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Startup Grind Marin Launch – Inaugural Fireside Chat & Holiday Party!

  • VenturePad 1020 B Street San Rafael CA 94901 USA (map)


Fireside Chat w/ EQUATOR COFFEE CEO/Co-founder Helen Russell; & Holiday Party!!

Please join us for our Marin Startup Grind Inaugural Fireside Chat and Holiday Party for Startup Grinders and VenturePad members!

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After a 3 year hiatus for a Startup Grind presence in Marin, we are launching Marin's own chapter of Startup Grind! We'll have a Fireside Chat with national award-winning EQUATOR COFFEE's CEO/Co-founder Helen Russell, followed by an End of the Year Holiday Party!

6p to 6:20 — Informal meet & greet networking
6:20 to 6:30 — Brief intro of Startup Grind & VenturePad
6:30-7p — Fireside Chat with CEO/Co-founder Helen Russell
7-8:30 — Holiday Party
Helen Russell - EQUATOR COFFEES & TEAS (CEO/Co-founder)
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer As a co-founder and CEO, Helen leads Equator forward. Under her leadership for more than 23 years, Equator has grown from a small roaster and wholesale supplier into a national brand known for its values–driven approach, award-winning coffee and impactful action around issues of environmentally sustainable and economic empowerment.

Host/Chapter director
Alejandro Moreno S. - VenturePad (Co-founder / VP Marketing & Operations), Organizer for the Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference & advisory board member. Formerly managed Venture Greenhouse accelerator. Marin CleanTech Summit & Finance Your Business Summit co-chair. MBA in Sustainable Enterprise with a Wine Industry focus. Critical & Systemic Thinker. Marin resident since 1977.
Global Partner — Google for Startups (
Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ 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 (