Startup Grind Chicago Hosts Genevieve Thiers (Sittercity)

  • August 20, 2013 · 6:00 PM


Genevieve Thiers, Sittercity

Genevieve Thiers is an entrepreneur in the Chicago area.  Her first company,, is America's first company to take caregiving services online. now has millions of users nationwide, and serves clients like the U.S. Department of Defense, Avon, Mastercard, Monster WW and many others. With new locations in the UK and Canada, it is an international success. Genevieve was recognized by President Bush at the White House as the Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur Champion of the Year for 2006, her companies have won over 18 major awards, including the CEC Momentum Award, the WBDC Rising Start Award, a CNN Young Heroes feature, the UPS Out of the Box Award, the INC 500 list, and more.  Genevieve has been featured thousands of times in the press for her work, by the TODAY show, Ellen, the View, the CBS Early Show, CNN, Live & Style, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Marie Clare, TIME, Better Homes and Gardens, Working Mother and more.  She has lectured or spoken at the CEO Conference, Microsoft, Harvard business school, Kellogg, Columbia, Babson, Boston College, U Chicago and for hundreds of other entrepreneurial groups around the country.  She is the author of the book Love at First Sit, and frequently writes for Crain’s Chicago,, and the Huffington Post. Genevieve has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs throughout her career.  She is on the board of the CEC, which has created 1871, a co-working space in Chicago.  Genevieve teaches classes at 1871, is on the acceptance committee, and is a frequent mentor within the space. She is also an investor in TechStars and the Firestarter fund.  When not mentoring, she can be found singing opera in the Chicago area, or playing with her one-year-old twins.


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


Hosted By Tom Denison, Director of Startup Grind Chicago

Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, funding and founding tech startups. Like many, his digital experience started with a glamorous yet struggling internet startup, but blossomed into strategy and business development with some of the most recognized digital powerhouses. He has also nurtured and made profitable a top 200 internet retailer. Today, he is the Founder of Funl, a collection of savvy digital marketing experts who “Provide the expertise and resources needed to drive a large, loyal and profitable customer base.”
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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 40 cities and 20 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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  • Tom D.

    Genevieve is incredibly passionate, engaging, energetic, inspiring, transparent...she was a fantastic guest, and I believe set the record for the longest standing ovation. Oh, she is also the first to sing opera at Startup Grind.

    August 23, 2013

  • Mark W.

    Great presentation by Genevieve and Tom -- very inspiring. I liked her honest approach, admitting that she wasn't built to be an entrepreneur, but has worked extraordinarily hard to be a great one.

    August 21, 2013

  • Winston K.

    She was a terrific speaker who connects well and is truly inspiring.

    August 21, 2013

  • Zachary P.

    She was incredible. Maybe the best CEO interview yet

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up, and I can't attend.

    August 19, 2013

  • Zachary P.

    I'll be there with Bells (and Glass) on

    July 31, 2013

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