The Upside of Downturns

Oct 20, 2022, 4:00 PM – Oct 21, 2022, 4:00 AM

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 this event to help guide you along the way.

Hybrid event

About this event

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. Following the chat, enjoy thoughtfully curated cocktails and small bites prepared by a local mixologist and chef, plus a gift on your way out compliments of our partners at American Express. Purchasing an in-person ticket gives you full access to the virtual program as well. 

Check out what happened


  • Hamish McKenzie


    Co-founder & Chief Writing Officer

  • Stephanie Choo

    Portage Ventures

    General Partner

  • Niko Bonatsos

    General Catalyst

    Managing Director

  • Shripriya Mahesh

    Spero Ventures

    Founding Partner

  • Kinjal Shah

    Blockchain Capital


  • Job van der Voort



  • Kelsey Gernert

    HubSpot for Startups

    Manager GTM Partnerships

  • Walter Mannino

    HubSpot for Startups

    Sr. Business Development Manager

  • Jascha Kaykas-Wolff



  • Jonathan Peck


    Sr Manager, Enterprise Advocacy

  • Stevie Case


    Chief Revenue Officer

  • Rama Veeraragoo


    Startup Partner Lead

  • Neil Sequeira


    Founder & Partner

  • Jai Das

    Sapphire Ventures

    President & Partner

  • Miguel Fernandez


    CEO & Co-founder

  • Jamilah Morrar

    Startup Grind

    Sales Manager

  • Luke Cherrington

    Latitude Ventures

    General Partner & Founder

  • Karlie Valine

    Startup Grind

    Chief Marketing & Business Officer

  • Mark Fiorentino

    Index Ventures


  • Derek Andersen

    Bevy / Startup Grind

    Co-founder & CEO

  • Alex Gordon-Furse

    Startup Grind

    Chief Strategy Officer

  • Phin Mpofu

    Startup Grind

    Director, Global Community

  • Alex Banning

    Startup Grind

    Fund Manager


  • Derek Andersen

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Organizer

  • Startup Grind

    Silicon Valley

    The world’s largest startup community

  • Karlie Valine

    Startup Grind



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