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 150 cities and 65 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.
Formerly a 10+ Year Professional Soccer Player, Anthony is a startup real estate entrepreneur and community builder. He's passionate about building companies with amazing people and creating as much value and impact as possible. Currently, Anthony is the Co-Founder & CEO of Benjamin’s Desk, Philly's premier coworking community for mobile professionals, entrepreneurs, and startups. Along with his brother Mike and BD Leadership Team, Anthony recently launched FirstBase, a startup real estate brokerage that helps match startups with the best office brokers and then powers them with discounted services when they find their office home. A lover of all things Philly, you can typically find Anthony, his wife, and their three boys at a PHL playground near you!
Shelton is a Fortune 500-bred innovator, speaker and philanthropist.
Shelton is CEO of Hollywood-based, social media/crowdfunding sensation TwitCHANGE. Hundreds of celebrities including Eva Longoria, Shaq and Ryan Seacrest and thousands of their fans have joined TwitCHANGE to raise millions for crisis relief, charity and causes. TwitCHANGE has won a coveted Mashable Award and received stellar coverage from the likes of CNN, Wall Street Journal, E!, Fox News and Fast Company.
Shelton is also Chief Strategy Officer of Benjamins Desk, a thriving innovation center and coworking space in Philadelphia.
As founder of The Mercer Advisory Group, Shelton has created business, technology and integrated media solutions for entertainment giants Disney, NBC, ABC, FOX, Warner Bros, Universal Records, Walden Media, and Participant Media and major NGOs such as United Way, CARE and Compassion.
During his tenure with Lucent Technologies, Shelton led multi-million dollar global initiatives for Fortune 500's, including General Electric, KPMG, Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Shelton's passion for people and the planet led him to serve as COO at Stop Hunger Now and COO/CIO at DVAEYC.
Katie E. Everett brings over 12 years of experience in the areas of marketing, strategic communications, project management, and large-scale event planning experience in direct support of a variety of industries– including the corporate and non-profit sectors, government, military, and academia. She consistently develops and leverages “out-of-the-box”, multi-dimensional communications initiatives to convey meaningful and relevant stories of community impact through writing, speaking, public relations efforts, social media initiatives, and content development, consolidation, and management.
She is the Founder of My City Gives // Philly Gives– a grass roots, communications based social impact initiative focused on empowering causes and non-profit organizations to share their stories in unique and relevant ways. She leverages her diverse experience to enable non-profit organizations to expand their support bases through simple, cost effective tactics including a new, public social impact calendar, and the development of collaborative and creative programming that brings together businesses and non-profit organizations to directly address the needs of under-served communities.
She also serves as the Social Impact Director at Benjamin’s Desk, and is responsible for the development and implementation of socially conscious content and programming to increase awareness of local community initiatives. In this role, she acts as an advisor to local and regional business leaders to identify simple, convenient, cost effective methods to incorporate social impact efforts into their existing business models in order to increase corporate social responsibility. She also serves as the Community Manager for the Philadelphia Chapter of Google Startup Grind.
Katie is a committed advocate for non-profit organizations and causes, and is passionate about creating positive change and maximizing positive community impact in our local communities. She is a wife, a mom, and a self-admitted espresso addict.