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Today we have a conversation with Sarah Bird, CEO of SEOmoz.inc 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. 

Direct download: sarah_bird.mp3
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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. 

Direct download: vinod_Khosla_final.mp3
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Today we have a conversation with Jessica Herrin the co-founder of WeddingChannel.com 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 channel.com co-founder and freestyle capital partner jenny lefcourt. 

Direct download: jessica_herrin_.mp3
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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. 

 

Quick question. How many emails do you have in your inbox right now? A hundred? A thousand? Twenty thousand? 

If your email is anything like mine used to be, the answer is too many. But here’s the thing—even though I knew I wanted to do something about it, I didn’t know how.

I knew I’d miss something important if I just deleted them all, and there were too many emails to go through one at a time. 

Thankfully I found SaneBox, and I can’t recommend it enough. SaneBox sorts through your email and moves all of the trivial stuff into a different folder so the only messages in your inbox are the ones you actually want to see. 

There's also this amazing thing called BlackHole. Move an email into that folder and you’ll never hear from that sender again. It’s so rewarding. 

Visit sanebox.com/startupgrind today and get an extra $20 credit on top of the already free two-week trial.  

Check it out today and let me know if you love reaching inbox zero as easily as I do nowadays. 

Again, that’s S-A-N-E-B-O-X.com/startupgrind

Direct download: Steve_Case_Final.mp3
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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 Match.com 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. 

Toptal is an amazing company. They've got over 2,500 developers and designers in their network.  They've screened them extensively so that you get to work with only the top 3%. So basically you just let Toptal know what you're looking for, they understand your business and technical requirements and they search for the right person for the job. 

You don't have to do all the screening and interviews that you normally would and they make it really easy for you. You can even do part time hires that are a few hours a week or full time hires too. 

You can get an amazing no risk free trial for up to 2 weeksl Get started with Toptal by emailing Laura@startupgrind.com.  the best part is that you can work with the developer or designer, and if you're not satisfied by the end of the trial, you don't pay anything.  Toptal pays the talent.  So to get started with this trial, email L a u r a @startupgrind.com

Direct download: peng_t_ong_.mp3
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Today we have a great interview with Ben Einstein, general partner and co-founder of Bolt, an early stage venture capital fund that invests and the intersection of hardware and software. Prior to starting bolt, Ben ran Brainstream Design, a product design and development consultancy in Massachusetts. Ben has been directly responsible for bringing a long list of products to market covering diverse sectors including consumer electronics, high-performance audio, sporting goods and green energy. Ben developed his engineering skill sets at MIT. 

Lets listen into Ben Einstein interviewed by our Startup Grind Boston Chapter director Carlos Cardenas. 

Toptal is an amazing company. They've got over 2,500 developers and designers in their network.  They've screened them extensively so that you get to work with only the top 3%. So basically you just let Toptal know what you're looking for, they understand your business and technical requirements and they search for the right person for the job. 

You don't have to do all the screening and interviews that you normally would and they make it really easy for you. You can even do part time hires that are a few hours a week or full time hires too. 

You can get an amazing no risk free trial for up to 2 weeksl Get started with Toptal by emailing Laura@startupgrind.com.  the best part is that you can work with the developer or designer, and if you're not satisfied by the end of the trial, you don't pay anything.  Toptal pays the talent.  So to get started with this trial, email L a u r a @startupgrind.com

Direct download: ben_einstein_podcast.mp3
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Owner and General Manager of the Seattle Sounders, Adrian Hanauer. 

Prior to becoming the owner of the Sounders, Adrian was a seed stage investor in aQuantive Inc. and an early investor in Amazon.com. 

He is also the Director at the Cambridge United Football Club Limited and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Museum of History and the Industry Advisory Board at the of The University of Washington. Overall, Adrian has 15 years of business experience in a variety of industries and has invested in numerous early stage technology companies in gaming, advertising, infrastructure, and wireless communications. Adrain has earned an Intercollegiate Sports Master's degree. 

Lets listen into Adrian Hanauer interviewed by Startup Grind Seattle Director, Mike Grabham. 

Toptal is an amazing company. They've got over 2,500 developers and designers in their network.  They've screened them extensively so that you get to work with the top 3% of developers and designers. So basically what happens is that you let Toptal know what type of developer or designer you're looking for, they understand your business and technical requirements and they search for the right person for you.

You don't have to do all the screening and interviews that you normally would and they make it really easy for you. You can even do part time hires that are a few hours a week or full time hires as well. 

If you want to get connected to them, send me a note at  laura@startupgrind.com and I can personally introduce you to my friend Nelson. He's a VP at Toptal who will make sure you get an amazing experience. 

Direct download: Adrian_Hanauer_Final.mp3
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Today we have a great panel discussion between Simon Rothman, Partner at Greylock VC, Andrei Hagiu of the Harvard Business School, and Al Roth Nobel prize winning economist. 

Simon is a partner at Reid Hoffmans Greylock Venture Capital firm where he oversees their marketplace investments in companies like lyft and sprig. before greyloc simon built eBay motors from the ground up into a 14 billion a year global business. 

Andrei Hagiu is a professor in the strategy group at the Harvard Business School and prinicipal at Market Platform Dynamics. Andrei received a PHD in economics from Princeton University. 

Al Roth is the George Gund professor of economics and business administration at Harvard university. In 2012 he won the Nobel prize in economics for his work in matching doctors to hospitals, kidneys to patients and kids to high schools. 

Lets listen into Andrei, Simon and Al at Startup Grind’s Global Conference. 

Toptal is an amazing company. They've got over 2,500 developers and designers in their network.  They've screened them extensively so that you get to work with the top 3% of developers and designers. So basically what happens is that you let Toptal know what type of developer or designer you're looking for, they understand your business and technical requirements and they search for the right person for you.

You don't have to do all the screening and interviews that you normally would and they make it really easy for you. You can even do part time hires that are a few hours a week or full time hires as well. 

If you want to get connected to them, send me a note at  laura@startupgrind.com and I can personally introduce you to my friend Nelson. He's a VP at Toptal who will make sure you get an amazing experience. 

Direct download: Simon_Rothman_Final.mp3
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Amy Banse, Managing Director of Comcast ventures. Comcast made news recently when it was announced that their NBCUniversal arm would be buying DreamWorks Animation for 3.8 Billion dollars. Prior to leading Comcast’s corporate venture arm, Amy spent more than 20 years as an in house attorney for Comcast responsible for programming acquisition including brands like E, the golf channel, versus, G4 and more. Amy received her BA from Harvard and her JD from the Temple university law school. 

Toptal is an amazing company. They've got over 2,500 developers and designers in their network.  They've screened them extensively so that you get to work with the top 3% of developers and designers. So basically what happens is that you let Toptal know what type of developer or designer you're looking for, they understand your business and technical requirements and they search for the right person for you.

You don't have to do all the screening and interviews that you normally would and they make it really easy for you. You can even do part time hires that are a few hours a week or full time hires as well. 

If you want to get connected to them, send me a note at  laura@startupgrind.com and I can personally introduce you to my friend Nelson. He's a VP at Toptal who will make sure you get an amazing experience. 

 

Direct download: amy_banse_.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Today we have a presentation & Q&A with Christine Tsai from the VC stage at Startup Grind’s Global Conference earlier this year. Christine Tsai is a managing partner at 500 Startups, where she oversees the accelerator program and distribution growth team. Prior to 500 Startups, Tsai was in product marketing at Google and YouTube for many years. Before life in consumer internet, Tsai worked in international sales at OSIsoft and ChevronTexaco. Tsai earned a Batchelor's degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California Berkeley. Christine also has has a hobby of ballet dancing, which she has participated in for over 20 years.

Lets listen into Christine Tsai from our Global Conference chapter earlier this year.

Toptal is an amazing company. They've got over 2,500 developers and designers in their network.  They've screened them extensively so that you get to work with the top 3% of developers and designers. So basically what happens is that you let Toptal know what type of developer or designer you're looking for, they understand your business and technical requirements and they search for the right person for you.

You don't have to do all the screening and interviews that you normally would and they make it really easy for you. You can even do part time hires that are a few hours a week or full time hires as well. 

If you want to get connected to them, send me a note at  laura@startupgrind.com and I can personally introduce you to my friend Nelson. He's a VP at Toptal who will make sure you get an amazing experience. 

Direct download: christine_tsai_vc_corner_.mp3
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