Tuesday, 21. February 2017, Redwood City, Startup Grind Global Conference 2017 at Fox Theater (USA)

Watch from home at live.startupgrind.com

~~~ Welcome to Startup Grind Global ~~~

Join 5,000 entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley for 2-days of nonstop learning and connecting. Get your ticket today!

Hear from 150 speakers like Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures), Sean Rad (Tinder), Megan Quinn (Spark Capital), Noam Bardin (Waze), and Laura Weidman Powers (CODE 2040) during fireside chats, investor Q&As, and hands-on product and growth workshops.

Meet founders, investors, technologists, media, over 200 exhibiting startups, and community organizers from 87 countries.

~~~ Speakers Include ~~~

Noam Bardin (Waze)
Leila Janah (Sama)
Hamdi Ulukaya (Chobani)
Sean Rad (Tinder)
Daphne Koller Coursera
Bing Gordon (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)
Holly Liu (Kabam)
Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)
Jason Robins (DraftKings)
Vladimir Tenev (Robinhood)
Megan Quinn (Spark Capital)
Ryan Holmes (Hootsuite)
Hiten Shah (KISSmetrics)
Bharat Anand (Harvard Business School)
Joe Lonsdale (8VC, Palantir)
Ann Miura-Ko (Floodgate)
Jessica Mah (inDinero)
Kenneth Lin (Credit Karma)
George Zachary (Charles River Ventures)
TJ Parker (PillPack)
Eric Yuan (Zoom)
Christine Souffrant Ntim (Vendedy)
Mike Abbott (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)
Nima Ghamsari (Blend)
Ryan Smith (Qualtrics)
Rebecca Kaden (Maveron)
Pascal Finette (Singularity University)
Mada Seghete (Branch Metrics)
Jim Scheinman (Maven Ventures)
Mike Brown (Win-Win)
Sarah Cooper (The Cooper Review)
Adam Singolda (Taboola)
Brian Wong (Kiip)
Nicole Sanchez (GitHub)
Manish Chandra (Poshmark)
Jeff Richards (GGV Capital)
Penny Kim
JT Marino (Tuft & Needle)
Derek Andersen (Startup Grind)
Everette Taylor (Skurt)
Patrick Mullane (HBX)
Joel Flory (VSCO)
Paul Levine (Trulia)
Dennis Mortensen (x.ai)

~~~ FAQs ~~~

> What is Startup Grind? <
Startup Grind is a 730,000 person global community powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly fireside chats with leading founders and investors for startups in 200-cities in 87 countries. It's like the TED of the startup world.

For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on Twitter @StartupGrind.

> Do I need a ticket to attend Startup Grind? <
Yes, you'll need to purchase a ticket through Eventbrite to get into the event. Checking "Going" WILL NOT grant you entry.

> When and where is the Global Conference?

Programming runs from 8AM to 6PM on February 21th and 22nd at the Fox Theater at 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, CA.

We’ll be hosting an afterparty on the 21st that will go until 10 PM. On Monday Night (February 20th) we're hosting a private Welcome Night with a special guest speaker for those who purchase a 2-for-1 or early ticket. Space is limited, so book now!

> What does a general admission ticket get me? <

You’ll have all-access to two full days of speaker sessions and networking across multiple theaters in Redwood City. Your ticket also includes coffee, lunch, snacks, and drinks throughout the day. It also admits you into the Startup Grind afterparty and parties throughout. For our best deal, get the 2-for-1 ticket - bring a friend and get access to Monday night's private event.

> My company wants to be seen. Can I sponsor or exhibit? <

We work with Fortune 500 as well as newly launched companies to reach entrepreneurs around the world, and we’d love to work with you as a sponsoring partner. You’ll reach thousands of entrepreneurs, business owners, as well as developers, investors, and the like during our event.

As a sponsor, we’ll also include you in messaging to our network - spanning across hundreds of thousands of online followers and subscribers. Please email our VP of Partnerships Karlie at Karlie@startupgrind.com for more info.

> Can startups exhibit? <

If your business has raised less than $3MM and has fewer than 20 employees, you’re eligible to apply for the 2017 Startup Program. If selected, you’ll have the chance the exhibit your company during the conference, be exposed to our network of 200 investors, and enjoy perks like media opportunities and startup service discounts.

Apply here: http://startupgrind.com/startup

~~~ TRAVEL & LODGING ~~~

> Which airport should I fly into? <

San Francisco (SFO) is recommended. It is the closest (15mi/24km) to the Fox Theater. Get the BART to Millbrae, then transfer onto the Caltrain to Redwood City.

Oakland Airport (OAK) is located across the peninsula in the East Bay. It’s furthest (29mi/47km) from the Fox Theater, but offers nearby BART public transit to get into Silicon Valley.

San Jose Airport (SJC) is located South of Silicon Valley and is closest to Palo Alto. While not far from the Fox Theater (20mi/32km), SJC doesn’t offer many public transit options.

We usually find the cheapest tickets on Skyscanner or Google Flights, book comfortable housing using Airbnb, and travel with Uber or Lyft. Use code “UberSGConf” for your first ride free.

> Where should I stay during the conference? <

All the following hotel suggestions are less than a 15-minute drive from the Fox Theater, the Startup Grind Global Conference Venue. Many guests also choose to stay with local hosts through AirBnB.

TownPlace Suites
1000 Twin Sophin Dr. Redwood City, CA 94065

Fairfield Inn & Suites
555 Skyway Rd, San Carlos, CA 94070

Hotel LiA
950 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070

Extended Stay America
3 Circle Way San Carlos, CA 94070

Sofitel
223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City, CA 94065

Atherton Park Inn & Suites Redwood City
2834 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061

Best Western Plus Executive Suites Redwood City
25 Fifth Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

Holiday Inn Express Redwood City-Central
1836 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063

~~~ TRANSPORTATION + PARKING ~~~

> Where can I find parking during the conference? <

Streetside parking is limited near the venue. Luckily, local garages offer more space by the hour. Both of the following garages offer paid parking 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Monday - Friday, free parking after 6:00 PM.

Winslow Parking Garage: Located on Middlefield close to the Fox Theater, Winslow offers parking for 50 cents per hour.

The Main Street Parking Lot: Located on Main Street by City Hall, this garage offers parking for 25 cents per hour.

> Is there any public transportation available to and from the event location? <

Absolutely. The Fox Theater is a few blocks from the Redwood City Caltrain station. If you’re visiting us from San Francisco, you can easily take the BART to the Millbrae BART station and connect onto Caltrain.

The Caltrain runs between San Francisco and San Jose, with stops covering the entire Bay Area. See the Caltrain schedule here.

BART is San Francisco’s city rail service and the best way to commute to and from OAK and SFO airports. See Bart locations and schedule here. It may be wise to purchase a Clipper Card, used for all public transit in the Bay Area.

For bikers and rail commuters, thanks for doing your part to save the rainforests!

You may also hire a car using Uber or Lyft. Use code “uberSGConf” for your first ride free.

> Is it really worth traveling to Silicon Valley for this event? It seems kinda far. <

Yes. Over 100 Startup Grind Directors and thousands of startup founders are flying in from places like Iran, Mongolia, Australia, and China. They’re definitely not stepping away from their businesses, families, and teams without good reason: this is going to be good.

> Will I be able to enter the event anytime? <
Absolutely! You can enter and exit the event at your leisure so long as you are wearing your Startup Grind wristband, which acts as your ticket.

But do us a favor: do not remove, tamper, or attempt to transfer your ticket to another visitor, or we may have to refuse your entry.

You can shower and sleep with your wristband on, and if you wear it for the whole year, we guarantee you a free ticket to our next conference. Yes, really!

> Are you hiring people to work or volunteer at the event? <

Thanks for offering your time! We usually receive many applications for just a limited number of volunteer spots, but if you have the right skill set to be an awesome volunteer please fill out this form -> http://goo.gl/forms/s6YZVM6X7p

> I’m part of the media. How do I request a press pass? <

If you’re a journalist reporting for a major media outlet or a private blogger with a considerable audience, we’d be happy to have you join as our guest.

Please email press@startupgrind.com with your name, the name of the outlet for which you’ll report, a link to the site where your articles are published, and the monthly recurring visitors to the media property.

Please note that speaker access is reserved to select media personnel on advance request and is not open to most press pass holders.

> I’d love to be there, but my boss doesn’t want to count it a work day. What do I do?! <
Ah, bosses — we know the drill. We have an expert team at the ready for this kind of situations: they’ve spent their lifetimes training in the fine art of tasteful wit, persuasive copywriting, and even the dark arts of corporate speak. Send marketing@startupgrind.com an email to and we’ll make the case on your behalf.

But beware! With such great power comes great responsibility — contact wisely.

> Will I meet investors or speakers if I attend the conference? <

Though speakers like Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures spent over 2 hours with the audience, most speakers are busy founders who do us the great favor of sharing their time pro-bono exactly because they know we won’t demand much of it. All speakers are encouraged to meet attendees, walk the floor, and enjoy the conference — but we make no guarantees.

There will, however, be hundreds of investors among the audience — many who’d love to meet you. There was over $1.5 million offered to founders by investors they met during the two days of the event, some who randomly bumped into one another.

Our secret to spotting & connecting with VIPs: say hello to those people who seem relaxed and sit back during networking breaks, as many of them will be those whose networks are already incredible. If they don’t invest, it’s likely they know those who do — so make friends instead of pitching hard.

> Is there a Dress Code for this event? <
Yes: comfortable. Expect some people to feel most comfortable dressed in formal business attire – it can be a nice confidence booster. Also expect to mingle with a Silicon Valley crowd that’s most comfortable in casual streetwear, maybe accented with a company hoodie.

Keep in mind the amazing people you’ll be meeting at this conference, and dress to impress and connect with them. However you style yourself, make sure it’s respectful of the beautiful venue and other guests attending the event.

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