Rank #1: Bootstrapping 101 with Bryan Johnson (Co-Founder of Braintree)
Today we have bryan johnson the co-founder of braintree.
Braintree is an online and mobile payments provider that prides itself on allowing it’s merchants to accept more payment types than anyone else.
Bryan co-founded and helped Braintree work with some of the best customers in the world such as uber, github, opentable, airbnb, and opentable.
in this interview Bryan discusses his goal of retiring at the age of 30 in order to allow himself to help others for the rest of his life.
Our startup grind chapter director tom denison interviews bryan in chicago. Let’s listen in.
Aug 17 2015
Rank #2: Don't Discount the Hustle with Brant Cooper (The Lean Entrepreneur)
New York Times best selling author Brant Cooper at our San Diego Chapter. Brant is the author of "the Lean Entrepreneur" and the entrepreneurs guide to the lean brand.
Brant’s startup career includes Tumbleweed, Timestamp, WildPackets, inCode, and many others. Brant previously authored The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development, the first purpose-written book to discuss Lean Startup and Customer Development concepts.
He has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs across the globe. Brant is the Co-Founder of Moves the Needle Group, which has advised the innovation practices of such leading companies as General Electric, Intuit, Capital One, ADP, and Transamerica. He is Founder of StartupSandiego.co, Organizer for SD Tech Founders.
Lets listen into Brant Cooper interview in San Diego
Feb 17 2016
Rank #3: The Future of the Gig Economy with Micha Kauffman Founder of Fiverr
Today we have a special interview with the Founder and CEO of Fiverr.com Micha Kauffman interviewed by director Ram Yonish in Tel Aviv earlier this year. Fiverr is the world's most transacted marketplace for services, creating economic opportunities for the entrepreneurs of the gig economy. Fiverr was founded by Shai Wininger and Micha Kaufman in 2009 and currently lists more than three million services on the site that range between $5 and $500. Fiverr.com has been ranked among the top 100 most popular sites in the U.S. and top 150 in the world since the beginning of 2013.
During August 2014, Fiverr announced that it has raised $30 million in a Series C round of funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, Accel and other investors. The round brings their total funding to date to $50 million.
Micha is also an active angel investor
Feb 10 2016
Rank #4: How to Build a Team, Raise Capital, and Make an Impact - Justin Kan (Twitch, YC)
Justin Kan is an internet entrepreneur. He is best known for founding Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar; Justin.tv, a live video streaming platform; Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired by Amazon for $970mm); and Exec, an on demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014). He is currently a partner at the seed fund Y Combinator. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Physics and Philosophy.
Jan 24 2020
Rank #5: How to scale a startup - Aaron Levie, CEO Box
A respected technologist and business leader, Steven Sinofsky is an investor, adviser, as well as a Board Partner at the Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm. He began his career at Microsoft in 1989. He started as a software design engineer in development tools. Working in product management, he grew to be one of the company's senior executives on Microsoft Office overseeing six major releases of the full range of Office apps and creation of Office servers. Most recently he served as President of the Windows division through 2012, delivering two major releases of Windows as well as the creation of Microsoft Surface, and Windows Services such as Outlook.com, OneDrive and Identity. Sinofsky frequently comments on products, development and management at his blog, https://medium.learningbyshipping.com, and on twitter, @stevesi. He earned a BA in both computer science and chemistry from Cornell and an MS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Aaron Levie is the Co-founder of cloud-based content management and collaboration platform.
Oct 24 2019
Rank #6: Gary Vaynerchuk in Hong Kong on Self-awareness, Failure and Finding a Purpose
Welcome to the Startup Grind podcast! We're back after a short break. This time from Hong Kong with the one and only Gary Vaynerchuk. We're talking about all things entrepreneurship, social media, China and self-awareness. If you don't know Gary, here is a short intro:
Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s 4 locations.
Gary rose to prominence in the late 90’s after establishing one of the first ecommerce wine sites, WineLibrary helping his father grow the family business from 4 to 60MM in sales.
Gary is also one of the most sought after public speakers alive today. He is a venture capitalist, 4-time New York Times bestselling author, and an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo and Uber. Gary has been named to bothCrain’s and Fortune’s 40 Under 40 lists.
Gary is currently the subject of DailyVee, an online documentary series highlighting what it’s like to be a CEO and public figure in today’s digital world. He is also the host of #AskGaryVee, a business and advice Q&A show online.
Gary recently launched his podcast, The Gary Vaynerchuk Audio Experience. Enjoy the episode and let us know what you think! You can also reach out to us on Instagram (DM) @startup or Twitter @StartupGrind. If you're a founder looking to meet other amazing entrepreneurs, check out our Global Conference and globally community! #keepgrinding
Nov 02 2017
Rank #7: Data Driven Product Development with Nigel Morris Co-founder of Capital One Financial
Nigel Morris, co-founder of the Capital One Financial Corporation. Nigel started Capital One with the simple idea of dropping annual fee’s for credit cards and instead target different credit cards to specific segments of the population. Now it's a publicly traded company with over $20 Billion in revenues headquartered in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. 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 Webs.com (acq by VistaPrint for $117M) and AddThis. Lets listen into Nigel Morris interviewed in Washington DC by chapter director Brian Park.
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Jan 20 2016
Rank #8: Music, Disruption, and Culture with Young Guru (Engineer/Jay-Z Producer)
Today we are doing something a bit different and feature content from the Futurecast thought leadership series which is a collaboration between the ATT foundry & Ericsson. The featured guest of the event is young guru who is an esteemed
audio engineer, DJ, and producer on more than 10 of jay-z’s albums including his hit track “empire state of mind”
Young guru takes the audience on an exploration of technology, content creation, and the democratization of content. Andrew keen is the moderator of the discussion and executive director of the future cast series. Author of popular books like the cult of the amateur & the internet is not the answer, keen was named 1 of GQ’s 100 most connected men in 2015.
Directly prior to the discussion you are about to hear, several music industry related products were demoed to the audience. We’ll hear a bit about those products from their founders starting around halfway into the interview.
Running an hour and 20 minutes this episode is a bit longer than our normal ones but it is definitely worth it. It’s a true deep dive into the music industry and how new disruptive digital technologies are shaping it for better or for worse.
Lets listen into Young Guru interviewed in February by moderator Andrew Keen at the ATT foundry in Palo Alto.
Mar 16 2016
Rank #9: How To Build Your Following with Guy Kawasaki (Canva/Apple)
Hey there and welcome to Monday’s episode of the startup grind podcast. Today we have an awesome chat with the legendary Guy Kawasaki. Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, and executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and Chief evangelist of Apple. He is the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media,Enchantment, and ten other books. Guy has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Guy is interviewed by startup grind’s founder Derek Andersen for a globally held google hangout. streamed live from google hq in mountain view california. Lets listen in.
Nov 02 2015
Rank #10: The Psychology of Startup with Daniel Pink (To Sell is Human, Drive)
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
Apr 18 2016
Rank #11: Convenience 2.0: The On-Demand Economy with Will Shu, CEO/Co-founder of Deliveroo
Hey there and welcome to Monday’s episode the Startup Grind Podcast. Today we have a conversation with the CEO & Co-founder of Deliveroo, William Shu from our first regional conference, Startup Grind Europe in June of this year. Will is really on a mission to transform the way the world thinks about takeaway food. He founded Deliveroo in August 2013 after becoming fed up with London's poor quality and slow food delivery options. Prior to starting the company, he worked in banking at Morgan Stanley, ESO Capital and SAC Capita. Deliveroo is now in over 50 cities across the world and has attracted $200m worth of investment from some of the world's leading investors, including Index Ventures, Accel and DST Global.
Let’s listen into Wiliam Shu on-stage at Startup Grind Europe in June of this year.
Oct 03 2016
Rank #12: How to Create Habit Forming Products with With Nir Eyal (Hooked)
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.
Apr 20 2016
Rank #13: The Power of Execution with Gagan Biyani (Sprig/Udemy) & Simon Rothman (Greylock Partners)
Gagan Biyani is 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 will be 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.
Nov 09 2015
Rank #14: Understanding Your Customers with Bob Dorf (Startup Owners Manual)
Bob is the co-author of the startup owners manual, a manual for starting up companies that aims at preventing many of the cardinal startup sins many founders make. together along with steve blank, the two spent 2 years conceiving, outlining, drafting, rewriting, and revising the global bestseller. A serial entrepreneur, bob left a lucrative broadcasting job at the age of 22 because the had a passion to start a company which he did 7 times over 3 decades. He describes his track record as 2 home runs, two base hits, and three great tax losses. Bob now teaches customer development and business modeling at columbia business school. he has also lead training session in mexico, russia, and other place around the world
Nov 04 2015
Rank #15: The Last Stage of an Entrepreneur Bill Bryant (DFJ)
Bill Bryant is a partner at DFJ (formerly Draper Fisher Jurvetson), focused on early- and growth-stage investments in enterprise, consumer and disruptive technologies. Bill has had early and instrumental involvement in more than 25 leading software, mobile, and digital media companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor, and board member.
He has had founding roles with Visio (now part of Microsoft), Netbot (acquired by Excite), Qpass (acquired by Amdocs), Medio (Nokia), Mixxer, and Airworks.
Bill represents DFJ on the boards of Bright Computing, Chef, Ping Identity, Z2Live, Remitly, and The Clymb. In addition to his DFJ investments, he is an active angel investor with investments in Winshuttle, LiquidPlanner, Bonanza, and Socrata.
Lets listen into Bill Bryant interview at our Seattle Chapter by director Mike Grabham.
Feb 01 2016
Rank #16: Fuel Growth by Nailing your Market with Roger Dickey Founder of Gigster/Mafia Wars
Today we have a conversation with entrepreneur & investor and co founder of software development company Gigster Roger Dickey.
Prior to founding Gigster, Roger led game studios at Zynga after joining when the company had just 30 employees after selling his first company Curiosoft to zynga. Roger oversaw MafiaWar’s explosive growth to over 100million users and 1billion dollars in revenue.
Roger also as an international product team advisor for Zynga helping the company grow their games in India, Japan and China.
Alongside his work at Zynga, Roger began advising & investing in bay-area startups in 2010. His investments include Docker, Addepar, iCracked, OpenGov, ClassDojo, and Wanelo. Advisory roles include Formation 8, Nest, OpenDoor, and The Thiel Fellowship.
Lets listen into Roger Dickey interviewed at our san Francisco chapter by startup grind editor in chief Michael Gasiorek.
Mar 30 2016
Rank #17: Find People Smarter than You Are with Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Alphabet
Eric Schmidt, the now chairman of Alphabet and former CEO of Google from 2001 until 2011 speaks on stage with Startup Grind’s Founder Derek Andersen. Eric’s credentials’ and biography expectedly take a long time to describe, so here is an excerpt:
In addition to his well documented role at Google, Eric is a founding partner at innovation endeavors, founder of tomorrow ventures, chairman of the new america foundation. He is on the board at the economist group, the US foundation for inspiration and recognition of Science & Tech, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute for Advanced Study.
Eric has been the CEO of Micro Focus, CTO of Sun Microsystems, CEO of Sun Technology Enterprises, and a Principle at Bell Laboratories.
Eric has also served on the board of Apple & Siebel Systems. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and his Graduate and Doctorate degrees from UC Berkeley.
Let’s listen into an illuminating conversation with one of the worlds richest and most powerful people on stage live in London:
Jul 04 2016
Rank #18: Growing MySpace with Amit Kapur (Dawn Patrol Ventures / MySpace)
Amit Kapur who is the founder & managing partner at Dawn Patrol Ventures, a venture capital firm backed by AOL & Verizon. Amit loves building startups. He was the CEO of analytics company Gravity which was acquired by AOL for $90M. Prior to that he was the COO of Myspace, starting as a BD lead managing mobile and music efforts. MySpace was originally acquired by News Corp for $580M. Amit has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Stanford University.
Let’s listen into Amit Kapur interviewed by Startup Grind Los Angeles Chapter Director Joe Famalette.
Mar 21 2016
Rank #19: On Trusting Your Instincts With Gary Vaynerchuk Pt. 2 (VaynerMedia and Angel Investor)
Today we have the 2nd part of our podcast with the Co-founder of VaynerMedia and venture capitalist Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary's first step as an entrepreneur was when he helped grow his family liquor store into a multimillion dollar enterprise and then launching winelibrary.com, one of America’s first wine e-commerce sites. After wine library, Gary founded VaynerMedia with his brother which today is one of the biggest digital shops focused on social media.Recently Gary launched VaynerRSE, a $25 million seed fund that will invest in and launch the next generation of world-changing technology companies.
In part two of the interview, Gary discusses the importance of staying in your lane and the danger of pretending to have expertise in area's you don't know enough about.
Gary is interviewed in LA by Startup Grind LA chapter director Joe Famalette.
Aug 12 2015
Rank #20: The Amazing Brad Feld (TechStars / Foundry Group)
Today we have one of my favorite startup grind fireside chats. We recently had the honor of hosting Brad Feld of tech stars and the foundry group at our chapter in denver colorado.
Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding the foundry group he co-founded mobius venture capital. Brad has been active with several nonprofit organizations and is currently chair of the national centre for women at information technology, and is on the board of up global.
He’s also completed 23 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.
Lets listen into this great interview with the amazing brad feld
Aug 19 2015