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Anthony Palizzi is VP of sales and business development at AllSource Analysis in Littleton and chapter director of Startup Grind Denver, a volunteer position he's held since September 2013.
He is also managing director and CEO of eIntero, a Denver software solution provider.
Palizzi has also held executive positions at Accela, Woolpert Inc. and CH2M Hill.
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs, which now includes 100,000 entrepreneurs in 150 cities in 65 nations.
Q: How did you come to be the director of the Denver Startup Grind chapter?
A: I was initially introduced to Startup Grind by my partner who sent me an email about it. After reviewing the email and going to startupgrind.com to learn more about their mission, I contacted Derek Anderson, co-founder of Startup Grind. After my conversation with Derek, I was sold. I became the Director in October of 2013. I feel privileged to be part of the Startup Grind family. It's been great!
Q: Tell us a little about Startup Grind's history and why you believe it has spread across the globe.
A: Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 160 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 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.
Startup Grind was started by Derek Andersen and Spencer Nielsen in February 2010 in a small office in Mountain View, Calif. The original goal to bring together friends who would help each other has spread across the world.
At Startup Grind, we aim to build a connected network of vibrant startup communities to help fuel innovation, economic growth and prosperity at the local level. While Startup Grind was founded in Palo Alto, our extended network of Startup Grind chapters are located in some of the most entrepreneur-friendly cities and startup ecosystems around the world including Denver, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Sydney, Singapore, Melbourne and more with dozens of new chapters launching in the coming months.
See more at http://www.startupgrind.com
Q: You are a startup entrepreneur, having been involved in eight startups and the founder of two. What is it about Startup Grind that you find useful to startups?
A: The most useful thing I find about Startup Grind is that they practice what they preach. The mantra at Startup Grind is Give, Don't Take, Make Friends, Not Make Contacts, and Help Each Other, Not Help Yourself. The people I have met at Startup Grind have made a big impact on me, as well as others I have spoken with over the last year and a half. To be a part of an ecosystem that is worldwide and filled with remarkable people willing to honestly help you is awesome. If you attend an event, you will be inspired, you will become more educated, and you will connect with other entrepreneurs. You have a worldwide ecosystem of entrepreneurs to access. The Startup scene in Colorado is awesome and we need to keep it vibrant and ensure its continued growth. Startup Grind helps to accomplish this.
Q: Why should Denver area entrepreneurs join Startup Grind, and what are the "nuts-and-bolts" of being a member, i.e., how often does it meet, where does it meet, what does it cost to be a member?
A: The main reason why people in Denver, and all over Colorado, should participate in Startup Grind, is we truly deliver. I have experienced it every month at our events. There has not been an event where someone didn't come up to me and said they learned something they did not know, they met a friend(s), they were able to help someone, they were very inspired by the speaker, they found their passion, they were energized, and the list goes on. The speakers have been awesome and the people attending are truly engaged. You have to experience it!
We meet every second Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at Galvanize (Denver Golden Triangle location) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. From 6 - 7 there is networking (food and beverage provided), 7 - 7:45 is the fireside chat (the main event) and 7:45 - 9 is more connecting. There is no "membership," you just register to attend the event at Startup Grind Denver (www.startupgrind.com/Denver). The only thing we ask is that you tell all your friends, family, colleagues and fellow entrepreneurs, sign up for our newsletter by going to www.startupgrind.com/Denver, Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SUGDenver) and Follow Us on Twitter (@StartupGrindDEN). Come and be inspired, educated and connect!
Q: Are there other Colorado cities with Startup Grind chapters, and how easy is it to start a chapter?
A: At this time, the Denver Chapter is covering all of Colorado. We are exploring ways to serve other cities in Colorado through possible sub-chapters. There will be more information on this topic in the months ahead. If you are interested in Startup Grind in your city, please contact me at [email protected]