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.