Nathan is the co-founder and CTO at Airbnb. He oversees the technical strategy of the company, and is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Airbnb at the forefront of the industry. Nathan became an entrepreneur early on running an almost $1 million business while he was in high school, selling to clients in more than 20 countries. He received a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and held several engineering positions with Microsoft, OPNET Technologies and Batiq before becoming a co-founder at Airbnb.
Stewart Butterfield is the co-founder and CEO of Slack. Stewart has built a distinguished career as a designer, entrepreneur, and technologist. A co-founder of Flickr, he has been named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, BusinessWeek's Top 50 Leaders and Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List.
Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter. A progenitor of social media, Stone has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years. Today, Biz is Co-founder and CEO of Jelly Industries—making consumer web and mobile products that are fun first, and hopefully useful later. Having started out as an artist, Biz stresses creativity, learning from mistakes, and celebrating the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology. Inc. Magazine named him Entrepreneur of the Decade, TIME listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and GQ named him Nerd of the Year. Biz is also an author, filmmaker, and painter.
Matt Rogers is founder and VP of Engineering at Nest Labs, creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm. By applying modern design and technology, Nest aims to revitalize these stagnant - yet very important - industries. Matt is responsible for all product development at Nest, ranging from mechanical design to software to web services, and everything in between. Prior to Nest, Matt was responsible for iPod software development at Apple, from concept to production. He was one of the first engineers on the original iPhone, and involved in the development of 10 generations of iPod, 5 generations of iPhone, and the first iPad. He earned his BS and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jessica Livingston is a founding partner at Y Combinator. She is also the organizer of Startup School, the big annual startup conference, and the author of Founders at Work, a collection of interviews with successful startup founders. Y Combinator was the first of the new startup "incubators" that fund a bunch of startups at once. Since 2005 YC has funded over 644 companies, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.
Megan is an entrepreneur, tech evangelist, engineer, catalyst and connector. As VP at Google[x], Megan works on a range of projects including co-creating/hosting SolveForX to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and collaboration. For nine years prior she led Google’s New Business Development team managing early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing for Google’s global engineering and product teams. She led the acquisitions of Keyhole (Google Earth), Where2Tech (Google Maps) and Picasa, and also led the Google.org team transition to add more engineering with Google Crisis Response, GoogleforNonprofits, and Earth Outreach. Prior to joining Google, Megan was CEO and earlier, COO of PlanetOut, the leading LGBT online community. Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.
Justin Kan is an internet entrepreneur. He is best known for founding Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar; Justin.tv, a live video streaming platform; Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired by Amazon for $970mm); and Exec, an on demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014). He is currently a partner at the seed fund Y Combinator. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Physics and Philosophy.
Marc Andreessen is an innovator and creator who pioneered a software category used by more than a billion people and established multiple billion-dollar companies. Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser and co-founded both Netscape and Loudcloud (Opsware). Most recently, Marc co-founded the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz which invests in technology companies including Airbnb, Actifio, BuzzFeed, Coinbase, Facebook, Github, Pinterest, Honor, and Twitter, among others.
MC Hammer is an American MC who brought rap music to a mass pop audience during the late 1980s and early 1990s, selling millions of copies of his chart topping albums. He is known for his important influence on hip hop culture and music. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hammer released the patriotic album Active Duty on his own WorldHit label and donated portions of the proceeds to 9/11 charities. MC Hammer has a television show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Hammer is an advisor to the online video site for the dance community, Dance Jam.
Mary Grove is director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach where she leads Google for Entrepreneurs, the company's programs and partnerships to support startups and entrepreneurs in over 100 countries around the world. Mary joined Google in 2004 as part of the legal team working on the company's IPO then moved to New Business Development where she spent 6 years focused on a range of early stage product incubation and partnerships. Mary has led dozens of strategic technology partnerships across products including Gmail, Google Docs, Search, Chrome, and Social. She is an active leader in entrepreneur and developer outreach efforts both in the US and internationally, spanning initiatives in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She has led exploratory trips and efforts for Google in Pakistan, Afganistan, Iraq, Gaza, and the West Bank. Mary earned her B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and sits on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Adi Tatarko is the CEO and co-founder of Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design that brings together both professionals and homeowners via mobile, local and social tools. Adi and her husband and cofounder, Alon Cohen, started Houzz out of challenges that they faced during their own home remodel. Today, millions of homeowners and more than 450,000 architects, designers, contractors and other remodeling professionals connect through Houzz.com and its mobile apps every month, sharing their photos, advice and product recommendations.
Ben Horowitz is a founder and partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs become successful CEOs and build important and enduring companies. Andreessen Horowitz provides seed, venture and growth-stage funding to the best new technology companies, and the firm currently has $2.5 billion under management across two funds. Among its investments are Airbnb, Facebook, Foursquare, Jawbone, Coinbase, Pinterest, and Zulily. Ben was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007 for $1.6 billion, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation. Ben has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA. He serves on the board of many companies including Foursquare, Jawbone, Okta, Magnet, Nicira and Tidemark. Ben also pens his own blog, Ben’s Blog (www.bhorowitz.com), where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company. You can also find him on Twitter at @bhorowitz
Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing. Under her leadership, 23andMe has built one of the world's largest databases of individual genetic information and made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology.
Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, trustee of theWikimedia Foundation, and executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media,Enchantment, and ten other books. Guy has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Payal Kadakia is the CEO and Co-Founder of ClassPass, a monthly membership program that provides people of all fitness levels unlimited access to the best boutique fitness classes and gyms across the US and internationally. Since its launch in 2013, ClassPass has facilitated more than 11 million reservations across 7,000 studios in 36 markets. Payal is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sa Dance Company, founded in 2009 with the mission to increase awareness of Indian Dance in the mainstream and serve as a platform for expressing the Indian-American identity through movement. Payal previously worked as a consultant at Bain & Company and holds a degree in Operations Research from MIT.
Selina joined SurveyMonkey in October 2009. Previously Selina was Senior Vice President of Product and Technology at Ticketmaster’s Europe division, where she managed the 200-person Product, Technology and Operations team. Prior to that, Selina was Vice President of Online Product and Technology at Entertainment Publications, where she led the company’s online sales and technology initiatives. In 1997 Selina founded Evite.com, an online invitation service that lets users organize an offline event online, and which currently sends over three million invitations per month. As VP of Engineering for Evite.com, she led the company’s development and operations and played a key role in setting the strategic direction with the board of directors. In 2001, Evite.com was sold to Ticketmaster. Tobaccowala holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
is the technical lead and co-founder of Instagram, a global community that shares more than 60 million photos every day. As the head of engineering, Mike focuses on building products that bring out the creativity in all of us. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Mike holds an MS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. Prior to founding Instagram, he worked at Meebo as a user experience designer and front-end engineer.
Logan Green, co-founder and CEO of Lyft, has long been fascinated by innovation in transportation, having grown up in Southern California with much of his childhood spent stuck in traffic. Lyft, the on-demand ridesharing platform, was founded in 2007 with Zimride as the first of two products built to create a more social, sustainable and affordable transportation system. The idea for Zimride (and ultimately Lyft) struck while Logan was studying in Zimbabwe during college, where carpooling is a common form of transportation among neighbors and communities. Logan also created the first car-share program at UC Santa Barbara and served on the board of the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District prior to starting Zimride. As a Lyft driver himself, Logan has a vision to fill the 80 percent of empty seats on the road and ultimately transform the face of transportation around the world. Since unveiling the product in June 2012, Lyft has quickly become one of the fastest-growing tech companies with more than $330 million raised from leading investors Andreessen Horowitz, Coatue and Founders Fund and has been featured in The Economist, the New York Times and on NBC’s TODAY Show. Lyft is currently in 65 cities across the country with more than 10 million rides shared to date.
Bill founded Google Ventures in 2009 and oversees all of the fund’s global activities. GV is one of the most active investors in the world, with approximately $1.5 billion under management, 250 portfolio companies and offices in Mountain View, San Francisco, Boston, New York, and London. The fund’s early track record includes investments in pioneers like Uber, Nest, DocuSign, and Cloudera; IPOs like Foundation Medicine and RetailMeNot; and exits to industry leaders like Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo.
Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. Mr. Khosla was founding CEO of Sun Microsystems. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, helping them build technology based businesses. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master's in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
With 3,000 founders and investors, more than 40 keynote and fireside sessions, and over 50 exhibiting startups, this is Startup Grind's largest event ever.
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.