- About Us
Join us on September 24th from 7-9:30 pm at Berkeley SkyDeck for our Ribbon Cutting as we co-found Startup Grind Berkeley with the Mayor's Office! We're bringing together a community of 1.5 million people around the world, in 400+ cities.
Mayor Arreguín and Councilman Bartlett will share their insights on the local economy, small businesses, public-private partnerships and entrepreneurship. We will also delve into the Councilman's municipal token offering, which will revolutionize micro-bonds at the city level. We will focus discussion around bridging academic, public and private sectors to encourage civic engagement.
Philz coffee has generously partnered with us to establish our first Base Camp! We're also having a co-working day at their Downtown Berkeley location (1600 Shattuck Ave #100, Berkeley, CA 94709) from 10 am to 5:30 pm on the 24th (event day).
If you need a space to get some work done, get insights on your idea/initiative, or would like to meet our team personally, swing by during that time window! They'll also be upgrading small coffees to a large at no extra cost for members of our community :)
See you soon!
Jesse Arreguín (born 1983 or 1984) is an American politician who is the current mayor of Berkeley, California. He served on the Berkeley Housing Commission and Rent Stabilization Board from 2004 to 2009, and represented District 4 on the Berkeley City Council in from 2009 to 2016. He is the first Latino and youngest person to serve as the mayor of Berkeley.
Arreguín has described himself as an "unapologetic progressive," refers to antifascists protesting violent right-wing extremists as a "gang," and has said he wants to "restore Berkeley to the forefront of progressive leadership on the environment and social justice." Arreguín represents the cities of Alameda County on the Executive Board of the Association of Bay Area Governments. He also represents Berkeley on the Board for the East Bay Community Energy Authority, and the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, and chairs the Council's Agenda Committee, 2x2 Joint City/School Board Committee, 3x3 Joint Housing Authority/Council Committee; and 4x4 Joint Committee on Housing.
Ben Bartlett is a fifth-generation Berkeley native, environmental lawyer, and respected community leader. Ben’s mission is to leverage industry and government to deliver innovation, expand opportunity, and protect the environment. He is the son of community activists, and at a young age, he learned the value of community and the necessity of progress. Those values of innovation and inclusion continue to inform Ben’s policies.
Ben’s policy work is focused on 21st-century economic development with job opportunities for all Californians: creating public wi-fi to conquer the digital divide and reduce the achievement gap; solving homelessness and eliminating poverty; partnering with labor to deliver green infrastructure; expanding mass transit; and the large-scale deployment of affordable housing.
His relationships with thought leaders, the business community, local neighborhood activists and the elected officials of Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco allow him to serve as a trusted partner and coalition builder on regional issues impacting the entire region.