A fireside chat on the importance of community in the startup ecosystem with Startup Grind Co-Founder Derek Andersen and Founder Institute Entrepreneur in Residence Chris Foltz

Startups & Community: Derek Andersen (Startup Grind, Bevy) & Chris Foltz (Founder Institute)

The idea of “community” isn’t a new thing. But how it’s being done is rapidly changing. We’re still scratching the surface of what community-led growth really entails. Consumers are moving away from a product-first mentality where it takes the spotlight and is advertised as something to buy and use. Many companies however are still trying to build product-centric communities. Today, people are looking for more than just a product. Purchases are becoming more of a reflection, an extension of who we are. Companies that enable their members, to resonate and reflect back on what their communities value is the future of growth.

Featuring: Derek Andersen, Chris Foltz, Jeni Chang, & Pete Biggam

About the Keynote Speaker: Derek Andersen For the past 15 years Derek has been building communities. Startup Grind – what started in his garage with a few people talking about their startups, helping each other and hanging out, grew into a 600 Chapter, 125 country community connecting, educating and inspiring entrepreneurs. He is the co-founder/CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies like Salesforce, Atlassian, Google, Snowflake, and Adobe create more meaningful and impactful community-driven businesses. Leading by example, Bevy has committed to radically reducing the racial inequality that exists in the tech industry. And closed their $40M Series C round with 40 new investors, of which, 30% are Women, 70% are Black and funded 20% of the round.

Moderated by: Chris Foltz, Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Founder Institute Chris Foltz is a renowned startup advisor, transformation strategist, inspirational speaker, and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley-based global advisory firm Responsible Solutions Ltd. In 2021 Foltz was named to the Institute for Real Growth’s prestigious ‘IRG100’, a cohort of the top 100 CMOs, change agents, and growth leaders worldwide. …And FI SF’s resident superhero.

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