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Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs globally in partnership with Google for Startups.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding.

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Learn how to fund your startup without a VC or Angel from BJ Lackland, CEO Light

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-seattle-presents-learn-how-to-fund-your-startup-without-a-vc-or-angel-from-bj-lackland-ceo-lighter-capital/ Lighter Capital is a fintech company that has raised $26 million in venture capital and $120 million in capital to fund startups. It has been on the Inc 5000 fastest-growing companies in the US for four consecutive years. Lighter is revolutionizing startup finance by offering a new funding path for early-stage tech companies. An entrepreneur’s two greatest constraints are time and money, and Lighter has developed technology to fund companies quickly and easily, providing up to $3 million per company in a fraction of the time it typically takes to raise funding. Startups typically need to raise millions of dollars from VCs to qualify for loans and lines of credit, but with Lighter Capital they can get financing without selling equity to VCs. BJ has spent more than 20 years on both sides of the table of small business financing, including time as a VC and angel investor, the CFO of a public technology company, and an executive at startup technology companies. BJ received an MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, an MA in International Studies (China Studies) from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Claremont McKenna College. Agenda 5:30 PM: Networking and Food 6:15 PM: Fireside Chat 7:30 PM: Networking --- Speaker BJ Lackland - Lighter Capital (CEO) BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital, is an expert with alternative methods of finance for Startups. Lighter Capital has developed an entrepreneur-friendly funding model and provided over 600 rounds of financing to startups. BJ has learned about alternative ways to finance a startup from an operator, investor and financing expert. He will be sharing all he has learned in the last 20 years. Host Mike Grabham - Esidarap Inc (CEO/Founder) Mike by nature, is a fearless leader. He consults with founders on launching new software and hardware products. He is a curious start up guy that has been delivering revenue, new products and creative marketing in startup and turnaround chaos for 20+ years. He is a six time founder and is constantly learning by helping smart people change industries and searching for the perfect glass of wine. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Sponsors Recruiting Bandwidth (https://www.recruitingbandwidth.com) Recruiting Bandwidth, founded in 2012 to manage recruiting for startups, building their brands and talent pipelines. They've evolved into a full-service recruiting strategy and talent management firm and offer clients a proven, cost-effective approach to elevating recruiting as a function within their companies and to find the right people to meet growth goals. In 2019, they expanded services to include HR and Finance strategy support on compensation, setup of payroll, benefits and accounting. Partner Create 33 (http://www.create33.co) Create33 is an entrepreneurial center for tech startups who want resources and support to build successful businesses. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ 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 StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind. --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-seattle-presents-learn-how-to-fund-your-startup-without-a-vc-or-angel-from-bj-lackland-ceo-lighter-capital/

Startup Grind hosts Chris Devore Managing Partner of Founders' Co-op

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-seattle-presents-startup-grind-hosts-chris-devore-managing-partner-of-founders-co-op/ Chris DeVore is Managing Partner of Founders’ Co-op, the Pacific Northwest's leading seed-stage venture capital fund, and Managing Director of Techstars Seattle, the region’s most selective startup accelerator. Between these two roles Chris has helped over 200 Pacific Northwest startups raise over $1.5 billion in investor capital. Previously a co-founder of Adjacency (acquired by Sapient, NASDAQ: SAPE) and Judy's Book (backed by Mobius VC and Ignition Partners), Chris also launched Patagonia's first online store and led product and business strategy teams at AT&T and McCaw Cellular Communications. As a community volunteer, Chris co-chaired the City of Seattle’s Economic Development Commission, partnered with the University of Washington to create Startup Hall (a commercial innovation space located on the UW Campus), and is a current Board member of Friends of Waterfront Seattle (a non-profit helping to transform Seattle’s downtown waterfront after the Viaduct comes down). Chris attended Yale and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Agenda 5:30 PM: Networking and Food 6:15 PM: Fireside Chat 7:30 PM: Networking --- Speaker Chris DeVore - Founders Co-op (Managing Partner) Chris DeVore is Managing Partner of Founders’ Co-op, the Pacific Northwest's leading seed-stage venture capital fund, and just recently stepped down as Managing Director of Techstars Seattle, the region’s most selective startup accelerator. Between these two roles Chris has helped over 200 Pacific Northwest startups raise over $1.5 billion in investor capital. He helps founders a lot!!! Host Mike Grabham - Esidarap Inc (CEO/Founder) Mike by nature, is a fearless leader. He consults with founders on launching new software and hardware products. He is a curious start up guy that has been delivering revenue, new products and creative marketing in startup and turnaround chaos for 20+ years. He is a six time founder and is constantly learning by helping smart people change industries and searching for the perfect glass of wine. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Sponsors Recruiting Bandwidth (https://www.recruitingbandwidth.com) Recruiting Bandwidth, founded in 2012 to manage recruiting for startups, building their brands and talent pipelines. They've evolved into a full-service recruiting strategy and talent management firm and offer clients a proven, cost-effective approach to elevating recruiting as a function within their companies and to find the right people to meet growth goals. In 2019, they expanded services to include HR and Finance strategy support on compensation, setup of payroll, benefits and accounting. Partner Create 33 (http://www.create33.co) Create33 is an entrepreneurial center for tech startups who want resources and support to build successful businesses. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ 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 StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-seattle-presents-startup-grind-hosts-chris-devore-managing-partner-of-founders-co-op/

Startup Grind hosts Matt Oppenheimer CEO, Founder Remitly

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-seattle-presents-startup-grind-hosts-matt-oppenheimer-ceo-founder-remitly/ The inspiration behind Remitly came when Matt was working for Barclays in Kenya and saw how difficult it was to send and receive money overseas. Matt was drawn to the global impact his business could have: remittances eclipse foreign aid in improving global wealth equality and give people who receive them upward mobility. He began working on the problem immediately as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Highway 12 Ventures in Idaho and launched the company from Techstars in Seattle. Matt was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 in the Pacific Northwest and has been recognized as a Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree for his work with Remitly. He holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College. Agenda 5:30 PM: Networking and Food 6:15 PM: Fireside Chat 7:30 PM: Networking --- Speaker Matt Oppenheimer - Remitly (Co Founder, CEO) Matt, the co-founder, CEO of Remitly, the largest independent digital money transmitter in the USA, whose customers transfer more than $6 billion annually. Remitly is disrupting the broken $588 billion remittance industry with its mobile-first money transfer service that is easy, affordable and secure. To date, Remitly has raised more than $150 million from leading venture capital firms. Host Mike Grabham - Esidarap Inc (CEO/Founder) Mike by nature, is a fearless leader. He consults with founders on launching new software and hardware products. He is a curious start up guy that has been delivering revenue, new products and creative marketing in startup and turnaround chaos for 20+ years. He is a six time founder and is constantly learning by helping smart people change industries and searching for the perfect glass of wine. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Sponsors Recruiting Bandwidth (https://www.recruitingbandwidth.com) Recruiting Bandwidth, founded in 2012 to manage recruiting for startups, building their brands and talent pipelines. They've evolved into a full-service recruiting strategy and talent management firm and offer clients a proven, cost-effective approach to elevating recruiting as a function within their companies and to find the right people to meet growth goals. In 2019, they expanded services to include HR and Finance strategy support on compensation, setup of payroll, benefits and accounting. Partner Create 33 (http://www.create33.co) Create33 is an entrepreneurial center for tech startups who want resources and support to build successful businesses. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ 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 StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-seattle-presents-startup-grind-hosts-matt-oppenheimer-ceo-founder-remitly/

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