Bring Higher Quality Product to Market Quicker | Fireside Chat: Brian LeRoux (Co-Founder/CTO, Begin)

April is Startup Grind’s “Mentorship Month” Presented by AWS (Amazon Web Services). Why is mentorship important? From helping you navigate your business and avoid making “iceberg” decisions to fostering certain partnerships, a mentor can help guide you through your entrepreneurial journey.

This month, we have a special mentor lined up. Whether you are a Startup Founder, Technical Co-Founder, Developer or DevOps Engineer, this event is for you! Pour yourself a glass of wine and join us for our Virtual Fireside Chat with Brian LeRoux, Co-Founder and CTO of Begin.com and the AWS Serverless Hero. Brian will take us back to his days with Nitobi, where he was a primary contributor to the open source PhoneGap framework, which led to its Adobe acquisition and how his love for serverless technology shaped the birth of Begin.com, his current startup with Co-Founder Ryan Block.

How fast is fast? — “Modern apps, built fast AF” — Using AWS Lambda (Deploying Serverless Functions), Amazon’s Serverless Compute service, it allows you to run your code without provisioning or managing other servers. You pay for what you use and every function is completely isolated. This translates to lower costs, faster time to market and faster bug isolation/resolution. Join us with a night of stimulating conversation with an AWS Serverless Hero and how Begin.com can change the way you develop applications and bring higher quality products to market quicker.

What you will learn from this fireside chat:

  • Brian’s journey leading up to Begin.com
  • What’s it like to be a Canadian working in Silicon Valley
  • What is Serverless Technology and how is it relevant today? What problems does it solve and when should it be leveraged?
  • We will also find out how fast it is as as Brian provides us with a live demo of Begin.com services


Brian LeRoux is the co-founder and CTO of Begin.com and core maintainer of the serverless framework OpenJS Architect. Begin.com makes deploying code leveraging AWS Lambda frictionless. Your first deploy is instantaneous and subsequent deploys complete in seconds with zero downtime. Traditional methods of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment are simplified through Begin.com approach to deployment and compute management – AWS Lambda.


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Moderna Technology Group

In support of Mentorship Month, Moderna Technology Group (www.moderna.tech), is offering a One-Month CTO Advisory Trial ($500 USD value) for one early stage startup, providing invaluable mentorship and access to knowledgeable startup CTOs and fast-tracking any technology team in building products that solve the right problems. We have one spot available that will be awarded to an attendee at the event!


Founded in Silicon Valley in 2010, Startup Grind is a global entrepreneur community network comprising of 650+ chapters located in over 125+ countries. Collectively reaching over 3.5 million individuals worldwide, we bring like-minded yet diverse individuals together to connect, learn, teach, help, build, and belong. As part of this global network, Startup Grind Richmond hosts monthly fireside chats, workshops and socials, to highlight and celebrate local entrepreneurial success stories in the community as well as to cover topics that are top-of-mind for startups on the grind. Organized by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

To help support our community and to support Social Distancing in light of the COVID-19 crisis, we will be moving our events online to continue to provide high quality content and networking opportunities to our members. A message from Derek Andersen, our Startup Grind Co-Founder – Powering Through Tough Times as a Community.

Exclusive application for 1:1 Mentorship with an AWS expert

As a Startup Grind community member, you are invited to apply for our exclusive AWS + Startup Grind Mentorship Program as part of Mentorship Month.

Selected applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a one-on-one mentor session to get guidance on how to grow and develop your business and allow you to get first-hand advice from experts in your field. We offer 5 distinct mentoring tracks that you can choose from, including Fundraising, Product, Marketing, Sales, or Strategy & Ops, and you will get paired with an AWS expert in the field of your choice. All sessions are held remotely, and the program is completely free for all participants.

Apply today


Apr 16 2020


06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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