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 Fall 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, Mint.com & Fountain
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Alejandro Rivas Micoud: CEO, Userlytics Corporation
  • Alex Cammarano: Co-Founder and CEO, Daylighted
  • Alexa Meyer: Co-Founder and CEO, Beam
  • Alexandra Johnson: Managing Director, DFJ Aurora
  • Alison Dale: Co-Founder and COO, FlipCause
  • Allen Saakyan: Interviewing the Greatest Minds, 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
  • Asad Raza: CEO and Founder, Neurostic LLC
  • Asher Abramson: Partner, BellCurve.com
  • Asya Bradley: VP | Channel Partnerships, Socure - Real Identity Verification
  • Atif Noori: CEO and Founder, Emberlight
  • Aurelie Guerrieri: Founder & CEO, Akila One
  • 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: Investor and Advisor, Bob Rosin
  • 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
  • Brittany Canty: Director of New Product Development, Braven
  • 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 Rubins: Founder & CEO, Legal Robot
  • Dan Arkind: Founder & CEO, JobScore
  • Daniel Faber: CEO, Deep Space Industries
  • Daniel Idzkowski: Co-Founder & CEO, SkunkLock, Inc.
  • Danny Jian: Creative Director, Essen International AB
  • David Sanghera: Founder, Adcrush Media
  • David Gibbons: Managing Director, ESA/ESTEC
  • David Sacks: CEO, Yammer
  • David Weekly: Product Manager, internet.org @ facebook
  • 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
  • Ekalavya Hansaj: CEO, QG
  • Elizabeth Fullerton: Founder | Designer, Boldfaced
  • Elizabeth Di Gaetano Andrew: Senior Sales, HelloSign
  • Elizabeth Bachman: CEO, The Star Maker For Speakers
  • Ellen Ma
  • Emerson Valiao: Founder and CEO, FlipCause
  • Emna Ghariani: Chapter Lead Director, The Founder Institute
  • Eren Bali: Chairman & Co-founder, Udemy
  • Eric Anderson: Chairman, Planetary Resources, Space Adventures
  • Eric Anderson: President , And One Technologies
  • Eric Ries: Speaker, The Lean Startup
  • 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
  • Faye Sahai: Managing Director, Telosity Fund & Partner Mirai Global, Vinaj Ventures- Telosity.io
  • Frank Mastronuzzi: CEO & Founder
  • Gabe Zichermann: CEO, Failosophy
  • Gagan Biyani: Gagan Biyani - CoFounder, Fresh (San Francisco FI) , Fresh
  • Garrett Camp: CEO, Stumbleupon
  • Genau L. Jr.: Founder & CEO, Yoobe.me
  • Gené Teare: Head of Content, Crunchbase
  • Gisele Bisson: Product Launch Strategist, Chain Reaction Accelerator
  • Haden Kirkpatrick: Head of Marketing Strategy and Innovation, Esurance
  • Harmony Oswald: Founder & CEO, Legalucy, Inc.
  • Hsu Ken Ooi: Co-Founder, Decide.com
  • Ira Gostin
  • Iris Charabi Berggren: Leadership Coach, IRIS cb
  • J. Allie Morse: Head of Expansion, Postmates
  • Jacquelyn Kung: Co-Founder, ClearCare
  • Jake Kuczeruk: Business Development, The Arcview Group
  • James Kaskade: CEO, Janrain Inc.
  • Jared Goralnick: Founder & CEO, AwayFind
  • Jason Calacanis: Jason Calacanis - CEO, Mahalo.com (San Francisco FI) , Mahalo.com
  • 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 Alter: Founder/CEO, Founder Dating
  • Jessica Chen Riolfi: Head of Product, Earnin
  • Jessica Chin Foo: Director of Strategic Partnerships, KiwiTech
  • Jill Bourque: Founder, RushTix
  • Joanna Riley: CEO & Co-Founder, Censia
  • Joe Di Pasquale: CEO & Founder, Regroup
  • Joe Betts Lacroix: CTO, Vium
  • 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
  • Julia Selander: Vice President S.F, Essen International
  • Justin Wilcox: Founder, Customer Development Labs
  • Justin Moore: CEO, Axcient, Inc.
  • Justine Reichman: Founder, Next Gen Chef
  • Karl Shaikh: Founder , Interpreters-On-Call
  • Kate Rutter: Co-Founder, LUXr
  • Kate Bunina: Managing Director of Bay Area, U+
  • 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, Olivia.ai
  • Madeline Duva: CEO, Fluxx.io
  • Maia Bittner: Hustler, Serial Entrepreneur
  • Marc Gelfo: Founder & CEO, Modacity
  • Marcos Polanco: CTO, Bellwether Coffee
  • Mark Montalban: Founder & CEO, Mindfultext & Growth at FI HQ
  • Mark Weiss: Senior Startup Partner Development, Amazon Web Services
  • Mark Reinstra: Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
  • Mark Manning: Founder & CEO, iTRACE Technologies
  • 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, BorrowLenses.com
  • Megan Todd: Head of Admissions
  • Michael Sidgmore: Partner, Broadhaven Ventures
  • Michael Gorback: Partner, Corporate Group Chair, Hanson Bridgett LLP
  • Mike Suprovici: EIR, Founder Institute
  • 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
  • Nicole Jordan: Business Development Manager, Early Growth Financial Services
  • 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 Sheppard
  • Rachel Loui: Chief Strategy Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Rajesh Setty: Rajesh Setty - Serial Entrepreneur and Author, WittyParrot
  • Ramphis Castro: Partner, Mindchemy
  • Renata George: Managing Director, Zenmen VC
  • Rex Salisbury: Partner, a16z
  • Rick Marini: Founder & CEO, BranchOut
  • Rita Waite: Investment Manager, Juniper Networks
  • Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz: Managing Director, Expon Capital
  • Ron Gentile: Advisor and Investor, Mighty Capital
  • Ron Palmeri: Founder/CEO , Layer, Inc/MkII Ventures
  • Ron Flavin: President, Ron Flavin, Inc.
  • Ruben Rohde: Designer, in stealth mode
  • Russ Heddleston: Co-founder & CEO, DocSend
  • Russ Fradin: Chairman & CEO, Dynamic Signal
  • Russell Klusas: Founder, Tradecraft
  • Ryan Micheletti: Director of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Ryan Vinyard: Hardware Startup Consultant, Vinyard Product Development
  • Ryan Mendoza: Associate, Scrum Ventures
  • 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
  • Sidd Gavirneni: CEO and Co-Founder, Zeguro
  • 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: Co-Founder, #HowSheWorks
  • 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
  • Torrey Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Endiatx
  • 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, inward.me
  • Wenceslao Casares: CEO, Bling Nation
  • Will Marshall: Co-Founder, Planet Labs
  • Will Bunker: Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of One-and-Only (became Match.com)
  • 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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