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Suneel Gupta

Entrepreneur and CEO of RISE; Former Head of Product Development at Groupon and Mozilla Labs; Former Speech Writer for President Clinton

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Suneel Gupta teaches Innovation at Harvard University and is the author of the upcoming book, Backable (Little Brown, 2020). The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from a twice-failed entrepreneur to a leader behind two IPO’s, and to being named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange. Suneel’s ideas have been backed by firms like Greylock and Google Ventures – and he served as an Entrepreneur in Residence inside Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers. He has personally backed startups including Impossible Foods, AirBnB, 23&Me, Calm, and SpaceX.

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Suneel is an expert at accelerating growth and innovation. In less than two years, he helped grow Groupon from a tiny startup into a multi-billion dollar company. He since founded and serves as the CEO of RISE, which is tackling the obesity epidemic through personalized mobile technology. His company has raised funding from Greylock and Google.

Suneel is an expert on lean product development, and was handpicked by Eric Ries to be the closing keynote speaker at the Lean Startup conference in 2011. He's been heralded as one of the most inspiring product speakers in the country by leaders at Deloitte and Walgreens. He has guest lectured and worked with universities around the world, including Stanford, Harvard, and Yale.

Suneel is also a lawyer and filmmaker. He started his career in the Clinton White House where he served as a speechwriter, learning from West Wing staffers like Michael McCurry and Rahm Emanuel. A few years later, he was asked to co-author the national platform for the Democratic Party.

In the media world, he blogged for MTV, and produced the Kahani Movement, an interactive film project about the first generation of Indian-Americans which debuted at South by Southwest with his brother, Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN). He also worked for the President of Sony Pictures Television when the studio was investing in new creative concepts like Breaking Bad.

Suneel has always moved quickly. In less than six years total, he earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.

Speech Topics

As the world speeds up, it’s become way too easy to get left behind. What keeps us fresh and relevant are our ideas. But why is it that some ideas inspire and move people to action, while others tend to fizzle out? In this talk, you’ll learn the surprising truth about Innovation and why some innovators get ahead while others get ignored. You’ll leave with memorable stories, science-based insights, and immediately usable techniques to turn your idea into an inspiring vision that captivates attention and inspires action.

As the business world rapidly accelerates, leaders need to push new boundaries at a faster pace. They need to think and behave like entrepreneurs. Unlike most Silicon Valley CEOs, Suneel Gupta spent a decade leading P&Ls inside big companies before founding his own Silicon Valley startup, backed by Google Ventures. Now, as an investor and Harvard lecturer, he shares the techniques that leaders inside large organizations can learn from the cutting edge entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley comanies like Uber and AirBnB. As a result of his influence on Fortune 500 executives, the New York Stock Exchange named Suneel “the new face of innovation.” You’ll leave this talk thinking and feeling more entrepreneurial and ready to have massive impact inside your organization.

Moving fast is both an art and a science…and organizations (and leaders) that understand how to excel in both aspects of ‘speed’ are primed for success. Suneel’s experiences from the White House to Sony to the forefront of digital media at Groupon provide a unique framework for managing decision-making and strategy for lean organizations. Understanding the lessons learned through building new products that quickly reached hundreds of millions of people and produced billions of dollars in revenue, audiences gain an inside look at how to build a digital product from scratch, and the pitfalls to avoid along the way.

As the Head of Product Development for Groupon, a company that grew from around $1 Million in revenue to around $1 Billion in revenue in just one year, Suneel shares with audiences the lessons learned from building and managing teams when everything around you is changing at break-neck speed. When managed correctly, hyper-growth and innovation is achievable in every industry and within every organization. The key, as discussed in this presentation, is to embrace flexibility and innovate at every opportunity.

Suneel Gupta has spent nearly 15 years learning from, and working shoulder-to-shoulder, with people who have shaped the world we live in today. The most transformative organizations foster experimentation, manage risk, and reward creativity and are led by a new breed of entrepreneurs. Suneel offers a glimpse into how the most innovative people on the planet think, act, and win.

Innovative startups like AirBnB are now adopting the same discipline of “storyboard thinking” that originated in Walt Disney’s personal studio lot. As both a highly successful film producer and technologist, Suneel teaches you how to bring Storyboard Thinking into your organization, and unleash creativity like never before.


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    One Medical Buys Virtual Nutritionist App Rise

    (Wall Street Journal) – The healthcare company said it is acquiring Rise, a mobile app connecting smartphone users to licensed nutritionists for daily advice on meal planning and dieting.

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    Apps powering the revolution in fitness

    (CNBC) – This year is already shaping up to be pivotal for the health and fitness industries, with companies like Apple, with the Apple Watch and Healthkit, and IBM with its Under Armour partnership, taking the lead in health tech.

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    CoachLine, A Personal Assistant That Boosts Human Advice With AI

    (Techcrunch) – Rise made its name in the world of health apps as a platform for people to connect with human coaches, to help them tailor their lifestyle and eating choices to lose weight. Now, Rise is adding in a new feature that it hopes will help it scale to a much bigger audience.

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    Rise, A Nutrition Coaching App, Acquires HealthyOut

    Rise, a service that connects users with diet coaches, has acquired healthy restaurant food recommendation startup HealthyOut.

  • Suneel Gupta: The New Face of Innovation

    From NYSE's Quarterly Publication, "Corporate Board Member": Embracing change means more than just coming up with new ideas. It requires a mindset shift that relies less on process and more on agility.

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    Lose It! partners with Rise, adding a human element to weight loss

    By Janelle Nanos

    Lose It!, the Boston-based meal-tracking app, announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with Rise, a dieting app that links users with nutritionists and health coaches founded by Suneel Gupta. The partnership signals the first time that Lose It! will incorporate a human element directly into its weight-loss tracking efforts, which so far have helped over 24 million people lose 40 million pounds.

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  • "Suneel Gupta's engaging remarks on entrepreneurship and business innovation were thought-provoking and inspiring, and resonated deeply with our audience."  - Barron's

  • “Suneel left our team smarter and ready to innovate.” - Walgreens

  • “Thought-provoking and inspiring. He resonated deeply with our audience.” - Dow Jones

  • “Remarkable! Extremely valuable! You ignited discussions for the rest of the conference.” - SACRS

  • “A bright spot at our conference. His lively keynote kept everyone in the audience engaged!” - Corporate Board Member magazine

  • "Suneel was able to bring alive the concept of innovation to our consulting leaders. After his talk, our entire team was able to apply new innovative ideas to solving business problems." - Deloitte Consulting