Blackboard Founder Michael Chasen Speaks at Start Up Grind Philadelphia

Start Up Grind Philadelphia Chapter President Mike Maher (left) Interviews former CEO and Blackboard founder Michael Chasen (right).

Start Up Grind Philadelphia Chapter President Mike Maher (right) Interviews former CEO and Blackboard founder Michael Chasen (left).

PHILADELPHIA – Have you ever sat five feet from a someone who built a company out of nothing and then sold if for $1.7 billion? I did last night.

Michael Chasen (39), founder and former CEO of Blackboard, was the key-note speaker at last night’s Start Up Grind event hosted at Benjamin’s Desk in Center City Philadelphia.  Chasen sat with Start Up Grind Chapter President, Mike Maher, and told told the story of taking a company from five people in a brownstone in Washington D.C, to 3,000 employees and a value of over one billion dollars.

I arrived at the building located at 1701 Walnut Street just before 6 p.m.  I navigated through the under-construction entrance and squeezed into an elevator with an assortment of young professionals, all eager to make sure we made it to the event on-time.

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