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.


Today we have a conversation from our 2016 global conference with SoftTech VC Partner & Principal Stephanie Palmeri. Stephanie has over a decade of experience working at the intersection of marketing and technology. Stephanie joined at SoftTech in 2011 and served as its a Senior Associate. Previously, she served as an Associate at NYC Seed and launched the NYC SeedStart incubator. 


She also worked at Lot18, Accenture, and Estee Lauder and has built SaaS applications for SAP AG, JP Morgan, and Diageo. Her early experiences include Accenture's market data practice working with investment banking clients like JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley. 


Stephanie represents SoftTech VC as a board member for Niche, Ubooly, Chariot, Envoy Commerce Corp., Educents, Fatherly, and Spoon Media Inc. Stephanie holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with joint degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems.


Lets listen into Stephanie Palmeri live from Startup Grind’s Global Conference in silicon valley this past february. 

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Joanne Wilson a prominent angel investor in New York City. Joanne has had several careers on her way as an investor. She started as a buyer at Macy’s, went on to run a company in the rag trade, and eventually ended up spearheading sales for a start-up magazine/events company called Silicon Alley Reporter. She has sat on a number of profit and non-profit boards and has been involved with a variety of big real estate transactions from beginning to end. Joanne has been blogging since 1994 under the name Gotham Gal and has been involved with the start-up community as an angel investor and adviser ever since.


Many of the companies she works with are owned or started by women. Companies like Food52, Dailyworth, The Sweeten, Windowfarms, Scoot, Blue Bottle Coffee,, littleBits,, Le Tote, Curbed (Eater/Racked) as well as Ricks Picks, several restaurants and The Moon Group. She is the Chairperson of Hot Bread Kitchen and sits on the board of the Highline.


Lets listen into Joanne Wilson interviewed in NYC by director Peter Crysdale

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Archana Vemulapalli, the Chief technology officer for the Mayor’s office for the district of columbia. The office manages over 10,000 employees overseeing 21 Departments, 33 independent agencies, roughly 69 legislatively mandated offices and 5 regional bodies. 

These include all city services, public property, police and fire protection, District of Columbia Public Schools, The University of the District of Columbia and the UDC-Community College. The mayor's office oversees an annual city budget of roughly $8.8 billion.

Prior to serving as DC's CTO, Archana served as the CTO for Pristine Environments with over 1,000 employees and as the CEO of Intelleva.

Ms. Vemulapalli was selected to participate in Leadership Greater Washington's Class of 2015 and the Women in Technology’s Leadership Foundry Class of 2014. Ms. Vemulapalli serves on the Trustees Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a NACD Board Governance Fellow.  

Archana has a MBA from Georgetown University, a masters from UPenn, and an engineering degree from the University of Madras IIT. 

Lets listen into Archana interviewed in Washington DC by Director Brian Park. 

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Today we have a conversation with Sarah Bird, CEO of better known as just Moz which has really become the number 1 source for SEO content and tools. Sarah has overseen the growth of Moz from a few hundred to over 23,000 passionate customers from all over the world. She serves on the board of the Washington Technology Industry Association. She regularly speaks about culture, entrepreneurship, search marketing, and business models. Her credits include the University of Washington, Fledge, Startup Weekend, the Microsoft Accelerator Program, Seattle Tech Meetup, the White House Summit on Working families, Seattle Interactive Conference, and Defrag. She was named a Top 100 Women in Tech by the Puget Sound Business Journal. 


Lets listen into Sarah Bird interviewed in Seattle by Director Mike Grabham. 

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Today we have a great conversation with Silicon Valley Legend Vinod Khosla, co-founder of sun Microsystems and subsequently Khosla Ventures. 


Vinod has run Khosla ventures since 2004, prior to that Vinod spent time at the VC firm Kleiner Perkins. Vinod studied engineering in India and at age 20 failed to start a soy milk company. After receiving degrees from in Electrical Engineering from IIT New Delhi, Biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Vinod started Sun Microsystems in 1982 which eventually sold to Oracle for over $7 Billion. 


Lets listen into Vinod Khosla interviewed in Silicon Valley by Startup Grind’s founder Derek Andersen. 

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Today we have a conversation with Jessica Herrin the co-founder of and subsequently the stella & dot family of brands which does over $300M in annual revenue and empowers over 50,000 independent business owners. 


Jessica has been recognized for her entrepreneurial accomplishments and her passion on Oprah, in Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour Magazine and more. In May , Jessica released her first book: “Find Your Extraordinary: How to Dream Bigger, Live Happier, and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms By Embracing the Entrepreneur In You”. She thrives on the mission of revolutionizing flexible opportunities for women with home parties that are hip. Jessica Graduated from Stanford University. 


lets listen into Jessica herrin interviewed by her wedding co-founder and freestyle capital partner jenny lefcourt. 

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CEO and the founder of America Online, Steve Case in Silicon Valley. Steve recently released his first book, The Third Wave, on what the next era of the american startup ecosystem will look like for entrepreneurs. Steve is now the founding partner of the investment firm, Revolution partners which bets on tech entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley. So far they’ve backed startups like LivingSocial, Sweetgreen, Bigcommerce, and Handy. Steve became CEO of AOL in 1991 and led the company until the Merger with Time Warner in 2001 in a $164 billion deal that was eventually deemed one of the worst mergers in history. Case attended the prestigious Punahou School, where Barack Obama also went to high school. In 2011 the president appointed him to lead the Startup America Partnership, a nonprofit aimed at spurring the growth of new companies.

His Case Foundation is devoted to employing the Internet for more effective and efficient philanthropy. Steve attended Williams College where he received a Bachelor’s degree. 

Lets listen into the Founder of the company that got america online, Steve Case interviewed in Silicon Valley Last month. 


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Today we have a conversation with Peng T. Ong, one of the most successful entrepreneurs to come out of Singapore. Peng is the founder and CEO of Interwoven, which went public on the NASDAQ. Prior to Interwoven, Peng was co-founder of which was acquired by IAC. After Interwoven, Peng founded Encentuate, the leader in the enterprise identity management. The three businesses he started now generate annual revenues that total more than $1 billion. 

Peng earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. Peng is also a passionate music lover and digital hifi fanatic. 

Lets listen into Peng Ong interviewed by our Singapore Chapter director earlier this year. 

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