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.
Christina Kehoe is the Phoenix Chapter Director of Startup Grind and leads Community Operations at Bevy. She is a community engagement practitioner, passionate about diversity and inclusion, small business, and startups. Christina is an absolute tech nerd, a hockey fan in the desert (go Coyotes!), and relentless optimist.
After graduating with her MBA, Christina went on to be a Consultant at Infusionsoft, a sales and marketing automation software company based in Chandler, Arizona. She has helped hundreds of small businesses develop and execute marketing automation strategies. This led her to her role in Partner Communications. Think of her as the Swiss Army Knife of the customer/partner experience, marketing, and community.
Reyna Bovee is a former Partner Trainer at Infusionsoft, and now works full-time leading business development and marketing in a family business she helped start. In her role at Infusionsoft she created content that helps elevate Partners’ businesses by adding Infusionsoft as an additional revenue stream.
For the past four years, Reyna has been driving her family business’ growth through the use of Infusionsoft. She lives and breathes small business every day, and understands the challenges and triumphs that come with owning and running a business.
Melissa Gamez, an Arizona native, is a marketer by trade and leader at heart.
Currently, she is the Director of Operations for Digital Panda, a digital marketing platform that efficiently powers marketing campaigns for vendor-buying group-dealer businesses. Melissa has served as a digital marketing consultant to a number of growth companies in the Phoenix Metro, her expertise lies in brand strategy, influencer marketing, and social media marketing.
Outside of work, Melissa is a runner, traveler, and avid foodie.
Melissa is involved with the Phoenix Chapter of Girls in Tech Phoenix and ALPFA, Inc - Phoenix, two organizations she is deeply passionate about.
[I wasn't going to publish this post because it's all about Arizona, by someone who loves this state. As I found the city of Phoenix absolutely beautiful and enjoyed this piece -- I thought that you may also enjoy it.]
The startup entrepreneur scene in Phoenix just keeps getting hotter.
And, investors from all around the region are starting to take note as was evidenced at the recent Invest Southwest "VC's Unplugged" event held 5/20/15 at mod in downtown Phoenix.