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.
I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California and subsequently enrolled at the University of San Diego, a small private Catholic school. There, I was a triple major in Finance, Marketing, and Communication Studies and very active in the startup community, including being the President of the Entrepreneurship Club. Post-college took me to a career as a Management Consultant at a Fortune 500 company before leaving to live my dreams of being on the ground floor of a technology startup called Boomr. I can always be found somewhere reading a book, working remotely on my laptop from a coffee shop, or spending entirely too much on the Whole Foods hot/salad bar.
Pat Walsh is Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of StayClassy.org. Pat co-founded StayClassy in 2006 and leads the Annual CLASSY Awards and Collaborative that brings together and elevates the global social venture and impact community. He has led, and continues to lead, audacious business development and marketing initiatives and contributes heavily to the design and vision of the platform.