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.
At the crossroads of media and tech. Observer of change in China and the U.S. Cares about improving health and food literacy in developing countries. Former bilingual tech reporter in Chicago. Passionate about bringing great people together and making something happen.
Jan is originally from the Czech Republic but currently lives in Shenzhen (China). He builds an awesome startup community in China, APAC and beyond on behalf of Startup Grind. Prior, he helped launch a venture for Rocket Internet (in 2 markets), built an online business during my last year of BA and found a passion in connecting and educating people in the startup world. He is also an author of China Biz-Tech Weekly newsletter (medium.com/china-biz-tech-weekly). Learn more about him and his activities on his personal website (jsmejkal.com).
I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual in 2013. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I’d share what I learned in China. Since these posts, the Chinese entrepreneurship community has continued to flourish and mature, with leading companies like Alibaba going for their IPO and making new Chinese millionaires, many of whom will become new angel investors.