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Startup Grind Chicago Hosts Chuck Templeton (OpenTable, Impact Engine)

  • Feb 25, 2014 · 6:00 PM


Chuck Templeton, OpenTable, Impact Engine

Chuck is passionate about early stage emerging companies focusing on using business to find solutions to today’s biggest social and environmental challenges. He is currently the managing director of Impact Engine (, a venture accelerator focused on helping for-profit companies that address environmental and/or societal challenges. His role is to help them increase their chances of success.

He took his first big step as an entrepreneur in San Francisco when he founded OpenTable, Inc., which went public on the NASDAQ in May of 2009 (OPEN).  He helped build an industry leading company that changed the way full-service restaurants manage their top-line growth and diners make their dinner reservations. OpenTable is the global leader in restaurant reservations with customers in all 50 states and over eighteen countries.

He currently spends most of his professional time promoting the Rise of the Impact Entrepreneur working with impact entrepreneurs helping them think differently about disrupting the status quo and competing in the future.  He has had the pleasure of being involved in over 30 startups over 16 years as an entrepreneur, investor, board member or advisor including Braintree, Cleversafe, GrubHub, ThinkCERCA, Getable, Auctions By Cellular, Task Rabbit, Piece & Co., Portapure, and Moxie Jean.

Chuck spent 3 years serving in the US Army. Most importantly, he has an amazing wife and two awesome daughters. He loves local food systems, distributed infrastructure and community centric programs.


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


Hosted By Tom Denison, Chicago Chapter Director

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 50 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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  • Al

    Great meetup - looking forward to the future ones.

    March 2, 2014

  • Twylyn M.

    This was my first time at Startup Grind and I learned a lot of good information as well as met some great minded people.

    1 · February 26, 2014

    • Tom D.

      Twylyn, glad you enjoyed. Many more Startup Grinds to come. Please join us again!

      March 2, 2014

  • Amber D.

    Looking for a few pointers

    February 19, 2014

  • Amber D.

    Looking for a few pointers

    February 17, 2014

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