Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Johnathan Cromwell of University of San Fransisco School of Management

Mar 17, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00 PM

Grand Rapids

Join Startup Grind Grand Rapids’ Chapter Director Corey Hart and Beneventure Partners Managing Director Yorgo Katsanos as we host an event series featuring check-ins with investors, innovators and ecosystem builders from all corners of the world. Joining us for this event: Johnathan Cromwell of University of San Fransisco School of Management.

Virtual event


About this event


Through our Startup Grind event series Hunting for Silver Linings, we check in with ecosystem builders, investors, and business leaders from around the world.

We dig for deeper context around challenges and opportunities found in markets around the world, as well as mine for insight that can better inform biases about regions, their talent, and potential for investment.

Then, we connect the dots.


Corey Hart | LinkedIn
Chapter Director, Startup Grind
Co-founder & CMO, Telebehavioral Health.US

Yorgo (George) Katsanos
Head of Corporate Finance, Cubera International


March 17th, we are pleased to host Johnathan Cromwell of University of San Fransisco School of Management. Jonathan will give us some insight on how the epidemic is affecting the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems within which he serves, as well as provide advice to entrepreneurs.

Johnathan Cromwell is an Assistant Professor in the department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy, and International Business at the University of San Francisco. His research focuses on creative problem solving in organizations, particularly how entrepreneurs and teams tackle vague, open-ended, and ambiguous problems. Through this research, he is developing a new theoretical framework called "dynamic problem solving" that explains why, when, and how people dynamically change between different problem-solving styles as they respond to changing environmental conditions in the market. This work has been recognized by the Academy of Management with the 2018 OB Division Best Paper Award. He earned an S.B. in Chemical-Biological Engineering from MIT and a Doctorate in Management from Harvard Business School.


We spend our time checking in with investors, entrepreneurs, founders, and Startup Grind Chapter Directors from around the globe to get accounts of what's happening in their areas and learn of what their challenges and opportunities are. 

  • We learn about our guest, their story
  • We dig into their area & industry of expertise, and their ecosystem
  • We identify specific challenges & opportunities they are close to
  • We ask what their outlook is for the next 6, 12 months
  • Finally, we ask how our network of global Directors, entrepreneurs, and investors can help them

Check out what happened


  • Jonathan Cromwell

    University of San Fransicso

    Assistant Professor



Wednesday, March 17, 2021
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM UTC


Podcast Interview


  • Corey Hart

    Startup Grind Grand Rapids

    Chapter Director

  • Yorgo Katsanos

    Beneventure Partners



  • 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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