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 2020 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 Fridman: Founder, Mabbly and ProHabits
  • Adam Dean: Partner, Ravix Group
  • 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 Torrenegra: Co-founder and CEO, VoiceBunny and Torrenegra Labs
  • Alexander Garcia Tobar: Principal, AGT Group, Inc
  • Alexandra Johnson: Managing Director, DFJ Aurora
  • Alexandra Johnson: Managing Director, DFJ VTB Aurora
  • Aline Hemmo: Consultant, Pilsoft
  • Ana Baltodano
  • Andreas Gindin: Entrepreneur and investor, Ulf & Vänner AB
  • Andrew Schwaab: Patent Attorney, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
  • Andrew Goldner: Co-Founder & CEO
  • Andrew Filev: Founder&CEO, Wrike
  • Andrew Lee: CEO, Esper
  • Angela Rastegar: Director, West Coast and Asia Pacific, Circle Surrogacy and Egg Donation
  • Anthony Duran: Sr Product Manager, Wolters Kluwer
  • Anthony Kolton: President, Regenerative Medical Solutions (RMS)
  • Artem Gassan: General Partner, SaaS Growth Ventures
  • Ash Fontana: Venture Hacker, AngelList
  • Ash Maurya: Founder & CEO, Spark59
  • Asta Sendonaris, LBS
  • Aurelie Guerrieri: Founder & CEO, Akila One
  • 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
  • Beth Pennington: Partner, Pennington LP
  • Bhavin Shah: CEO, Refresh, Inc.
  • Bill Hunt: CTO, IncentAlign
  • Bjoern Lasse Herrmann: CEO, Compass (formerly Startup Genome)
  • Bob Rosin: Investor and Advisor, Bob Rosin
  • Bob Christopher: Director of Innovation, Diamond Edge Ventures
  • 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 Wong: Founder & CEO, Kiip
  • Brian Liu: Chairman & Co-Founder, LegalZoom.com
  • 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
  • Chris Garrett: Founder and CEO, Devil's Canyon Brewery
  • Christina Trampota: Product and Partnerships Leader, Growth Stage Companies
  • Christina Laskowski: Business Transformation, VMware
  • Ciaran Byrne: Global Product Manager, Abbott Vascular
  • Connie Kwan: Product Maestro, Product Maestro
  • Craig Kanarick: CEO , Mouth Foods
  • Dan Mc Guire: CEO, SKINNYprice
  • Dan Rubins: Founder & CEO, Legal Robot
  • Dan Gertsacov: Dan Gertsacov - CEO, Americas Region (Bogota FI)
  • Dan Owen: Managing General Partner, HO2 Funds
  • Dan Arkind: Founder & CEO, JobScore
  • Dana Loberg: CEO, Leo AR
  • Daniel Saccani: President, Ravix Group, Inc.
  • Daniel Takabayashi: CTO, Laguro.com
  • Daria Gonzalez: Founder, Wunderdogs
  • Dave Mcclure: Founder/CEO, Aslan Computing
  • David Sacks: CEO, Yammer
  • David Higley: Managing Partner, Bond Lane Partners
  • David Dioli: Partner, Ravix Group
  • David Ulevitch: CEO, OpenDNS
  • David Weekly: Product Manager, internet.org @ facebook
  • David Wu: General Partner, Maveron Capital
  • David Kidder: Co-Founder and CEO, Bionic Solution LLC
  • David Anderson: Partner, Mighty Capital
  • Dylan Taylor: Chairman & CEO, Voyager Space Holdings
  • Earl Martin Valencia: Co-Founder and Partner, Cognity Labs
  • Ed Lam: Partner, Mighty Capital
  • Eddie Hartman: co-Founder, LegalZoom
  • Eileen Brewer: Angel Investor, Golden Seeds
  • Emna Ghariani: Chapter Lead Director, The Founder Institute
  • Eren Bali: Chairman & Co-founder, Udemy
  • Erette Dunn: Founder , Rever
  • Eric Ries: Speaker, The Lean Startup
  • Erin Pangilinan: Founder, FASTER
  • Eugene Lee: CEO, Socialtext
  • Fabian Geyrhalter: Founder and Principal, Finien
  • 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, Failosophy
  • 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 Rangan: Cofounder, INSEAD Angels
  • Gopi Mattel: Founder CEO, MaxBlox, Inc.
  • Greg Isenberg: Digital Marketer and Angel Investor
  • Guiti Navabi: Talent Acquisition Leader, Poynt
  • 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
  • Irina Berkon: Member, Golden Seeds
  • Iris Charabi Berggren: Leadership Coach, IRIS cb
  • James Kaskade: CEO, Janrain Inc.
  • James Jensen: Partner, Perkins Coie
  • James Hong: Co-founder, HOT or NOT
  • Jared Hansen: Founder & CEO, Breezy
  • Jared Goralnick: Founder & CEO, AwayFind
  • Jason Johnson: Managing Partner
  • Jason Freedman: Founder, 42Floors
  • Jason Nazar: Jason Nazar - Co Founder & CEO, Crew32
  • Jason Calacanis: Jason Calacanis - CEO, Mahalo.com (San Francisco FI) , Mahalo.com
  • Jay Jamison: Founder & President
  • Jeff Lee: Founder & CEO, Cost Cooperative
  • Jeff Stewart: Founder & CEO, Lenddo
  • Jeff Bonforte: Jeff Bonforte - SVP, Yahoo (Silicon Valley FI) , Yahoo
  • Jeffrey Dachis: CEO, One Drop
  • Jen Shelby: Consultant, Signature Leadership
  • Jeremy Glassenberg: Founder, Consultant, API Strategist
  • Jeremy Geiger: CEO, Retailigence
  • Jessica Zweig: Co-Founder | President, CheekyChicago.com | SimplyBe Agency
  • Jessica Alter: Founder/CEO, Founder Dating
  • Jill Stelfox: Co-Founder , Graffiti Sports
  • Jim Greer: CEO, Kongregate
  • Jim Chappell: Managing Director, DoublEagle Management Group
  • Joanna Riley: CEO & Co-Founder, Censia
  • Joe Zawadzki: CEO, MediaMath
  • Joe Bezdek: Co-founder, DivX, Inc.
  • Joe Betts Lacroix: CTO, Vium
  • Joe Garza
  • John Albietz: CTO, Co-Founder, Managed Cloud Technologies
  • John Lee: Vice President, Early Stage Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
  • John Young: principal, Alkimie Pte. Ltd.
  • John Mc Intyre: Managing Director, Citrix Startup Accelerator
  • Jonathan Abrams: Founder and CEO, Nuzzel
  • Jonathan Benassaya: Owner , Milestone Factory
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder, Founder Institute
  • Joseph Prabhakar: CEO, Power Communication Corp.
  • Joshua Rozario: Principal Consultant, The Joshua Rozario Company
  • Juan Polanco: Founder & CEO, Optimo Capital
  • Justin Mares: Co-author, Traction book
  • Justin Mc Carthy: CEO, TurnHere, Inc.
  • Justin Moore: CEO, Axcient, Inc.
  • Justin Wilcox: Founder, Customer Development Labs
  • Justine Reichman: Founder, Next Gen Chef
  • Kamal Hassan: CEO, Incmind
  • Karen Purtich: Human Resources Leadership, Independent HR Consultant
  • Karl Shaikh: Founder , Interpreters-On-Call
  • Kate Connally: Director of Growth, Dolby Laboratories
  • Kate Rutter: Co-Founder, LUXr
  • Kelly Fitzsimmons: Co-Founder, HarQen & the Hypervoice Consortium
  • 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
  • Kevin Gabayan: CEO, Stealth Company
  • Kiki Mwiti: Founder, DYVVYD
  • Kirill Makharinsky: Co-founder, Ostrovok.ru
  • Kristopher Francisco: CEO, Evolute Inc.
  • Larsen Jensen: Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Lauren Chan Lee: Senior Director of Product Management, Care.com
  • 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 Gozálvez: Founder & CEO, Icinetic
  • Lucas Rocha: Investor, Unshackled Ventures
  • Lucy Keoni: CoFounder, StartUpRising
  • Luis Mauro Yap: Advisor, Multiple Companies
  • Madeline Duva: CEO, Fluxx.io
  • Madeline Duva, Drop (Smart Kitchen)
  • Marcos Polanco: Co-director, Founder Institute San Francisco
  • Marcos Polanco: CTO, Bellwether Coffee
  • Maria Mokhnatkina: CEO, RoadGazer Inc.
  • Mark Pincus: CEO, Esper
  • Mark Frohnmayer: Founder, Arcimoto
  • Mark Manning: Founder & CEO, iTRACE Technologies
  • Mark Montalban: Founder & CEO, Mindfultext & Growth at FI HQ
  • Marlon Nichols: Partner, Intel Capital
  • Matt Shapiro: CEO, Co-Founder, siyea
  • Matt Belitsky: Start Up Consultant, The Data Guy
  • Matt Mandell: Principal, Mandell Enterprises
  • Matt Kozlov: Managing Director, Techstars
  • Matt Kuta: Co-Founder & President, Voyager Space Holdings
  • Max Shevyakov: CEO, BorrowLenses
  • Max Shevyakov: Co-Founder & CEO, BorrowLenses.com
  • Megan Todd: Head of Admissions
  • Micah Baldwin: VP, Author Development, Blurb
  • Michael Seibel: CEO, Socialcam
  • Michael Diamant: CEO, Skip Hop
  • Michael Arrington: Editor, TechCrunch
  • Michael Sims: CEO, Ceres Robotics
  • Mike Suprovici: EIR, Founder Institute
  • Minda Aguhob: Chief People Officer & Co-Founder, Vytality Health
  • 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
  • Nicole Kelsey: General Counsel and Secretary, Amyris, Inc.
  • Nir Eyal, AdNectar
  • Nitin Pachisia: Founding Partner, Unshackled
  • Nupur Mehta: CEO, RigPlenish
  • Omar Valle: Startup Business Development, Amazon Web Services
  • Patrick Lee: Co-Founder, Hobo Labs
  • Patrick 146571964: Chief Story Teller, Mad Mork Stories
  • Paul D'souza: President and CEO, The D'Souza Group
  • Peter Pham: CEO, BillShrink
  • Peter Holtz: President, Peter Holtz CPA
  • Phil Libin: Co-Founder and Chairman of Evernote, Managing Director at General Catalyst, General Catalyst
  • Philip Kaplan: Founder and CEO, ADHD Labs
  • Philip Lam: CoFounder, NEX Team Inc (HomeCourt)
  • 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
  • Rajiv Ayyangar: CEO, Tandem (YC S19)
  • 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 Flavin: President, Ron Flavin, Inc.
  • Ron Warshawsky: CEO, Enteros, Inc
  • Ron Palmeri: Founder/CEO , Layer, Inc/MkII Ventures
  • Ron Gentile: Advisor and Investor, Mighty Capital
  • Russ Fradin: Chairman & CEO, Dynamic Signal
  • Russell Brand: Member, Keiretsu Forum
  • Russell Klusas: Founder, Tradecraft
  • Ryan Mac Carrigan: VP Biz Dev, Startup Essentials Inc.
  • Ryan Micheletti: Director of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • 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 Heiferman: CEO, Meetup
  • Scott Painter: Co Founder, BrightHouse
  • 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
  • Shira Abel: CEO, Hunter & Bard
  • Srdjan Kovacevic: Vice President, Sizmek, Inc.
  • Stephen Meade: Founder & CEO, MonetaPro.IO
  • Steve Bennet: Trustee, Cross Coin Ventures
  • Steve Mc Kay: CEO, Entone, Inc. and others
  • Steven Frisch: Serial Entrepreneur & Advisor, CentralSpark.io
  • Stu West: CFO, Kno, Inc.
  • Subha Shetty: vice president, product and design, zenfolio
  • Suhas Ghante: Entrepreneur, SVEthos
  • Sujee Maniyam: Founder / Principal, Elephant Scale
  • Suranga Chandratillake: Founder & CEO, blinkx
  • Surina Piyadasa: Lead Coach/Founder/CEO, Dynamically Speaking
  • Suz Somersall: CEO, KiraKira
  • Tadhg Bourke: Head of People and Places, Nuro
  • Taek Chung: CEO and Founder, AdHusky
  • Tim Ferriss
  • Tim Hyer: Founder & CEO
  • 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
  • Tucker Hamilton: Commander, F-35 Integrated Test Force, US Air Force
  • Valerie Chan: Founder Co-CEO, Eye-Fi & Forq
  • Vasanth Shenai: VP Finance
  • Victor Chapela: Victor Chapela - Founder & CEO, Suggestic (Silicon Valley FI)
  • Vince Nakayama: Founder/CEO, Accelervation
  • Vincent Lui: Managing Director, Rhapsody Ventures
  • Virender Ahluwalia: EVP Finance, Singularity University
  • Walter Roth: CEO, inward.me
  • Wayne Willis: Managing Partner, Nodal Partners
  • Wenceslao Casares: CEO, Bling Nation
  • Wendy Ryan: Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • 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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