Suneel Gupta

Suneel Gupta

Founder & CEO of RISE and Former Head of Product Development for Groupon

Speaker Categories: E-Commerce | Intellectual Capital | Innovation | Technology Leader | Headliners - Technology | Information Technology Industry | Information Technology

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Founder & CEO of RISE and Former Head of Product Development for Groupon

Named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange and featured by the New York Times as a disrupter, Suneel Gupta is the Founder & CEO of RISE, which was funded by Google’s venture capital arm.

Groupon and RISE

He is globally known for building innovative, mass-appeal products from scratch. Prior to RISE, Suneel was Groupon’s pioneering Head of Product Development, he transform the company from an early-stage startup to a multi-billion dollar public company. During this period, Forbes magazine named Groupon “the fastest growing company ever.”

Mozilla Labs

Before Groupon, Suneel led product development for Firefox’s innovation arm, Mozilla Labs, where he built Personas, a browser product which was adopted by Harry Potter and other top brands. Personas is now used by hundreds of millions of people around the globe.

Former Presidential Speechwriter

Suneel started his career in public policy as a speechwriter in President Clinton’s West Wing, and was then asked to co-author the national platform for the Democratic Party.


He proceeded to have a heavy presence in the media world; Suneel blogged for MTV, and went on to work for the President of Sony Pictures Television to help develop popular television concepts. Suneel also produced an interactive film project with his brother, Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN), which focused on first generation Indian-Americans. The Kahani Movement debuted at South by Southwest 2010.


Suneel has a JD from Northwestern University’s School of Law and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan with a degree in Information Systems.

Suneel currently lives the San Francisco Bay Area.

Accelerating Innovation

Moving fast is both an art and a science. In this talk, Suneel shares lessons learned through building new products that quickly reached hundreds of millions of people and produced billions of dollars in revenue. In this talk, you’ll get an inside look at how to build a digital product from scratch and the pitfalls to avoid along the way.

Storyboard Thinking

Innovative startups like AirBnB are now adopting the same discipline of “storyboard thinking” that originated in Walt Disney's personal studio lot. In this talk, Suneel Gupta, who is both a film producer and technologist, teaches you how to bring storyboard thinking into your organization and unleash creativity like never before.

Managing Hyper-Growth

Suneel led product development for Groupon, a company that grew from around $1 million in revenue to around $1 billion in revenue, in one year. In this talk, you’ll learn about how to build and manage teams and innovation when everything around you is growing at break-neck speed.

What Jerry Seinfeld Taught us about Innovation

We'll explore lessons we can use to build beautiful products -- courtesy of one of the world's greatest-ever comedians.

Think Big, But Act Small

Lessons that have been learned in "Lean" Innovation from building a $25 million startup into a $25 billion startup will be discussed in this compelling presentation.

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  • "Suneel Gupta was a bright spot at our recent West Coast Boardroom Summit conference! His insights were both refreshing and thought provoking—and his on-the-ground experiences at the forefront of some of the most successful entrepreneurial ventures in recent years leant true credibility to his presentation. His lively keynote kept everyone in the audience engaged!"

    New York Stock Exchange
  • "Suneel left our digital team smarter and ready to innovate. I'd have him back to speak anytime."

    President of Ecommerce
  • "It was a pleasure having Suneel speak to our alumni and students in Guadalajara. His speech was really motivating for our audience, who left the event inspired. We really appreciated how he spoke from his heart, I am sure none of the participants will forget his charming talk. We could not have asked for a better closing of Alumnitec 2013, Suneel has definitely set the tone for future speakers in our event."

    Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara
  • "Suneel Gupta's engaging remarks on entrepreneurialism and business innovation were thought-provoking and inspiring, and resonated deeply with our audience."

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