Suneel was recently named the "New Face of Innovation" by the New York Stock Exchange. As the Founder and CEO of Rise, he was backed by senior leaders at Facebook, Uber, and AirBnB. The company raised $4M from Google Ventures, and was acquired two years after launch for nearly $20M.
Prior to founding Rise, Suneel served as VP of Product Development at Groupon, he helped grow the business from under $50M in revenue to over $1B in revenue within 1 year. During his time at Groupon, Forbes Magazine named it the "fastest growing company of all time".
Suneel has been heralded as a visionary product leader, and featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, CNBC, and the Today Show. Though he won't always admit it, Suneel is also an attorney and is licensed to practice in California and in front of the United States Supreme Court. Prior to law school, he served in President Clinton's West Wing, and produced documentary films alongside his older brother, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN.
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.