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 200 cities and 85 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.
Joe Famalette has immersed himself into the entrepreneurial world from a young age. Joe is the founder and CEO of Bloon Studios, a company dedicated to helping online store owners, entertainers and businesses build their audience and customer base using social media marketing technology. Joe's team consists of software engineers working at Microsoft and a number of in-house marketing experts. Bloon Studios' clientele is spread throughout the world spanning a wide-range of industries. Driven and determined, Joe fought through the challenges that every new business leader faces when they set out to change the world. His journey led him to re-launch Startup Grind's Minneapolis chapter where he operated as the Director from March 2014 to August 2014. Now, Joe looks forward to bringing Startup Grind back to Los Angeles and it's booming community of entrepreneurs.
Sandra Lollino is a creative innovator and entrepreneur with a passion for serving the community. When she discovered Startup Grind LA in 2013, Sandra couldn’t resist the opportunity to help the entrepreneurial community and volunteered as the LA Community Manager. Sandra has successfully launched two boutique corporate event planning firms and an animal welfare nonprofit organization. With more than 25 years of business development, marketing, strategic planning and as an Independent Associate with LegalShield/IDShield, Sandra is committed to empowering small business owners, including commercial drivers, to succeed with a dedicated law firm of attorneys (like large businesses) on a small business budget. Her commitment of service extends to the community with identity theft education and protection. Sandra educates people so they understand how much damage can be caused by becoming a victim of identity theft. She shares ways to protect one’s identity and brings awareness to affordable resources of licensed investigators and attorneys available to monitor and restore personal identities along with any legal matters that may surface. Sandra’s passion to help animals is prevalent in her desire to service the community by allocating a portion of her business to benefit her clients’ choice of two pet charities.
“One of the best things is to be able to do what you love," opened Sean Neff at Startup Grind SoCal, before walking the audience through his journey building Neff Headwear with a refreshingly simple message: dream, believe, hustle.
"The idea that there aren’t enough female founders is bullshit”, according to Susan Lyne, Founding Partner of BBG Ventures. Talking at Startup Grind SoCal in Los Angeles, Susan shared her unique insight on backing female founders as well as her thoughts on today’s hot trends in tech, raising venture funding and knowing when it’s time to do something new.
“A good idea doesn’t make a business, the people on the team do,” Leura emphasizes, “It’s important to remember that hiring the best people doesn’t necessarily mean bringing on people with the strongest resume or tactical skills.”