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Startup Grind is hosting its largest conference ever in the heart of Silicon Valley. Check out the Agenda and see the amazing speakers who will celebrate with us 10 years of helping entrepreneurs all around the world!
We understand that not everyone can fly to San Francisco, so we are bringing you the inspiration and vibe directly from the Main Stage. Join the LiveStream and listen to some of the coolest and fastest growing startups, VCs and innovators.
Startup Grind Global Conference is running for 2 days, 11 and 12 February, from 17:30 CET (or 8:30AM California time). Agenda times are listed in PST.
Bevy / Startup Grind
Co-Founder + CEO
Founder + Managing Partner
Justin.tv, Twitch, Atrium, Y Combinator
Entrepreneur & Investor
Rent the Runway
Co-founder + CEO
hims & hers
Founder + CEO
Chief Product Officer
Chief Data Officer
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Derek Andersen is the co-founder and CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies build community in real life. Bevy powers event communities for Salesforce, Atlassian, Asana, Duolingo, and others. Derek co-founded Startup Grind, a community of over 600 Chapters in 120 countries designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 7,000 events for more than 250,000 people. In 2010 he co-founded Commonred which was acquired by Income.com. Derek also previously worked at Electronic Arts on games like Burnout and The Sims 3. Derek lives in Palo Alto CA with his wife and four children.
Aileen is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund. They seek to back exceptional teams building technology that re-imagines work and personal life in large and growing markets - what they call "Life 2.0". She was formerly a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and the CEO of RMG Networks. A graduate of MIT, Aileen has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Justin Kan is best known as the creator of modern live-streaming with Twitch (sold to Amazon for $1 billion) and later as a partner at Y Combinator. Having been a repeat founder and investor both personally and as a Partner at Y Combinator for many years, Justin is not shy to share his journey and insights into his life philosophy on what makes us happy. For that we are extremely thankful!
Justin previously founded many companies including: Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar; Justin.tv which later became Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired for $1 billion by Amazon in 2014) and Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); and Exec, an on-demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014).
He’s personally invested in over 100 companies, including Zenefits, Ginkgo Bioworks, Cruise, and Alto Pharmacy. Justin graduated from Yale University with a degree in Physics and Philosophy.
Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the $1.7 trillion fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility in women's everyday lives.
Kirsten is the founder of Forerunner Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. She combines an experience and thesis driven approach, with a consumer centric view, to identify visionary entrepreneurs and compelling brand platforms. Through her work at Forerunner, she has partnered with some of the most promising companies in the current evolution of commerce. Representative investments include: Birchbox, Bonobos, Hotel Tonight, Nomi, Warby Parker.
Andrew is a Founder & CEO at Hims & Hers. He is also a Cofounder and General Partner at Atomic, a venture-builder in San Francisco backed by Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen and many of the leading venture funds in the world. He is serial founder, active angel investor and advisor to over two dozen startups. Andrew graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Tejada is the CEO of PagerDuty (NYSE: PD), a leading real-time operations platform. She is a veteran software industry executive and business leader, and previously served as CEO of Keynote Systems and EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Mincom. She has led the global expansion of PagerDuty, as well as the significant growth in its workforce and customers, including over half of the Fortune 100. Jennifer currently serves as a board member of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL). She previously sat on the board of Puppet, Inc. and oOh Media. Jennifer holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan.
Scott Belsky is an executive, entrepreneur, author, investor, and now serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer. Scott's passion is to make the creative world more productive, connected, and adaptive to new technologies. He founded Behance, the leading online platform for the creative industry to showcase and discover creative work, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012.
Scott actively advises and invests in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design, and help empower people. He is a Venture Partner with Benchmark, and is an early advisor and investor in Pinterest, Uber, sweetgreen, and Periscope as well as several others in the early stages. He is also co-founder and Chairman of Prefer, a referrals platform that empowers the careers of independent professionals (aka "Soloists”).
Through his work as a founder and investor, Scott has become an advocate for technology and community initiatives that empower creative people and help businesses leverage the creative potential of their people. He is the author of two national bestselling books, Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle, and Scott founded 99U, a publication and annual conference devoted to productivity in the creative world.
Jaya Kolhatkar serves as Hulu’s Chief Data Officer, overseeing customer intelligence and all data and analytics related efforts at Hulu. In her role, Kolhatkar is responsible for elevating Hulu’s customer intelligence, implementing strong data governance and driving a culture of objective, data-driven decision making across the company. As CDO, Kolhatkar manages a team of more than 100 across strategic analytics, data engineering, data science and business intelligence.
Prior to joining Hulu, Kolhatkar served as SVP of Global Data and Analytics Platforms at WalmartLabs where she built data and analytic platforms that provided data and tools for making business decisions at Walmart Inc. Kolhatkar joined WalmartLabs in 2013 as part of the acquisition of predictive analytics firm, Inkiru, where she was the Chief Analytics Officer and co-founder.
Before WalmartLabs, Kolhatkar worked in analytics roles at PayPal, eBay and Amazon.
Kolhatkar holds a Masters of Business Administration from Villanova University and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Mathilde Collin is the co-founder and CEO of Front, which is reinventing email for teams. Front serves more than 5,000 companies and has raised $79 million in venture funding from investors such as Sequoia Capital, Threshold Ventures (fka DFJ), and Uncork Capital. Mathilde mentors aspiring entrepreneurs through All Raise’s Female Founders Office Hours and the Pioneer Fund. She has been recognized in Forbes Next Billion Dollar Startups 2019, Forbes 30 Under 30: Enterprise Tech 2017 and Inc.’s Rising Stars 2018.
Roy Mann is a career entrepreneur. Before co-founding monday.com, he was part of Wix’s senior management team. Prior to that, Roy founded the online social game Save an Alien. Roy obtained a Bachelor of Science focused in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).
Megan is a General Partner at Spark Capital, where she invests in growth-stage companies, including Slack, Glossier, and Niantic. She was formerly a partner at Kleiner Perkins. Prior to becoming an investor, Megan led the product development organization at Square and spent seven years at Google building Google Maps.
Yancey Strickler is the former CEO and original co-founder of Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowd-funding platform for creators and their works: a thriving community for art, technology, and new consumer products. It’s a sterling model for entrepreneurs and companies looking to build businesses that marry a social conscience with tremendous financial success. It’s also an example of seeing competitors not as existential threats, but as like-minded groups sharing the same creative space. Strickler walked the walk with Kickstarter, helping creatives raise more than $4 billion in funding for their projects—among them Cards Against Humanity, Oculus Rift, multiple Oscar-winning films, projects by Spike Lee, Neil Young, Marina Abramović, and thousands of albums, books, comics, artworks, gadgets, plays, and restaurants. In 2015, Kickstarter became a Public Benefit Corporation, choosing to focus the company’s mission, as the New York Times wrote, on “altruism over profit.” A Wharton study that year found that Kickstarter projects had created more than 300,000 full- and part-time jobs.
Angela Strange is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she focuses on investments in financial services including insurance, real estate & increasing inclusivity. She is currently on the board of ADDI, Synapse and Tally, and is a board observer for the following Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies: Branch, Earnin, HealthIQ, Mayvenn, PeerStreet, and Point. Angela joined the firm in 2014.
Prior to joining a16z, Angela was a product manager at Google where she launched and grew Chrome for Android and Chrome for iOS into two of Google's most successful mobile products. Previously, she was the director of product management and business development at Ruba.com (acquired by Google) and a senior associate partner at Bay Partners where she focused on the consumer internet sector. Prior to that, Angela was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting in Toronto.
Angela is a proud Canadian and served as co-chair of the C100, a non-profit that bridges Canadian entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley, and on the Canadian Finance Minister Morneau's Economic Growth Council. Angela has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen's University, in Canada, and an MBA from Stanford. Angela is a world-class athlete and spent two years training professionally as a runner; she has won several marathons and achieved a seventh place national ranking in Canada.
Josh Reeves is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Gusto. He leads the company on its mission to create a world where work empowers a better life, and building Gusto to its full potential is a multi-decade mission for him. Gusto exists at the connection between employer and employee, helping over 100,000 companies across America with payroll, health insurance, employee on-boarding, HR, and more.
Josh was recognized as one of the “Most Admired CEOs” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2016, and he was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2012. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow and a recipient of the Terman Engineering award.
Eddy Lu is the co-founder and CEO of GOAT Group, the world’s largest marketplace for authentic sneakers. Eddy co-founded GOAT in 2015 to help solve the issue of counterfeit sneakers in the industry, and has since raised $200 million in venture capital, growing the business to over 12 million users and 600 employees. As CEO, Eddy has helped build GOAT into the most trusted source to discover, buy and sell authentic sneakers and oversees the business, vision, and strategy of the company. The platform offers the greatest selection of sneakers available globally through company-operated retail stores, e-commerce sites and mobile apps under the GOAT and Flight Club brands. Prior to GOAT, Eddy worked on various gaming apps, specialty food franchises and social dining app Grubwithus. Eddy holds a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and was part of Y Combinator’s Winter class of 2011.
Eric Sager is the COO of Plaid, the technology company powering the fintech ecosystem. At Plaid, Eric leads the company’s business strategy and operations as well as the go-to-market teams.
Eric joined Plaid from BlueVine, where he served as the CRO and led all revenue-related teams across the company to ensure a consistent and positive end-to-end client experience. Before BlueVine, Eric held multiple positions at Square. As the company’s Head of Sales, Eric helped sellers of all sizes leverage Square's products, features, and tools to improve their businesses. He also led the company’s efforts to optimize the end-to-end customer lifecycle experience as the Head of Growth and Retention.
Prior to Square, Eric was a Principal at Bain & Company based in San Francisco, London, and Johannesburg focusing on companies in technology, private equity, and financial services. He began his career in financial services as a business analyst at Capital One.
Eric holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Mississippi College.
Marco Zappacosta is the co-founder and CEO of Thumbtack, an online services marketplace enabling hundreds of thousands of local skilled professionals to build successful businesses by connecting them to millions of customers. From the beginning, Marco has been focused on building Thumbtack’s pro-community across the platform by inviting entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and skillsets to join and share their experiences.
In the last two years, After spending the last two years rebuilding his original business model, Thumbtack recently completed a fundraise of $150M led by Sequoia Capital, valuing the local services marketplace at $1.7 billion. This was one of the largest investments Sequoia has ever made - spanning all investment arms."
Austen Allred is the co-founder and CEO of Lambda School, a new model of higher education where the school invests in the students rather than the other way around. Lambda School's mission is to find untapped or underutilized talent, and to train that talent for the most in-demand jobs in the world. Founded in 2017, the school provides world-class education and career services to over a thousand students. Previously, Austen founded Grasswire, an open newsroom that Fortune called ""the Wikipedia of news."" Born and raised in Springville, UT, Austen now lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
Amy Pressman is co-founder of Medallia. Before starting the company, Amy worked as a consultant for Boston Consulting Group. Prior to that, she was a Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras.