A summit for startups weathering the storm.
The startup grind is all about rising against adversity, challenging and motivating your team to innovate and persevere, finding the upside of downturns - there is no better time to put these into practice. We’re hosting an event to help guide you along the way.
This summit will bring the startup community together for impactful sessions around weathering the startup storm. Experts will speak about managing cash flow and finances, mental health, productivity, and the “Great Resignation”. VC’s will give a glimpse into the venture landscape for startups right now, plus we’ll touch on DAO’s and other opportunities for funding. In addition to content built to help support startup teams, you’ll be in the company of thousands of others who are going through something similar.
Come for content, meet someone who you can help or who can help you. We hope to see you there.
This is a hybrid event.
The virtual program will begin at 9:00am PT and include mainstage speaker sessions, workshops, the Accelerate Exhibition and virtual networking opportunities.
The in-person portion of the event begins at 4:30pm PT. Following the virtual program, we'll be gathering @ Werqwise in Downtown San Francisco for a fireside chat with Hamish Mckenzie, Co-founder of Substack and Startup Grind & Bevy CEO, Derek Andersen. The event, presented with American Express, will close with a networking party including a tasty spread of appetizers and cocktails, plus swag on the way out. Purchasing an in-person ticket gives you full access to the virtual program as well.
Co-founder & Chief Writing Officer
HubSpot for Startups
Manager GTM Partnerships
HubSpot for Startups
Sr. Business Development Manager
Sr Manager, Enterprise Advocacy
Chief Revenue Officer
Startup Partner Lead
Founder & Partner
President & Partner
Chief Marketing & Business Officer
Bevy / Startup Grind
Co-founder & CEO
Hamish McKenzie is the co-founder and Chief Writing Officer of Substack, the subscription platform for independent publishers. A writer and former journalist himself, Hamish previously worked in communications for Kik and was lead writer for Tesla. He also worked as a freelance journalist and as a reporter for various publications, including PandoDaily, where he covered startups and technology. Hamish is the author of Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil. He is based in San Francisco.
Stephanie is a Partner at Portage Ventures – a global fintech-focused venture capital firm investing in innovative financial technology companies. She is passionate about funding the next generation of financial services entrepreneurs and currently serves on the boards of Albert, Atomic Financial and Conquest Planning.
Niko Bonatsos is a managing director at the venture firm General Catalyst, partnering with founders from seed to growth stage and beyond to build companies that withstand the test of time. Niko focuses his investment strategy on finding first-time technology founders with strong product instincts, a robust appetite for learning, and a desire to create innovations with the potential to benefit millions. Niko is currently obsessed with partnering with technical Gen Z founders who are building products for themselves. Niko’s portfolio of investments includes: Audius, Bounce, Celo, ClassDojo, Collective, Cover, Discord, Dubsmash (acquired by Reddit), Ecologi, Jadu, Hive, Livongo [acquired by Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC)], Medely, Microverse, Numerade, Paribus (acquired by CapitalOne), Remote, Saturn, Seafair, Sleeper, Snap (NYSE: SNAP), Superplay, Tempus Ex, Wag!, and ZestWorld, among others.
Prior to joining General Catalyst, Niko attended Stanford University as a Fulbright Scholar earning an MS in Management Science and Engineering. He has studied in several countries, earning additional degrees in Manufacturing Engineering & Management and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and worked as a part of the R&D team for Yokogawa Electric Corporation in Japan.
Kinjal Shah is a Partner at Blockchain Capital. Kinjal leads Blockchain Capital’s research content strategy, conducts investment diligence, and supports our portfolio companies. At Blockchain Capital, she focuses on taking an interdisciplinary approach to investing in the crypto and blockchain ecosystem.
Prior to joining Blockchain Capital, Kinjal was a Senior Consulting Analyst at Fidelity Investments in Boston. At Fidelity, Kinjal was an integral part of the strategic team developing Fidelity’s blockchain initiatives, as well as the strategy behind new asset management products.
Kinjal earned her B.S. in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University, with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies. She is an associate member of Broadway Angels, a women’s focused angel investment group.
Job is the CEO and co-founder of Remote, the company making global employment accessible for businesses of all sizes. Job previously worked as a neuroscientist before leaving academia to become the VP of Product at GitLab, the world’s largest all-remote company, where he hired talent in 67 different countries. Job is the dad of two children.
Kelsey got her start working in the nonprofit world with organizations such as Teach For America and City Year where she launched a new startup program each year and built out a self-sustaining infrastructure. Kelsey began working in the travel industry where she helped create scalable sales, marketing and project management systems which enabled the organization she worked for to expand their brand multinationally.
From there she moved to Boston to complete her MBA, finishing her program at Harvard and launched her own startup opening 2 brick and mortar plant based juice bar cafes in the Boston area.
She is passionate about helping startups grow and scale and now provides coaching and guidance to partnership managers across Silicon Valley and the broader west coast through her leadership role on the HubSpot For Startups Team.
Walter started his career in Sports, where he worked for the NBAs Phoenix Suns and the University of Texas Longhorns Athletic Department. Here, he focused on creating the best experience for Partners and Fans while attending games. He left this role to then focus on supporting Startups at Techstars where he managed Global Network Partnerships such as Google and HubSpot along with their over 300 Perk Partners. Walter joined HubSpot for Startups to continue his support for Founders and to ensure they have the best products and resources in the Startup Ecosystem. In his free time Walter loves to spend time with his 1 year old daughter and hike the Colorado Wilderness.
Jon Peck manages GitHub’s Enterprise Advocacy team in the Americas, and meets regularly with exec-level audiences to familiarize them with GitHub’s view of the world, industry knowledge, and product offerings.
He leverages 25 years of technical and professional experience to bring engaging, real-world learnings to boardrooms and global conferences. Jon helps organizations to define and realize long-term modernization objectives, collaboration strategies across organizational silos, and operational excellence.
Stevie oversees rapidly growing go-to-market teams as Chief Revenue Officer at Vanta, a newly minted unicorn in the security and compliance space. Stevie brings over 15 years of sales and business development experience to her role at Vanta, most recently serving as Vice President of Mid-Market Sales at Twilio, a market-leading cloud communications platform. Joining as one of their first account executives, Stevie played a pivotal role in establishing Twilio’s enterprise business with key Fortune 500 customers as one of the company's first Account Executives. At the peak of her tenure, Stevie's team generated more than $400 million in annual recurring revenue for the business. Stevie also supports startups, serving as an angel investor and advisor for the past decade. She started her tech career in a very non-traditional way as the world's first female professional gamer.
He has founded 2 tech startups (GoodRipple (failed and learned a lot about consumer-grade experiences), DocuVision.ai (exited)). He enjoys mentoring early stage founders on anything from product, GTM, and fundraising where he brings his learning having built and sold a startup and raised from Berkeley SkyDeck and top angel investors. He is a startup mentor at accelerators such as Berkeley SkyDeck. At Stripe, he is focused on helping founders succeed and he partners with top early stage investors in order to do that. On the side, he is also a (small) angel investor. He is based in the SF Bay Area.
Neil is a founder and partner at defy and has been an active venture capital investor for over two decades. He was previously a managing director at General Catalyst Partners for 11 years. Prior to GC he spent 4 years as a managing director at TimeWarner Investments and AOL Ventures. At defy, Neil is focused on connected software, deep technology, and consumer applications that help change the way we work and play. He holds a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Neil is an active supporter of public education and is currently a Trustee and on the governing board of the Woodside Unified School District.
Jai is Co-Founder, President, and Partner at Sapphire Ventures. Fourteen of Jai’s investments (including Square and MuleSoft) have become publicly traded companies and 15+ have been acquired. Jai's focus is on SaaS and the next big thing in crypto—B2B Blockchain Infrastructure—and has led investments such as a $210M Series C into FalconX, now valued at $3.75 Billion and a $207 million Series C into Blockdaemon, now valued at $3.25 Billion. He is also a valued voice on how VCs or founders can weather the current market turbulence (potentially even coming out ahead), having weathered multiple market cycles.
Jamilah is a phenomenal Sales Manager. Her client-focused, hands-on approach and attention to detail ensures she always delivers the optimum product / service for her clients. She is positive, thorough, energetic and a pleasure to work with. She is able and willing to go the extra mile to close a deal and then follows up to ensure success for her clients.
Karlie is Startup Grind’s, Chief Marketing & Business Officer. Karlie was Startup Grind's third employee and has been with the organization for ~9 years. She now leads the day-to-day operations of the organization and is responsible for overseeing revenue and growth, all sales and marketing initiatives, and building strategic partnerships. With 10+ years of marketing and events experience, she also leads the production of Startup Grind's flagship Global Conference, taking place in Silicon Valley every spring. Karlie is a new mom and lives with her husband and baby girl in Northern California.
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