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Startup Grind Toronto Hosts Michael Terpin (BitAngels & SocialRadius)


Michael Terpin, BitAngels & SocialRadius

Michael Terpin began SocialRadius in 2007, the latest chapter in a 25-year career in public relations, Internet marketing and digital innovation. A serial entrepreneur, he has been frequently written about as a pioneer in online PR and marketing, newswire distribution and social media/Web 2.0 marketing. Since May of this year when Michael co-founded BitAngels, the first multi-city angel network and incubator dedicated exclusively to digital currency startups, it has attracted over 120 investors and US$18-million in capital. Michael has been a frequent speaker at leading technology and marketing conferences, including Ad:Tech, CES, E3, European Technology Roundtable (ETRE), Frost & Sullivan Sales & Marketing Conference, NAB, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Red Herring, Southern California Software Council and VNU Digital Media. He has been profiled in PRWeek and O’Dwyer’s PR Report, and has been a guest columnist for O’Dwyer’s PR Daily. Terpin is the only PR executive to be twice named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of the most influential technology leaders. He was a finalist in the 2000 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive international newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in April 2006 by Toronto-based media company CCN Matthews, and is now owned by OMERS Capital Partners, the private equity arm of a $41 billion pension fund. Marketwire employs more than 200 people and has annual revenues of more than $70 million, with offices in 12 cities. Marketwire serves more than 6,000 clients, including Bayer, HP, IBM, Merck, Symantec and Wal-Mart. Terpin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from SUNY at Buffalo and a dual bachelor degree in Newspaper Journalism and English Literature from Syracuse University. He serves as an advisor to SU’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he was inducted into its prestigious “Wall of Fame” in October 2000. Terpin is also a private investor and/or board member for several privately held technology start-up companies and trade associations. He has established several industry-related blogs, including Social Media World and CES Party List and he has published analysis, essays and reports on a variety of social media topics, including two case studies for Global PR Blog Week.  




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


Hosted By Michael Cayley, Director of Startup Grind Toronto

Hi I'm Michael Cayley, Founder of Cdling (pronounced "seedling"), a platform that builds trust between investors, startups and mentors. I'm also Founder of the Ontario Cross-border Technology Innovation Ecosystem (OCTIE) Study. I've been doing the startup grind my whole career across Canada, the US, in Europe and China over the years. I hope that helps add some value to this conversation!
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Global Partners

Google Cloud
Google Cloud Platform is offering developers $2,000 of credit to start building applications on Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine. App Engine is a full development stack (PaaS), and Compute Engine lets you run workloads on Linux virtual machines (IaaS). Apply to receive credit at and use verification code: sg-org.


Local Partners

Aird & Berlis LLP
Aird & Berlis LLP, a firm of 140 lawyers and rated the #1 Ontario regional law firm by Canadian Lawyer magazine, has worked with thousands of businesses, ranging from start-ups to major multinationals. It offers flat fee packages for startup companies.

Cdling Capital Services Inc.
Cdling is ratings agency that builds trust between investors, startups and experts.


Upcoming events you should attend!

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Waterloo hosts Leila Boujnane Tin Eye 24th of September 2013

Toronto hosts Anish Acharya Google Ventures 25th of September 2013

Toronto hosts George Babu OMERS Ventures 10th of October 2013

Washington DC hosts Paul Allen cofounder of 28th of October 2013

New York City hosts Matt Mullenweg WordPress, Automattic 20th of November 2013


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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  • Fawad K.

    How much is the fee and how to pay
    Fawad khan 416 999. 2433

    November 11, 2013

  • Blair L.

    Thanks so much for hosting this event Michael. I look forward to more networking events in the coming year. The discussion of how Michael (this time Terpin) when from journalist to entrepreneur was a fascinating story, and his anecdotes made for a wonderful time.

    November 6, 2013

  • Giselle

    Thank you Michael Cayley. Ive been casually following you since 2009 and it's time i send you a big ShoutOut. You're doing wonders for the Canadian startup industry. From the days when you were covering topics about social capital value methods ... its refreshing to see that you still practice what you preach.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Great evening. Amazing energy. Just a reminder, Startup Grind Toronto has been hustling for about 16 months now.

    To continue we need sponsorship support from the service providers, accelerator hubs and investors who benefit from the networking and a healthy startup community that needs outside perspectives.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Paul P.

    Thank you Michael Terpin for graciously sharing your wisdom and experience. Startup Grind Toronto hosts world class networking events.

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Murray M.

    It is always a pleasure to hear the back story of successful Entrepreneurs. Michael shared some great anecdotes that may edited out of the official video...

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Mike D. T.

    good to come out to the group and see Mr. Terpin share his story and tips on starting up - the energy was really good tonight.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Sina S.

    Excited about tonight! I am sure this will be as good as the previous event. I love to discuss, if you would like to contribute to a high-tech SaaS startup.

    We are looking for investors, mentors and growth superheros.

    Thank you Michael and Startup Grind for giving us this opportunity for networking.

    November 4, 2013

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    Wearable tech start up

    October 30, 2013

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