Founder of Rise, Author of Backable, and Faculty at Harvard

Suneel Gupta

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Suneel Gupta is the Founder of RISE, Author of Backable, and Faculty at Harvard University. He's been heralded as one of the most inspiring product speakers in the country by leaders at Deloitte and Walgreens.

Suneel Gupta teaches innovation at Harvard University and is the author of the
upcoming book, Backable (Little Brown, 2021) – 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 2019, Suneel established the Gross National Happiness Center of America in partnership with the Kingdom of Bhutan.

  • Backable: the surprising truth behind innovative 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.
Suneel brought to life the concept of innovation.

—Dan Roiter, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

Remarkable! Extremely valuable! You ignited discussions that sparked fresh, creative ideas.

—Sulema Peterson , SACRS Executive Director, SACRS

A bright spot at our conference. His lively keynote kept everyone in the audience engaged!

—Deborah Scally, Editor, Corporate Board Magazine

Highly entertaining and substantive. After Suneel's talk, we thought differently about change.

—Steve Muench, Senior Vice President of HARMAN International

Thought-provoking and inspiring. He resonated deeply with our audience.

—Sterling Shea, Global Head of Wealth, Dow Jones

Suneel left our team smarter and ready to innovate.

—Sona Chawla, Chief Marketing Officer, Walgreens

Suneel Gupta's "Backable"​ shows how to get others to invest in you and your life

Attracting investment is such a fundamental part of entrepreneurship that it’s easy to think about it with less nuance than one should. After all, the job of investors is to invest. And their incentive to do so is ... Read more

by Linkedin

Suneel Gupta Reveals The Key To Creating & Pitching Successful Ideas

Suneel Gupta, Author of ‘BACKABLE: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You,’ Co-founder of Rise and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University joins Cheddar to discuss how to be ... Read more

by Cheddar

A cofounder who sold his company for nearly $20 million on how to make investors feel like their input matters so they take a chance on you

Years ago, I came across a designer named Michelle who was incredibly in demand within her company. People would fight to have her on their team. I later discovered that while people liked Michelle’s ... Read more

by Business Insider

Become More Credible and Persuasive by Doing These 7 Things

What it is that makes people take a chance on someone else is something you can learn.

by Inc.

Try this creative tactic to improve an idea or hone your pitch

In “Backable,” author Suneel Gupta says don’t simply ask “What do you think?” Instead, stage an exhibition match.

by Fast Company

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