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Naushad Huda (Vincit, I Like This Grape)
THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW Join the Startup Grind Irvine, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, as we host Naushad Huda (, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder/CEO XTOPOLY ( that sold to Vincit ( Admission includes food, so please plan on arriving to munch & network. Naushad is a passionate entrepreneur, band and digital strategist. His self proclaimed 'thing' is understanding a company's business goals & customers, observing trends, and then creating digital solutions (product or services) that strengthen the relationship between brand and customer . His 9 year old strategy, UX/UI agency XTOPOLY was acquired June 2017 by Vincit. Vincit is a global 400+ person custom software and design studio. Based in Finland, public on Nasdaq, opened U.S. offices in Palo Alto and Irvine November 2016. Naushad has his passion project I LIKE THIS GRAPE (, a media company whose goal is to make wine relatable to modern consumers and part of culture. He also advises a couple of startups and is on the board for the American Advertising Federation. [Must be 18+ to attend] Agenda 6:00 pm: Mingle/Food/Drinks 7:00 pm: Fireside Chat 8:00 pm: Mingle 9:00 pm: Close/Thank You --- Speaker Naushad Huda - XTOPOLY, Vincit, I LIKE THIS GRAPE (Founder & CEO) Over the last 12yrs, Naushad quit his law firm job, founded & sold a multi-award winning digital strategy, UX/UI agency, presented & won the business of Fortune 200 customers (e.g. T-Mobile, Google, Yamaha), & received a number of professional awards. Along the way he learned how to observe, communicate with, & lead cross-functional teams to achieve business goals focused primarily on technology. Hosted By Jessica Acosta, Irvine Chapter Director A MBA graduate Pepperdine University with a concentration in New Ventures and Entrepreneurship; and a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor's of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Communications with a concentration in Advertising. Emily Barnes, Founder Over the course of her 20+ year career, Emily has helped a wide range of companies craft compelling and differentiated stories that engage the media and inspire action among their target audiences. In the early days of her career, she performed award-winning work at large global agencies for high-profile brands such as Yahoo!,, Nike, Nestlé, and General Motors. But as soon as she got the opportunity to work with an innovative online video startup in 2006, she never looked back. When Emily first started working with YouTube, the company operated out of a room above a pizza parlor in San Mateo, CA. Within a few months, she was involved in one of the biggest stories of 2006: Google’s $1.65 billion acquisition of the company. In addition to leading the day-to-day PR efforts for the online video leader, Emily provided internal communications support, strategic counsel to co-founders, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, and spearheaded a number of content marketing initiatives. She also helped craft the company narrative that inspired the “Best Inventions of 2006” and “2006 Person of the Year: You” stories in TIME Magazine. Seeing how influential a strategic PR program can be for the trajectory of a company led her to realize her passion for helping entrepreneurs, and ultimately led her to create Symphony PR & Marketing, Inc. in 2008 to serve the growing startup community. Emily also serves as an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton where she teaches a marketing research course. She also taught several upper division public relations courses at Loyola Marymount University, where she received her B.A. in Communication Studies. Emily also holds a M.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge and frequently serves as a moderator and panelist for startup-related events across Southern California. Elizabeth Tran, CEO Founded Polymetric Digital, a digital analytics consulting group, specializing in web analytics to understand consumer marketing on a deeper level. I'm a subject matter expert on how to use data to know your consumer - also an eLearning and in-person instructor for all things analytics. Previously worked for Disney ABC and Verizon Wireless as a digital analyst in ecommerce, content, and campaign strategies - along with being a USC Marshall graduate. Happy to be a part of Startup Grind OC to be more involved with the entrepreneurial community and connecting people to bring them closer to all-time success. YOUTUBE: Ash Kumra, Irvine Co-Director Ash Kumra is CEO of entrepreneur movement YOUNGRY™, author, national entrepreneur radio host, mindfulness coach, spoken to over 10,000 people and featured in Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post and Entrepreneur Magazine. He has been awarded by Linkedin a top business influencer and the White House twice as an entrepreneur making impact. TV credits include presenting for Sony TV”s global show “Meet The Drapers” starring venture capitalist Tim Draper. Ash is passionate about paying it forward and serves on several boards including UC Irvine’s Beall Center for Entrepreneurship, Startup Grind director and Newport Beach Foundation. Previously he worked with the White House, Case Foundation and other business leaders to help launch “Startup America” a public/private partnership that in total helped inform, educate and provide resources for thousands of businesses across America. --- Global Partner Google for Entrepreneurs ( Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Partners Eureka Building ( The Eureka ("U-re-ka") Building is a 3-acre campus style creative office and event space in Irvine, California. It was created to help foster innovation and creativity by giving technology and design companies in Orange County a home that is centrally located and easily accessed. California Creationz ( California Creationz we are here to serve you. We can cook a meal to your precise specifications. We use the freshest foods and then cook them in the healthiest manner that epitomizes the food quality that only we provide. If you would like your meal prepared a special way simply let us know. Our job is to ensure that you are provided with the meal you have envisioned. Devise Interactive ( Our world has become overwhelming with new & invasive content. The challenge to connect with your audiences in a purposeful approach is a must. We take pride in what we do, and our passion leads to innovative solutions that capture your audience’s attention, improve your brand’s perception, and collect meaningful connections increasing your brand value and customer loyalty. iNK ( Your new integrated networking kiosk and are here to help you network easier, faster and more efficiently! OC Startups Now ( The go-to place for coverage of OC's vibrant startup ecosystem Youngry ( We are a full-service digital agency built for delivering explosive growth for Millennials & Generation Z. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 450 cities and 120 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 ( --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW

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Startup Grind Irvine is decidated to growing and helping startups in the Orange County community. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.

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