In the Founder Institute's challenging, four-month startup launch program, aspiring entrepreneurs are provided with weekly training, feedback, and evaluation by Founder Institute Mentors.

Our Mentors provide the passion, experience, and support that helps our Founders launch meaningful and enduring companies.

The mandate for our Mentors is to share their vast experience with the next generation of entrepreneurs, outlining the latest tactics, and providing critical feedback. In a confidential setting, they share horror stories, best practices, and candid feedback to help our Founders avoid "rookie mistakes" and be successful. In addition, through our unique Shared Liquidity Pool, Mentors are strongly incentivized to help our companies after Graduation, and many have become formal advisors to our Graduate companies. 

In the upcoming San Francisco Spring 2019 Semester, we have secured a truly exceptional roster of Founder Institute Mentors, including many from out of town.

See the full list below:

  • Aaron Patzer: Founder and CEO, & Fountain
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Alejandro Rivas Micoud: CEO, Userlytics Corporation
  • Alex Cammarano: Co-Founder and CEO, Daylighted
  • Alexandra Johnson: Managing Director, DFJ Aurora
  • Alison Dale: Co-Founder and COO, FlipCause
  • Allen Saakyan: Polymath & Science Communicator, Simulation
  • Amer Mriziq: Senior Associate, Prototype Capital
  • Andrew Goldner: Co-Founder & CEO
  • Anu Shultes: CEO, LendUp
  • Anuradha Gali, Uber
  • Arun Nithyanandam: Co-founder and CEO, Cappius Technologies
  • Asher Abramson: Partner,
  • Asya Bradley: VP | Channel Partnerships, Socure - Real Identity Verification
  • Atif Noori: CEO and Founder, Emberlight
  • Austin Arensberg: Principal, Scrum Ventures
  • Avery Lyford: Chief Customer Officer, InfoStretch
  • Barbara Timm Brock: CEO, eTrack Tech
  • Bastien Berthon: Head of New Markets, Insikt Inc
  • Ben Larson: Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator
  • Benjamin Young: CEO, Sworkit
  • Bob Rosin: Bob Rosin - VP Business Development, LinkedIn (San Francisco FI)
  • Bob Richards: Co-Founder & CEO, Moon Express
  • Bow Rodgers: CEO, Founder Institute
  • Brad Peppard: Partner & Principal, Ravix Group
  • Bram Cohen: Founder/Chief Scientist, BitTorrent
  • Brandon Steelman: Founder, Clear Gene, Inc.
  • Bret Harris: Director of Business Development, IndieGoGo
  • Brian Wong: Founder & CEO, Kiip
  • Brianne Kimmel: Investor & Startup Advisor, Voyage
  • Brittany Canty: Senior Product Manager, Braintree
  • Bubba Murarka: Partner, DFJ
  • Carlos Cobian: Co-Founder & VP of Marketing, Wireless Idea Corp
  • Carlos Ochoa: Founder & CEO, Chilango Ventures
  • Carter Laren: Founder/CEO, Inara Ventures
  • Cherise Adkins: Public Relations Director | Former Journalist | Media Relations Specialist, Lyons Public Relations, LLC
  • Chris Saad: Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Echo
  • Ciaran Byrne: Global Product Manager, Abbott Vascular
  • Conor O'sullivan: Investment Manager, Seraphim Capital
  • Cory Wang
  • Dan Arkind: Founder & CEO, JobScore
  • Dan Rubins: Founder & CEO, Legal Robot
  • Daniel Idzkowski: Co-Founder & CEO, SkunkLock, Inc.
  • Daniel Faber: CEO, Deep Space Industries
  • Danny Jian: Creative Director, Essen International AB
  • David Sacks: CEO, Yammer
  • David Weekly: Product Manager, @ facebook
  • David Gibbons: Managing Director, ESA/ESTEC
  • David Sanghera: Founder, Adcrush Media
  • Dedra Chamberlin: CEO, Cirrus Identity
  • Diane Ding: Principal, Shenzhen Valley Ventures
  • Diego Roman: Founder & CEO, Pelotea Inc
  • Diogo Ruiz: CEO and Founder, Bluezup
  • Dru Babcock: Founder/ Coach, Power Curve Coaching
  • Eddie Hartman: co-Founder, LegalZoom
  • Elizabeth Di Gaetano Andrew: Senior Sales, HelloSign
  • Elizabeth Fullerton: Founder | Designer, Boldfaced
  • Ellen Ma
  • Emerson Valiao: Founder and CEO, FlipCause
  • Emna Ghariani: Chapter Lead Director, The Founder Institute
  • Eren Bali: Chairman & Co-founder, Udemy
  • Eric Ries: Speaker, The Lean Startup
  • Eric Anderson: Chairman, Planetary Resources, Space Adventures
  • Eric Anderson: President , And One Technologies
  • Ernestine Fu: Senior Associate, Alsop Louie Partners
  • Erwin Hosono: Partner, Mighty Capital
  • Eva Khoo: Principal, Vertex Ventures
  • Fabian Geyrhalter: Founder and Principal, Finien
  • Faryl Ury: Communication (PR) and Marketing Expert, Square, Uber, Dropbox
  • Frank Mastronuzzi: CEO & Founder
  • Gabe Zichermann: CEO, Onward
  • Gagan Biyani: Gagan Biyani - CoFounder, Fresh (San Francisco FI) , Fresh
  • Garrett Camp: CEO, Stumbleupon
  • Genau L. Jr.: Founder & CEO,
  • Gené Teare: Head of Content, Crunchbase
  • Gisele Bisson: Product Launch Strategist, Chain Reaction Accelerator
  • Haden Kirkpatrick: Head of Marketing Strategy and Innovation, Esurance
  • Hsu Ken Ooi: Co-Founder,
  • Ira Gostin
  • Iris Charabi Berggren: Leadership Coach, IRIS cb
  • J Ranjan: CEO, Intelliber Technologies
  • J. Allie Morse: Head of Expansion, Postmates
  • Jacquelyn Kung: Co-Founder, ClearCare
  • Jake Kuczeruk: Director of Partnerships, Dispatch Labs
  • Jared Goralnick: Founder & CEO, AwayFind
  • Jason Johnson: Managing Partner
  • Jason Calacanis: Jason Calacanis - CEO, (San Francisco FI) ,
  • Javid Jamae: Founder / CEO, Skipcard
  • Jay Jamison: Founder & President
  • Jed Katz: Managing Partner, Javelin Venture Partners
  • Jeff Lee: Founder & CEO, Cost Cooperative
  • Jeni Chang: SVP Commercial Ops, VSP
  • Jenna Cheng: Director of Marketing, PullString
  • Jennifer Vancini: Investment Partner, Mighty Capital
  • Jeremy Glassenberg: Founder, Consultant, API Strategist
  • Jessica Chin Foo: Director of Strategic Partnerships, KiwiTech
  • Jessica Chen Riolfi: Head of Product, Earnin
  • Jessica Alter: Founder/CEO, Founder Dating
  • Jill Bourque: Founder, RushTix
  • Jim Kaskade: VP & GM, Digital Applications, Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Joanna Riley: CEO & Co-Founder, Censia
  • Joe Betts Lacroix: CTO, Vium
  • Joe Di Pasquale: CEO & Founder, Regroup
  • Johannon Olson: Partner, Mighty Capital
  • John B Graham: CEO/Co-Founder, iObjx
  • Jonathan Abrams: Founder and CEO, Nuzzel
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder, Founder Institute
  • Juan Polanco: Founder & CEO, Optimo Capital
  • Justin Moore: CEO, Axcient, Inc.
  • Justin Wilcox: Founder, Customer Development Labs
  • Justine Reichman: Founder, Next Gen Chef
  • K. Shaikh: Founder , Interpreters-On-Call
  • Kate Bunina: Managing Director of Bay Area, U+
  • Kate Rutter: Co-Founder, LUXr
  • Kelli Peterson: Founder, The Change Project
  • Ken Kruszka: CEO, SnapCheck
  • Kerry Jones: Former Co-Founder / CTO, HubHaus
  • Kunal Punjabi: Founder, KeenBrain, business courses and coaching to take you to the next level
  • Leila Banijamali: Leila Banijamali - CEO & Founder, Startup Documents (San Francisco FI) , Startup Documents
  • Lesa Hammond: CEO, Profihire
  • Leslie Chicoine: Product, Groupon International
  • Luba Lesiva: Founder & CEO, L4C
  • Lucas Moraes: Co-Founder,
  • Madeline Duva: CEO,
  • Maia Bittner: Hustler, Serial Entrepreneur
  • Marc Gelfo: Founder & CEO, Modacity
  • Marcos Polanco: CTO, Visor Labs
  • Mark Manning: Founder & CEO, iTRACE Technologies
  • Mark Reinstra: Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
  • Mark Weiss: Ecosystem GM, RocketSpace
  • Mark Montalban: Founder,
  • Matt Belitsky: Start Up Consultant, The Data Guy
  • Matt Walters: Managing Director
  • Matt.M.Hill@Gmail.Com Hill: Founder & CEO, Elegen
  • Matthew Baker: VP Strategic Planning, FreshBooks
  • Max Shevyakov: Co-Founder & CEO,
  • Megan Todd: Head of Admissions
  • Michael Gorback: Partner, Corporate Group Chair, Hanson Bridgett LLP
  • Michael Sidgmore: Partner, Broadhaven Ventures
  • Mike Suprovici: EIR
  • Miles Lasater: Founding Partner, Purpose Built Ventures
  • Minji Wong: Founder, At Her Best
  • Misha Chellam: Cofounder & COO, Scanadu
  • Mona Defrawi: CEO & Founder, Radivision
  • Monica Phillips: President, Spark Plug Labs
  • Nadav Samet: Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, TrueAccord
  • Nancy Wang: CEO, Advancing Women in Product
  • Natalie Wilson: Senior Counsel, Hanson Bridgett
  • Naveen Jain: Founder & CEO, Viome
  • Nitin Pachisia: Founding Partner, Unshackled
  • Olawale Ayeni: Principal, Orange Digital Ventures
  • Olga Mack: General Counsel | Startup Advisor | Author | Speaker | Women's Advocate, ClearSlide
  • Omar Valle: Startup Business Development, Amazon Web Services
  • Pascale Diaine: Principal, Storm Ventures
  • Patrick Lee: Co-Founder, Hobo Labs
  • Paul D'souza: President and CEO, The D'Souza Group
  • Phil Libin: Co-Founder and Chairman of Evernote, Managing Director at General Catalyst, General Catalyst
  • Philip Kaplan: Founder and CEO, ADHD Labs
  • Purva Gupta: Founder and CEO, Lily
  • Qasim Salam: CEO, CreativeMorph
  • Rachel Loui: Chief Strategy Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Rachel Sheppard
  • Rajesh Setty: Rajesh Setty - Serial Entrepreneur and Author, WittyParrot
  • Ramphis Castro: Partner, Mindchemy
  • Renata George: Managing Director, Zenmen VC
  • Rick Marini: Founder & CEO, BranchOut
  • Rita Waite: Investment Manager, Juniper Networks
  • Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz: Managing Director, Expon Capital
  • Ron Flavin: President, Ron Flavin, Inc.
  • Ron Palmeri: Founder/CEO , Layer, Inc/MkII Ventures
  • Ron Gentile, Sensely
  • Ruben Rohde: Design Director, Cisco
  • Russ Fradin: Chairman & CEO, Dynamic Signal
  • Russ Heddleston: Co-founder & CEO, DocSend
  • Russell Klusas: Founder, Tradecraft
  • Ryan Vinyard: Hardware Startup Consultant, Vinyard Product Development
  • Ryan Hoover: Founder, Product Hunt
  • Ryan Micheletti: Director of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Sam Mc Afee: CTO, POPVOX
  • Sami Inkinen: Co-Founder, Board Member, Trulia
  • Sascha Karstädt: Cofounder , Jasada Labs
  • Sasha Hallin: Project Manager, Essen International
  • Sc Moatti: Managing Partner, Mighty Capital
  • Sean Casey: Managing Director, Silicon Valley Space Center
  • Seth Sternberg: co-founder & ceo, Meebo
  • Shelly Collins: General Partner, Propeller Venture Capital
  • Shruti Merchant: CEO & Co-Founder, HubHaus
  • Sidd Gavirneni: CEO and Co-Founder, Zeguro
  • Simone Brunozzi: Technology Evangelist
  • Slava Akhmechet: Founder, RethinkDB
  • Stephane Giraudie: CEO, Voxeet
  • Stephen Russell: Founder and CEO , Prism Skylabs
  • Stu West: CFO, Kno, Inc.
  • Sumit Mehta: CEO, MAZAKALI
  • Suz Somersall: CEO, KiraKira
  • Taylor Sims: Chief of Staff, Synapse - Office of the CEO
  • Thomas Farb: Cofounder, EVP of Corporate Development & CFO, Atherio, Inc. (IT Services in US, UK & India)
  • Tiago Gavassi: Founder, PANIC LOBSTER
  • Tiarne Hawkins: Vice President, Playable
  • Tijan Watt: Managing Director, African Tech Leaders
  • Touraj Parang: COO, UpCounsel
  • Tracy Basinger: Group Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Vic Kapur: Founder & Managing Partner, VisionPassage
  • Vincent Diallo: Partner, Interlace Ventures
  • Walter Roth: CEO,
  • Wayne Willis: Managing Partner, Nodal Partners
  • Wenceslao Casares: CEO, Bling Nation
  • Will Bunker: Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of One-and-Only (became
  • Will Marshall: Co-Founder, Planet Labs
  • Wilson Cheung: Principal, Ravix Group
  • Wyman Wang: Technical Recruiter, Walmart Global eCommerce
  • Yasmeen Turayhi: Global Product Marketing Lead, AdRoll
  • Ying Wang: Managing Director, Fosun
  • Zaina Orbai: Chief People Officer, The RealReal
  • Ziv Gillat: Co-Founder, Eye-Fi & Forq

  • And many more to be announced. 

If you could use expert training feedback from Mentors like the ones listed above, then be sure to apply the San Francisco Founder Institute soon. There is limited space in the program, and time in running out. 

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more - like UdemyRealty MoguliCarsClubItembasegoplaceit, and Appota.

                                  We hope you will join us in San Francisco and launch a company in 2016.


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