Bootstrapping to 400K Users | Fireside Chat: Michael Cheng (Co-Founder/CEO of Lumen5)

Friday, February 7, 2020, 2:00 – 5:00 AM UTC

Come for a fireside chat evening with Michael Cheng, CEO & Co-Founder of Lumen5, an AI video creation platform with over 400,000 users worldwide, and winner of New Ventures BC Competition 2019 as the fastest growing early-stage startup in BC. He will be sharing his personal journey into entrepreneurship and how he successfully bootstrapped two startups from ideation to multimillion dollar company.

About this event

Startup Grind Richmond is hosting a Fireside Chat with Michael Cheng, CEO & Co-Founder of Lumen5 on February 6, 2020 at iSpace Coworking. Hear from Michael as he shares his personal stories and ideas on entrepreneurship.

As with any chat, a fireside chat is engaging only if it involves everyone including the the audience. Come prepared with questions and comments and let's make this an evening of inspiration and education.

Meet Our Speaker

Michael Cheng is the CEO & Co-Founder of Lumen5, an AI video creation platform with over 400,000 users worldwide. Best known for his track record for bootstrapping successful companies, he grew Lumen5 into a multimillion dollar company within two years and expanded his team to 30 people without investor funding. Michael and his team recently won the New Ventures BC Competition, and was recognized as the fastest growing early-stage startup in BC. Prior to Lumen5, Michael co-founded Sniply which he also bootstrapped and took from ideation to acquisition.

Our Generous Sponsors

Venue Sponsor - iSpace Coworking

iSPACE removes the walls creating cubicles of the past. Through a masterful blend of utilitarian material colours, iSPACE creates a modernized industrial workspace integrated with nature. Presenting 30 working spots, 10 private offices, 3 meeting rooms and a recreation space, all perfectly balanced between productivity and serenity - iSPACE is a space that will inspire creativity, boost productivity and most importantly, a space that is truly yours.

Food & Beverage Sponsor - Freshslice Pizza

Freshslice Pizza: Freshslice Pizza is a Canadian pizza chain and franchise. Founded 20+ years ago, Freshslice Pizza has grown from a family-run business to a chain of over 70 restaurants across British Columbia.

About Startup Grind Richmond

As part of a global network of 650+ Chapters, Startup Grind Richmond hosts monthly fireside chats, workshops and socials to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs in the community.

About Startup Grind

Founded in Silicon Valley in 2010, Startup Grind is a global entrepreneur community network. We partner with Google for Startups to connect, educate and inspire entrepreneurs around the world. There are 650+ Startup Grind chapters in 125+ countries hosting monthly Startup Grind events features successful local leaders in an one hour fireside chat interview to share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

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Friday, February 7, 2020
2:00 AM – 5:00 AM UTC

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2:00 AMCheck-In
2:30 AMWelcome Intro
2:45 AMFireside Chat
3:45 AMQ&A
4:00 AMNetworking
5:00 AMWrap Up & Happy Hour Social