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Startup Grind: Ed Mitzen (Fingerpaint Marketing)

Fri, Jan 31, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


This is the kickoff event for the Albany chapter of Startup Grind, a global startup community designed to inspire, engage and educate entrepreneurs.

Monthly fireside interviews go deep with startup founders, investors, educators and thought leaders who share stories of triumph – and failure – along the road to building amazing companies. Startup Grind is not a pitch event, and is so much more than just a networking mixer; it’s what’s been missing from the current entrepreneurial event stratosphere.

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This month’s guest: Ed Mitzen (Fingerpaint Marketing)

Ed MitzenAppropriately referred to as the serial entrepreneur, Ed Mitzen has built four marketing companies totaling over $200 million in combined revenue. Ed is currently building his fourth company, Fingerpaint Marketing. Fingerpaint is a full-service advertising agency with 82 employees and nearly $16 million in annual revenue.

Before forming Fingerpaint, Ed founded Palio Communications, an advertising and communications agency in Saratoga Springs, NY. During the rise of Palio, Ed’s leadership and business acumen brought the agency from a local five-person shop to a twenty-five-million dollar annual company with nearly 175 employees. Ed is a frequent lecturer on the topics of advertising and marketing at several top colleges and universities, including the University of Rochester and Skidmore College. He is also an active member of the local community, serving on the board of directors of various not-for-profit organizations including The Hyde Collection, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Union Graduate College, Double H Ranch, and formerly the Saratoga Care Foundation and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. He resides in Saratoga Springs with his wife Lisa and his children Nick (17) and Grace (14). He also has a daughter Emily (19) who is a sophomore at NYU.

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