Startup Grind Portland Hosts Dave Allen (Gang of Four; North; Beats Music)


Dave Allen, Gang of Four; North; Beats Music

Dave Allen is the founding member and bass payer for English post-punk group Gang of Four and English Rock band Shriekback.  After leaving the bands behind in 1989 he formed an independent record label, World Domination, which was an arm of Capital Records.  After moving to Portland, OR in 1999 he worked his way up through independent agencies here in town finally landing at the accomplished, North as Director in 2010.  In February of 2014 Dave joined as Director, Artist and Music Industry Advocate at Beats Music, a new arm of the infamous Beats by Dre headphone company.  When not speaking on Digital Brand Strategy and Interactive Design as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon or the Pacific Northwest College of Arts, he enjoys speaking about music, the Internet, Social Sciences, Culture, Arts, and Humanities.

"Dave Allen is a formidable commentator these days on all things Internet, a sort of web 2.0 version of Marshall McLuhan: less New Age than Jaron Lanier, less Sun Microsystems than Bill Joy, less corporate than Mark Zuckerberg. There is a fierceness to him—he strikes first and warms up later—that makes him perfect for the job. " - Rick Moody novelist, musician, writer.




6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking


Hosted By Christopher Richards, Chapter Director

Chris Richards is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and business. He was the Founder and Chapter Director for the Atlanta Startup Grind before relocating back to Oregon to launch a new chapter of the Startup Grind here in Portland.  He's currently running Cellar Door, a digital marketing consulting company, and the Social Media Manager for ChooseATL, a campaign from Nebo Agency and the city to represent Atlanta as a creative and digital epicenter.   When not finding new clients for a growing digital agency he has a passion for everything digital and pretty much anything that gets him outside from snowboarding to kayaking. 
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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 100 cities and 42 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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