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Suneel Gupta Speaker

Suneel Gupta

    • Founder of RISE & Former Head of Product Development at Groupon and Mozilla Labs
    • Harvard University Visiting Scholar and Author of Backable
    • Helped grow Groupon from a tiny start-up to a multi-billion dollar company in two years
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#EHour: Suneel Gupta | Rise

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Suneel Gupta: Go Inside the Story

Suneel Gupta: Go Inside the Story

Suneel Gupta: The Game of Now

Suneel Gupta: The Game of Now

Suneel Gupta Speaker Biography

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.

Beating Burnout: Cultivating Resilience in the Face of Endless Change and Chaos 

In this one-of-a-kind talk, audience members will learn the art of reframing failure inside company cultures, and dramatically reduce their risk of burnout.  Rooted in the latest neuroscience, you will leave with practical techniques for managing stress and anxiety while generating resilience, speed, and creativity.

As the CEO of Rise, which helped thousands of people overcome challenges with physical and mental health, Suneel uncovered the hidden qualities of highly resilient people, which he now teaches at Harvard Medical School. Suneel and his brother, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, are sons of a mom who rose from poverty to become Ford Motor Company’s first female engineer. You’ll walk away with intimate, heartwarming family stories and take you inside the Kingdom of Bhutan, where Suneel was appointed an emissary for “Gross National Happiness”. 

“There are only a few people in the world who have made a success out of failing. Suneel Gupta is one of them.” - Simon Sinek, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Learning Outcomes:

  • Dispel the 3 common myths of high performance and learn a “daily dash” for boosting morale and engagement
  • Uncover the “twist” behind how one of the happiest places on Earth builds collaborative work cultures and communities
  • Put into practice a quick morning ritual that has been proven to cut stress in half for some of the most successful firms on the planet

Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind Breakthrough Ideas.
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.

Hidden Genius: releasing untapped potential in yourself and others
Human progress depends on bringing breakthrough ideas to life. And yet, some of the greatest inventions - including Penicillin, the Silicon Chip, and the iPhone - almost never came to be. In this talk, you’ll learn why certain cultures help or hinder creative expression. As a leader, you’ll walk away with a specific handbook for expressing creative ideas and creating the systems around you for others to do the same.

Back to the Garage: thinking and acting like an entrepreneur
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.

Managing Hyper-Growth.
Suneel led product development for Groupon, a company that grew from around $1 million in revenue to around $1 billion in revenue, in one year. In this talk, you’ll learn about how to build and manage teams and innovation when everything around you is growing at break-neck speed.

Accelerating Innovation.
Moving fast is both an art and a science. In this talk, Suneel shares lessons learned through building new products that quickly reached hundreds of millions of people and produced billions of dollars in revenue. In this talk, you’ll get an inside look at how to build a digital product from scratch and the pitfalls to avoid along the way.

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

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