Startup Grind Columbus Hosts Chris Olsen (Drive Capital)


Chris Olsen, Drive Capital

Come meet other entrepreneurial minded people in the community and hear from Chris Olsen about his experience as a venture capitalist and why he co-founded Drive Capital. Chris, co-founded Drive Capital in 2012 to focus on entrepreneurs based in the Midwest, where he believes the next great companies will call home. Before Drive Capital, Chris was a partner at Sequoia Capital where invested over $200M in technology and services companies, including Lightpoint, Klarna, Weebly, Electronic Arts, GSI Commerce and eMeter. Prior to Sequoia, Chris worked at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he invested in growth stage IT companies. He started his career on the UBS Investment Banking team in the healthcare practice in New York and San Francisco. Chris graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. He took a hiatus during college to play professional squash and became one of the highest internationally ranked players from the US.




4:30 Networking and Food
5:30 Fireside Chat
6:30 Networking


Hosted By Ryan Frederick, Columbus Chapter Director

Ryan has had the privilege of being part of several startups and growth companies. He has helped companies grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. During the evolution of these companies, Ryan as served on company boards and been instrumental in capitalization activities. He has also helped companies to expand to international markets. Ryan brings a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge to help companies and clients to achieve their objectives. He enjoys the process and challenge of starting and growing a company. Ryan (@ryanfrederick) currently serves as Vice President of Marketing & Sales for AWH (@awhnet), an application consulting & creation firm in Dublin, OH.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @ryanfrederick

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Local Partners

Founded in 1995, AWH is an application consulting & creation firm.

TechColumbus provides expert advice, access to capital, and business growth connections to Central Ohio’s technology entrepreneurs.


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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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