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 150 cities and 65 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.
Derek Andersen is the founder and CEO of Startup Grind, a community of over 200 Chapters in 80 countries designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind's values of giving, helping others, and making friends have spread across the world.
Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 3,000 events for more than 150,000 entrepreneurs. In 2009 Derek founded Vaporware Labs, incubating many products including Startup Grind and professional social network Commonred, which was acquired by Income.com in 2012.
His entrepreneurial career consists of mostly spectacular failures with occasional successes. Previously, he worked at Electronic Arts on games like Burnout Paradise, Mirror's Edge, Sims 3, and The Godfather. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and three children.
Karlie is the Director of Global Events + Partnerships at Startup Grind. She focuses on the planning and production of Startup Grind's Global Conference, bringing thousands of entrepreneurs to the Silicon Valley every February (more at startupgrind.com/conference). In addition to the event, she also runs strategic partnerships and sponsorships for the company as a whole. Previously, she ran all major conferences at Inc. Magazine while living in New York City. She now lives in San Francisco.
It's an exciting week: 500 Startups just held their Demo Day for Batch 17 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Demo Day serves as the graduation for the Batch 17 class of 42 companies - and 500 Startups is infamous for throwing most festive sessions around. This year's theme: beauty & the geek, fitting with the theme of the batch - beauty & B2B.
But relocating to Northern California isn’t a viable option for many young businesses, especially if a company’s founders are already established in another location. The good news is that being in Silicon Valley isn’t a requirement for success in business today. In fact, many entrepreneurs have chosen to launch a startup in their own hometowns. But can such a move be successful? Here are a few pros and cons to help business owners decide: