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.
Startup Grind Orange County is dedicated to helping our local entrepreneurial ecosystem thrive. We host events that help educate, inspire, and connect local startup founders, service providers, entrepreneurs, and those who love them. Please join our mailing list, connect with us on Meetup.com, and contact us if you'd like to be involved, too!
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A MBA graduate Pepperdine University with a concentration in New Ventures and Entrepreneurship; and a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor's of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Communications with a concentration in Advertising.
She began her professional career working at Get Flipped! Inc., a lenticular imaging company based out of Orange, California, as their Assistant Sales and Marketing Director. While working at Get Flipped! Inc. she interned with AEG's Director of Corporate Partnership for Club Deportivo Chivas USA; later she transitioned to a Corporate Marketing Manager with Club Deportivo Chivas USA. After working several seasons for Chivas she decided to take on a new adventure with Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor Program.
Working a couple years for Be The Match gave her tremendous experience and a better appreciation for the life saving work the organization does. Now at PMRG she develops and implements marketing strategies, is responsible for analysis, and client services for the company's Orange County and Western Region.
She was also the President for Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association Business Titans Chapter. The Business Titans is the largest chapter at the University, and chapter's goal is to provide Mihaylo College of Business and Economics alumni and students opportunities for social interaction and professional development.
“It’s not every day that you can glimpse into the mind of someone who is actively transforming the Canadian investment landscape. Startup Grind OC was privileged to have guest speaker Damien Steel, Director of OMERS Ventures, to share some incredible business perspective and personal philosophies with our community.
Do you remember back when the EasyBake oven was coolest toy ever? It kept kids productive for hours, familiarizing them with the basic processes of cooking while eliminating the risk of failure, confusion, or burnt children. So when it came time to use the big kid ovens, they could cook some pretty awesome stuff without blinking twice because they’d done it a million times before.
Everybody has moments of frustration every day where they think, “God, I wish there was a machine that does *insert excruciating task here*!” And most of the time, that’s usually the end of the idea.
Joseph McCarthy had one of those moments with colleague Brett Jones—but unlike most, he turned his idea into a reality. The pair were sitting in a Yard House grabbing a drink one night and waited upwards of 30 minutes to receive their first beer. Frustrated, Jones wondered, “Why can’t I just pour it myself?”