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Charlotte area founders Elizabeth Escobar, Judy Lee Greenhill, and Zachary Greenhill have joined the North Carolina Delegation to the Startup Grind Global Conference. Startup Grind brings together founders, investors, and program partners from across the state to catalyze company formation and development. In fact, Elizabeth launched her company in Flywheel's New Ventures Accelerator, and the Greenhills work out of the Hub.
Elizabeth Escobar is the founder of Hay Trabajo, a jobs platform that connects blue collar Hispanic labor to corporates in our region. Hay Trabajo now has two part time employees and a user base of 886 users. 15 people have been hired through Hay Trabajo and three Fortune 500 companies are interested in using Hay Trabajo's service. In just one year, Hay Trabajo was awarded the 2019 Social Impact award in Charlotte by Red Ventures and Charlotte Agenda and it was one of the winners of the Charlotte Inno on Fire on the social impact category. Her dedication, analytical abilities, and charm will keep her competitive on the global stage.
Judy Lee Greenhill and Zachary Greenhill are the founders of Greenhill Antiballistics Corp., and have developed the Force Disruption Platform, an advanced material which reduces force of impact - a compression wave – by up to 50% in the thickness of a dime (1 mm) to improve in-market products and new formations. The company is led by led by its CEO/COO, Ms. Judy Lee Greenhill, a 19-year IBM veteran who directed multi-million dollar projects. Its Chief Scientist is Dr. Joseph J. BelBruno who has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, taught at Dartmouth College for 30 years, and has 140 peer reviewed papers. GABC’s founder-inventor-Chief Technology Strategist is Mr. Zachary Greenhill, a former CIA “Ops” Officer for covert operations and sensitive national security programs, and a former managing partner of a mid-town Manhattan law firm. GABC has a global portfolio of 17 patents with 4 patents pending in the U.S. We are lucky to have them at the Hub!
While we are in Redwood City pitching, meeting with investors, and telling people about the great state of North Carolina, you can follow along with the events on main stage by watching the Live Stream. Check out the Agenda. The lineup is outstanding - these folks are leading some of the fastest growing startups and the investment firms who back them.
BTW, the Startup Grind Global Conference is two days, so check back in on February 12th. Agenda times listed here are in Eastern Standard Time, so in California we'll be 3 hours behind.
Is North Carolina competitive compared to Silicon Valley, NYC, Austin, or Chicago when it comes to startups? The NC Startup Delegation, comprise of 10 companies from the Triad, Charlotte, and the Triangle, is headed to Silicon Valley to raise our hands and show the world we can compete on the global stage. Check out the Live Stream as you can, and make sure to keep your eyes open for our NC teams.
The Triad delegation for SG Global 2020 includes:
SWIPEBY (Carl Turner)
Greenhill AntiBallistics Corporation – Force Disruption Platform (Judy Lee Greenhill and Zachary Greenhill)
Patch (Dan Driscoll)
Proposa (Brian Onorio)
Fluree (Kevin Doubleday)
Hay Trabajo (Elizabeth Escobar Hurtado)
Gryppers (Jamelle Eugene)
Like last year, the Flywheel Foundation has a community goal: to underwrite the conference ticket for each of these growth-stage companies, $3,500 (of the total $5,000 ticket cost) per company.
With investments from local individuals and organizations—from people who see North Carolina’s place on the global startup stage— NC can, in fact, show up to Silicon Valley in 2020. And what’s more?
That buzz, that affirmation, that golden opportunity—they’ll bring it all home.
A bit shoutout to Lavoie CPA and Dualboot Partners. They have helped so many of the companies going through various Flywheel and Hurt Hub programs. They are an integral part of our community and we couldn't run Startup Grind without them. Thank you for supporting our innovation community, and thanks for helping to send these folks to globals!
Bevy / Startup Grind
Co-Founder + CEO
hims & hers
Founder + CEO
Justin.tv, Twitch, Atrium, Y Combinator
Entrepreneur & Investor
Co-founder + CEO
Generation Investment Management
Partner + Co-head, Growth Equity + Sustainable Solutions Fund
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + Co-CEO
Chief Data Officer
Founder + Managing Partner
Rent the Runway
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Kirsten is the founder of Forerunner Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. She combines an experience and thesis driven approach, with a consumer centric view, to identify visionary entrepreneurs and compelling brand platforms. Through her work at Forerunner, she has partnered with some of the most promising companies in the current evolution of commerce. Representative investments include: Birchbox, Bonobos, Hotel Tonight, Nomi, Warby Parker.
Andrew is a Founder & CEO at Hims & Hers. He is also a Cofounder and General Partner at Atomic, a venture-builder in San Francisco backed by Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen and many of the leading venture funds in the world. He is serial founder, active angel investor and advisor to over two dozen startups. Andrew graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Tejada is the CEO of PagerDuty (NYSE: PD), a leading real-time operations platform. She is a veteran software industry executive and business leader, and previously served as CEO of Keynote Systems and EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Mincom. She has led the global expansion of PagerDuty, as well as the significant growth in its workforce and customers, including over half of the Fortune 100. Jennifer currently serves as a board member of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL). She previously sat on the board of Puppet, Inc. and oOh Media. Jennifer holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan.
Amy Pressman is co-founder of Medallia. Before starting the company, Amy worked as a consultant for Boston Consulting Group. Prior to that, she was a Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras.
Justin Kan is best known as the creator of modern live-streaming with Twitch (sold to Amazon for $1 billion) and later as a partner at Y Combinator. Having been a repeat founder and investor both personally and as a Partner at Y Combinator for many years, Justin is not shy to share his journey and insights into his life philosophy on what makes us happy. For that we are extremely thankful!
Justin previously founded many companies including: Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar; Justin.tv which later became Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired for $1 billion by Amazon in 2014) and Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); and Exec, an on-demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014).
He’s personally invested in over 100 companies, including Zenefits, Ginkgo Bioworks, Cruise, and Alto Pharmacy. Justin graduated from Yale University with a degree in Physics and Philosophy.
Kat Manalac is a Partner at Y Combinator. She's been at YC since 2013 and has seen over 1,000 companies go through the program. Prior to YC, Kat was Chief of Staff to Alexis Ohanian, investor and co-founder of reddit. Before that, she was at WIRED Magazine. Kat graduated from Northwestern University and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mathilde Collin is the co-founder and CEO of Front, which is reinventing email for teams. Front serves more than 5,000 companies and has raised $79 million in venture funding from investors such as Sequoia Capital, Threshold Ventures (fka DFJ), and Uncork Capital. Mathilde mentors aspiring entrepreneurs through All Raise’s Female Founders Office Hours and the Pioneer Fund. She has been recognized in Forbes Next Billion Dollar Startups 2019, Forbes 30 Under 30: Enterprise Tech 2017 and Inc.’s Rising Stars 2018.
Lila joined Generation in 2004 and is Co-Head and founding member of the Growth Equity business and Sustainable Solutions Fund. Her team is accelerating the transition to a sustainable economy through investment in mission-driven, high growth companies that are creating solutions consistent with planetary health and people health.
Prior to joining Generation, Lila served as Director of Finance & Development at VolunteerMatch in San Francisco and before that, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Southern Chile where she worked on community-based forestry and conservation projects.
Lila graduated with honours from Stanford University with a BA in English and Latin American Studies, received an MBA from the London Business School and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Lila serves as a Board Director for CiBO Technologies, Recyclebank, and Seventh Generation's Social Mission Board, as well as Board Observer for Optoro and Toast.
Josh Reeves is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Gusto. He leads the company on its mission to create a world where work empowers a better life, and building Gusto to its full potential is a multi-decade mission for him. Gusto exists at the connection between employer and employee, helping over 100,000 companies across America with payroll, health insurance, employee on-boarding, HR, and more.
Josh was recognized as one of the “Most Admired CEOs” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2016, and he was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2012. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow and a recipient of the Terman Engineering award.
Niko Bonatsos is a Managing Director at General Catalyst. He works with early-stage worldchanging technology startups and back rockstar founders providing them with the know-how & the capital to launch new products, scale and achieve world domination.
Heidi Zak is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ThirdLove, the bra and underwear company on a mission to build high quality, better fitting bras for every woman’s body. Zak has led the charge on inclusivity, inventing half-cups and offering more than 80 sizes and counting. She believes women should be celebrated exactly as they are, no improvements necessary. Zak has been recognized as Fortune’s 40 Under 40, Fast Company’s Most Creative People and Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. Since 2013, more than 13 million women have used ThirdLove’s innovative Fit Finder™ that uses data science and machine learning to recommend the best bra size. Prior to launching ThirdLove, Heidi was at Google, Aeropostale, McKinsey and Bank of America.
Jaya Kolhatkar serves as Hulu’s Chief Data Officer, overseeing customer intelligence and all data and analytics related efforts at Hulu. In her role, Kolhatkar is responsible for elevating Hulu’s customer intelligence, implementing strong data governance and driving a culture of objective, data-driven decision making across the company. As CDO, Kolhatkar manages a team of more than 100 across strategic analytics, data engineering, data science and business intelligence.
Prior to joining Hulu, Kolhatkar served as SVP of Global Data and Analytics Platforms at WalmartLabs where she built data and analytic platforms that provided data and tools for making business decisions at Walmart Inc. Kolhatkar joined WalmartLabs in 2013 as part of the acquisition of predictive analytics firm, Inkiru, where she was the Chief Analytics Officer and co-founder.
Before WalmartLabs, Kolhatkar worked in analytics roles at PayPal, eBay and Amazon.
Kolhatkar holds a Masters of Business Administration from Villanova University and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Aileen is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund. They seek to back exceptional teams building technology that re-imagines work and personal life in large and growing markets - what they call "Life 2.0". She was formerly a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and the CEO of RMG Networks. A graduate of MIT, Aileen has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the $1.7 trillion fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility in women's everyday lives.
Eddy Lu is the co-founder and CEO of GOAT Group, the world’s largest marketplace for authentic sneakers. Eddy co-founded GOAT in 2015 to help solve the issue of counterfeit sneakers in the industry, and has since raised $200 million in venture capital, growing the business to over 12 million users and 600 employees. As CEO, Eddy has helped build GOAT into the most trusted source to discover, buy and sell authentic sneakers and oversees the business, vision, and strategy of the company. The platform offers the greatest selection of sneakers available globally through company-operated retail stores, e-commerce sites and mobile apps under the GOAT and Flight Club brands. Prior to GOAT, Eddy worked on various gaming apps, specialty food franchises and social dining app Grubwithus. Eddy holds a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and was part of Y Combinator’s Winter class of 2011.
Kobie is a partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest and longest-running venture firm in Southern California. He joined the firm in 2016 and has led investments in companies including TheWaveVR, Cordial, Bevy, The Mighty and MetaCX. Kobie has deep experience in SaaS businesses, marketing technologies, and emerging technologies including VR and AR (he was an early personal investor in Oculus which was acquired by Facebook for $3BN). Kobie joined Upfront from Accel, where he was involved in investments including Campaign Monitor, UserTesting, AdRoll, and Invoca. Prior to Accel, Kobie was the Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion ecommerce players based in Los Angeles. Earlier in his career, Kobie helped found OpenView Venture Partners and was an investor at Insight Venture Partners where he sourced notable early investments in Exact Target (acquired by Salesforce for $2.5B) and Instructure (NYSE: INST.) Kobie received an AB in Economics from Harvard University where he was also captain of the track team and a multi Ivy League champion.