Startup Grind Summer Series

Jul 2, 2020, 12:00 – 1:30 AM

VirBELA Auditorium (Virtual Platform), N/A, N/A, N/A

Check out our Summer Series, hosted virtually in VirBELA. Take a break from your usual conference call and hear interesting business stories to help you get through these times from startups who are making a difference.

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About this event


Join us for our first Startup Grind event in the VirBELA virtual platform, a joint promotion by all SoCal chapters! 

We will be hosting this series all summer long in VirBELA's Open Campus, highlighting interesting business stories to help get us through these times from startups who are making a difference.

Black Founders Navigating Today’s Crisis: Where do we stand?
The Startup Grind Summer Series kicks off with an insightful fireside chat with sports tech pro, Jason Robinson (CEO of Playbook Five), moderated by Startup Grind Hollywood Director, Jameela Jackson (Founder of Hustle x Glow). This will be a thought-provoking conversation about how Black entrepreneurs can move forward and thrive in the climate of today's life-changing pandemic and heightened racial injustice.

Jason Robinson, Playbook Five
Jason Robinson is Co-Founder & CEO of Playbook Five, a tech startup that leverages virtual reality to provide coaches and athletes an instructional solution beyond the realm of a traditional sports playbook. Jason is a Los Angeles native and former college athlete who was football team captain for Boise State, #3 ranked team in the country during his time there. Playbook Five is a revolutionary product currently being used by football programs and athletes at all levels including high schools, colleges and NFL linebacker Malcolm Smith. Jason was recently featured on a segment of KTLA's morning show discussing how Playbook Five is increasing Football Intelligence.

Jameela Jackson, Hustle x Glow, Startup Grind Hollywood
Jameela Jackson is the Founder of digital media startup Hustle x Glow and an accomplished entertainment and tech Public Relations executive. Having launched the Hollywood chapter of Startup Grind about 3 years ago, the bustling entrepreneur and single mother is originally from Los Angeles and remains passionate about contributing to her native ecosystem. Jameela serves as a community leader with Startup Grind Hollywood to help bridge the gap between local entertainment and technology startup communities while providing networking and resources for both the industry's aspiring entrepreneurs and creatives.


This event will take place in VirBELA's Open Campus, a 3D virtual environment. Please allow a few minutes to get VirBELA set up and customize your avatar prior to the event.

1. Download VirBELA.

2. Launch the application and customize your avatar.

3. If you have any trouble, consult the User Guide.

4. Once you enter the campus, click "GO TO" and select "Auditorium."

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
12:00 AM – 1:30 AM UTC


Fireside Chat


  • Craig Kaplan

    Venture Partner: and


  • Jason Manasse


  • Sanjeev Rao

    Co Director

  • Kiana Nicio


  • Grace OConnell

    Event Coordinator

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Dell Technologies


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Unita Manhattan Beach

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