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This Episode features Caprice Bourret, Founder of the clothing line; by Caprice. Prior to becoming a fashion expert you may have known her as a supermodel. Rightly so, as she has appeared on over 250 magazine covers across the globe, was voted GQ Magazine's Woman of the Year and Maxim's International Woman of the Year. Three years running! The entrepreneur in you might know about her successful fashion line which includes lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and bedding. What most people don't know about Caprice is that she is a Patron for the Woman's Trust, and an Ambassador for the Princes Trust and Childline.



The event was held in February of 2014 at our Startup Grind chapter in London. 


Chet Kanojia is the founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., a groundbreaking online TV platform. Backed by a group of premiere investors and powered by a stellar engineering team, Aereo has developed proprietary cloud-based antenna and DVR technology that allows consumers to watch live or recorded HD broadcast television on virtually any type of Internet-connected device, including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and computers. Previously, Chet was the founder and CEO of Navic Networks. Like Aereo, Navic Networks addressed the challenges of today's highly fragmented media landscape. Under Chet's direction, Navic Networks grew to be the undisputed industry leader in advanced television advertising. Navic Networks was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in 2008. Chet, who holds more than 14 patents in fields ranging from robotics to data communications systems, is an innovative leader known for pushing beyond the conventional and developing breakthrough solutions. He was recognized as a young executive making a lasting impact on his company and the cable and telecommunications industries in Multichannel News' "40 under 40." He holds a master's degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Northeastern University and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Bhopal, India. Hear what this virtuoso has to say about trends in TV and digital media and his incredible journey as a startup founder.

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This episode features Steve Blank and George Zachary. Steve Blank has had a 33- year career  as a successful businessman, conservationist and teacher. As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Steve was part of/or founded eight venture-backed companies. Four of his eight startup companies went public. After he retired, he started new careers in conservation, public service, and teaching. After retiring, Steve moved from being an entrepreneur to teaching entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and the Columbia University/Berkeley Joint Executive MBA program. Steve wrote a book (actually his class text) about building early stage companies: Four Steps to the Epiphany. He followed it in 2012 with his next book; The Startup Owners Manual. In 2007 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Steve to serve on the California Coastal Commission, the public body which regulates land use and public access on the California coast.

George Zachary, a partner at Charles River Ventures and early investor in companies like Yammer, Shutterfly, Jambool, Udacity and others. He joined CRV in 2004 with 20+ years of operating and investing experience in computing and consumer technology. George's focus is on building consumer internet and infrastructure companies. Previously, he was a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV).

Prior to MDV, George led the Nintendo 64 development business at Silicon Graphics, managed sales and marketing for virtual reality pioneer VPL Research, and served as a product marketer at CATS Software.  George earned a joint BS from MIT and MIT Sloan School of Business (1987).


Listen as two Silicon Valley legends interview each other at Startup Grind 2013. 

If you think you know silicon Valley, you better know the name Dave McClure. Dave is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally invest in startups crazy enough to let him.



He has been an investor in over 250 companies including, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, amongst others. 

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Mark is the co-founder of WooThemes was established in 2008 and is a global business building WordPress products for a community of over 500,000 users. Prior to WooThemes, Mark was a freelance web designer doing brand and web design work for international clients. He soon realised it was more fun, less hassle, and through hard work, more profitable working on growing his own business ventures. Mark's previous ventures included being co-founder of an I.T business solutions company called Gravit8. He was also the designer behind South African social media aggregator Afrigator -- which was later sold to MIH Print Africa. This event was held November 14, 2013 at the start up grind chapter in Cape Town South Africa. 

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As the first-ever Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation, Elizabeth McKee Gore works with the United Nations and the Foundation to support innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. In her role, she chairs the UN Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council and builds global partnerships that positively affect the UN's most pressing humanitarian issues. Ms. Gore previously served as Vice President of Global Partnerships at the Foundation, and founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and the Shot@Life. Additionally, she manages partnerships with Fortune 100 companies and with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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Nigel Morris co-founded Capital One Financial Corporation which started as a simple idea of dropping the annual fee of credit cards and instead target different credit cards to specific segments of the population. Now it's a publicly traded company (NYSE: COF) with $21.3 Billion in revenue. Nigel is now the managing partner of QED Investors, a direct investment fund focused on high-growth companies that leverage the power of data strategies. In addition, he serves on the board of numerous companies, including TransUnion, Red Ventures, Prosper, MediaMath, and Braintree. He has angel invested in (acq by VistaPrint for $117M) and AddThis.

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Adam Pisoni, is the Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, and Director of Yammer, Inc. Adam co-founded the company with David Sacks in 2008, taking one of Geni's internal projects and turning it into the 2008 TechCrunch 50 winner. Yammer was sold to Microsoft in 2012  for $1.2 billion. Before working at Geni and Yammer, Adam was Director of Web Engineering at Shopzilla, playing a pivotal role in systems architecture and product development. Adam also co-founded and served as CTO of Cnation, a web development consultancy with clients including CBS MarketWatch,, Fox Interactive, Nissan of Japan, and Honda. Cnation's work for Honda earned them the 1997 Clio award for interactive design.

Sue Siegel is the CEO of GE Ventures & healthymagination. She works on GE’s growth and innovation initiatives as CEO of two company-wide platforms: GE Ventures, which partners entrepreneurs with GE capabilities and investments, and healthymagination, which harnesses innovation and partnership to drive better health outcomes. Sue is a 25+ year industry leader with corporate and venture capital experience in growing technology companies in biomedical research and healthcare. Prior to joining GE, she was a General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, after a successful career as a C-suite executive. Sue has been recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley.”

Bing Gordon joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2008 and serves as General Partner and Chief Product Officer for the firm. Bing serves on the board of directors of Amazon, MEVIO, N3twork, OUYA, Zazzle and Zynga. He was also a founding director at Katango (acquired by Google 2011), ngmoco (acquired by DeNA 2010) and Audible (acquired by Amazon in 2008). Before joining KPCB, Bing had been a long-time executive at Electronic Arts, beginning with EA’s founding in 1982 with initial funding from Kleiner Perkins. He was chief creative officer at EA from 1998 to 2008 and previously headed EA marketing and product development. Bing drove EA’s branding strategy with EA Sports, developed EA’s pricing strategy for package goods and online games, created EA’s studio organization, and contributed to the design and marketing of many EA franchises.

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