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.
Hi guys! I'm Ben. I love new ideas, teamwork, and the intersection of the humanities and technology to make the world and cooler and better place to live.
I studied English and Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan, graduating in 2013. Since, I have worked in marketing and business development roles at startups in education technology, mobility, and social media. I am currently the Director of Business Development at SPLT, an enterprise carpool platform in Detroit. My favorite side project is Native <> Newcomer, fostering collaboration between native Detroiters and newcomers. I also organize a Meetup, How To Start A Startup, which offers free entrepreneurship programming. Follow Ben on Twitter at @bigsedo or Instagram at @seido_photography.