One, to build a bridge between Houston's startup community and Swiss + Israel’s startup community.
Two, to educate local entrepreneurs about global communities and how they may play a role in the future of your business.
Three, to help Houston's founders and investors explore additional ways to go about funding and building startups.
RIGHT NOW you have an opportunity to help not only our local businesses but our entire economic region get back on their feet. Rebuilding takes resources, especially money. How to gain access to capital is changing too! Bancor's creates FinTech solutions simplifying users connections to currency.
During this of time rebuilding, Startup Grind Houston is dedicated to identifying partners who understand our long-term and short-term needs. Rebuilding allows us to identify problems in a different light, and to arrive at elegant, thoughtful solutions. We are uniquely positioned to tap into our global community's expertise solving similar challenges.
Bancor is a protocol for creating smart tokens, using smart contracts to provide liquidity and pricing, enabling the longtail of user-generated tokens and ETFs. (web address)
Bancor Protocol is a standard for a new generation of crypto currencies called "Smart Tokens."
Since 1998, Eyal has built and launched online, end-user ecosystems in the domains of social networks, content sharing, user-generated currencies, and blockchain. (Rock Star!) He was the Founder of MetaCafe, Israel's fastest growing video sharing site, reaching over 50 million unique users at its peak. Before that, Eyal founded Contact Networks, one of the first online social networks. Eyal has been an outspoken thought leader on crypto currency and the Internet long tail in Israel.
Give First (before you ask)
Make Friends (not just contacts)
Help Others (before you help yourself)
To Educate, Inspire, and Connect Entrepreneurs
Our global community of 300+ chapters in 110 countries worldwide is here for you. Let us know... How may we best assist you? (I.e. - Can we help facilitate warm introductions to businesses, mentors, and/or investors to grow your startup here or elsewhere?)
On your mark, get set, GO! - Every month we invite local “Entrepreneur Partners” (Funded Startup, Growth & Enterprise Business Leaders) within our local ecosystem to kick off the event. Sharing accomplishments, values or needs with attendees, while connecting with our local team and featured guest demonstrates your commitment to our area's innovators. Entrepreneur Partners are also able to exhibit products and/or services after our signature Fireside Chat. This opportunity is available for a limited number of businesses, Apply Today!
Listen & Learn - Are you a member of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem? We encourage you to come meet, learn from and have the chance to ask questions of one of Israel's most successful founders, Eyal Hertzog (LinkedIn Bio).
Spread the Word - Startup Grind Houston's monthly events are an effective and valuable opportunity to share your brand and message with our local entrepreneurial community. Startup Grind’s events regularly attract many influential Founders, Professionals, and Investors. We have several options available, starting at only $250. (Connect Here)
Identify opportunities from dynamic conversations and encounters.
Absorb new information from our guest’s and your peer’s expertise.
Implement & Test an idea so you are utilizing good startup practices of validation.
Mr. Hertzog is a venture-backed technology entrepreneur for over 20 years. He began his technology career in the Israeli army, where he served as an IT department manager for the Intelligence Corps. After leaving the military in 1997, he joined Class Data System as an application engineer. The company was later sold to Cisco for $50 million, and Mr. Hertzog invested his windfall from the deal into his first startup, Contact Networks, one of the first social networks in 1999. Later on, Eyal founded MetaCafe, Israel's fastest growing video sharing site that reached over 50m uniques at its peak.
Since 2014 Eyal has been working in the cryptocurrency space, beginning with AppCoin, empowering local communities with local currencies, and now Bancor Protocol, an on-chain, fully decentralized conversion solution between tokens connected to the network, through a low-cost, perpetual and adjustable smart contract liquidity mechanism. Bancor successfully completed a record-breaking token sale in June 2017, raising over $153 million for BNT, the Bancor Network Token, which serves as the hub connector for the Bancor Network™, a decentralized liquidity network allowing every integrated token to be instantly converted to any other, with no counterparty.
In addition, Eyal is a talented piano and bass musician and enjoys windsurfing and snowboarding in his free time.