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.
Jay works with entrepreneurs and business owners who want to bring their companies to the next level. As a former attorney who spent most of his career in the corporate world, his executive coaching practice provides real-world solutions for growth-oriented businesses.
Jay Rooke, J.D., is a trained executive and business coach who resides in wine country in Sonoma, California. Jay spent the first half of his life on the East Coast where he worked as a toxic tort litigator for the City of New York, as well as helping Merck pharmaceuticals launch the first-ever anticancer vaccine. He attended culinary school in New York City, and later opened his own restaurant in California. Prior to coaching, he most recently worked for NBC Sports; he also has experience working in the clean tech, sustainability and wine industries. Jay serves the entrepreneurial ecosystem as a Chapter Director for Startup Grind, and gives back to his community as a member of Rotary.
Jay completed his coaching training at The Coaches Training Institute in California, and is ACC/CPCC/BOSI certified. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of the Law Review; and he earned his Bachelor’s in English and Spanish from Bowdoin College in Maine. Jay is a passionate home cook, an avid hiker and loves anything with four legs.