SVBJ Upstart 50: Meet the Bay Area’s Investors, Creatives, Backers & Masters

Event Information

5:30pm–8:30pm, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, 505 Howard St, San Francisco, CA

Where else would you host a celebration of business creation other than the Bay Area?

Join the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal for cocktails and conversation with the figures driving the creation of the worlds new innovation capital.

Meet the Upstart 50 honorees – the Inventors, Creatives, Backers – and Masters and hear some of their best stories and lessons in intimate and in-depth fireside chats.

Dress code: Business Cocktail

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center delivers world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential.


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Maureen Fan, CEO, Baobab Studios

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Melonee Wise, CEO, Fetch Robotics

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Jon Sebastiani, CEO & Founder, Sonoma Brands

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Ron Suber, President Emeritus, Prosper Marketplace

2017 Upstart 50 Honorees


Bart Stephens, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Blockchain Capital

Brad Stephens, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Blockchain Capital

IIan Gur, Founding Director, Cyclotron Road

Jess Lee, Venture Capital Partner, Sequoia Capital

Shelly Kapoor Collins, Founder, Shatter Fund

Jon Sebastiani, CEO, Sonoma Brand

Daniel Lurie, CEO, Tipping Point Community


Maureen Fan, CEO & Co-Founder, Baobab Studios

Larry Cutler, CTO & Co-Founder, Baobab Studios

Michael Preysman, CEO, Everlane

John Marx, Co-Founder & Design Principal, Form4Architecture

Mike Bitar, Co-Founder, Grupo Flor

Gavin Kogan, Co-Founder, Grupo Flor

Matt Oehrlein, Founder, Megabots

Gui Cavalcanti, Founder, Megabots

Meron Gribetz, CEO, Meta

Jill Bourne, City Librarian, San Jose Public Library

O’Brien Chalmers, CEO, Steelblue

Tommy Means, Founder & Executive Creative Director, Mekanism

Clarence Chui, CEO, Outward Inc.


Karin Lachmi, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer , Bioz, Inc.

Stephanie Lampkin, CEO, Blendoor

Rachel Haurwitz, CEO, Caribou Biosciences

Othman Laraki, CEO, Color Genomics

Hill Ferguson, CEO, Doctor on Demand

Jim Patterson, CEO, Eaze

Melonee Wise, CEO, Fetch Robotics

Deepak Srivastava, Director, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, Gladstone Institutes

William Santana Li, CEO, Knightscope, Inc.

Lisa Curtis, CEO, Kuli Kuli

Todd McKinnon, CEO, Okta

Tom Lee, CEO, One Medical

Patrick Kennedy, CEO, Panoramic Interests

Chad Rigetti, CEO & Founder, Rigetti Computing

Bipul Sinha, CEO, Rubrik

Raj Ramanand, CEO, Signifyd

Christian Sanz, CEO, Skycatch

Keyvan Mohajer, CEO, SoundHound

Jay Kaplan, CEO, Synack

Alex Hertel, CEO & Co-Founder, Xperiel

Philipp Hertel, CTO & Co-Founder, Xperiel

Glen Tullman, CEO, Livongo Health

Eric Yuan, CEO, Zoom

Erik Kostelnik, CEO, TextRecruit


Ted Love, CEO, Global Blood Therapeutics

Susan Fowler Rigetti, Editor in Chief, Increment

Mitch Kapor, Co-Founder, Kapor Center

Freada Kapor Klein, PhD, Kapor Center

Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NIO

Jensen Huang, CEO, Nvidia

Ron Suber, President Emeritus, Prosper Marketplace

Sheryl O’Loughlin, CEO, REBBL

Carole Shorenstein Hays, CEO, The CURRAN, and Tony Award Winning Producer