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Ben Rattray is the founder and CEO of Change.org, the world's largest petition platform. He has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of Fortune's 40 Under 40 rising young business leaders. Since its founding in 2007, Change.org has achieved international prominence attracting 75 million users from every country and hundreds of thousands of user-generated petitions. In this discussion Ben talks about social entrepreneurship and how companies can make a difference. Ben is interview by Rip Empson.

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Alfred Lin focuses on consumer internet, enterprise and mobile investments. He is a Director of Achievers, Airbnb, Houzz, Humble Bundle, Kiwi, Romotive and Stella & Dot. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2010, Alfred was Chairman and COO/CFO of Zappos.com (AMZN). Prior to Zappos.com, Alfred was VP of Finance and Business Development of Tellme Networks (MSFT). Previously, Alfred was Co-Founder and General Manager of Venture Frogs, LLC and invested in companies such as Ask Jeeves (IACI), MongoMusic (MSFT), MyAble (OPWV), OpenTable (OPEN), Tellme (MSFT) and Zappos.com (AMZN). Alfred began his startup career as VP of Finance of LinkExchange (MSFT). Alfred has a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford.

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Tige Savage co-leads Revolution Ventures, which invests in and helps build innovative and impactful companies.  He serves or has served on the boards of Revolution portfolio companies including Flexcar, HelloWallet, LivingSocial, Snagfilms, and UberMedia.  Tige co-founded Revolution with Steve Case in 2005. Prior to Revolution, Tige was vice president of Time Warner Ventures, where he led a team focused on investments in technology and next-generation media companies. Savage was an executive at Riggs National Corporation in the mid-1990s and from 1998 to 2000, he managed the technology and media sector investments as executive vice president of Riggs Capital Partners. Listen in as Tige shares experiences that illustrate the importance of communication and how to define key metrics for your business.


Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named as one of "8 Rising VC Stars" by Fortune Magazine for his investments in business and consumer technology companies. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was an entrepreneur and operating executive who worked in a variety of senior management roles in high-growth companies. Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding partner at FLOODGATE where her investment interests include the innovations in e-commerce, security, and big data. Her board seats include Modcloth, Refinery29, Wanelo, and Rise. She was previously a board member and lead seed investor of TaskRabbit and Lyft. In addition to serving at FLOODGATE, Ann is a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her PhD focused on mathematical modeling of computer security. This episode is an insightful conversation between Ann and Mike about the democratization of entrepreneurship.


Brock Pierce is a serial entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for virtual currency in online games and now digital currency. He has founded nine companies, acquired more than 30 others, and closed more than a dozen corporate finance transactions, securing more than $200 million on behalf of his companies. He is currently Executive Chairman of Playsino, Managing Director of the Clearstone Global Gaming Fund, and sits on the boards of IMI Exchange, Xfire, Five Delta, EverTune, and Spicy Horse Games. Brock is interviewed by Michael Terpin, Startup Grind chapter director for Las Vegas.


GroupMe was conceived at TechCrunch Disrupt 2010. Founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci raised US $10.6 million in venture capital from Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, angel investors, and others. August 2011, Skype acquired the one-year old start-up for around $80 million. Skype had itself been purchased by Microsoft in May 2011, with the purchase finalized in October 2011. GroupMe is still active today with well over 5MM users and pushing close to a billion messages a month.  Listen in as Jared and Steve discuss their experience building a business at a hackathon and how to raise venture capital.


Carlos Wizard Martins is a Brazilian entrepreneur and founder. Carlos graduated from BYU with a degree in computer science. He then worked as a computer systems analyst in Brazil. He soon realized he was earning more by teaching his colleagues English, so he formed Wizard Language Institute. Wizard grew into Grupo Multi which owns and operates language school franchises like Wizard. In December 2013 Pearson purchased Grupo Multi for $720 million. Martins is also the founder of Vale Presente and Akatus, which are Brazilian payment solutions providers. In this presentation Carlos talks about the values we need to guide us as entrepreneurs.

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Today’s interview is with Dave Gilboa, who is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative fashion brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. He has helped raised $55 million from SV Angel, Lere Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and First Round Capital. Prior to Warby Parker, Dave was an Associate at merchant bank Allen & Company and, earlier, worked at Bain & Company. Dave has worked extensively with non-profit organizations, and serves as a founding member of the Entrepreneur Board of Venture for America, an organization dedicated to mobilizing graduates as entrepreneurs in low-cost cities. Born in Sweden and raised in San Diego, Dave graduated with a BS in Bioengineering with Honors from UC Berkeley and holds an MBA from Wharton Business School.


Today we are talking with Dr. Howard Morgan a co-founder and partner in First Round Capital, a seed stage venture capital investment firm specializing in information technologies. Howard was Professor of Decision Sciences at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Computer Science at the Moore School for almost 15 years. Since 1989, he has been President of the Arca Group, nurturing early stage companies and taking them from seed stage through initial public offerings. He also serves as a Director of Idealab, where he was a founding investor in 1996. Dr. Morgan has served on a number of public and private company Boards, including Franklin Electronic Publishers, Fab.com, and AxialMarkets.


Today our guest is Paul Ahlstrom, Managing Director and co-founder of Alta Ventures Mexico a venture capital fund focused in Mexico. Mr. Ahlstrom has founded several funds in the US including vSpring Capital, Alta Growth Capital, and Kickstart Seed Fund. Over his career, Mr. Ahlstrom has directly participated in more than 90 venture capital investments. In addition to fund creation and investment experience, Mr. Ahlstrom has direct entrepreneurial and operating experience, having personally founded multiple startups. Prior to founding vSpring Capital in 2000, Paul was founder and CEO of Knowlix Inc., a Knowledge Management IT company.

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