Suneel Gupta

Suneel Gupta

Entrepreneur | Harvard University Visiting Scholar | Author of Backable

Suneel Gupta went from being the face of failure in the pages of the New York Times to being the “New Face of Innovation” for the New York Stock Exchange. In his new book, Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You, he distills an important approach to business that relies not on connections or raw talent but the ability to persuade others to take a chance on potential. The book is rooted in Gupta’s journey of discovery from a twice-failed entrepreneur to a leader behind two IPOs. In his presentations, he shares both hard-earned wisdom and the deft understanding of modern business that helped him succeed.

Gupta attributes his achievements to an attitude that embraces failure as part of the process, and by always being willing to innovate and chase new ideas. He found success as an entrepreneur as the co-founder CEO of RISE, a mobile health company that lowered the cost of quality care for thousands of patients. After being backed by Greylock and Google Ventures, the company was eventually acquired by One Medical. Prior to RISE, he worked as Groupon’s first VP of Product Development, serving the company from Series A funding through its IPO.

Gupta has been named a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and has lectured at the University of Michigan. He’s also served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence inside the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, and has been heralded as a visionary product leader and entrepreneur by the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, CNBC, and The Today Show.


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.

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.