4 South Bay CxOs in the Spotlight, and featuring Fika.VC Investor Jeff Diamond

Jun 15, 2023, 11:15 PM – Jun 16, 2023, 1:00 AM

Unita Manhattan Beach, 516 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach, 90266

StartupGrind MB's 7th meetup of our monthly 2023 series continues to spotlight South Bay CxOs and their latest ventures in Tech, CPG and Nonprofits. This month we wrap up the event with a fireside chat with Jeff Diamond, Fika investor with a long history of building and leading operational teams in LA.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

Uniquely to StartupGrind-Manhattan Beach, our 2023 series of events focuses on our seasoned local professionals here in the South Bay and host multiple new CEOs sharing their new ventures:

Our event will start with a short roundtable of these  local CxOs sharing their latest launches:

pathmatch.com - Nancy Soni shares here vision of creating the #1 Career Navigation App for students

www.moviebot.io - Ryan Reede, Mira Costa High Alum shares his venture of bringing AI-generated stories to life with text-to-animation in 3D!

prodhub.ai -  Sumeet Rana shares his  innovative approach to product management:  leveraging pre-existing high quality existing requirements and harnesses the power of automation, prediction, and insights to significantly accelerate speed to market.

(More companies to be confirmed soon!)

We've developed a tradition of having local leaders share their latest Brand Launches and we are excited to have 

>> DrinkCelaya.com joins us -  a tequila brand launched here in socal using their 1800's Sonora Ranch recipe from their Abuela's grandfather!

Fireside chat featured guest:  Jeff Diamond, Fika.vc

A former entertainment executive, Jeff has always been a storyteller. He spent nearly a decade working in Hollywood at WME, MGM, and Focus Features. Jeff helped build the Entertainment Division at Octagon, a global sports, and entertainment agency, before pursuing his MBA and working as Director of Sales at 4D Sight, a startup focusing on virtual advertising. Subsequently, he co-founded MedBytes, a news and research aggregator for physicians.

Passionate about supporting founders and disruptive technologies, Jeff worked with investment teams at Berkeley SkyDeck, Bee Partners, and Greenspring Associates during his MBA. In 2021, Jeff co-created and launched Haas’ first student-led venture capital fund, Courtyard Ventures.

Jeff holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BA from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


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June 15 – 16, 2023
11:15 PM – 1:00 AM UTC


Networking, drinks
Networking with local CxOs and their launches!
Fireside chat
Post-event Networking


  • Craig Kaplan

    StartupGrind Manhattan Beach


  • Jason Manasse

    StartupGrind Manhattan Beach



  • Craig Kaplan

    Venture Partner: Lvlup.vc and NextGenVP.com


  • Jason Manasse


  • Sanjeev Rao

    Co Director

  • Kiana Nicio


  • Grace OConnell

    Event Coordinator

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Dell Technologies


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LvlUp Ventures


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Unita Manhattan Beach

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