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Fireside Chat: Being Backable w/ Suneel Gupta
March 4 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bamboo’s Doers speaker series is back in 2020 bringing you top entrepreneurs, investors and innovators from around the world.
A native Detroiter, Suneel Gupta is a founder and investor who on his journey into entrepreneurship discovered one challenge we all have: convincing others to join us for the ride.
With a background inproduct design, Suneel went on to venture into creating, scaling, and selling his own company, partnering with Michelle Obama along the way. Through this journey he learned helpful tips on how build a backable venture that we’ll discuss in tonight’s fireside chat. Suneel’s personal mission is to help creative, good-hearted people become Backable, and we want to see you become backable too.
6-7 pm – Networking Hour – Experience a networking hour and meet other founders, leaders, and investors. Local drinks and food provided.
7-8:30pm – Fireside Chat – We welcome Suneel Gupta who will share his own story, key insights into selling and pitching others, creating a backable venture, and other insights he’s learned along his journey in technology and entrepreneurship. We’ll have lots of open questions and answer time with our audience.
About the Speaker: Suneel Gupta, Founder & CEO of Rise
Suneel Gupta is the founder and CEO of Rise, a healthcare company that partnered with Michelle Obama and sold to One Medical. 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 invested in startups including Impossible Foods, AirBnB, 23&Me, Calm, and SpaceX. He is currently on faculty at Harvard University and has been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, CNN, MSNBC, and The Today Show.
Suneel is the author of the upcoming book, Backable, which will be released in the Fall of 2020 by Little Brown. The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from failing twice as an entrepreneur to being named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange.
About the Moderator: Cyrus Mistry, Product Manager at Google
Cyrus is currently the Group Product Manager at Google responsible for Commercial Platforms and Ecosystems worldwide and leads a team of Product and Program Managers in 5 countries. Cyrus works with business owners and technology officers to develop products that increase employee productivity while cutting technology costs. Cyrus also works with Country Ministers and Secretaries of Education from around the globe to develop education technologies that directly improve student engagement and learning outcomes. Cyrus was chosen by the White House in 2016 to help the First Lady with her Reach Higher initiative. Cyrus has managed the enterprise, education and consumer sides of several products at Google including Android, Chrome, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Tasks, and the Google Search Appliance business. Cyrus has 22 years of hardware and software experience with roles in product management, program management, business development, marketing, consulting, and software development. Cyrus has four degrees from Johns Hopkins with post-graduate work in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.
This event is brought in partnership by The Michigan House, Michigan’s experiential embassy to SXSW, and Bamboo Detroit both dedicated to building a dynamic regional ecosystem.