Don't Panic, Let's Talk - Spotlight Series: Founders Who Are Making It Work!

A virtual event series spotlighting founders and leaders that are making it work during this time of COVID-19.


Join us for a virtual event series created by NY Tech Alliance and Grasshopper Bankas we spotlight founders and leaders that are pivoting and adapting their business and strategies to make it work during this time of uncertainty.

Each session we will invite a founder to tell their story, share their tactics, and answer your questions. We know that no one has all the answers so this is definitely meant to be an open forum. Bring your questions, share your learnings, and let's figure this all out together!

Events will take place every other Thursday at Noon and topics will be added as confirmed!

The conversations will be facilitated by Micah Baldwin, Early Stage Practice, Grasshopper Bank.


May 21st -

Pivoting your offering: How one founder shifted from global tourism to virtual cooking classes

The Table Less Traveled is a boutique, small-group tourism company, which has offered culinary-centric tours to many amazing destinations over the past 5 years. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, their thoughtfully curated tours and experiences became irrelevant as travel halted with no definitive end in sight. A pivot was a necessity in order to keep the team employed and support their international small business partners, all while sticking to their mission to form connections through shared experiences. We'll speak to the Founder & CEO about how she ultimately came to the decision to pivot, and what tactics were employed to make the operational changes to shift from tourism to virtual cooking classes.

About Annie Cheng, CEO + Founder, The Table Less Traveled

With culinary exploration at the heart of their travel experiences, Annie labels herself the CEO — Chief Eating Officer — of The Table Less Traveled. In founding the company, she paired a love of travel & food with professional experience in project management to create unique, worry-free, and relationship-based travel experiences for eager explorers. After adding the virtual & interactive cooking classes to the company offerings, Annie can now also call herself a technology specialist in helping bring chefs from around the world straight into her clients' kitchens!


Additional "Don't Panic, Let's Talk" Dates:

June 4 & June 18

Are you a founder that is making it work and want to share your story with our community? Email us at [email protected]!

About Micah Baldwin:

Micah currently works in the Early Stage Practice at Grasshopper Bank, the first digital commercial bank focused on supporting founders and venture funds. As a long time executive coach and investor, he advises several startups and funds, including Tuesday Ventures, an SF-based early-stage venture firm.

Previously, he founded Create33, a 22,000 sq ft innovation center for the Pacific Northwest that provides resources and access to founders to help fuel their growth. He spent 3.5 years at Amazon working with founders and designing programs to help them find customers. Prior to that, he founded or was early at several companies.

About Grasshopper Bank:

Grasshopper is a digital bank serving founders, their companies, and the investors supporting them across the innovation economy. We make banking simple, secure, effortless and transparent. Learn more at


  • May 21, 2020 at 12:00pm – 1pm
  • Virtual
  • Andy Saldaña