Upstream Events: Christie Pitts from Backstage Capital, Farah Sheikh from Peloton, Rob Wile from The Miami Herald, Jacob Peters, Brett Goldstein, and Michael Houck from Launch House, & More!

4 min readAug 17, 2021


Hey everyone,

This month we’re passing the mic to you! Want to interview a speaker virtually in Upstream Earlybirds? Let us know by replying to this email.

We want to elevate our community members (and give you a break from hearing from me 6x a week!). Shout out to Jing for the great idea!

What You Can’t Miss This Week:

  • Tuesday at 12pm ET: Farah Sheikh, Director of Social Impact & Culture Marketing at Peloton, will chat with Nikki Bogopolskaya from TikTok about her work in social impact, brand marketing, identity, and health and how it all intersects. (RSVP)
  • Tuesday at 7pm ET: Super excited to chat with Christie Pitts. She’s an early stage investor at Backstage Capital and Co-Founder of Backstage Studio where she leads Backstage’s Global Accelerator Program. (RSVP)
  • Thursday at 7pm ET: Hear from Rob Wile, Business Reporter at The Miami Herald who covers the latest in tech, business, and the economy in South Florida. (RSVP)
  • Thursday at 6pm ET: Join us in conversation with Sam Farber, Head of Business Development and Content at Goldin Auctions. He will share his insights as a leader in the sports industry, as he was previously SVP of Digital Media at the NBA. (RSVP)
  • Wednesday at 6pm ET: Come hang with Launch House co-founders and hear about their community building philosophies, future plans, and an inside scoop on Season 2. (RSVP)

Reminder: You can join from web or mobile!

Win of the Week: Has Upstream helped you professionally? Share your Upstream win with Alex/Sarah to get featured (& get a special Upstream gift!)

We hosted a small group of 30 female founders in NYC to get to know each other and get their headshots taken (with cake to make getting headshots more enjoyable!) Thank you to our friends at Public for making this event possible!

Reach out to Sarah if you’re a community admin and want to host your community’s events IRL, but don’t know how to get started. We are more than happy to help!

New Feature Alert: Higher Chance to Match With Guest Speakers

We’ve changed the matching algorithm so if there’s multiple guest speakers, they won’t match with themselves. This means a higher chance that you as an attendee will match with the guest speaker!


Open the links below from your phone or from your computer!

MONDAY the 16th

Afternoon: 12pm — 5pm ET

TUESDAY the 17th

Afternoon: 12pm — 5pm ET

Evening: 5pm — 9pm ET

WEDNESDAY the 18th

Afternoon: 12pm — 5pm ET

Evening: 5pm — 9pm EST

THURSDAY the 19th

Afternoon: 12pm — 5pm EST

Evening: 5pm — 9pm EST

FRIDAY the 20th

Afternoon: 12pm — 5pm EST

Notable Upcoming

If you have any friends you think might like the events above, share the link with them so they can RSVP and join!

Can’t wait to see you at an event!





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