Following thetunamelt? Meet the MB exec behind the handle (NBA, Nike, and Nascar alum)

Friday, December 2, 2022, 12:00 – 2:00 AM UTC

StartupGrind MB launches 1st in-person series of events featuring Zane Stoddard. The MB exec behind the satirical @thetunamelt shining a humorous light on the Manhattan Beach bubble. Our latest series of events focuses on our seasoned local professionals here in the South Bay and how the pandemic has impacted their work and life. Zane will share the new direction he's taking with his career.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

StartupGrind-MB's new in-person series rolls out a new format.   As residents of the South Bay we have all seen the impact of the pandemic on our friends, family, and neighbors.  At StartupGrind-MB, our team (of volunteers) have a desire to reconnect our neighbors together in sharing the successes, failures, and challenges of our community with the ultimate goal of building a stronger connection to each other.  To meet new friends in our community, foster ideas and creativity in recognizing the incredible innovative companies and brands launched by our friends right here in the South Bay.     

Come meet your neighbors!

Explore a locally owned co-working space at Unita MB!

Discover a new brand launched by MB resident, Trent

Support a locally-launched startup by HB residents, Jennifer Uhll and Chris Snyder:

And of course, meet Zane Stoddard and hear his story (in a 30 minute fireside chat)

We will explores Zane's personal project of launching @MBtunamelt to poke fun at ourselves in the Manhattan Beach "bubble"

And explore his accomplished career in music, professional sport leagues,  and media leadership.  

Zane has focused the latest direction in his career on launching a platform for executive and professional athlete coaching.  We will dive into his motivation behind the new project and his philosophy in coaching and mentoring elite professionals.

Zane background:

Following 25 years in business at the NBA, NIKE and NASCAR, Zane advises executives, athletes, teams, companies and universities on career and business acceleration.

As a leading industry voice, Zane has been featured in dozens of major media outlets, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, People magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and on ESPN and FOX Sports, and has been a featured speaker at multiple business conferences, including for Variety, CSE, Sports Business Journal, and Octagon.

He has been a guest-lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management and University of Arizona Eller College of Management, and sits on multiple Advisory Boards, including for Nickelodeon and the University of Arizona Eller College of Management.

Zane led both the NBA and NASCAR's Los Angeles offices for a combined two decades, as well as roles with NIKE, an NBA team, and leading a joint venture as Partner/CEO with major record label Interscope/Geffen Records. He's been responsible for leading teams to 15 billion high strategic-value media impressions, $1 billion in media value, and eight-figure revenue.

Zane has led over 50 strategic marketing partnerships with major CPG, sports, entertainment and tech properties, and talent, including the NFL, Disney, Corona, Warner Bros., Miller-Coors, Universal, Netflix, BET, Univision, Buzzfeed, Walmart, Best Buy, and with Tom Cruise, Kevin Hart, Vince Vaughn, Adam Sandler and Channing Tatum.

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Friday, December 2, 2022
12:00 AM – 2:00 AM UTC

Venue map


12:00 AMNetworking, Beer, & Wine
12:30 AMPlantwise Brand launch
12:40 AM10 minute Update on
12:50 AMFireside chat with Zane Stoddard
1:30 AMPost-event Networking


  • Craig Kaplan

    Venture Partner: and


  • Jason Manasse


  • brandon maier


  • Justyn Williams


    Community Builder

  • Kari Sarkar

    Director Partner