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Startup Grind Chicago Hosts Chuck Templeton (OpenTable, Impact Engine)

Startup Grind Singapore

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

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Chuck Templeton, OpenTable, Impact Engine

Chuck is passionate about early stage emerging companies focusing on using business to find solutions to today’s biggest social and environmental challenges. He is currently the managing director of Impact Engine (TheImpactEngine.com), a venture accelerator focused on helping for-profit companies that address environmental and/or societal challenges. His role is to help them increase their chances of success.

He took his first big step as an entrepreneur in San Francisco when he founded OpenTable, Inc., which went public on the NASDAQ in May of 2009 (OPEN).  He helped build an industry leading company that changed the way full-service restaurants manage their top-line growth and diners make their dinner reservations. OpenTable is the global leader in restaurant reservations with customers in all 50 states and over eighteen countries.

He currently spends most of his professional time promoting the Rise of the Impact Entrepreneur working with impact entrepreneurs helping them think differently about disrupting the status quo and competing in the future.  He has had the pleasure of being involved in over 30 startups over 16 years as an entrepreneur, investor, board member or advisor including Braintree, Cleversafe, GrubHub, ThinkCERCA, Getable, Auctions By Cellular, Task Rabbit, Piece & Co., Portapure, and Moxie Jean.

Chuck spent 3 years serving in the US Army. Most importantly, he has an amazing wife and two awesome daughters. He loves local food systems, distributed infrastructure and community centric programs.


    • Managing Director: Impact Engine (@TheImpactEngine) – Venture accelerator focused on for-profit businesses that address environmental and/or societal challenges.

    • Director: Getable.com (@getable) - Helping local rental stores use the web to manage their rental inventory and find new customers.

    • Director: TaskRabbit.com (@taskrabbit) – Two sided network of people who need to get things done and people willing to do those things.

    • Director: Auctions By Cellular (@auctionsbycell) – Helping nonprofits run silent actions with innovative technology, that improves outcomes by over 40%.


    • BS in Environmental Economics from California Polytechnic State University

    • MBA in Entrepreneurship and Leadership from Kellogg School of Management

    • Constant student of leadership and entrepreneurship
Agenda   6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By

Tom Denison, Chicago Chapter Director

Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, funding and founding tech startups. Like many, his digital experience started with a glamorous yet struggling internet startup, but blossomed into strategy and business development with some of the most recognized digital powerhouses. He has also nurtured and made profitable a top 200 internet retailer. Today, he is the Founder of Funl, a collection of savvy digital marketing experts who “Provide the expertise and resources needed to drive a large, loyal and profitable customer base.”

Email: Tom@StartupGrind.com

Local Partners


Your Strategic HR Partner: With 8,000+ clients nationwide and over $1 billion in health premiums managed, TriNet provides cloud-based HR solutions that allow growing companies to do what they do best. Small to mid-sized businesses in a variety of industries partner with TriNet to manage human resources, employee benefits, payroll, risk mitigation, workers' compensation, strategic human capital planning and more.

What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 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 StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

Disclaimer: Startup Grind event ticket sales are non-transferable, non-refundable, and final. If an event is cancelled due to weather, speaker availability, or any other unforeseeable event you will be refunded automatically. If a speaker moves the event date you will have 48-hours to request a refund if you are unable to make the new event date. Please direct any additional ticketing issues to customerservice@startupgrind.com.

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When & Where

2 North LaSalle Street 14th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

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Startup Grind Singapore

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities.

We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

To date, Startup Grind has helped 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Startup Grind Singapore was founded in May 2012, we are one of the active grass-root startup communities in Singapore.

More info at http://startupgrind.com/singapore or tweet us @StartupGrindSGP!

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