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.
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.”
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.
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.
"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!"
"Suneel left our digital team smarter and ready to innovate. I'd have him back to speak anytime."
"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."
"Suneel Gupta's engaging remarks on entrepreneurialism and business innovation were thought-provoking and inspiring, and resonated deeply with our audience."