Interview with Founder & CEO Derek Andersen

What is StartUp Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Pasadena Chapter's monthly and special events are designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. The Startup Grind community host events in 250 cities and 100 countries featuring successful local founders, entrepreneurs, innovators, & investors. 

Our events are open to anyone interested or involved in making the local business community and the world a better place. 

A Peer-to-Peer learning community!

Our Team

The Founding Team

Aaron B. Wheeler


Aaron B. Wheeler, Chief Strategy Officer at W., has over 20 years of experience in strategic integrated marketing and business development encompassing social media, media, and entertainment. As a strategic entrepreneur, he has expanded his professional portfolio into private market investing and the crowdfunding domains.


W. - Investment & Business

Chavel J. DeVine

Director of Media 
Over 20 year as a Media Production Pro, Chavel J. DeVine is the Executive Producer of Crown City News. Founded Crown City Media, LLC, the CCN’s parent company. Also, works as media trainer and technology director for Pasadena Media.

Sonceria S. Wheeler

Social Media Maven
Sonceria Wheeler, has over 10 years as a social media and marketing strategist, a business and domestic professional. While wrangling four kids, is also the COO & Partner at W.