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Startup Grind New York City Hosts Joel Spolsky (Stack Exchange)

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Joel Spolsky, Stack Exchange

Joel Spolsky is the founder and CEO of Stack Exchange, a network of 127 question and answer websites including Stack Overflow, the #1 site for developers to ask and answer programming questions.

Joel is a globally recognized expert on software development and is known by developers around the world for his website Joel on Software. In 2000, he founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers, including Trello, which recently spun out into its own company.

Previously, Joel worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. He has written three books, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007) and worked as a contributing editor for Inc. magazine.

Joel graduated from Yale University with a computer science degree. Before college, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper and helped found Kibbutz Hanaton.


6:30 Networking w/ Food & Drinks
7:00 Fireside Chat w/ Joel Spolsky
8:00 Mix & Mingle Afterparty

Hosted By Peter Crysdale, New York City Chapter Director

Peter is the Founder/CEO of StrategyHack (, running marketing strategy hackathons for startups and professional marketers. He has a diverse background with 8+ years experience spanning engineering, social good and technology startups. In his spare time, he enjoys day dreaming and cross country skiing.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @PCrysdale (

Hosted By Joshua Ness, Director of Marketing & Operations

Josh is a growth strategist in the New York City startup community. He used to produce global events for the likes of Microsoft. Now he helps marketing teams learn to think like startups.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @jcness (

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StrategyHack ( teaches marketers to be leaders in problem-solving and strategy development through a live-action, hands-on workshop with real startups.

Justworks ( frees entrepreneurs to focus on their business and their team. Its simple platform automates HR, payments, benefits, and government paperwork while saving companies up to 30% on healthcare. Headquartered in New York City, Justworks is funded by Bain Capital Ventures, Thrive Capital and Index Ventures. Learn more at

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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 150 cities and 65 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 (