Startup Grind launches Charleston chapter

Staff Report
Published March 27, 2013

A startup community with Silicon Valley roots has launched a chapter in Charleston.

Startup Grind, in partnership with Google Entrepreneurs, is designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs. Successful entrepreneurs in the area will work with local startups at these events. The first will be held Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. at 151 Meeting St.

Executives of tech companies and entrepreneurs will share their stories and support to assist and inspire other tech professionals and startups.

Mitchell Davis, who founded BookSurge in 2000, will be the first speaker at the Startup Grind in Charleston tomorrow. BookSurge allows authors to self-publish books, manuscripts and other literary works. In 2005, BookSurge was acquired by Amazon.

Amazon quickly integrated BookSurge as part of its global services platform and renamed the company CreateSpace, which then became a global print-on-demand and publishing services company.

After two years in senior management at Amazon, Mitchell returned to Charleston where he then co-founded BiblioLabs with his partners. BiblioLabs has helped libraries digitally store, manage, and make their literary works and other media available to their patrons.

Startup Grind was founded in a small office in Mountain View, Calif., in 2010 by Derek Andersen and Spencer Nielsen. The original goal of Startup Grind was to bring together friends who would help each other in the tech community. Startup Grind now spans 85 cities and 35 countries and includes over 60,000 entrepreneurs.

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