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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 11

Manan Mehta (Unshackled Ventures)

Fireside Chat

Manan is a founding partner of Unshackled Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund created to support foreign-born entrepreneurs. Prior to Unshackled, Manan ran marketing for ed-tech startup Kno, which was acquired by Intel in 2013.

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Thursday, April 27

Lokesh Sikaria speaking at Davis Roots (Moneta Ventures)

Fireside Chat

Lokesh Sikaria is the managing partner at Moneta Ventures. Prior to starting Moneta Ventures, Lokesh was the Founder CEO of Sparta Consulting, a global IT consulting firm, which grew to over $100 million in just five years. Before Sparta, Lokesh served as the Chief Operating Officer at Rapidigm, Inc. and managed more than $250+ million in annual revenue.

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Tuesday, July 11

Jim McGrann (VSP Global)

Fireside Chat

Jim McGrann is president and CEO of VSP Global®, one of the nation’s leading eye care and eyewear companies. McGrann is focused on members first and creating a unified strategy for the five lines of business of the company. A catalyst for change within VSP, McGrann has led key company initiatives, expanding insurance offerings to new international markets, and increasing revenue.

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Past Events

Warren Smith (Sacramento Republic FC)

Warren Smith (Sacramento Republic FC)

2017 GLOBAL CONFERENCE LIVESTREAM (STARTUP GRIND)

2017 GLOBAL CONFERENCE LIVESTREAM (STARTUP GRIND)

Sheri Atwood (SupportPay)

Sheri Atwood (SupportPay)

Tyler Schilling speaking at Davis Roots (Schilling Robotics)

Tyler Schilling speaking at Davis Roots (Schilling Robotics)

Dr. Chris Yu (Anpac Bio)

Dr. Chris Yu (Anpac Bio)

Howard Love (LoveToKnow / Flexjobs / Angel Investor)

Howard Love (LoveToKnow / Flexjobs / Angel Investor)

STARTUP HOLIDAY PARTY (Startup Grind)

STARTUP HOLIDAY PARTY (Startup Grind)

Andy Beal (CBS MaxPreps)

Andy Beal (CBS MaxPreps)

Qasar Younis (Y Combinator)

Qasar Younis (Y Combinator)

Mark Haney (Haney Business Ventures)

Mark Haney (Haney Business Ventures)

Margaret MacKenzie (Astia)

Margaret MacKenzie (Astia)

Dave McClure (500 Startups)

Dave McClure (500 Startups)

Summer Party (Startup Grind)

Summer Party (Startup Grind)

Darren McAdams (FoodJets)

Darren McAdams (FoodJets)

2016 Europe LiveStream (Startup Grind)

2016 Europe LiveStream (Startup Grind)

Kevin Nagle (Envision RX / Sacramento Kings)

Kevin Nagle (Envision RX / Sacramento Kings)

Female Founders (500 Startups)

Female Founders (500 Startups)

Randy Hucks (Flippbox / Silicon Bay Partners)

Randy Hucks (Flippbox / Silicon Bay Partners)

Eric Yuan (Zoom Video Communications)

Eric Yuan (Zoom Video Communications)

Bill Reichert (GARAGE TECHNOLOGY VENTURES)

Bill Reichert (GARAGE TECHNOLOGY VENTURES)

2016 Global Conference LiveStream (Startup Grind)

2016 Global Conference LiveStream (Startup Grind)

Mark Otero (Klicknation / Electronic Arts)

Mark Otero (Klicknation / Electronic Arts)

Mike Hart (Sierra Energy)

Mike Hart (Sierra Energy)

Startup Grind Holiday Party (Sacramento)

Startup Grind Holiday Party (Sacramento)

Bob Whitson (iSnap / Sierra Logic)

Bob Whitson (iSnap / Sierra Logic)

Janine Yancey (Emtrain)

Janine Yancey (Emtrain)

Mark Randall (Adobe)

Mark Randall (Adobe)

Aaron Klein (Riskalyze)

Aaron Klein (Riskalyze)

Summer Party (Sac Tech Community)

Summer Party (Sac Tech Community)

Chris Johnson (The Johnson Group / Rapid Ramen)

Chris Johnson (The Johnson Group / Rapid Ramen)

Ari Horie (Women's Startup Lab)

Ari Horie (Women's Startup Lab)

Jeff Burton (Electronic Arts / Woodside Creek)

Jeff Burton (Electronic Arts / Woodside Creek)

Vivek Ranadivé (Sacramento Kings)

Vivek Ranadivé (Sacramento Kings)

John Lyman (Google for Entrepreneurs)

John Lyman (Google for Entrepreneurs)

Guy Kawasaki (Canva/Ex-Apple)

Guy Kawasaki (Canva/Ex-Apple)

Tyler Schilling (Schilling Robotics)

Tyler Schilling (Schilling Robotics)

Startup Grind (Live Stream)

Startup Grind (Live Stream)

Kirk Uhler (SARTA)

Kirk Uhler (SARTA)

Startup Holiday Party (Sacramento)

Startup Holiday Party (Sacramento)

D.J. Stephan (SkySlope)

D.J. Stephan (SkySlope)

Steve Simonetto (LCS Technologies)

Steve Simonetto (LCS Technologies)

Ryan Montoya (Sacramento Kings)

Ryan Montoya (Sacramento Kings)

Lokesh Sikaria (Moneta Ventures)

Lokesh Sikaria (Moneta Ventures)

John Bodrozic (HomeZada)

John Bodrozic (HomeZada)

Cate Dyer (StemExpress)

Cate Dyer (StemExpress)

Robert Winkler (5th Planet Games)

Robert Winkler (5th Planet Games)

Pam Marrone, Ph.D. (Marrone Bio Innovations)

Pam Marrone, Ph.D. (Marrone Bio Innovations)

Team

From the Blog

Margaret Mackenzie Empowering Female Entrepreneurs: Seeing is Believing

Margaret Mackenzie was interviewed at Startup Grind Sacramento at the Urban Hive last September and enlighten the audience with much-needed entrepreneurial wisdom. Currently serving an executive role in Astia, Margaret also consults several early-stage startups with a specialty in finance, IT and artificial intelligence. She served as CFO at Paymo (now Boku) and JustInvesting along with being CEO to 3 financial market corporations. Her focus has been identity, digital/mobile transactions, and FinTech.
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"The market doesn't care about your vision" - Qasar Younis, COO of Y Combinator, On Entrepreneurship

Qasar Younis was interviewed at Startup Grind Sacramento and shared how he has climbed the entrepreneurial ladder. He is the CEO of Y Combinator (YC), an organization that provides seed funding for startups while linking them with potential investors and acquirers. Younis reached success through Talkbin that was originally backed by YC before being acquired by Google, ten months later. He then became Google's product lead for business-facing product and has assisted dozens of entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into a reality via YC.
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The Startup J Curve

In his book, the Startup J Curve, noted entrepreneur and angel investor, Howard Love, essentially states that there is no straight line from startup to sustainable success.  Rather, sustainable success follows a J Curve where the company initially dips after it starts.  The dip can occur for several reasons:
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