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Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 2,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 600 chapters. We nurture startup ecosystems in 125+ countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups.

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 2,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 600 chapters. We nurture startup ecosystems in 125+ countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups.




Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 2,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 600 chapters. We nurture startup ecosystems in 125+ countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups.






What is your lifeboat strategy? — Steve Blank (Author, The Four Steps to Epiphany)

Entrepreneur-turned-educator, Steve Blank is the Father of Modern Entrepreneurship. Credited with launching the Lean Startup movement, he’s changed how startups are built; how entrepreneurship is taught; how science is commercialized, and how companies and the government innovate. Steve is the author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany, The Startup Owner’s Manual - and his May 2013 Harvard Business Review cover story defined the Lean Startup movement. He teaches at Stanford, Columbia, Berkeley...


Vikram Bharati - Founder of Draper Start House, The Hotel for Entrepreneurs

3/4/2020 The inspiration for Tribe Theory was born when Vikram spent two years backpacking around the world, where he traveled to over 50 countries in six continents and stayed in amazing hostels around the world. Vikram's vision is to build a global hostel brand which provides affordable yet soulful accommodation for young startups and entrepreneurs. Tribe Theory rebranded to Draper Startup House and became part of the Draper Startup Ecosystem in 2020. Prior to...


Sam Parr - Founder of The Hustle

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Chad West (CMO @ Revolut)

Chad West is Director of Marketing & Comms at Revolut, a UK financial technology company that offers banking services. He previously held the same position at Rocket Internet. Alex Rodriguez Bacardit, Founder & CEO at MarsBased, a high-end development consultancy from Barcelona specialised in web and mobile applications developed with Ruby on Rails, Node.js, Angular, React and other Javascript frameworks. He is in charge of the growth of the company doing business development. He is also...


The Future Of Travel Technology. Gillian Tans. CEO

Since starting at in 2002, Gillian has risen to CEO in 2016 and now ranks 37th on the Most Powerful International Women List according to Forbes. is owned by Priceline Group (PCLN), who will change to Booking Holdings (BKNG) on February 27th, This reflects’s importance to the umbrella company since their acquisition in 2005.


How to Build a Team, Raise Capital, and Make an Impact - Justin Kan (Twitch, YC)

Justin Kan is an internet entrepreneur. He is best known for founding Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar;, a live video streaming platform; Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired by Amazon for $970mm); and Exec, an on demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014). He is currently a partner at the seed fund Y Combinator. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Physics and...


Motivating People to Move — Payal Kadakia (Founder + Executive Chairman, ClassPass)

Payal is the Executive Chairman & Founder of ClassPass and the Artistic Director of The Sa Dance Company. Payal has been a “dancetrepreneur” since the age of 3 when she started training in Indian classical and folk styles of dance. It was her passion for dance, entrepreneurship, and making the world a more active, happy place that led to the founding of Classpass. ClassPass is a membership program for fitness classes across multiple gyms and studios, making working out more engaging,...


Barrister to Entrepreneur, the American Attitude - Stephen Welton - Founder CEO BGF x Chris Joannou - CEO Startup Grind Australia

As the founder CEO of BGF since it was set up in 2011, Stephen is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the company. BGF has grown from 1 to 14 offices across the UK and Ireland, with nearly £2bn invested and a team of 170, becoming in the process the most active growth capital investor in the UK. Stephen has extensive experience as an investor. Prior to BGF, he was one of the founding partners of the global private equity firm CCMP Capital (formerly JP Morgan...


Stretching the law to innovate - Ruud Hendriks - Co-Founder Startupbootcamp x Chris Joannou - CEO Startup Grind Australia

After studying journalism Ruud Hendriks (1959) started his career as a DJ on board legendary pirate station Radio Caroline. At the age of 20 he got his first opportunity as a TV-reporter and with public broadcaster Veronica. During a 9-year period Ruud anchored many Dutch TV programs mainly on news, current-affairs and sports. He initiated the first non-stop Newsradio format in the Netherlands and several innovative TV formats. In the late eighties Ruud became a co-founder of Sky Radio and...


Scaling Australia's Fastest Growing Tech Platform - Anthony and Alex Zaccaria from Linktree

Alex and Anthony Zaccaria, are the Founders of Linktree, the Australian tech platform giving users the ability to connect followers to their entire online ecosystem — not just one feed. Founded in 2016 and the first tool in market of its kind, Linktree helps users to share more, sell more, curate more and grow more. It’s become the front door to the online world of more than 3 million users worldwide (including the likes of Alicia Keys, Jamie Oliver and Chelsea Handler) and an invaluable...


My Fundraising Story: What Founders Should Be Prepared For — Sara Mauskopf + Lisa Q. Fetterman

Sara Mauskopf is the CEO and co-founder of Winnie, a platform for modern parents. Moms & dads use the website or mobile apps to browse fun activities nearby, find quality childcare, or get advice in real-time on any parenting topic. Winnie is growing fast with over 1M users in 10K cities across the United States. International Best-Selling Author Lisa Q. Fetterman is the founder and CEO of Nomiku, the first home sous vide immersion circulator machine on the market. Lisa has been featured in...


Chasing the American Dream — Pedro Franceschi (Co-founder, Brex)

Startup Grind Global Conference 2019 About the Speaker: Pedro Franceschi is Co-Founder of Brex — the first of its kind corporate card for startups. A Brazilian entrepreneur, Pedro built — the Stripe of Brazil — along with his co-founder Henrique Dubugras. At, Pedro was responsible for all technology and operations, scaling the company to over 100 people and establishing it as a leader in the Brazilian payments ecosystem.


The Case for Decentralization — Chris Dixon (General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz)

Chris Dixon is an American internet entrepreneur and investor. He is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, where he's spent the past five years as an active seed and previously worked at eBay. He is also a venture-stage investor. Previously, Chris was the co-founder and former CEO of two startups, SiteAdvisor and Hunch. Chris has been a website prolific seed investor, cofounding Founder Collective, a seed venture fund, and making a number of personal angel...


Ulf Ekberg (Ace of Base) hosted by Startup Grind Uppsala

Ulf Gunnar Ekberg (born 6 December 1970), also known as Buddha, is a Swedish singer-songwriter, musician, businessman and television and film producer, best known as a founding member of the pop group Ace of Base, along with siblings Jonas Berggren, Linn Berggren and Jenny Berggren.


How to scale a startup - Aaron Levie, CEO Box

A respected technologist and business leader, Steven Sinofsky is an investor, adviser, as well as a Board Partner at the Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm. He began his career at Microsoft in 1989. He started as a software design engineer in development tools. Working in product management, he grew to be one of the company's senior executives on Microsoft Office overseeing six major releases of the full range of Office apps and creation of Office servers. Most recently he served as...


Maggie Zhou - Managing Director Alibaba Group x Chris Joannou - CEO Startup Grind Australia

Maggie Zhou was appointed Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand in March 2016 for Alibaba Group. As one of the key veterans of the company, Maggie has witnessed major company developments as the company has expanded its businesses outside of China and as well as the progression and development of Mainland China’s e-commerce market. In her current role, as part of the company’s globalisation strategy, she is responsible for establishing a local presence for Alibaba in Australia and...


How to break a monopoly - Eric Yuan (Founder of Zoom) x Jim Scheinman (Maven Ventures)

Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. As one of the founding engineers and Vice President of Engineering at WebEx, Eric was the heart and soul of the WebEx product from 1997 to 2011. Eric proudly grew the WebEx team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending...


How to creatively tell your story - Anjelika Temple (CCO Brit+Co) x Lindsey Quinn

Anjelika Temple is the Chief Creative Officer + Founding Partner at Brit + Co where she is responsible for the visual identity of the brand across the company. As Brit + Co's first hire, Anjelika created the company’s distinct aesthetic and currently oversees the creative, editorial, and video teams to scale her vision. Lindsey Quinn is a writer in the Bay Area focused on the intersection of tech, business, and culture. Formerly, she was Managing Editor of The Hustle, a business newsletter...


Melanie Perkins - Co-founder Canva

Melanie Perkins is an Australian technology entrepreneur. She is known as the CEO and co-founder of Canva, an online design and publishing tool which makes graphic design simple for everyone. Melanie is one of the youngest female CEO to be leading a tech start-up valued at over a billion dollars. Melanie has raised more than $166 million from investors including Google Maps co-founder Lars Rasmussen, Yahoo! CFO Ken Goldman, and funds such as Bond, General Catalyst, Felicis Ventures and...


How to Build a Brand like Google with Lorraine Twohill (Chief Marketing Officer @ Google)

As Google’s Chief Marketing Officer, Lorraine manages a global team responsible for telling the evolving story of Google’s brand, driving revenue growth, and bringing Google’s products to life for billions of users every day. Her teams focus on Google’s core products, including Search, Maps, Photos and the Google Assistant; Google’s Platforms, such as Android, Chrome, Play and YouTube, and support the company's new Hardware division. Lorraine was responsible for driving Google’s social...