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Startup Grind Philadelphia Hosts Manu Gambhir (Thrive Gaming)


Manu Gambhir, Thrive Gaming

Manu Gambhir is an 18+ year experienced online gaming executive who has built and sold several online casino ventures where he was involved in every detail - from technology, game design, game math, compliance, marketing, staffing, recruiting and finance. Most recently he built Facebook’s first game where players could win real cash and prizes in a sweepstakes format. This company, Ryzing, was purchased in June 2012 by RockYou Inc. - a prominent Silicon Valley gaming firm.

Prior to founding Ryzing, Gambhir ran Cantor Fitzgerald’s online gaming business in the United Kingdom, a role he assumed when Cantor bought his prior online gaming business, Kismet International. Cantor Casino offered players a wide range of online casino, poker and financial betting games.

Prior to Cantor’s acquisition, Kismet built and marketed Harrods Online Casino targeting the UK market and running on Kismet's proprietary gaming platform which was rated as best in its class by a leading global consulting firm.

Gambhir graduated in 1990 from the Wharton School's Management & Technology program where he received degrees in computer science engineering and entrepreneurial management.  He is passionate about games, technology and building great teams!




6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking


Hosted By Mike Maher, Philadelphia Chapter Director

Formerly a Naval Officer, Mike is real estate and technology entrepreneur.  He's passionate about building companies with amazing people and creating as much value and impact as possible.  Mike is a graduate of the Naval Academy where he played varsity soccer, and he has an MBA from the Villanova School of Business in Real Estate, Finance, and International Business.  Currently, Mike is the Co-Founder & CEO of Benjamin’s Desk, Philly's premier shared office and coworking space for mobile professionals, entrepreneurs, and startups.  Along with his wife Jennifer, Mike recently launched FirstBase, a startup real estate brokerage that helps match startups with the best office brokers and then powers them with discounted services when they find their home.  As the Co-Founder of RealComps, a real estate technology startup, Mike recently pivoted the model in an effort to disrupt the residential real estate industry with his new startup Houwzer, where he is the Co-Founder & CEO.  A lover of all things Philly, Mike is looking to bring his "real estate-tech" portfolio to a city near you. LinkedIn | Twitter | Email  
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Global Partners

Google for Entrepreneurs Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.


Local Partners

Benjamin's Desk The Epicenter of Innovation in Philadelphia. Benjamin's Desk is Philadelphia's Premier Shared Office and Coworking Space for Mobile Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Startups.

Uber Everyone's Private Driver. Uber is your on-demand private driver. Request a ride any time using our iPhone and Android apps.

Pretzel Crisps Rethink Your Pretzel! Pretzel Crisps are a modern twist on an old favorite. They combine the best part of the pretzel - all the flavor and crunch - but lighter, crispier and more versatile than ever before.

Delphia Entertainment Delphia Entertainment is an independent film company that produces unique and creative feature films along with offering videography and photography services for public or private events, commercials, and features an in house editing studio.

Neuro Neuro Drinks are surprisingly low cal and full of the healthiest and most efficacious vitamins and minerals. Artificial flavors and colors don’t work for us and neither should they for you, so we don’t allow them in our drinks.

SliCE Pizza SliCE is an award-winning Trenton style pie. We focus on pizza - not wings or sticks or rings. And it's so fresh, we don't even own a freezer - For The Love of Pizza!


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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 50 cities and 20 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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