GEW Special: Mission focused Entrepreneurship, a fireside chat with Mike Beckham (CEO, SimpleModern)

Nov 19, 2020, 7:15 – 9:15 PM

Join us for a Fireside Chat during Global Entrepreneurship Week with the CEO of Simple Modern, Mike Beckham! Mike will share tips on being an impactful, mission-focused entrepreneur that pursues both a quality life and quality business. He will share general principles learned through scaling multiple ventures and dive into the "why." Join us either virtually or in-person at 36 Degrees North

Virtual event

About this event

Join us for a Fireside Chat during Global Entrepreneurship Week with the CEO of Simple Modern, Mike Beckham! Join us either virtually or in-person at 36 Degrees North

This chat will cover:

  • Less represented tips on being "mission focused"
  • The pursuit of both a quality life and quality business
  • Transitioning from nonprofit to for-profit and carrying the mission over.
  • Being an impactful entrepreneur: how money ties into passion, culture, and the "why"
  • General principles learned through scaling multiple ventures.

About Mike:

Mike graduated Summa Cum Laude from the OU Business College in 2003.

Mike began his career working with the worldwide non-profit Christian ministry CRU. Since transitioning to the business world, he has been a part of founding and operating several e-commerce businesses that have cumulatively generated more than 1 billion in revenue.

Most recently, Mike has served as CEO and co-founder of Simple Modern. Simple Modern has grown in 5 years to be one of the leading suppliers of stainless-steel insulated drinkware in the world. Simple Modern is an omni-channel consumer packaged goods company that was built from a digital first distribution strategy. Its three largest distribution channels are its website, Amazon, and Target. In addition, Simple Modern is a licensing partner for the NFL, NBA, NCAA, and Disney.

Mike lives in Norman with his wife of 17 years, Heather. He has two children, Carter (9) and Kenzie (6). In addition to his work in the business world, Mike is the senior entrepreneur-in-residence for the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business Entrepreneurship Program.

Where: VIRTUAL or in-person at 36 Degrees North (36 E Cameron St, Tulsa, OK 74103)

When: Thursday, November 19, 1:15 - 3:15 PM Central

What is Startup Grind: Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.

Our monthly fireside chat provides ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections, and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.

Check out what happened


  • Mike Beckham

    Simple Modern

    Co-Founder & CEO


  • Amy Buchan Siegfried

    Last Night's Game


  • Tim Crawford


    Co-founder & CEO

  • Chandler Malone

    Atento Capital

    Director of Entrepreneurial Development



Thursday, November 19, 2020
7:15 PM – 9:15 PM UTC


Tech Check / Hellos
Fireside Chat
Wrap up / Networking


  • Alex Lobodiak

    True North Ventures



  • Alex Lobodiak

    True North Ventures | Startup Grind Tulsa


  • Kate Sullivan

    Black Dog Law, PLLC


  • Kate Sullivan

    Chapter co-director

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Dell Technologies


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Indigo Technology Group

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True North Ventures

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Holberton School Tulsa



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i2E, Inc.

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Black Women Business Owners of America

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1 Million Cups Tulsa

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Harkey Productions

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