Many people ask me why and how I started doing Startup Grind. I thought I would just post this since it is likely one of the most asked questions I get at each event. In June of 2012, I sent an email to Derek Anderson, founder of Startup Grind because I wanted to help whoever was doing
Imagine you are in a crowd of people pushing you forward, all of the masses moving in the same direction. You are in a country where you don’t speak the language so you can’t understand the chant “Je suis Charlie” but you can somehow tell by the passion and emotion of the people that you can agree on their mission. This is where I found myself on January 11th. I was in the largest rally ever in France with 1.4 million other people.
I was staying the center of Paris from Jan 5th – Jan 14 for business with SendinBlue.com, an email, SMS and automated marketing company, when I found myself hugging a traffic light pole so I could see what was happening around me. What I experienced changed how I think about the simple freedom of expression and why people interact with or connect to an idea.
What if we couldn’t just post things on the internet that disagreed with another’s opinion?
I have been in Paris since last week helping a company www.sendinblue.com get operations started and start growing in the US. I was lucky enough to experience first hand the tragedy and the support for the Parisians. I am not sure how to describe it yet but I will do so in the following week or so. But I have to get some of these photos up so others can see what I saw today. I was staying 4 blocks from the center of the demonstrations today so I was able to get a up-close experience. Here are some photos. More to come. Here is a link to a New York Times Story
Special Holiday Startup Grind Event Dec 4th at 6pm at Moz, We will have Julie Sandler from Madrona Ventures doing an interesting interview with Jane Park Co Founder of Julep. And the first 50 women to show up will get a free gift of “Jane Favorites” . Look forward to seeing you on this very special Startup Grind event.
Jane Park Co Founder Julep
Jane is the co-founder and CEO of Julep, the only ecommerce beauty brand that takes a full-stack approach to product development, testing, and distribution. Under Jane’s direction, Julep has raised $56 million in funding from top-tier venture firms and quadrupled revenues each year over the past few years.
Julie Sandler, Madrona Ventures
Julie is a Principal on the investment team at Madrona Venture Group, a Pacific Northwest venture capital firm focused on technology companies. Julie pursues new investment opportunities for Madrona, and is actively involved in Madrona’s portfolio companies and the firm’s activity in the startup community. She led Madrona’s investment in Julep, and is a board observer for several of Madrona’s portfolio companies, including buuteeq, Evocalize, Jintronix, Maxpoint, Rover.com, and SNUPI Technologies.
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Content, Content, Content, Customers have more power and are able to gather more information about your product before you ever talk to them which forces you to sell differently. Information is free and readily available online. This goes for both B2B and B2C companies. If you were selling 5-10 years ago online and you are still selling the same way, whether it was online or offline, you had better