Big Top’s mission is simple: connecting the Triangle’s world-class talent to the startups and tech companies eagerly seeking the type of competitive advantage that comes with building the right team.

Led by the American Underground, the regional powerhouse that has built a startup ecosystem of more than 300 companies across five locations, Big Top seeks both companies and individuals who see the value in coming together to feed the unprecedented growth the Triangle is realizing.

Through a mixture of events — both large and small — and a continuously fed, up to the minute online marketplace of available positions coupled with a full profile of Triangle companies and their respective cultures, Big Top and American Underground will do for the talent pipeline what they’ve done for office space and organizing the startup community.

Meet the Team

Molly Demarest

Molly Demarest

Sr. Director of Operations & Talent, American Underground

Molly Demarest is the senior director of operations and talent for American Underground, a thriving campus for entrepreneurs, based in Durham.  Dubbed as the “Startup Capital of the South” by CNBC, the American Underground has grown to serve as a destination for startups, supporting over 300 companies across five locations.  While responsible for overseeing operations, finance and real estate development, Molly learned firsthand the pains of growing companies. Chief among them was finding the right talent. In her new role, she’s helping companies do just that, connecting jobseekers with places to use their gifts while fostering the talent pipeline in the Triangle and beyond.

Michael English

Michael English

Sales Coordinator, Triangle Startup Social

Michael English is sales coordinator for Triangle Startup Social POWERED BY: WRAL TechWire and Big Top, where his role includes understanding the advertising goals of each client and then customizing event sponsorships and digital advertising options to best fit their marketing needs. Michael also lends his love for entrepreneurship and innovation as program director for the Innovate Your Cool Conference and as founder of his own startup, Rise NTWK.  Triangle Startup Social sponsors frequently ask for ways to promote open jobs. Michael is excited to have a new avenue to support them.

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