August AI Meetup: Everyday uses of AI w/ Randy Otterbridge

Aug 7, 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Grand Rapids

Join us for this virtual edition of our monthly AI meetup to engage in laid-back discussions on all things Artificial Intelligence! 🤖

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Everything AI is changing sooooooooooo quickly, it's hard to keep up let alone dip your toes in and get started.

Join Randy Otterbridge of the RBRIDGE BUSINESS INSTITUTE, LLC (RBI) and Startup Grind Grand Rapids Chapter Director Corey Hart for our monthly AI meetup to engage in laid-back discussions on all things Artificial Intelligence! 🤖

Each month, expect AI tool reviews, tips, news, expert guests, and a forum to ask the experts anything AI.

It's said that one of the two largest buckets in the entrepreneurship boom is in Artificial Intelligence. The last time we saw such a boom was with the proliferation of the personal computer... but it took the personal computer a decade-plus to boost real productivity (first dot-com boom). AI's ability to boost productivity is happening much faster, and entrepreneurs need to get in now to take advantage of the very real productivity gains.

Don't get left in the dust! 


Randy Otterbridge is an AI enthusiast who helps businesses and entrepreneurs execute on their strategy and profit goals. Randy has written numerous books on a powerful range of subjects and has started companies in offline and online spaces. 

Corey Hart is the Chapter Director of Startup Grind Grand Rapids, a Strategist at Seamless Ventures, an Adjunct Professor at The Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, and advises startups and scaleups through his advisory practice, @coreythehart.


We are interested in hosting guest speakers who can help inform our membership on all things and intersections of AI. Please email if you'd like to join us as a guest and contribute to the discussion.


If there's a topic around AI that deserves a deep dive, fire off the request to, and we can reach into our database of thousands of speakers to bring expertise and knowledge to a future event.


We'll try and keep things moving... and we can always take conversations offline, pin items for further discussion, and work to develop workshops and panels around identified deep dives.

  • 3:30pm - 5 minutes of waiting for everyone, introductions, "post your LinkedIns in the chat!"
  • 3:35pm - 5 or so minutes of "AI-in-the-news" catch-up (Randy/Corey + crowdsourced from group)
  • 3:40pm - 30 minutes of the session, containing either:
    • Guest speaker
    • Randy's new AI tools roundup for startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, productivity
    • A mini Randy AI workshop around a single tool or topic
  • 4:10pm - 20 minutes of an AI Ask-Me-Anything


Occasionally we'll meet in person! Stay tuned for those dates and details.


The economic potential of generative AI: The next productivity frontier - McKinsey

The state of AI in early 2024: Gen AI adoption spikes and starts to generate value - McKinsey

Hype Cycle for Artificial Intelligence, 2024 - Gartner

The AI Hype Cycle: Are We on the Precipice of Disillusionment? - IPG Media Lab

Generative AI? Never Mind, Says Goldman Sachs - Emerge

Marc Andreessen Sends $50K in Bitcoin to an AI Bot on Twitter - Emerge

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: The Decade Ahead - Leopold Aschenbrenner


  • Randy Otterbridge



Wednesday, August 7, 2024
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM UTC


Introductions & AI news
AI discussion
AI Ask Me Anything


  • Corey Hart, Startup Grind

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director

  • Renee De Haan

    Principal Financial Group

    Chapter Co-director

  • Vanessa Mahoney

    Chapter Co-Director

  • Margaret Periard

    Startup & Venture Capital Intern

  • Whitney Allred

    WhitMarie Media

    Social Media Manager

  • Sophie Gu

    "Hello My Name Is..." Producer

  • Alexandra Renée Poelstra



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