Emerson Spartz is one of the world's leading experts on internet virality and has been featured in major media including the Wall Street Journal, CBS Evening News, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. As the CEO of Spartz Inc, he runs one of the fastest-growing digital media publishers with 160 million page views per month. The Spartz Media Network of twenty websites including OMG Facts, GivesMeHope, and SmartphOWNED. At the age of 12, Spartz founded MuggleNet, the #1 Harry Potter website, which attracted 50 million page views per month. By the age of 19, Spartz became a New York Times bestselling author after publishing his first book. Spartz lives in Chicago with his wife Gaby and his pet chinchilla, Zoë. Recent Press Inc 30 Under 30: Taking the Guesswork Out of ViralityFrom Muggle to Media Mogul by Age 25How a Self-Taught 12-Year-Old Created a Viral Media Titan40 Under 40
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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.” Email: [masked]
Google Cloud Platform is offering developers $2,000 of credit to start building applications on Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine. App Engine is a full development stack (PaaS), and Compute Engine lets you run workloads on Linux virtual machines (IaaS). Apply to receive credit at cloud.google.com/starterpack and use verification code: sg-org.
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Startup Grind is an event series and website designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn't, and what they'll do differently next time. It's an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.