THIS IS A PAID EVENT – PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE Brian Norton (Finance Entrepreneur; Future Finance) Brian is a tech and finance entrepreneur with a passion for building new stuff and leading great teams. Most recently, Brian started Future Finance, the first European private student lending company. He led Dublin-based Future Finance from an idea in 2013 to one of the best-funded and fastest-growing tech startups in Ireland. Brian passed the CEO baton to a great new team in early 2017, and remains on the Future Finance Board. Prior to Future Finance, Brian built and helped to grow several mortgage and student lending companies in the US, including Arch Bay, a $1.5b mortgage investment fund. Today Brian is a Partner at Ridge Road, an private investment fund that invests in and helps to build great businesses. He also advises some of the most exciting UK and Irish fintechs, including Flender, Bricksave, Mkopo Kaka, and Creditspring. Brian grew up in Chicago and started his first business (making websites) in his dorm room at Harvard. He has an MBA from UCLA and spends his free time learning new programming languages. He, his wife, his two kids, and his dog live happily in Dublin. Agenda 6:30 pm Registration; Networking 7:00 pm Welcome; Fireside Chat 8:30 pm Refreshments; Networking Speaker Brian Norton – Future Finance (CEO) Hosted By David Scanlon, Dublin Director I make ventures happen with NDRC, and educate, inspire, and connect the Dublin ecosystem with Startup Grind. As an NDRC Venture Investment Lead I source, engage, guide and enable teams to transform the best ideas into globally scalable businesses. An experienced executive, with a career spanning software engineering, public sector trade development, private sector business development – all built on a vocation as an evangelist for the Irish startup community. I am a talented communicator and connector, with a unique understanding of the Irish and European startup ecosystems. Twitter: @dscanlon Global Partner Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Sponsors https://res.cloudinary.com/startup-grind/image/upload/c_fill,f_auto,g_center,h_60,q_auto:good/v1/softlayer0/80135C1/media/v1/AUTH_d0619b05-07fc-49f0-8249-da585ea45ce5/sponsors/SP_Logo%20%28002%29.JPG Software Placements is an IT recruitment consultancy perfectly positioned to offer contractors and associates a framework for both contracting and permanent positions. We provide individuals with access to some of Ireland’s leading organisations and a diverse portfolio of client projects. Unlike other agencies, we do not seek to be all things to all people; rather, we focus on a number of specific areas and concentrate on these. Bank of Ireland is Ireland’s Leading Corporate & Treasury Bank. Partner At Slack, we’re building the platform that connects teams with the apps, services, and resources they need to get work done. Launched in 2014, Slack is the fastest growing business application in history. Millions of people around the world use Slack to bring their teams together, make sense of their work, and drive their business forward. 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 200 cities and 98 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.