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Startup Grind Sacramento Hosts Mike Hart (Sierra Energy)


Mike Hart, Sierra Energy

Successful entrepreneur and visionary, Mike Hart, is an articulate and engaging speaker who’s been invited to speak at the White House, the Pentagon,Industry and Greentech Conferences, to name a few. Mike is the President and CEO of Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company he founded in 2004. Mr. Hart also serves as the CEO of the Sierra Railroad Company, providing passenger and freight rail service, heavy construction, and industrial logistics.

Prior to acquiring Sierra Railroad, Mike  acted as a management consultant with clients such as FMC, NASA (Mars Mission), TRW, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, GM, and worked with Steve Jobs on a DOD project at NeXT. Mr. Hart has also created a variety of software tools for the predictive analysis of future weapon systems for the Department of Defense. Mr. Hart is a graduate of U.C. Davis, where he frequently lectures


6:00 Networking, Food and Live Music
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By Rich Foreman, Director of Startup Grind Sacramento

Sacramento Chapter Director   Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Rich Foreman is the founding director of the Sacramento Chapter of Startup Grind.  In his day job, Rich is the CEO of Apptology.  He leads Apptology with 20 years of experience in leadership, engineering, mobile application development and sales. Rich has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, an MPA from Troy State University and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Rich recently co-authored his first book, “Tap into the Mobile Economy." His blog has been listed in the top 20 Mobile Marketing Blogs of 2014.  He has been featured on KCRA3, NEWS10, Tech AM PowerDriveSiliconIndia, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the Sacramento Bee.
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The Urban Hive offers creatives, entrepreneurs, and start-ups shared workspaces, private offices, meeting rooms, conference rooms, a shared kitchen, blazing wifi, and french-pressed coffee, as well as regular networking, educational, and entertainment events.

The Urban Hive

The Uptown Studios crew is known for being creative, dedicated and enthusiastic. Started by Tina Reynolds in 1992, Uptown Studios is now at the top of its game with a full team of creative professionals ready to help you change your world. Tina has always led by example with her fiery enthusiasm and eagerness to take challenges head-on. She promotes a happy, healthy work environment where each team member is valued and encouraged to be involved in community activities and causes they are passionate about.

Uptown Studios

DLA Piper became one of the largest business law firms in the world in 2005 through a merger of unprecedented scope in the legal sector. We were built to serve clients wherever in the world they do business - quickly, efficiently and with genuine knowledge of both local and international considerations. Whether our clients require seamless coordination across multiple jurisdictions or delivery in a single location, they can count on us to deliver the right service and solutions.

DLA Piper

Bosley Business Law (BBL) focuses on M&A, financing, securities, technology and other business transactions. We are experienced in day to day corporate governance matters, franchising and equity incentive compensation. Previously, Douglas Bosley, BBL's founder, spent more than a decade as a corporate attorney at some of the world's largest law firms managing deals in the hundreds of millions of dollars and working with cutting-edge startups. Douglas has brought that experience to BBL, where his passion for clients and the small firm platform allow BBL to serve clients and the community on a very personal and dedicated level.

Bosley Business Law

Based in Sacramento, Apptology can develop on all mobile platforms include iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile. We can also develop any back-end infrastructure needed to support your app. With over 350 apps in our portfolio, our clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500.


Moneta Ventures is a venture capital firm based in Folsom, CA that invests in early stage companies. We invest in early stage companies in the software and cloud services, IT services, and internet and consumer services sectors.

Moneta Ventures

Three Ventures is an agile digital marketing agency founded in Roseville. We help you create, execute, and manage ROI focused digital marketing strategies. Three Ventures holds industry partnerships with Google, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, and Amazon. Core services include: Web analytics consulting (Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics) Mobile app analytics consulting (Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics, Mixpanel) Search engine marketing (SEO, Google Adwords, Bing Ads) Web development & design (Websites, Applications, Mobile) Social media marketing (Strategy, Management, Advertising, and Analytics) Email marketing (Design, Analytics, Management) For more information visit our website or schedule a free consultation today!

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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 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.

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