Startup Grind NYC Hosts Tien Tzuo (Zuora)

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Tien Tzuo is the founder and CEO of Zuora (NYSE: ZUO). Beginning in 2007, Tzuo evangelized the shift to subscription-based business models coining the phrase “Subscription Economy.” In an effort to empower this new economy, Tzuo spent 10 years building an award-winning subscription management platform capable of powering any subscription business, and to solve the complex billing structures they inherit. Before Zuora, Tzuo was one of the 'original forces' at Salesforce, joining as employee number 11. In his 9 years at Salesforce [masked]), Tzuo built its original billing system, later serving as chief marketing officer [masked]), and chief strategy officer [masked]). He now holds a patent for the on-demand application abilities key to Zuora’s proprietary SaaS platform.

Tzuo is the author of the USA Today, LA Times and Amazon best selling book, “SUBSCRIBED: Why the Subscription Model Will be Your Company's Future - and What to Do About It,” and a sought after speaker by the world’s largest companies to present his definitive playbook for thriving in this new business era.

As the world's foremost authority on the Subscription Economy, Tien has been on the cover of Forbes AI, profiled in stories by Forbes, Fortune and the Wall Street Journal, and interviewed live on CNBC, Mad Money and Sky TV. Tzuo was named Entrepreneur of the Year by EY in 2016, CEO of the Year by The Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2018, and a CMO of the Year finalist by the CMO Council and BusinessWeek Magazine while at Salesforce. He has spoken at the G-20 Summit, Web Summit, Dell World, SaaStr and more.

Tzuo holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he is a regular presenter in the classroom. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Network for Good and Sailthru. 


6:30 PM: Check-in and grab some food & drink

7:00 PM: Fireside chat w/ Tien Tzuo

8:00 PM: Community drinks and networking



Tien Tzuo - Zuora (Founder/CEO)

Tien Tzuo is the CEO of Zuora (NYSE: ZUO), the leading subscription management platform company, which he founded after 11 years at Salesforce, having served as the company’s chief marketing officer and chief strategy officer. He is the author of the USA Today, LA Times and Amazon best selling book, “SUBSCRIBED: Why the Subscription Model Will be Your Company's Future - and What to Do About It."

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Peter Crysdale, New York City Director

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Joshua Ness, New York City Co-Director

Josh is co-director at Startup Grind NYC and is a 5G Labs Manager with Verizon. He works with enterprise, startups, and academic teams to drive innovation around 5G. He also works to educate, inspire, and connect the dots for businesses interested in moving forward with emerging technology.

John Matson, New York City Co-Director

John is the Managing Director of Voyager HQ, a club for travel innovators that brings together startup founders, investors, and corporate partners in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. John also cohosts 5to9, a podcast inspiring people for a conversation on how they fulfill their passions with creative projects outside their 9to5 jobs. John is a lover of music, art, and film, and a design and programming enthusiast.


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