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How Our Networks Influence Our Happiness, Wealth, and Success W/ James Fowler


Join us August 22 when we welcome James Fowler, social scientist and author of Connected: How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, And Do.

During our fireside chat, we'll be discussing Fowler's book 'Connected', real-life social networks, and how they might influence startups and the relationships that exist between entrepreneurs.

Fowler is Professor of Medical Genetics in the School of Medicine and Professor of Political Science in the Division of Social Science at the University of California, San Diego. His research in the study of social networks, cooperation, and political participation has been highly acclaimed, notching him a spot on Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers and an interview with Stephen Colbert. It doesn't hurt either, that The McLaughlin Group named him "most original thinker" of the year.


***Come early as seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Attendees can park at 101 West Broadway, but be advised, they can only validate 2 hours worth, while Horton Plaza across the street offers 3-hour parking validation inside the mall.



This is a paid event. Make sure to order your ticket here before the event.




6:00 - Networking and Pizza

7:00 - Fireside Chat

8:00 - Questions and More Networking



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.

For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.



Bret Fredrickson - Director of Startup Grind San Diego

Bret Fredrickson is a Project Manager at, Organizer at, and Founder at SoftSkate.  He is interested in expanding his networking adn growing the startup community in San Diego.  Dreamers and Doers Unite!

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  • Christian G.

    Really enjoyed hearing about the influence of our friends (network) on ourselves and others...

    September 19, 2012

  • Annette

    James Fowler's talk was thought provoking, interesting and entertaining. His research coupled with today's technology demonstrates that we can really gain tremendous insight by studying the company that we keep. Highly recommend reading Connected after hearing his enthusiasm and discussion.

    August 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    James is awesome I saw him give a talk at UCSD a while back. Very cool research he does.

    July 18, 2012

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