Wed, 11 May 2016
Today we have a presentation from our 2016 Global conference with Johan Brenner, General Partner of the European based Venture Capital Fund Creandum.
Johan is one of Europe’s most experienced venture capital investors who has worked across a broad set of industries globally. He has built a number of successful businesses as an entrepreneur and has also been a Partner in several other leading venture capital firms.
Before Creandum, Johan spent more than 4 years as a General Partner at Balderton Capital (previously called Benchmark Capital Europe) with investments in companies like MySQL, Rebtel, Zopa, Habb
Lets listen into Johan’s presentation on the European Startup Ecosystem at Startup Grind’s Global Conference 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Mon, 9 May 2016
Iliana Montauk the co-founder and chief operating officer of Gaza Sky Geeks, the first startup accelerator in Palestine launched with support from Mercy Corps and Google in 2009. Before arriving to Gaza sky geeks, Iliana helped launch Wamda’s Research Lab. She has previously worked at Google, the Monitor Group, which is now part of Deloitte Consulting, a startup that failed, and a microfinance nonprofit. She graduated from Harvard in 2006 and claims to speak five languages.
Lets listen into Iliana Montauk talk about founding Gaza Sky Geeks from Startup Grind’s Global Conference earlier this year.
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.
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Check it out today and let me know if you love reaching inbox zero as easily as I do nowadays.
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Wed, 4 May 2016
Today we have a conversation from the VC corner stage at Startup Grind's Global Conference held each year in Silicon Valley. Joining us today is a presentation by Clara Brenner co-founder and CEO of the Tumml Urban Solutions Accelerator which has supported supported companies like HandUp, Chariot, and Popupsters solve problems specifics to cities and dense populations.
Prior to founding Tumml, she worked in real estate development – at a real estate tech startup called Fundrise, as well as at AECOM, GVA Advantis, and Monument Realty.
Clara earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from NYU. She is a member of the MIT Sloan Alumni Board. In January 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship.
Lets listen into Clara Brenner live from the VC stage at Startup Grind’s Global Conference
Mon, 2 May 2016
Today we have a conversation with Eoghan McCabe, Co-Founder & CEO of one of the worlds largest customer engagement platforms, Intercom.
Eoghan previously founded an award-winning software design consultancy called Contrast, and co-founded Exceptional, a developer tool startup acquired in 2011 by Rackspace. He moved from Ireland to San Francisco that same year to start Intercom. Intercom has really become a fundamentally new way for internet businesses to communicate with customers, personally, at scale. The company has raised $116M from 500 startups, bessemer ventures, iconiq capital, biz stone and several more inidivudal and insttutional investors. Intercom now has over 10k happy paying customers around the world including Startup Grind!
Lets listen into Eoghan McCabe the co-founder and CEO of intercom interviewed by yours truly in San francisco earlier this month.
Wed, 27 April 2016
Where Startups Go Wrong with Rachel Chalmers, Nick Suriale, Sandeep Bhadra (Ignition Partners/Menlo VC)
Today we have a panel discussion between 3 Venture Capitalists from the VC corner stage at Startup Grind’s 2016 global conference held annually each February in Silicon Valley.
Rachel Chalmers is a principle at Ignition partners, prior to ignition Rachel led research into enterprise computing infrastructure for the 451 Group.
Nick Sturiale, is the managing partner at Ignition Partners, prior to becoming MP at Ignition Nick spent 15 years in venture helping over 100 startups including Reputation.com, Bill.com and Delphix. As an operator Nick was the founding CEO of Timbre Technologies which sold to Tokyo electron for 138 million dollars in 2001.
Sandeep Bhadra is a partner with Menlo Ventures where he actively focuses on enterprise investments including AppDome, Platform9, and Signifyd. Sandeep had a Phd from the university of Texas and an MBA from INSEAD.
Let’s listen into this interesting discussion with Rachel, Nick, and Sandeep at Startup Grind’s Global Conference.
Wed, 20 April 2016
Nir Eyal moderated by tech author and TechCrunch writer Andrew Keen. This content was brought to us in partnership with Futurecast which is a thought leadership series, produced in collaboration between the ATT foundry and Ericsson.
Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Nir is also an advisor to several Bay Area start-ups, venture capitalists, and incubators. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir is a contributing writer for TechCrunch, Inc. and Psychology Today. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.
In the following conversation with Andrew plus some audience participation, Nir dives deep into the psychology, marketing and creation of the technology that accessorizes our daily lives.
Let’s listen into Nir Eyal & Andrew Keen speaking at the Futurecast series hosted in Palo Alto.
Mon, 18 April 2016
Author Daniel Pink. Daniel Pink is the author of 5 disruptive books including 3 long-running New York Times best sellers including A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human.
Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Dan’s TED talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED talks of all time, with more than 19 million views. He received a BA from Northwestern University and a JD from Yale Law School. Dan lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and three children.
He drops some serious keys to success in this conversation including how to pitch, how to hire salespeople, and how to think about the problems you’re solving. The conversation started trending on twitter in Washington DC.
Lets listen into Daniel Pink in Washington DC interviewed by Director Brian Park
Wed, 13 April 2016
Gagan Biyani, the CEO and co-founder of Sprig, whose mission it is to make eating well simple.
Open your phone when you're hungry, tap a button and get a healthy meal delivered in 15 minutes. Sprig has raised $57M from Greylock Partners and Social Capital Partnership and is available in San Francisco, Chicago and Palo Alto.
Prior to founding Sprig, he was a Growth Advisor for Lyft where he led supply and demand acquisition for their launch in Los Angeles. Gagan previously was co-founder and President of the education marketplace, Udemy, which has raised $113M and has over 7 million students worldwide. __
Gagan is interviewed by Greylock Partner, Simon Rothman.
Simon invests in entrepreneurs building consumer networks and platforms, and he leads Greylock’s $100 million commitment to marketplace investments. His area of focus includes network effects businesses and transaction-based startups with a specialty around marketplaces. He has served as an advisor to many marketplaces and networks including Lyft, Tango, Taskrabbit, Poshmark, and others. Simon also leads Greylock’s $100 million commitment to marketplace investments.
Mon, 11 April 2016
From a Village in India to the Height of Silicon Valley, with Varun Chandran, Founder & CEO of Corporate360
Today we have a conversation with former professional footballer or professional soccer player if you’re tuning in from the US turned entrepreneur Varun Chandran.
Varun is the founder & CEO of Corporate360. Corporate360 is a BigData software company that helps B2B marketers discover sales leads, ideal buyer profiles & competitive intelligence. Corporate360 was founded in 2012, in Singapore and now has offices in USA, India, Ireland and Philippines. In 2015, ProspectR, Corporate360's marketing data software won the best new product award at the prestigious Stevie Awards for sales & customer service.
Prior to founding Corporate360, Varun worked as a Sales & Marketing manager for companies like SAP, Oracle, NetApp and others.
Varun is a graduate of the Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Lets listen into Varun Chandran interviewed at our Startup Grind Trivandrum india chapter.
Wed, 6 April 2016
How to Build Your Company's 5 Year Plan with Alex Austin, Branch Metrics & Scott Nolan, Founders Fund
Alex Austin founder & CEO of branch metrics who is joined by founders fund partner and former spacex engineer scott nolan.
alex received an MS in Electrical Engineering & an MBA from stanford. In between degrees, he spent five years building a solar panel manufacturing facility from scratch in Santa Clara. While at stanford business school Alex also built an SDK for Android and iOS that is now live on over seven million phones world wide.
Alex is now the CEO of Branch Metrics, taking the lessons he learned as a mobile app developer to building a mobile linking platform that helps apps grow and give their users better experiences.
Scott Nolan is a Partner at Founders Fund, where he focuses on investments in technology-driven companies across sectors including energy, biotechnology, aerospace, healthcare and advanced manufacturing.
Prior to Founders Fund, Scott was an early employee at SPACEX. There, he helped develop the propulsion systems used on the Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and Dragon vehicles and was responsible for the Dragon capsule’s thermal and environmental control subsystems.
Lets listen into Alex and Scott’s conversation from our Silicon Valley chapter