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Kushal Chakrabarti, Founder and Co-Chair, Vittana
Kushal Chakrabarti is the founder and board co-chair of Vittana, a non-profit that fights youth poverty in developing nations. It pioneered the Vittana Loan — a $750 student micro-loan that can triple a girl’s income. An award-winning organization, Vittana works in 13 countries,helps 1,000+ youth escape poverty every month and its impact is regularly highlighted in world press including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many others. Previously, Kushal ran technology for a $1 billion team at Amazon and is the author of 20+ patents and papers. He was recently named Social Innovator of the Year, one of Seattle’s Top 40 People Under 40 and voted the #1 Game-Changer in Philanthropy by 1.7 million readers on Huffington Post. Kushal is a frequent speaker on youth poverty, education and social entrepreneurship including SOCAP, Pop!Tech and TEDxBrussels. In his free time, he races triathlons, takes pictures and works with dogs. Kushal lives in Seattle with his 2-year-old German Shepherd puppy.
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Hosted By Mike Grabham, Director of Startup Grind Seattle
Michael is optimistic, genuine and a problem solver. He is a product guy that focuses on uses and revenue. He loves starting companies and enjoys the collaboration with smart people to figure out how to create value for a customer. He has been lucky enough to start a few companies, raise capital and see the hard work payoff. Michael enjoys the experiences you must go through to get a company into a growth mode and see its first service/product create revenue. Currently he is working on an platform to help the homeless in the US, that has yet to be released to the public and is a partner in a web design/development company CrashShop.com that does some very interesting applications and websites. You can visit his blog at michaelgrabham.com or follow him on twitter @grabmike
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