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.
Currently UX Researcher at Trade Me. Former startup founder and Product Manager. I love making valuable products, good user experiences, being involved in growing startups and hearing the inspirational stories of awesome entrepreneurs.
Starting a business is much more than a career move - it's a lifestyle change. As with any lifestyle change, it can be tricky telling family and friends that you’re embarking on launching a business. Most people don’t have parents, siblings and close friends working on startups, nor a long history of entrepreneurship. This makes explaining what you’re thinking of doing one of the toughest pitches you’ll ever have to make.
If you're on your way to starting a business, after the idea itself, one of the first things you'll be thinking about is what you'll call it - its distinct name. Soon after, you'll have to nail the business model - and Paul Spence, founder of iwantmyname.com, has answers for you on both counts. He joined the Startup Grind Auckland audience to share some of his biggest takeaways in building a company, team, and client base.