offered to founders by investors they met during the two days of the event, some who randomly bumped into one another.
Our secret to spotting & connecting with VIPs: say hello to those people who seem relaxed and sit back during networking breaks, as many of them will be those whose networks are already incredible. If they don’t invest, it’s likely they know those who do — so make friends instead of pitching hard.
Want to be matched with investors? Apply to our Startup Program.
Aww, we were really looking forward to meeting you. We’re sorry to say we do not issue refunds, but you can definitely exchange your ticket with a friend or business colleague up to a month before the event. Email us here with your name and the name to which you’d like to transfer your ticket, and we’ll get you sorted.
Hope to see you next year!
Yes: comfortable. Expect some people to feel most comfortable dressed in formal business attire – it can be a nice confidence booster. Also expect to mingle with a Silicon Valley crowd that’s most comfortable in casual streetwear, maybe accented with a company hoodie.
Keep in mind the amazing people you’ll be meeting at this conference, and dress to impress and connect with them. However you style yourself, make sure it’s respectful of the beautiful venue and other guests attending the event.
We appreciate your enthusiasm, but we ask our guests to stick to business cards at most. Flyers tend to take time and focus away from the conference experience, so nail your pitch instead.
The only exception is paid sponsors, who also receive a booth and other perks at the event. Learn more about sponsorships here if you’d like to reach the Startup Grind audience. We’d love to work together.
Trust us, we’re big proponents of a simple and inviting US immigration policy for ambitious entrepreneurs and skilled technologists. Unfortunately, we will not be sponsoring visas for attendees to the Startup Grind Global Conference.