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The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding.

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StartupGrind On Tour: We are hosted by Jan Bednar at ShipMonk.

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-ft-lauderdale-presents-startupgrind-on-tour-we-are-hosted-by-jan-bednar-at-shipmonk/ As a reminder this event has been rescheduled. If you need a refund please email [masked]  Thank you. Who: Jan Bednar, CEO of ShipMonk What: Facilities Tour and Fireside Chat Where: ShipMonk HQ | 201 NW 22nd Ave. | Fort Lauderdale When: Wednesday March 18th, from 6:00-9:00 pm We are extremely excited to host our March Fireside Chat with Jan Bednar at ShipMonk, as part of our 2020 initiative to bring amazing experiences to our Chapter members. What is Startup Grind On Tour?  Startup Grind On Tour is a Fireside Chat on steroids. Instead of hosting entrepreneurs at our regular venue, we bring you to the entrepreneurs facilities where you can experience their trials, tribulations and triumphs in person. We pick thriving local startups led by inspiring entrepreneurs and bring you right into the actual experience of running the company.  ShipMonk is one such thriving company defying the odds in our own Broward backyard. ShipMonk is revolutionizing the world of eCommerce by providing multi-channel fulfillment and inventory management solutions for today’s global economy. By combining advanced inventory, warehouse, and order management technology with exemplary customer service, we facilitate next-level growth for small to medium-sized businesses. Since its start in 2015, ShipMonk has grown to over $65 million in revenue in 2019 and currently employs over 650 people between its Prague engineering office, Florida, California and Pennsylvania warehouses. ShipMonk was also named one of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in the US in both 2018 and 2019.  Jan Bednar's story is nothing if not one of the most inspiring entrepreneurial journeys. From humble beginnings growing up in the Czech Republic to inclusion in Forbes’ vaunted 30 Under 30 list, Jan Bednar’s entrepreneurial journey has been a dynamic one. By the age of seventeen, he moved to the United States in pursuit of the American dream. Shortly after moving to the States, Jan became everybody’s new best friend back home because he had access to American brands and products that didn’t ship internationally. The demand for American brands was so high that Jan turned these favors into a profitable business, ultimately winning a pair of business plan awards while attending Florida Atlantic University. Following his graduation in 2014, Jan propelled his package forwarding business even further by going through Tech Runway’s accelerator program. While attending Tech Runway and learning more about the antiquated shipping industry, Jan identified an opportunity to work directly with eCommerce companies and launched ShipMonk to focus on revolutionizing the order fulfillment industry. We will ask Jan about: His experience moving to the States as a budding entrepreneur Building Bedabox and winning FAU business plan competitions Attending Tech Runway and it's impact on his success Growing ShipMonk 8000% in the span of a few years Managing multiple teams in global locations  Implementing his technology-driven fulfillment solutions vision ShipMonk’s first SaaS product for eCommerce businesses His personal inspiration and management style His future plans and lessons learned. The ShipMonk Startup Program Tour Restrictions: No open-toe shoes No pictures Warehouse video  Buy your ticket today! Due to touring restrictions, this event tickets have limited availability. Agenda 6:00 PM: Welcome & Networking Light dinner and refreshments will be served. 6:30 PM: Facilities Tour ShipMonk HQ Tour. 7:30 PM: Fireside Chat Chat with ShipMonk CEO Jan Bednar. 8:00 PM: Q&A with Jan Ask Jan your burning questions. 8:30 PM: Wrap Up Final announcements & Networking. --- Speaker Jan Bednar - ShipMonk (CEO) Jan Bednar is the CEO and founder of ShipMonk, one of America's fastest-growing fulfillment centers. Jan started his entrepreneurship journey at age 17 when he immigrated from Czech Republic to Florida to pursue his college education. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, Jan founded what is known today as ShipMonk, a technology-driven, eCommerce fulfillment and logistics company. Host Marc Lissade - Startup Broward (Executive Director) Marc is a web developer and digital marketing expert with more than a decade of small business consulting under his belt. Marc also holds multiple degrees in finance, computer science, marketing and management. Marc’s drive to spread the innovation gospel far and wide is instructed by his extensive experience as a startup founder consultant and entrepreneur. --- Presenting Office Depot (https://www.officedepot.com) Office Depot, Inc. is an American office supply retailing company headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, United States. The company has combined annual sales of approximately $11 billion, and employs about 38,000 associates with businesses in the United States Partners ShipMonk (https://shipmonk.com) ShipMonk operates with one clear principle: leveraging technology to provide a one-stop-shop service for eCommerce companies. From inventory management to supply chain optimization, the end result of this tech revolution in order fulfillment is a cloud-controlled global supply chain for eCommerce businesses of all sizes. ShipMonk currently employs over 650 people between its Prague engineering office, Florida, California and Pennsylvania warehouses. Startup Broward (http://startupbroward.org) Startup Broward is a county-wide organization dedicated to supporting and expanding the Broward Startup Ecosystem by coordinating efforts between both public and private sector organizations and local entrepreneurs as well as spurring local economic growth through innovation boosting initiatives. Startup Digest Fort Lauderdale-Broward County (https://www.startupdigest.com/digests/broward-county) Techstars Startup digest Fort Lauderdale/Broward County is the ultimate curated newsletter of the most dynamic local startup events, startups and people. Every other week, they feature key upcoming startup events, highlight an outstanding startup and profile a notable ecosystem achiever. If you want to keep your fingers on the pulse of our growing startup ecosystem, you want to join their mailing list. You can also submit your startup or your event inclusion consideration for upcoming releases. Product Hunt South Florida Product Hunt surfaces the best new products, every day. It's a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations. Product Hunt Pitch Night was designed with one idea in mind: Collaboration breeds innovation. We meet every other month to accomplish this goal. Join us as we feature some of the stars of the startup scene in South Florida. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 600 cities and 125+ 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 StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind. --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-ft-lauderdale-presents-startupgrind-on-tour-we-are-hosted-by-jan-bednar-at-shipmonk/

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