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Startup Grind Washington DC Hosts Paul Allen (cofounder of

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Paul Allen, cofounder of

Paul Allen (not to be confused with Microsoft's Paul G Allen) is the cofounder of ( (NASDAQ:ACOM) which is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world with revenues of $400 million and 1,000 employees worldwide. It operates a network of genealogical and historical record websites focused on the United States and nine foreign countries, develops and markets genealogical software, and offers a wide array of genealogical related services. He has founded and has been a board member for many other startups and non-profit organizations including , FamilyLink (, Funium (,, ( and More Good Foundation ( He is now a Strengths Evangelist with Gallup helping take StrengthsFinder 2.0 ( which is a tool to understand your passion for Strengths and find ways to support you in everything you do including for startups founders.

Paul has the special distinction in the startup world of acquiring more than 1 million users faster than Pinterest, Dropbox and even Facebook and Twitter!!! He did it in a mere 140 days. You need to be at this fireside chat to hear how he did it!

We will discuss topics around passion/strengths driving your idea, worklife balance, taking a niche idea into main stream, branding, scaling, and much much more. Hear from this serial entrepreneur on his journey in taking concepts of what seemed to be small niched ideas into a main stream phenomenons that captured millions of paying users. @paulballen


6:30 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking

Hosted By Brian Park, Washington DC Chapter Director

Over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. Experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise collaborative web products and services. Has started three previous startups, including one that had $17 million in revenues. Previously worked for AOL and Merrill Lynch. Is a CMUer.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @brianbpark (

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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 (