Startup Grind is a global community aimed at educating, mentoring, and connecting every entrepreneur in the world, and helping them understand how they can be successful. As part of that goal, we've launched this podcast to give our community another way to access our amazing library of interviews from the world's smartest and most successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. These interviews are taken from our global series of live events, which are held in more than 200 cities in 75 countries. New episodes will be added twice each week, featuring the best discussions from our past events as well as our latest speakers. For a full list of events, news, videos and more, check out, and don't forget to subscribe for more great content! Check us out on iTunes: Follow us @StartupGrind Startup Grind is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

David Eun, is Executive Vice President and Head of the Open Innovation Center, Samsung Electronics. As Head of the Open Innovation Center, David leads Samsung's efforts to develop new software services to complement the company's diverse set of hardware devices. In this capacity, he is responsible for early stage investments, acquisitions, partnerships, and accelerators in Silicon Valley and NYC. Before joining Samsung, he served as President of AOL Media and Studios and headed Google's Content Partnerships with leading media and internet companies globally, most notably for YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Books. David is interviewed by Jason Calacanis.

Justin Kan is co-founder of Twitch, a video game streaming platform. Yesterday Twitch announced their purchase by Amazon for $970 million. Prior to Twitch Justin launched Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar;, a live video streaming platform; Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); 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 Philosophy. In this interview Justin talks about his motivation for building companies and what he would do if he had a billion dollars.

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Julia Hartz is co-founder and President of Eventbrite, which has processed $2 billion in gross ticket sales for organizers in 179 countries. Julia is responsible for building, evolving and sustaining the global ticketing company’s growing team of 300 “Britelings” and award-winning company culture (voted “Best Places to Work in the San Francisco Bay Area” four years running). She was a TechCrunch annual “Founder of the Year” finalist and made Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs list in 2013. Before co-founding Eventbrite, Julia worked as a television development executive at MTV and FX Networks. In today’s episode Julia talks about the beginnings of Eventbrite and how to build a sustainable culture in your startup.     

Alex Hawkinson is the Founder and CEO of SmartThings. Last week they announced the purchase of SmartThings by Samsung for $200 million.


Alex is an entrepreneur and thought leader in the emerging “Internet of Things” space. Alex believes that the Physical Graph represents the next major phase of the Internet that will create revolutionary change in every facet of life. 


Alex has spent the past 15 years in leadership positions with cloud-based technology companies. Most recently, he was Chief Product Officer of ReachLocal, a global provider of online marketing solutions for small and medium sized businesses that acquired SMBLive, a cloud-based software company that Alex founded in 2005.


In today’s episode Alex talks about the future of the physical graph, how to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign, and why he believes in an open platform.

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Reggie Aggarwal is the CEO and Founder of Cvent, a publicly-traded cloud -based software company focused on event management. Aggarwal led Cvent from a two-person startup to a 1,450-person company with a $1 + billion market capitalization. Cvent has helped more than 12,600 organizations manage hundreds of thousands of events in more than 90 countries.


In today’s episode Reggie talks about the the literal ups and downs of raising $17 million and within a few years facing bankruptcy as a 33 year old entrepreneur living in his parent’s basement. He talks about what he believes enabled Cvent to overcome these challenges and make it to IPO.

Dave Goldberg is the Chief Executive Officer of SurveyMonkey, the leading provider of online survey solutions.  Dave has been a successful entrepreneur, investor, and technology and music industry executive.


Dave founded LAUNCH Media Inc. in 1994, which delivered music and music-related content online, and he led the company through its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2001. Following the sale, Dave served as Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo! Music where he built it into the Internet’s most-visited music destination. In 2006, Dave was named one of Billboard Magazine’s top power players in digital music.


Currently, Dave serves on the board of directors at Washington Post,, Dashbox and the non-profit New Schools Venture Fund.  In this interview Dave talks about skills that every entrepreneur should have, what venture capitalists look for in entrepreneurs, and how to scale your life with your startup.

Paul Allen is the cofounder of which is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world with revenues of $400 million and 1,000 employees worldwide. Before Ancestry, Paul co-founded Infobases with Dan Taggart, which made Inc. magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies in 1996.


Paul  has founded and has been a board member for many other startups and non-profit organizations including, FamilyLink, Funium,,, and More Good Foundation. founded in 1998, was the fastest growing community website of its time. Reaching a million users in just 140 days which is faster growth than Dropbox, Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter.


Paul is now a Strengths Evangelist with Gallup helping take StrengthsFinder 2.0worldwide to help people discover their true strengths.


Paul is interviewed by Brian Park, COO of Startup Grind. Paul talks about the benefits of networking, living a balanced life, and how to acquire users.


Robert Scoble is among the world’s best-known tech journalists. In his day job as Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for the latest developments on technology’s bleeding edge. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports for Rackspace TV and in social media. He can be found at, and on social networks as Robert Scoble.


Robert’s latest book “Age of Context,” coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, discusses a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends.

In this talk Robert talks about what makes a great founder and how telling a great story is essential to the success of your startup.

Phil Romano is an Investor, entrepreneur, and nationally renowned Restaurateur. He has been involved in the restaurant business for 40 years. In the course of his career, Mr. Romano has created more than 20 different concepts. He is the only person in the restaurant industry that has created more than one national concept. He was the sole outside investor and business executive of the company responsible for inventing the Palmaz heart stent, which was named one of the “10 Patents that Changed the World“ by IP Worldwide.


Phil is an active investor and is the creator of the first restaurant incubator, located in Dallas Texas. Mr. Romano is interviewed by Lee Blaylock, Chapter Director for Startup Grind Dallas .

Dan'l Lewin, corporate vice president for Strategic and Emerging Business Development (SEBT), is responsible for Microsoft's global relationships with startups, venture capitalists and the business relationships with industry partners.

He has spent more than 30 years as a Silicon Valley-based executive leading sales and marketing divisions for companies including Apple Computer Inc., NeXT Inc. and GO Corp. Before joining Microsoft, he was CEO of Aurigin Systems Inc., a startup that pioneered intellectual property asset management, and he has consulted for emerging companies, venture capital firms, and corporate joint ventures.

In this discussion Dan’l shares his experience marketing and distributing products for startups to large corporations.