Startup Grind North Bay Hosts Alex Gould (The Valley Fund)


Alex Gould, The Valley Fund

Alex's work includes time in venture capital (both direct investing and fund of funds), helming startup companies, several board seats and over 15 years both teaching entrepreneurship and finance at Stanford and working with the radio and music industries. He is the founder of a new undergraduate leadership program at Stanford and spent a decade building out Revolution Media, a media buying agency in SF.

He has worked at the Stanford Management Company on the venture capital/private equity portfolio, at Voyager Capital as a venture capitalist, as a serial entrepreneur, founder, and/or board member of several companies in multiple spaces including digital media, gourmet food, and internet search. Alex is a member of the Stanford Senior Executive Program and a scholar at Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and has taught worked since 1997 in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

Alex is also a certified Schwinn Cycling Instructor, and loves cross-training. He's been a competitive distance runner, golfer and a Radio/Club DJ most of his life.




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


Hosted By John Starr, Director of Startup Grind North Bay

Startup Grind North Bay Director   John has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area entertainment and technology fields for more than 20 years. He's helped start two venture funded tech companies, managed computer networks for several large non-profits, taught computer skills to journalists and produced or acted in lots of media projects. His voice can be heard on commercials, corporate narrations and award-winning children's audio books. He lives and works in Marin County, CA and is dedicated to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in the North Bay.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @ourmanstarr

Hosted By Matthew Gaulding, Startup Grind San Rafael Co-Director

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.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @MatthewGaulding

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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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  • Lorien F.

    Insightful; really nice to meet so many brilliant, "visionary thinkers"! Alex Gould was terrific.

    July 12

  • Russ D.

    Serial entrepreneur interested in learning more about the Bay Area community.

    June 14

    • Kunal G.

      Hi Russ - you are most welcome !! we love to see you around

      July 11

  • Lorien F.

    Oh, are there any promo codes for getting the first meeting free?

    July 4

    • Kunal G.

      The chapter has nominal fee so come by - we can figure out something. if you are here on the community list you will see calendar for next events

      July 11

    • Kunal G.

      Once you reach San Rafael downtown / 4th street - SOL foods give me a call I can direct you : [masked]

      July 11

  • My-Kell D.

    Thanks for the great evening. Solid discussions followed by a very informative speaker.Looking forward to attending more Startup Grind events.

    1 · July 11

  • Tim

    It was great meeting everyone. Very informative and looking forward to the next one. Alex is quite an amazing guy.

    July 11

  • Kunal G.

    Very exciting content and amazing speaker

    July 11

  • Austin J.

    awesome. Alex was intriguing and engaging, for anyone to talk for 1.5 hours and keep the audience awake and interested is a great accomplishment.

    July 11

  • Lorien F.

    Hi! This is my first meeting and i don't know where in Building 750 in the Corporate Center the meeting is taking place. Could someone tell me which floor, which suite? Thank you!

    July 4

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