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Welcome to the original Startup Grind Chapter established in February 2009 when nine people showed up in Mountain View California to brainstorm, hang out, and eat cheap pizza. This Chapter has hosted some of the best entrepreneurs Silicon Valley has ever had and we host monthly events and a couple of parties each year. Hope to meet you at an event soon!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 6

Balaji Srinivasan (21.co, Andreessen Horowitz)

Fireside Chat

Balaji S. Srinivasan is the CEO & cofounder of 21.co and a Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to taking the role of CEO at 21, Dr. Srinivasan was a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He was named to the MIT TR35, was the cofounder and CTO of Founders Fund-backed Counsyl, and taught a MOOC with 200k+ students at startup.stanford.edu.

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Thursday, June 8

QASAR YOUNIS (Y COMBINATOR)

Fireside Chat

Qasar Younis is Y Combinator's Chief Operating Officer. He was the founder and CEO of TalkBin, which was funded by Y Combinator and acquired by Google. At Google, Qasar went on to be the product lead for business facing product. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and a MBA from Harvard.

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Past Events

Global Conference

Global Conference

Startup Grind + Galvanize Holiday Party (Galvanize)

Startup Grind + Galvanize Holiday Party (Galvanize)

Arrival Movie Night (Startup Grind)

Arrival Movie Night (Startup Grind)

Jim Scheinman (Maven Ventures)

Jim Scheinman (Maven Ventures)

Vladimir Tenev (Robinhood)

Vladimir Tenev (Robinhood)

Summer Party (Startup Grind Bay Area)

Summer Party (Startup Grind Bay Area)

Mike Maples Jr (FLOODGATE)

Mike Maples Jr (FLOODGATE)

Steve Case (The Third Wave)

Steve Case (The Third Wave)

Alex Austin, Scott Nolan (Branch Metrics, Founders Fund)

Alex Austin, Scott Nolan (Branch Metrics, Founders Fund)

LIVE Online Talks (Global Conference)

LIVE Online Talks (Global Conference)

None (None)

None (None)

STARTUP GRIND HOLIDAY PARTY (STARTUP GRIND)

STARTUP GRIND HOLIDAY PARTY (STARTUP GRIND)

Adam Nash (Wealthfront)

Adam Nash (Wealthfront)

Christine Tsai (500 Startups)

Christine Tsai (500 Startups)

Chamath Palihapitiya (Social Capital)

Chamath Palihapitiya (Social Capital)

Tony Xu (DoorDash)

Tony Xu (DoorDash)

Summer Party (hosted @ Medallia)

Summer Party (hosted @ Medallia)

Michael Seibel (Y Combinator; Twitch)

Michael Seibel (Y Combinator; Twitch)

Amy Pressman & Borge Hald (Medallia)

Amy Pressman & Borge Hald (Medallia)

Bill Clerico (WePay)

Bill Clerico (WePay)

Josh Elman (Greylock)

Josh Elman (Greylock)

Startup Grind 2015

Startup Grind 2015

Largest Startup Holiday Party (of All Time)

Largest Startup Holiday Party (of All Time)

Kanishk Parashar (Coin)

Kanishk Parashar (Coin)

Charles Hudson (SoftTech VC)

Charles Hudson (SoftTech VC)

Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures)

Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures)

Adi Tatarko (Houzz)

Adi Tatarko (Houzz)

Dave Goldberg (SurveyMonkey)

Dave Goldberg (SurveyMonkey)

Mary Grove (Google for Entrepreneurs)

Mary Grove (Google for Entrepreneurs)

Chrys Bader-Wechseler (Secret)

Chrys Bader-Wechseler (Secret)

Trip Hawkins (Electronic Arts, If You Can)

Trip Hawkins (Electronic Arts, If You Can)

Startup Grind 2014

Startup Grind 2014

Largest Startup Holiday Party (Of All Time)

Largest Startup Holiday Party (Of All Time)

Semil Shah (Executive/Advisor)

Semil Shah (Executive/Advisor)

Patrick Llewellyn (99designs)

Patrick Llewellyn (99designs)

Mike Maples, Jr. (FLOODGATE)

Mike Maples, Jr. (FLOODGATE)

Bill Maris (Managing Partner Google Ventures)

Bill Maris (Managing Partner Google Ventures)

Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)

Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)

Jessica Livingston (Y Combinator)

Jessica Livingston (Y Combinator)

Nolan Bushnell (Atari & Chuck E Cheese)

Nolan Bushnell (Atari & Chuck E Cheese)

Dan’l Lewin (Cofounder @ NeXT, CVP @ MSFT)

Dan’l Lewin (Cofounder @ NeXT, CVP @ MSFT)

Matt Rogers (Nest)

Matt Rogers (Nest)

Startup Grind 2013 Conference

Startup Grind 2013 Conference

Bing Gordon (Parter @ Kleiner Perkins)

Bing Gordon (Parter @ Kleiner Perkins)

Eric Eldon (Co-Editor of TechCrunch)

Eric Eldon (Co-Editor of TechCrunch)

Charles Huang (RedOctane, Guitar Hero)

Charles Huang (RedOctane, Guitar Hero)

Dave McClure (500 Startups)

Dave McClure (500 Startups)

Ann Miura-Ko (Founder of Floodgate Capital)

Ann Miura-Ko (Founder of Floodgate Capital)

Adam Lashinsky (Author of Inside Apple)

Adam Lashinsky (Author of Inside Apple)

Jason Putorti (Founder of Votizen)

Jason Putorti (Founder of Votizen)

Patrick Collison (Founder of Stripe)

Patrick Collison (Founder of Stripe)

Steve Blank (Author of The Startup Owners Manual)

Steve Blank (Author of The Startup Owners Manual)

Bo Fishback (Founder of Zaarly)

Bo Fishback (Founder of Zaarly)

Ben Silbermann (Founder of Pinterest)

Ben Silbermann (Founder of Pinterest)

Kevin Rose (Digg)

Kevin Rose (Digg)

Rod Swanson (EA)

Rod Swanson (EA)

Scott Heiferman (Meetup)

Scott Heiferman (Meetup)

Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC)

Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC)

Ben Parr (Mashable)

Ben Parr (Mashable)

Tony Conrad (True Ventures)

Tony Conrad (True Ventures)

MG Siegler (Techcrunch)

MG Siegler (Techcrunch)

Anthony Soohoo (CBS Interactive)

Anthony Soohoo (CBS Interactive)

Naval Ravikant (AngelList)

Naval Ravikant (AngelList)

David Cowan (Bessemer Venture Partners)

David Cowan (Bessemer Venture Partners)

Jason Calacanis (Mahalo)

Jason Calacanis (Mahalo)

Jeff Smith (Smule)

Jeff Smith (Smule)

Ben Galbraith (Palm)

Ben Galbraith (Palm)

Rod Swanson (EA)

Rod Swanson (EA)

Chad Harrington (DataScaler)

Chad Harrington (DataScaler)

Team

From the Blog

500 Startups Batch 19 Demo Day

The theme for 500 Startups Batch 19 Demo Day was Valentine’s Day (although it technically took place on February 15) and accordingly Founder, Dave McClure, kicked it off dressed as the Queen of Hearts.  
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Marc Andreessen & Clayton Christensen: "Venture capital is abundant, opportunity is scarce"

Years after Clayton Christensen flipped Marc Andreessen’s world upside down, the two finally sat down for a conversation in Silicon Valley. Andreessen was taught the algebra of business: “If big companies are well run, startups can’t take them out.” You must wait until a company is poorly run to attack. Christensen, with the publishing of bestseller Innovator’s Dilemma, taught the world “the calculus of business,” Andreessen complimented: “for my generation… flipped [the algebra of business] on its head.”
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Is Disorganization Hurting Your Startup?

Startups are somewhat paradoxical in nature. We have the power to develop powerful, revolutionary ideas and products, but we often do so in a state of creative chaos. And while many are breaking the mold with these ideas, disorganization can have dire consequences for a company. A single disorganized, mid-level employee can cost their company over $10,000 in lost productivity annually.
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