Derek Andersen

Derek Andersen
Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 50+ cities community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. In 2013 Startup Grind will host 20,000 entrepreneurs at 300 events in 20 countries. After founding Vaporware Labs in 2009, he incubated many products (most of which failed spectacularly) including Startup Grind and professional social network Commonred. In 2012 Commonred was sold to Income.com. He is also Ex-Electronic Arts where he worked on games like Burnout, Mirror's Edge, The Sims, and Need For Speed. Having spent 8-years living outside the United States, he currently lives in Palo Alto California with his wife and two children. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Derek Andersen

  • Mark Suster Tells Founders To Be Authentic, Hire Co-Founders, And Give Before Taking

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 45-city community in 20-countries, uniting the global startup world together through educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview Upfront Ventures‘ (previously GRP Partners) Mark Suster in Los Angeles. While the firm has been in operation since 1996… Read More

  • Build A Company That Attracts The Next Steve Jobs

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 45-city community in 20-countries, uniting the global startup world together through educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs. On Steve Jobs’ first day at Atari in 1973, he walked into the founder/CEO Nolan Bushnell’s office unannounced. “I think you have a really awesome company. I think… Read More

  • From The Garage To 200 Employees In 3 Years: How Nest Thermostats Were Born

    From The Garage To 200 Employees In 3 Years: How Nest Thermostats Were Born

    Editor’s note:  Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 40-city community bringing the global startup world together while educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs. I remember when the press first hit about Nest Labs, the guys behind the iPod/iPhone were taking on thermostats everywhere! A collective “huh?” went through the tech industry. It felt like… Read More

  • Clayton Christensen Talks Venture Capital, Crowd Funding, And How To Measure Your Life

    Clayton Christensen Talks Venture Capital, Crowd Funding, And How To Measure Your Life

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 40-city community bringing the global startup world together while educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs. There are few people whose impact on entrepreneurs and business in general you hear about as frequently as Clayton Christensen. Clay’s body of work includes co-founding a publicly traded… Read More

  • Bing Gordon’s Founder Checklist: Animal Energy, Blind Confidence, And A Toupee.

    Bing Gordon’s Founder Checklist: Animal Energy, Blind Confidence, And A Toupee.


    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 40-city community bringing the global startup world together while educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs. As an Electronic Arts’ intern eight years ago, I asked Bing Gordon then the chief creative officer and the only remaining early founding team member, a question about vision. “How can I… Read More

  • The Story Behind Qualtrics, The Next Great Enterprise Company

    The Story Behind Qualtrics, The Next Great Enterprise Company

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 35-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He also founded Commonred and is ex-Electronic Arts. I met Ryan Smith about nine years ago in a college apartment in Provo Utah. We were both attending school, and after asking him what he was working on he replied… Read More

  • Hiring Great Engineers: Kleiner Perkins’ Mike Abbott Explains How

    Hiring Great Engineers: Kleiner Perkins’ Mike Abbott Explains How

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 35-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He also founded Commonred (acquired by Income.com) and is ex-Electronic Arts. I spoke with a robotics engineer and PHD from Stanford this week about looking for a job. He’s not the type of guy that easily joins… Read More

  • How The Huang Brothers Bootstrapped Guitar Hero To A Billion Dollar Business

    How The Huang Brothers Bootstrapped Guitar Hero To A Billion Dollar Business

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 35-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He also founded Commonred (acquired by Income.com) and is ex-Electronic Arts. There are virtually no companies in Silicon Valley that exit north of $100MM or create a billion dollar business, that don’t raise… Read More

  • 42 Things Entrepreneurs Should Be Grateful For

    42 Things Entrepreneurs Should Be Grateful For

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 35-city event series hosted in 15 countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He founded Commonred (Acquired by Income.com) and is ex-Electronic Arts. Today is Thanksgiving, a holiday where Americans and a few other countries celebrate and remember everything we have to be grateful for. In the… Read More

  • Should You Trust Your Gut? The Answer Is Yes.

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 30-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He’s ex-Electronic Arts as well as the founder of Commonred. A few years ago I asked a successful entrepreneur for advice on what I should do with my latest product idea. His reply was simple. “Trust your gut. Read More

  • Unicorns, Banana Suits, and 500 Startups; Just Another Night With Dave McClure

    Unicorns, Banana Suits, and 500 Startups; Just Another Night With Dave McClure

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 20-city event series hosted around the world to help educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. He’s an ex-Electronic Arts employee, as well as the founder of Commonred and Vaporware Labs. Until a few weeks ago I’d never met Dave McClure. Like many of you I have read all about him, casually Twitter… Read More

  • Founders Are Not Heroes. Let’s Get Back To Work

    Founders Are Not Heroes. Let’s Get Back To Work

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 15-city event series hosted around the world to help educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. He’s also ex-Electronic Arts, the founder of Commonred and Vaporware Labs.< A few weeks ago a founder called me to commiserate. He told me about how his product had taken longer than expected to build, how… Read More

  • Why Are Startups Flocking To SF? There’s No More Room In Silicon Valley

    Why Are Startups Flocking To SF? There’s No More Room In Silicon Valley

    A lot has been written about the real estate turf war between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Most point out that many of the developers these companies target live in the city. The nightlife, walkability, and culture are identified as reasons for the trend. But if the heart of Silicon Valley is losing its allure to startups, why is there no real estate space available? The answer is… Read More

  • The Story Behind Payment Disruptor Stripe.com And Its Founder Patrick Collison

    The Story Behind Payment Disruptor Stripe.com And Its Founder Patrick Collison

    Paypal created a cost effective way to safely accept payments 10 years ago, but the web has changed dramatically and accepting payments has not. Enter Stripe, a company that in my opinion is going to get very influential over the next few years. At a recent Startup Grind event I interviewed 23-year old Irish co-founder Patrick Collison who has raised $18MM from Sequoia Capital and others. Read More

  • Steve Blank Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Fail Less

    Steve Blank Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Fail Less

    While secretly wanting to be an entrepreneur but working at Electronic Arts, I would sometimes sneak out early and jet to Stanford campus to crash Steve Blank’s entrepreneurial lecture series. Steve literally wrote the book on customer development with “Four Steps To The Epiphany” and now he’s back again co-authoring a 500-page reference guide with Bob Dorf called… Read More

  • Pinterest’s Unlikely Journey To Top Of The Startup Mountain

    Pinterest’s Unlikely Journey To Top Of The Startup Mountain

    Over the past 12 months, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing some of the Valley’s best entrepreneurs and investors at Startup Grind. People like Naval Ravikant, Kevin Rose, Tony Conrad, MG Siegler, Jeff Clavier, and others have inspired us with stories and trials they have overcome to get where they are. In February we hosted Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann in Palo Alto. Read More