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 Silicon Valley Summer 2019 Semester, we have secured a truly exceptional roster of Founder Institute Mentors, including many from out of town.

See the full list below:

  • Aalap Shah: Co-Founder, SoMe Connect
  • Aaron Patzer: Founder and CEO, Mint.com & Fountain
  • Adam Dean: Partner, Ravix Group
  • Adam Fridman: Founder, Mabbly and ProHabits
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Alain Raynaud: CEO, FairSoftware
  • Alejandro Goyen
  • Alejandro Rivas Micoud: CEO, Userlytics Corporation
  • Alex Sok: Co-Founder/CEO, Elluva
  • Alex Rampell: CEO, TrialPay
  • Alexander Garcia Tobar: Principal, AGT Group, Inc
  • Alexander Torrenegra: Co-founder and CEO, VoiceBunny and Torrenegra Labs
  • Alexandra Johnson: Managing Director, DFJ VTB Aurora
  • Alexandra Johnson: Managing Director, DFJ Aurora
  • Aline Hemmo: Consultant, Pilsoft
  • Ana Baltodano
  • Andreas Gindin: Entrepreneur and investor, Ulf & Vänner AB
  • Andrew Lee: CEO, Esper
  • Andrew Filev: Founder&CEO, Wrike
  • Andrew Goldner: Co-Founder & CEO
  • Andrew Schwaab: Patent Attorney, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
  • Anthony Kolton: President, Regenerative Medical Solutions (RMS)
  • Anthony Duran: Sr Product Manager, Wolters Kluwer
  • Ash Fontana: Venture Hacker, AngelList
  • Ash Maurya: Founder & CEO, Spark59
  • Asta Sendonaris, LBS
  • Avery Lyford: Chief Customer Officer, InfoStretch
  • Balaji Sivasubramanian: VP, Product, OpsMx
  • Barry Thompson: CEO, Tervela
  • Basil Enan: CEO, Discors
  • Ben Larson: Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator
  • Benjamin Young: CEO, Sworkit
  • Bhavin Shah: CEO, Refresh, Inc.
  • Bill Hunt: CTO, IncentAlign
  • Bjoern Lasse Herrmann: CEO, Compass (formerly Startup Genome)
  • Bob Rosin: Bob Rosin - VP Business Development, LinkedIn (San Francisco FI)
  • Bow Rodgers: CEO, Founder Institute
  • Bram Cohen: Founder/Chief Scientist, BitTorrent
  • Branden Spikes: CEO, CTO, and Founder, Spikes, Inc.
  • Brandon Steelman: Founder, Clear Gene, Inc.
  • Brett Murray: Vice President, Marketing, View, Inc.
  • Brian Liu: Chairman & Co-Founder, LegalZoom.com
  • Brian Wong: Founder & CEO, Kiip
  • Bryan Thatcher: CEO, Fusebox Inc
  • Bubba Murarka: Partner, DFJ
  • Carol Broadbent: Managing Director, Crowded Ocean
  • Carter Laren: Founder/CEO, Inara Ventures
  • Chester Ng: Co-Founder & CMO, SweetLabs
  • Chris Hogg: Founder & CEO, 100Plus
  • Christina Trampota: Managing Director, CGM Squared
  • Ciaran Byrne: Global Product Manager, Abbott Vascular
  • Connie Kwan: CEO, Product Maestro
  • Craig Kanarick: CEO , Mouth Foods
  • Dan Rubins: Founder & CEO, Legal Robot
  • Dan Arkind: Founder & CEO, JobScore
  • Dan Mc Guire: CEO, SKINNYprice
  • Dan Owen: Managing General Partner, HO2 Funds
  • Dan Gertsacov: Dan Gertsacov - CEO, Americas Region (Bogota FI)
  • Dana Loberg: CEO, Leo AR
  • Daniel Saccani: President, Ravix Group, Inc.
  • Daniel Takabayashi: CTO, Laguro.com
  • Dave Mcclure: Founder/CEO, Aslan Computing
  • David Anderson: Partner, Mighty Capital
  • David Dioli: Partner, Ravix Group
  • David Kidder: Co-Founder and CEO, Bionic Solution LLC
  • David Wu: General Partner, Maveron Capital
  • David Weekly: Product Manager, internet.org @ facebook
  • David Ulevitch: CEO, OpenDNS
  • David Higley: Managing Partner, Bond Lane Partners
  • David Sacks: CEO, Yammer
  • Eddie Hartman: co-Founder, LegalZoom
  • Emna Ghariani: Chapter Lead Director, The Founder Institute
  • Eren Bali: Chairman & Co-founder, Udemy
  • Erette Dunn: Founder , Rever
  • Eric Ries: Speaker, The Lean Startup
  • Eugene Lee: CEO, Socialtext
  • Fabian Geyrhalter: Founder and Principal, Finien
  • Faryl Ury: Communication (PR) and Marketing Expert, Square, Uber, Dropbox
  • Frank Mastronuzzi: CEO & Founder
  • Fred Joyal: Fred Joyal - CEO & Co-Founder, Futuredontics (Los Angeles FI) , Futuredontics
  • G.D. (Ram) Ramkumar: Chief Architect for Visual Search, A9.com
  • Gabe Zichermann: CEO, Onward
  • Gagan Biyani: Gagan Biyani - CoFounder, Fresh (San Francisco FI) , Fresh
  • Gary Gaessler: VP Sales, Nventify
  • George Bravo: Founder, Law Office of George R. Bravo
  • Gina Bianchini: Cofounder, Ning
  • Gisele Bisson: Product Launch Strategist, Chain Reaction Accelerator
  • Gleb Budman: Co-founder and CEO, Backblaze
  • Gopi Mattel: Founder CEO, MaxBlox, Inc.
  • Gopi Rangan: Cofounder, INSEAD Angels
  • Greg Isenberg: Digital Marketer and Angel Investor
  • Hans Kim: Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Harmony Oswald: Founder & CEO, Legalucy, Inc.
  • Heather Harde: Former CEO, TechCrunch
  • Himakara Pieris: CEO, Hydra.ai
  • Himanshu Khurana: Senior Engineering Manager, Premium, LinkedIn
  • Holly Liu: CoFounder, Chief of Staff, Kabam
  • Ian Mc Carthy: COO, BrightSky Labs
  • Iris Charabi Berggren: Leadership Coach, IRIS cb
  • James Jensen: Partner, Perkins Coie
  • James Hong: Co-founder, HOT or NOT
  • Jared Goralnick: Founder & CEO, AwayFind
  • Jared Hansen: Founder & CEO, Breezy
  • Jason Calacanis: Jason Calacanis - CEO, Mahalo.com (San Francisco FI) , Mahalo.com
  • Jason Nazar: Jason Nazar - Co Founder & CEO, Crew32
  • Jason Freedman: Founder, 42Floors
  • Jason Johnson: Managing Partner
  • Jay Jamison: Founder & President
  • Jeff Bonforte: Jeff Bonforte - SVP, Yahoo (Silicon Valley FI) , Yahoo
  • Jeff Lee: Founder & CEO, Cost Cooperative
  • Jeff Stewart: Founder & CEO, Lenddo
  • Jeffrey Dachis: CEO, One Drop
  • Jen Shelby: Consultant, Signature Leadership
  • Jeremy Geiger: CEO, Retailigence
  • Jeremy Glassenberg: Founder, Consultant, API Strategist
  • Jessica Alter: Founder/CEO, Founder Dating
  • Jessica Zweig: Co-Founder | President, CheekyChicago.com | SimplyBe Agency
  • Jill Stelfox: Co-Founder , Graffiti Sports
  • Jim Kaskade: VP & GM, Digital Applications, Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Jim Greer: CEO, Kongregate
  • Jim Chappell: Managing Director, DoublEagle Management Group
  • Joanna Riley: CEO & Co-Founder, Censia
  • Joe Garza
  • Joe Betts Lacroix: CTO, Vium
  • Joe Bezdek: Co-founder, DivX, Inc.
  • Joe Zawadzki: CEO, MediaMath
  • John Lee: Vice President, Early Stage Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
  • John Albietz: CTO, Co-Founder, Managed Cloud Technologies
  • John Mc Intyre: Managing Director, Citrix Startup Accelerator
  • John Young: principal, Alkimie Pte. Ltd.
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder, Founder Institute
  • Jonathan Benassaya: Owner , Milestone Factory
  • Jonathan Abrams: Founder and CEO, Nuzzel
  • Joseph Prabhakar: CEO, Power Communication Corp.
  • Joshua Rozario: Principal Consultant, The Joshua Rozario Company
  • Juan Polanco: Founder & CEO, Optimo Capital
  • Justin Wilcox: Founder, Customer Development Labs
  • Justin Mares: Co-author, Traction book
  • Justin Moore: CEO, Axcient, Inc.
  • Justin Mc Carthy: CEO, TurnHere, Inc.
  • Justine Reichman: Founder, Next Gen Chef
  • K. Shaikh: Founder , Interpreters-On-Call
  • Kamal Hassan: CEO, Incmind
  • Karen Purtich: Human Resources Leadership, Independent HR Consultant
  • Kate Rutter: Co-Founder, LUXr
  • Ken Ross: Founder/CEO, ExpertCEO
  • Kendall Mac Rostie: Attorney, Foster Employment Law
  • Kevin Siskar: Managing Director, Founder Institute NY
  • Kevin Ye: Corporate Relations, Silicon Foundry
  • Kiki Mwiti: CoFounder, FairFunders
  • Kirill Makharinsky: Co-founder, Ostrovok.ru
  • Kristopher Francisco: CEO, Evolute Inc.
  • Larsen Jensen: Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Leila Banijamali: Leila Banijamali - CEO & Founder, Startup Documents (San Francisco FI) , Startup Documents
  • Lesa Hammond: CEO, Profihire
  • Lev Mazin: CEO, AYTM
  • Liza Lichtinger: Liza Lichtinger , FDS
  • Lucas Rocha: Investor, Unshackled Ventures
  • Lucas Gozálvez: Founder & CEO, Icinetic
  • Lucy Keoni: CoFounder, StartUpRising
  • Madeline Duva: Technology Industry Advisor/Board Member, Drop (Smart Kitchen)
  • Madeline Duva: CEO, Fluxx.io
  • Marcos Polanco: CTO, Visor Labs
  • Marcos Polanco: Co-director, Founder Institute San Francisco
  • Maria Mokhnatkina: CEO, RoadGazer Inc.
  • Mark Montalban: Founder, iDEAQUEST.co
  • Mark Frohnmayer: Founder, Arcimoto
  • Mark Manning: Founder & CEO, iTRACE Technologies
  • Mark Pincus: CEO, Esper
  • Marlon Nichols: Partner, Intel Capital
  • Matt Shapiro: CEO, Co-Founder, siyea
  • Matt Belitsky: Start Up Consultant, The Data Guy
  • Matt Mandell: Principal, Mandell Enterprises
  • Max Shevyakov: Co-Founder & CEO, BorrowLenses.com
  • Max Shevyakov: CEO, BorrowLenses
  • Megan Todd: Head of Admissions
  • Micah Baldwin: VP, Author Development, Blurb
  • Michael Seibel: CEO, Socialcam
  • Michael Arrington: Editor, TechCrunch
  • Michael Diamant: CEO, Skip Hop
  • Mike Suprovici: EIR
  • Misha Chellam: Cofounder & COO, Scanadu
  • Mona Defrawi: CEO & Founder, Radivision
  • Munjal Shah: CEO, Like.com
  • Natalia Alquati: Head of Business Development, CodigoDelSur
  • Nathan Schor: Founder, Resource Center for Scientific Marketing
  • Naval Ravikant: Co-founder, AngelList
  • Navin Nagiah: President & CEO, DNN Corp
  • Newton Paskin: President & CEO, Explorer Technologies
  • Nir Eyal, AdNectar
  • Nitin Pachisia: Founding Partner, Unshackled
  • Nupur Mehta: CEO, RigPlenish
  • Omar Valle: Startup Business Development, Amazon Web Services
  • Patrick Mork: Chief Story Teller, Mad Mork Stories
  • Patrick Lee: Co-Founder, Hobo Labs
  • Paul D'souza: President and CEO, The D'Souza Group
  • Peter Holtz: President, Peter Holtz CPA
  • Peter Pham: CEO, BillShrink
  • Phil Libin: Co-Founder and Chairman of Evernote, Managing Director at General Catalyst, General Catalyst
  • Philip Kaplan: Founder and CEO, ADHD Labs
  • Phnam Bagley: Partner and Creative Director, Nonfiction
  • Prem Kumta: Co-Founder Up All Night / CEO Flavor Group , Up All Night
  • Purva Gupta: Founder and CEO, Lily
  • Rachel Sheppard
  • Raj Sheth: CEO, Recruiterbox
  • Raj Singh: Managing Director, JetBlue Technology Ventures
  • Rajesh Setty: Rajesh Setty - Serial Entrepreneur and Author, WittyParrot
  • Rashmi Sinha: CEO, SlideShare
  • Ravishankar Gundlapalli: CEO & Founder, MentorCloud, Inc.
  • Razi Sharir: CEO, Product Management & Strategy, Xeround Inc
  • Roman Arzhintar: Direct, Product Management, Rovi Corporation
  • Ron Gentile, Sensely
  • Ron Warshawsky: CEO, Enteros, Inc
  • Ron Palmeri: Founder/CEO , Layer, Inc/MkII Ventures
  • Russ Fradin: Chairman & CEO, Dynamic Signal
  • Russell Klusas: Founder, Tradecraft
  • Ryan Micheletti: Director of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Ryan Mac Carrigan: VP Biz Dev, Startup Essentials Inc.
  • Sam Chaudhary: Co-founder & CEO, ClassDojo
  • Sami Inkinen: Co-Founder, Board Member, Trulia
  • Sandeep Shroff: Co-Founder/CEO, myStartUpCFO
  • Sanjai Marimadaiah: Managing Director, Spinnovation LLC
  • Sathya Prasad: Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Scott Painter: Co Founder, BrightHouse
  • Scott Heiferman: CEO, Meetup
  • Sean Casey: Managing Director, Silicon Valley Space Center
  • Seth Sternberg: co-founder & ceo, Meebo
  • Shaahin Cheyene: President, http://www.excelerol.com
  • Shahab Kaviani: Co-Founder, Chief Entrepreneurs Office, CoFoundersLab
  • Shervin Pishevar: CEO, SGN
  • Srdjan Kovacevic: Vice President, Sizmek, Inc.
  • Stephen Russell: Founder and CEO , Prism Skylabs
  • Stephen Meade: Founder & CEO, MonetaPro.IO
  • Steve Mc Kay: CEO, Entone, Inc. and others
  • Steve Bennet: Trustee, Cross Coin Ventures
  • Steven Frisch: Serial Entrepreneur & Advisor, CentralSpark.io
  • Stu West: CFO, Kno, Inc.
  • Subha Shetty: vice president, product and design, zenfolio
  • Suhas Ghante: COO, Zyudly Labs
  • Sujee Maniyam: Founder / Principal, Elephant Scale
  • Suranga Chandratillake: Founder & CEO, blinkx
  • Surina Piyadasa: Lead Coach/Founder/CEO, Dynamically Speaking
  • Suz Somersall: CEO, KiraKira
  • Taek Chung: CEO and Founder, AdHusky
  • Thomas Hogan: Founder and Partner, Crowded Ocean
  • Tim Hyer: Founder & CEO, Getable
  • Tim Ferriss
  • Timo Kilp: Associate, Sony Innovation Fund
  • Tony Scherba: President, Yeti LLC
  • Travis Giggy: Founder, Swing by Swing Golf
  • Trip Adler: CEO, Scribd
  • Troy Foster: Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Valerie Chan: Founder Co-CEO, Eye-Fi & Forq
  • Victor Chapela: Victor Chapela - Founder & CEO, Suggestic (Silicon Valley FI), Suggestic
  • Vince Nakayama: Founder/CEO, Accelervation
  • Vincent Lui: Managing Director, Rhapsody Ventures
  • Virender Ahluwalia: EVP Finance, Singularity University
  • Walter Roth: CEO, inward.me
  • Wenceslao Casares: CEO, Bling Nation
  • Wendy Ryan: Managing Director, Muse Advisors
  • Will Bunker: Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of One-and-Only (became Match.com)
  • Wilson Cheung: Principal, Ravix Group
  • Winston Choe: Founder/CEO, Innoscape
  • Xavier Damman: Co-Founder & CEO, Storify
  • Xiaoxu Kang: CEO, KangarooHealth Inc.
  • Y Vonne Hutchinson: Founder, ReadySet
  • 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 Silicon Valley 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 Silicon Valley and launch a company in 2016.

   

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