Past Meetup

Startup Grind Ottawa Hosts Justin Mares (Traction Book)

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30 people went

Price: $15.00 /per person
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Justin Mares, Traction Book

Justin is an entrepreneur and co-author of Traction: A Startup's Guide To Getting Customers (

Justin will share actionable tactics based on his two (acquired companies) and from more than the 40 interviews with top entrepreneurs and startups that make up the book.

He's currently the Director of Revenue and Growth at Exceptional Cloud Services, the company behind (, ( and RedisToGo ( (it was recently acquired by Rackspace).

Previously, he founded RoommateFit and was accepted into Pittsburgh’s startup accelerator, Alphalab ( He was also an early founder of CloudFab (acquired in February 2012), a company that offered manufacturing as a web service using 3D printing.


6:30 Networking and Food
7:30 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking

Hosted By Franco Varriano, Startup Grind Ottawa Director

Franco's been an entrepreneur since the age of 11. After working overseas during university, he returned to work in the NGO, public and private sectors building web and mobile programs. He's been actively involved in helping and organizing various Ottawa events to make the city a better place. He's currently leading content and growth with, the online destination for interactive and helpful guides.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @francovarriano (

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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 100 cities and 42 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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