Suneel Gupta – Virtual Keynote Speaker

Founder & CEO of RISE, Harvard University Visiting Scholar, Innovation Authority, and Bestselling Author

Suneel Gupta is the founder of RISE and is on faculty at Harvard University. Using the seven steps inside his bestselling book, Backable, Suneel went from being the “face of failure” for the New York Times to being the “New Face of Innovation” for the New York Stock Exchange. His ideas have been backed by firms like Greylock and Google Ventures, and he has invested in startups including Airbnb, Calm, and SpaceX. Suneel also serves as an emissary for Gross National Happiness between the United States and the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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About Keynote Speaker Suneel Gupta – Virtual Keynote Speaker

Suneel Gupta teaches innovation at Harvard University, is the founder of RISE, and the author of the book, Backable – exploring how to get people to believe in your ideas. The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from first-time entrepreneur 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.

In presentations, Suneel looks at how to spark and accelerate innovation, capitalize on disruptions to build a digital product from scratch, and manage the hyper-growth that follows. Audiences leave his talks with memorable stories, science-based insights, and immediately usable techniques to turn their ideas into an inspiring vision that captivates attention and inspires action.

In 2018, Suneel ran for election to the U.S. House to represent Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. Before running for Congress, Suneel co-founded and served as CEO of RISE, a mobile health company that partnered with Michelle Obama to lower the cost of quality care for thousands of patients. Just two years after launch, One Medical acquired RISE and was named the most innovative company in health by Fast Company.

An expert at accelerating growth and innovation, in less than two years, Suneel helped grow Groupon from a tiny startup into a multi-billion-dollar company. Prior to serving as Groupon’s first vice president of product, he built products for Mozilla as their director of product development.

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, Suneel 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 BS from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law. He also is the co-founder at Gross National Happiness Center of America in partnership with the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Testimonials

“This is the quality I look for most in leaders and entrepreneurs. Whether you want to get ahead inside a company or build a startup from the ground up, this fascinating book is a must-read.”

Reid Hoffman

Cofounder of LinkedIn

“The most exceptional people aren’t just brilliant — they’re backable. This remarkable book can be your secret weapon for bringing your idea to life.”

Daniel Pink

#1 New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

“This book is truly brave. I felt like I was sitting with Suneel as he unveiled secret steps that anyone can take to stand out and achieve their dreams.”

Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, bestselling author of Brave Not Perfect

“Being backable isn’t just for celebrities and CEOs. It’s a required skill for anyone who is trying to make it in the world. This book will change the trajectory of careers, launch new ideas into the world, and inspire cocktail party conversation for years to come.”

Jennifer Aaker

General Atlantic Professor, Stanford GSB. Author of Humor, Seriously and The Dragonfly Effect

“This book demystifies the “x-factor” I look for in anyone I work with. Whether you’re building a movie or a company, this indispensable guide will change how the world sees you—and how you see yourself.”

Brian Grazer

Oscar-winning producer and #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Backable provides a super-readable and actionable look at how to make your ideas take flight. Whether you’re pitching a brand-new startup or an idea for your company’s next product, you’ll find a wealth of insights and stories throughout.”

Mike Krieger

Co-founder of Instagram

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