We are a team of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and mentors who strongly believe in the power of entrepreneurship and innovation. We’ve witnessed, firsthand, the inefficiencies of the emerging innovation marketplace. So we've partnered with software architects, engineers, and creatives on a mission to connect entrepreneurs with leading enterprises to help scale innovation and develop solutions to big problems.
Founder and CEO
Peter is the Founder and CEO of Startgrid where he focuses on working with a great team to set the vision for Startgrid and build the best software available for enterprise innovation teams. Peter has spent 20 years as both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist helping early-stage entrepreneurs seed and build their businesses. His experience includes being a General Partner at Allegis Capital, where he worked with more than 30 large enterprises on their external innovation programs. Peter is passionate about social entrepreneurship and has advised organizations such as the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, PATH.org, and the Tech Awards. He has a BS from Tufts University and an MBA from UCLA. Ask Peter about parenting 3 kids and the Australian Outback.
Gabby leads Customer Success at Startgrid, where she ensures the retention and growth of our customer portfolio. As a trusted advisor to our customers, Gabby helps them realize maximum value from our platform. Gabby has over 15 years of experience building entrepreneurial ecosystems and managing programs in social entrepreneurship and impact investing. This includes developing and managing Pacific Community Ventures’ Business Advising Program and scouting the globe for social innovators for Social Capital Markets (SOCAP). Gabby has a BA from San Francisco State University and grew up in the wilds of the Ozarks. She loves hiking, mushroom hunting and raising chickens.
Adrian is the CTO of Startgrid where he focuses on platform strategy, delivering software innovation, and building an awesome engineering organization. Adrian has 18 years’ experience in software engineering spanning many computer languages and disciplines. Prior to Startgrid, Adrian spent time living in Uruguay where he developed an open transparency database for microfinance. Before that, he was VP Engineering at Boulevards New Media and CTO of SF Station. Adrian likes to play jazz guitar and enjoys ballroom dancing. Ask Adrian about software security, microservices, and getting things done.
Kyu is the VP of Product at Startgrid where he focuses on defining and driving the product strategy, customer discovery, product discovery, and product development process. Kyu has 20 years of product development and operational experience. As the co-founder and President of SF Station, he pioneered one of the first local online media companies in 1996 - ultimately creating one of the most recognizable media brands in the SF Bay Area. He led the merger of SF Station with Boulevards New Media where he served as COO and is now a member of their Board of Directors. Kyu grew up on the beautiful island of Guam and has a BA from UCSD.
Bill Schmidt is an engineer at Startgrid where he focuses on everything. Bill has worked for 2 years on Startgrid’s platform. His experience includes designing high energy particle accelerators while with the Texas Accelerator Center and cofounding Digital Main Stream, one of the first ISPs in Texas. He firmly believes in spaces over tabs, Emacs over VIM, Mary Ann over Ginger and that Startgrid will change the world. In his misspent youth, Bill performed standup comedy for tens of people and performed improv in Denver. Ask Bill about his Krav Maga skills, motorcycle and making the world a better place.
Jennifer Wilson is responsible for development and growth of Startgrid’s global enterprise customer base. Jennifer has worked for a series of high growth SaaS technology firms throughout California. Her experience includes Account Executive positions at Aria Systems, Alteryx and Tealium where she played a key role in expanding their enterprise customer portfolios. Jennifer has a BA in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Go buffs!!
Kelly focuses on Demand Generation and Sales Enablement at Startgrid. A startup aficionado, Kelly was the first director of marketing at Marketo, where he built marketing programs that generated thought leadership, demand, and revenue. With more than 25 years in technology sales and marketing, Kelly brings deep and broad experience to the table, from channel and business development, to product marketing and demand generation. Originally from Tennessee, Kelly now resides in Seattle after living in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Washington, DC.
Roberto is an engineer with Startgrid where he focuses on data architecture and software development. Roberto has worked for 8 years on desktop and web software development. His experience includes startups, open source projects and academy research at University of Sao Paulo, where he developed new software products. A former boy scout, Roberto loves going out for runs, watching great movies, and traveling around the world tasting global cuisines and wines. Ask Roberto about computers, tech and intellectual property.
Ellison is an engineer with Startgrid where he focuses on design and development of Startgrid's platform. Ellison has worked for 4 years on web projects with large scale. His experience includes working for several Brazilian startups where he created an open source CMS used by some of the largest brazilians web portals. Ellison was a drummer and vocalist in a band and has toured all over Brazil. Ask him about open source development, open source game projects, and playing the drums.
André is an engineer with Startgrid where he focuses on full-stack development. André has worked for 8 years on software architecture and development. His experience includes working with an Healthcare Software Multinational where he built their biometric authentication framework and a Gambling Multinational where he built their first online platform. When he was a young child, André loved to break his toys apart and learn how they worked. Eventually, he also learned how to put them back together! Ask André about software engineering, full-stack development and elegant solutions.
Marcelo's main focus is on making Startgrid a mass appeal product, working closely with stakeholders to ensure customers have a fluid and cohesive experience. With over 15 years of experience, starting from his early years in graphic and print design which evolved into a passion for UI and UX design, he is always pushing his skillset to the next level. He enjoys the fast-paced and ever changing industry. Currently he is working on a masters in Human Computer Interactions and React.JS, and when he's away form the computer he enjoys time with his wife, 2 children, and 2 shih-tzu's, drinking mate, and enjoying life.
Lead Software Engineer
Mark is passionate about developing elegant, efficient solutions to complex problems. Running his own software consulting business since 2003 has allowed Mark to develop solutions to problems in a large variety of domains. Mark loves working with bright, creative people and learning new technologies - which explains his delight at joining the Startgrid team. The outdoors always re-energizes and calms Mark. In the summer you might find Mark hiking and backpacking with his family in the Colorado mountains. Mark realized his lifelong dream of living abroad when he spent a year working and traveling with his wife in Portugal.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? We’d love to hear from you!
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? We’d love to hear from you!