Startup Grind Silicon Valley Hosts Trip Hawkins (Electronic Arts, If You Can)


Trip Hawkins, Electronic Arts, If You Can

Trip Hawkins  is the founder of four interactive entertainment companies, including Electronic Arts (1982), The 3DO Company (1990), Digital Chocolate (2003), and most recently If You Can. Trip graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Strategy and Applied Game Theory. He then pursued his MBA at Stanford University. Hired after college as Apple Computer's director of marketing, officially the company's 68th employee, Hawkins began developing plans to create a software business that would eventually become Electronic Arts (EA). Hawkins founded the company in 1982, funding it with his own money. Recently he announced that he's started a new company called If You Can whose mission is to "support and empower children and parents to value and understand themselves and others. By doing so, we believe we can build a better world: for today and for our children tomorrow. We believe that by learning how to persevere through challenge, to feel and show empathy and to make responsible decisions, all of us can be better friends, learners, parents, mentors and citizens." If You Can is funded by Greylock, Andreessen Horowitz, Maveron, and Founder's Fund.        




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


Hosted By Derek Andersen, Founder and CEO of Startup Grind

Derek Andersen spent four years in product management at Electronic Arts working on games like the Godfather, Burnout, and Mirror's Edge. He left in 2009 to found Vaporware Labs, a company that has tried and failed many times, but successfully launched products like Startup Grind, Commonred, and Steve Young Football (iOS). He's also a contributing author for Techcrunch and Business Insider and lives in Palo Alto, California.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @derekjandersen


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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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  • Edgar G.

    Great event! Thanks Startup Grind Team for putting together another awesome event!

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Samuel C.


    1 · March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Schedule conflict. Hope to join next time.

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Sandeep

    I am looking for partners for my startup, if you are interested please email me to [masked] or see me at the event tonight. I am looking for Sr technical expert with machine learning and data mining background (python,php etc). Also looking for marketing/sales partner.

    January 15, 2014

  • Surya M.


    January 15, 2014

  • Evan L.

    I have 800+ team of developers working for me.
    Here to offer my services as a development powerhouse by offering development services at 1/3rd the cost in SF.

    January 14, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    New from Australia and looking forward to first meeting w Startup Grind.

    2 · January 14, 2014

  • Sanjay S.

    Awesome Events..Looking forward..

    I am Seeking Software Devl Oppr. Pls do connect

    1 · January 14, 2014

  • Denis D.

    Best pitch ever from Startup Grind SV...
    Looking forward to it!

    2 · January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, I look forward to meeting you there.

    January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, anybody driving from SFO and willing to offer a ride/car pool? Thanks in anticipation.

    January 8, 2014

  • Pamela

    Really looking forward to meeting exciting people that go after their dreams.

    January 8, 2014

  • gary

    Anyone driving from Marin of Sf. I live in Marin.--gary

    December 18, 2013

  • Jason G.

    Hi all,

    We're building a wearable device that tracks if you're getting drowsy and helps you stay alert, we just launched on Kickstarter this morning! Check it out at this link and help support us to make Vigo a reality!­ Hope to see you all at the next meetup.

    December 16, 2013

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