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Vinod grew up dreaming of being an entrepreneur, despite growing up in an Indian Army household with no business or technology connections. Since the age of 16, when he first heard about Intel starting up, he dreamt of starting his own technology company. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Vinod failed, at age 20, to start a soy milk company to service the many people in India who did not have refrigerators. He came instead to the U.S. and got his master’s in biomedical engineering at 

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Logan Green, co-founder and CEO of Lyft, has long been fascinated by innovation in transportation, having grown up in Southern California and spending much of his childhood stuck in traffic. Lyft, the on-demand ridesharing platform, was founded in 2007 with Zimride as its first of two products built to create a more social, sustainable and affordable transportation system. The idea for Zimride (and ultimately Lyft) struck while Logan was studying in Zimbabwe during college, where carpooling is a common form of transportation among neighbors and communities. Prior to starting Zimride in 2007, Logan created the first car-share program at UC Santa Barbara and served on the board of the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District. Logan was recognized in 2009 as one of Businessweek’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25 and holds a B.A. in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara. As a Lyft driver himself, Logan has a vision to fill the 80 percent of empty seats on the road and ultimately transform the face of transportation around the world. Since unveiling the product in June 2012, Lyft has quickly become one of the fastest-growing tech companies with more than $80 million raised from leading investors Andreessen Horowitz and Founders Fund and has been featured in The Economist, the New York Times and on NBC’s TODAY Show. Lyft is currently available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C., with more than a million rides shared on the platform to date.

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Before joining Greylock, Josh spent 15 years in product and engineering roles at leading companies in social, commerce, and media. Josh was the product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, growing Twitter’s active user base by nearly 10x. Prior to Twitter, Josh worked on the platform at Facebook and led the launch of Facebook Connect. Earlier in his career, Josh was an early employee at LinkedIn and helped establish early models for user growth and launched the first version of LinkedIn Jobs.


Josh currently serves on the boards of Medium and Super. Josh also works closely with our investments in Nextdoor, Whosay, and Path. Josh led Greylock’s investment in SmartThings, which was acquired by Samsung in 2014.

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Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker.  he has been the founder of multiple startups, CEO of both public and private companies, and has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including, CTI, ColorJar, and more. 

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Halle is a Founder at Rock Health and currently serves as Managing Director in NYC, strengthening Rock Health’s national presence. She previously worked in finance and BD roles for Intel and Apple. She earned a BS at Case Western Reserve University and an MBA at Harvard Business School. Halle was named one of CNN’s “12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Healthcare” and Forbes “30 under 30.″

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Nathan is the co-founder and CTO at Airbnb. He oversees the technical strategy of the company, and is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Airbnb at the forefront of the industry. Nathan became an entrepreneur early on running a business while he was in high school, selling to clients in more than 20 countries. He received a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and held several engineering positions with Microsoft, OPNET Technologies and Batiq before becoming a co-founder at Airbnb.

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Leila Janah is a social entrepreneur and the founder of the Sama Group. The concept of “sama,” the root word for equality or fairness in many languages, is the guiding principle behind the Sama Group. The first of these is Samasource, a non-profit that connects women and youth living in poverty to microwork — computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income, now part of the broader field of impact sourcing. Samasource has moved 20,000 people over the poverty line and spun out a domestic program, SamaUSA. In 2011, Janah co-founded Samahope, a crowdfunding site for medical treatments in developing countries.

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Scott Harrison is the founder of charity: water. after living an unfulfilled life as a nightclub promotor, harrison volunteered in Africa and had his eyes opened to the horrors can occur when clean water is not accessible. Currently the organization provides 4.6 million people with water through the direct funding of well building and sanitation facilities. Scott told the story of charity water at Startup Grind 2015. 

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This episode features Ryan Hoover, Founder of Product Hunt. He grew up in eugene oregon and attended the university of Oregon. 

Prior to founding Product Hunt, he created the Startup Edition, worked as an EIR at Tradecraft, and was the Director of Product at PlayHaven.

He is also a contributing writer to Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal.


Additionally, he’s written over 150 essays, which are featured inTechCrunch, Forbes, Pando, Fast Company, and The Next Web. He is interviewed by Perri Gorman the founder of Archively at Startup Grind 2015. 

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