Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 250 cities and 100 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
Startup Grind is a connected online and offline network of vibrant startup communities to help fuel innovation, economic growth and prosperity at the local level. While Startup Grind was founded in Palo Alto, California, our extended network of Startup Grind chapters are located around the world. Start a Chapter in your city or school!
We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself. We are truly passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs and startups succeed. We intend to make their startup journey less lonely, more connected and more memorable.
In 1999 Brendan founded ShopFree.com which expanded to 7 countries and over 1 million members. In 2004, Brendan relocated to San Francisco to further ShopFree’s push into the USA market.
As a mentor and consultant Brendan has worked with VinoMofo, Shop A Docket, SportsBet, the Australian Radio Network and rock band INXS.
Brendan currently is Director of Community Development for SoftLayer, which was recently acquired by IBM. Brendan is also a mentor at MuruD, Accelerating Commercialisation, Lakeba, NRMA Jumpstart, Incubate and SlingShot.
He is also the Founding Director and General Manager of Startup Grind Australia and New Zealand connecting, inspiring, and educating the local startup ecosystem serving over 9000 entrepreneurs. Ranked as one of the top 50 Australian startup influencers by Startup Daily.
Technology Evangelist, Expert in Sales and Business Development, Passionate about Innovative Start-Ups.
Sean is a serial entrepreneur, engineer, and maker through and through. Sean has founded several businesses as well as being an advisor to several companies. Self-confessed gadget obsessed has single-handedly IoT-enabled his whole household and knows what power it can provide, and what parts are missing, and decided to start a company to make them.
Prior to working in the startup world, Sean started in Bioinformatics and Drug Design and Development, working as a cancer researcher. This brought him into sales and business development for one of the world's top Biotech firms.