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Startup Grind Washington DC Hosts Alex Hawkinson (cofounder of SmartThings)

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Alex Hawkinson, cofounder of SmartThings

Alex Hawkinson (cofounder and CEO of SmartThings) is an entrepreneur and thought leader in the emerging “Internet of Things” space. Alex believes that the Physical Graph represents the next major phase of the Internet that will create revolutionary change in every facet of life from the home to the office to the gym. Prior to founding SmartThings, Alex has spent the past 15 years in leadership positions with cloud-based technology companies. Most recently, he was Chief Product Officer of ReachLocal, a global provider of online marketing solutions for small and medium sized businesses that acquired SMBLive, a cloud-based software company that Alex founded in 2005. Come hear Alex talk about topics that will cover crowdfunding, prototyping, leveraging social media and press, Internet of Things trends, dctech, and much much more.


6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 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: | Twitter: @brianbpark (

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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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