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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 Backable (Little Brown, 2020). Backable hit the #1 new release on Amazon overall, and also for Workplace Behavior. The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from a twice-failed entrepreneur to a leader behind two IPOs, 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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Backable Sizzle Reel

NAIS | Backable Opening Remarks

MedImpact | Sanjay and Suneel Gupta

Speaker Resources


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

In these uncertain times, it’s become way too easy to get left behind. An organization that isn’t helping every team member become “backable” simply isn’t firing on all cylinders. Backable people are able to rally others around a new idea in a way that inspires people to action. Great leaders invest in backability, because they know it makes their people far more creative and effective. Sales teams close more deals and drive needed revenue. Relationship managers deepen customer loyalty and win trust from key customers. IT and product teams save time and energy, getting the best tech projects “backed” in order to drive productivity. HR teams become a lightning rod for attracting and retaining the best talent.

Not only can people become backable, but organizations can too. As your teams apply these principles in the market, your organization will become more effective at winning customers, recruiting rockstars, delighting investors, and capturing the hearts of the media.

In this energizing session, you’ll learn the surprising truth about creativity and why some of us get ahead while others get ignored. You’ll leave with fresh neuroscience, uplifting stories, and immediately usable techniques to turn a new 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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  • "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