Startup Grind Buffalo hosted Niall Wallace (Infonaut) last night, and Niall had some great advice for entrepreneurs relating to South Park's underwear gnomes.
Derek is the founder and CEO of Startup Grind, a community of 200 Chapters in 80 countries designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind's values of giving, helping others, and making friends have spread across the world. Since 2012 SG has hosted 3000 events for 150,000 entrepreneurs. In 2009 Derek founded Vaporware Labs, incubating many products including Startup Grind and professional social network Commonred, acquired by Income.com in 2012. Previously, he worked at Electronic Arts. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and three children.View Details
Niki is a co-founder of Blackbird Ventures. Prior to Blackbird Ventures, he founded Startmate, one of Australia’s leading accelerators. Before that he founded Homethinking, a US-based online real estate site which helps home owners choose a selling real estate agent by ranking agents on their sales history and customer reviews.View Details
Sarah Hamilton is the CEO of bellabox, a beauty subscription service and online store. bellabox was founded in October 2011 by twin sisters Sarah and Emily Hamilton. It has raised over $7 million in funding to date. Investors include Allure Media, Elevation Capital, SquarePeg Ventures and Apex Capital Partners. Bellabox is Australia’s number one beauty subscription service and ecommerce platform.View Details
Investor and adviser, Susan Wu, has worked on the early developments of some of the most revered consumer technology startups, including Twitter, Square, Findery, Canva and Jawbone, amongst others. Having recently relocated from San Francisco to Melbourne, she now heads up the Australian arm of Stripe – a service that makes it easier to process transactions online and through mobile apps. A venerated hacker and entrepreneur, Wu was named as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" and the "Most Influential Women in Technology” by Fast Company. The San Jose Mercury News also proclaimed her as one of the "10 Most Influential People in Silicon Valley".