Startup Grind North Bay Hosts Alicia Robb (Kauffman Foundation)


Alicia Robb, Kauffman Foundation

Dr. Alicia Robb is a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation and the Principal Investigator on the Kauffman Firm Survey.  She is also a Research Associate with the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Visiting Scholar with both the Basque Institute for Competitiveness in San Sebastian, Spain and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Dr. Robb received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has previously worked with the Office of Economic Research in the Small Business Administration and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. A leading expert in small business financing in the U.S., she has participated in SME financing initiatives by the Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the G20 Working Group on SME financing. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is the co-author of Race and Entrepreneurial Success published by MIT Press and A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses by Stanford University Press.  She serves on the Board of the National Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprise and is a guest contributor for venues such as Huffington Post and Forbes. She is also the Founder of the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD), which she led for 12 years and then served on the board for another three years. FSD is a San Francisco based international development organization that partners with grassroots development organizations in 10 locations around Latin America, Africa, and India. (  




6:30 Networking and Food
7:30 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking


Hosted By John Stayton, Director of Startup Grind North Bay

After fifteen years in high technology industrial marketing, John desired to leverage his business background by developing a profession that would serve the environment and society. In 2000, he cofounded the world’s first graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became known as the GreenMBA.
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Hosted By Matthew Gaulding, Director of Startup Grind North Bay

I provide support to the Director of the Venture Greenhouse in office and facility management, web-site maintenance, event logistics, billing/payments, research and stakeholder engagement. Also makes Startup Grind possible.
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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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  • John S.

    I was blown away by Alicia's drive and accomplishments. Made me feel like a piker! Inspiring and very informative. Thanks Matt, John and everyone at the Venture Greenhouse!

    August 2, 2013

  • Mike Van H.

    Fascinating talk by Alicia. John did a great job interviewing as the "Charlie Rose" of SG. I wish she'd had some of her books available.

    August 1, 2013

  • Robert S.

    Interesting speaker and topics. Will be digging deeper into her research on women entrepreneurs.

    August 1, 2013

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    July 27, 2013

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    A former member

    Guess I'll be there!

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Joyce S.

    Sounds fabulous -- looking forward to meeting Alicia Robb and getting her and all of your input on which has been called a for seasoned execs. Thanks

    June 18, 2013

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