Founder Institute Mentors

San Francisco Spring 2019

The Founder Institute carefully recruits 20-40 Mentors per semester, and we typically only accept Mentors that have built or led fast-growth technology businesses.  

Our Mentors lead the weekly training sessions, and their mandate is to help our participants by sharing their experience, outlining the latest tactics, and providing critical feedback on your progress. In addition, through the Founder Institute's Equity Collective, Mentors are invested in the success of your company both during and after the program, and many have become formal advisors and investors to our Graduates. 

Mentors

Aaron

Aaron Patzer

Founder and CEO, Mint.com & Fountain
Adeo

Adeo Ressi

Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
Alejandro

Alejandro Rivas Micoud

CEO, Userlytics Corporation
Alex

Alex Cammarano

Co-Founder and CEO, Daylighted
Alexandra

Alexandra Johnson

Managing Director, DFJ Aurora
Alison

Alison Dale

Co-Founder and COO, FlipCause
Allen

Allen Saakyan

Polymath & Science Communicator, Simulation
Amer

Amer Mriziq

Senior Associate, Prototype Capital
Andrew

Andrew Goldner

FI Mentor
Anu

Anu Shultes

CEO, LendUp
Anuradha

Anuradha Gali

FI Mentor
Arun

Arun Nithyanandam

Co-founder and CEO, Cappius Technologies
Asher

Asher Abramson

Partner, BellCurve.com
Asya

Asya Bradley

VP | Channel Partnerships, Socure - Real Identity Verification
Atif

Atif Noori

CEO and Founder, Emberlight
Austin

Austin Arensberg

Principal, Scrum Ventures
Avery

Avery Lyford

Chief Customer Officer, InfoStretch
Barbara

Barbara Timm Brock

CEO, eTrack Tech
Bastien

Bastien Berthon

Head of New Markets, Insikt Inc
Ben

Ben Larson

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator
Benjamin

Benjamin Young

CEO, Sworkit
Bob

Bob Rosin

FI Mentor
Bob

Bob Richards

Co-Founder & CEO, Moon Express
Bow

Bow Rodgers

CEO, Founder Institute
Brad

Brad Peppard

Partner & Principal, Ravix Group
Bram

Bram Cohen

Founder/Chief Scientist, BitTorrent
Brandon

Brandon Steelman

Founder, Clear Gene, Inc.
Bret

Bret Harris

Director of Business Development, IndieGoGo
Brian

Brian Wong

Founder & CEO, Kiip
Brianne

Brianne Kimmel

Investor & Startup Advisor, Voyage
Brittany

Brittany Canty

Senior Product Manager, Braintree
Bubba

Bubba Murarka

Partner, DFJ
Carlos

Carlos Cobian

Co-Founder & VP of Marketing, Wireless Idea Corp
Carlos

Carlos Ochoa

Founder & CEO, Chilango Ventures
Carter

Carter Laren

Founder/CEO, Inara Ventures
Cassie

Cassie Fossum

Founder, Mavette
Cherise

Cherise Adkins

Public Relations Director | Former Journalist | Media Relations Specialist, Lyons Public Relations, LLC
Chris

Chris Saad

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Echo
Ciaran

Ciaran Byrne

Global Product Manager, Abbott Vascular
Conor

Conor O'sullivan

Investment Manager, Seraphim Capital
Cory

Cory Wang

FI Mentor
Dan

Dan Arkind

Founder & CEO, JobScore
Dan

Dan Rubins

Founder & CEO, Legal Robot
Daniel

Daniel Idzkowski

Co-Founder & CEO, SkunkLock, Inc.
Daniel

Daniel Faber

CEO, Deep Space Industries
Danny

Danny Jian

Creative Director, Essen International AB
David

David Sacks

CEO, Yammer
David

David Weekly

Product Manager, internet.org @ facebook
David

David Gibbons

Managing Director, ESA/ESTEC
David

David Sanghera

Founder, Adcrush Media
Dedra

Dedra Chamberlin

CEO, Cirrus Identity
Diane

Diane Ding

Principal, Shenzhen Valley Ventures
Diego

Diego Roman

Founder & CEO, Pelotea Inc
Diogo

Diogo Ruiz

CEO and Founder, Bluezup
Dru

Dru Babcock

Founder/ Coach, Power Curve Coaching
Eddie

Eddie Hartman

co-Founder, LegalZoom
Ekalavya

Ekalavya Hansaj

CEO, QG
Eline

Eline Stokstad Fjell

Associate, DNB Markets
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Fullerton

Founder | Designer, Boldfaced
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Di Gaetano Andrew

Senior Sales, HelloSign
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Bachman

CEO, The Star Maker For Speakers
Ellen

Ellen Ma

FI Mentor
Emerson

Emerson Valiao

Founder and CEO, FlipCause
Emna

Emna Ghariani

Chapter Lead Director, The Founder Institute
Eren

Eren Bali

Chairman & Co-founder, Udemy
Eric

Eric Ries

Speaker, The Lean Startup
Eric

Eric Anderson

Chairman, Planetary Resources, Space Adventures
Ernestine

Ernestine Fu

Senior Associate, Alsop Louie Partners
Erwin

Erwin Hosono

Partner, Mighty Capital
Eva

Eva Khoo

Principal, Vertex Ventures
Fabian

Fabian Geyrhalter

Founder and Principal, Finien
Faryl

Faryl Ury

Communication (PR) and Marketing Expert, Square, Uber, Dropbox
Frank

Frank Mastronuzzi

FI Mentor
Gabe

Gabe Zichermann

CEO, Onward
Gagan

Gagan Biyani

Gagan Biyani - CoFounder, Fresh (San Francisco FI) , Fresh
Garrett

Garrett Camp

CEO, Stumbleupon
Genau

Genau L. Jr.

Founder & CEO, Yoobe.me
Gené

Gené Teare

Head of Content, Crunchbase
Gisele

Gisele Bisson

Product Launch Strategist, Chain Reaction Accelerator
Haden

Haden Kirkpatrick

Head of Marketing Strategy and Innovation, Esurance
Hsu Ken

Hsu Ken Ooi

Co-Founder, Decide.com
Ira

Ira Gostin

FI Mentor
Iris

Iris Charabi Berggren

Leadership Coach, IRIS cb
J. Allie

J. Allie Morse

Head of Expansion, Postmates
Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn Kung

Co-Founder, ClearCare
Jake

Jake Kuczeruk

Director of Partnerships, Dispatch Labs
Jared

Jared Goralnick

Founder & CEO, AwayFind
Jason

Jason Johnson

FI Mentor
Jason

Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis - CEO, Mahalo.com (San Francisco FI) , Mahalo.com
Javid

Javid Jamae

Founder / CEO, Skipcard
Jay

Jay Jamison

FI Mentor
Jed

Jed Katz

Managing Partner, Javelin Venture Partners
Jeff

Jeff Lee

Founder & CEO, Cost Cooperative
Jeni

Jeni Chang

SVP Commercial Ops, VSP
Jenna

Jenna Cheng

Director of Marketing, PullString
Jennifer

Jennifer Vancini

Investment Partner, Mighty Capital
Jeremy

Jeremy Glassenberg

Founder, Consultant, API Strategist
Jessica

Jessica Chin Foo

Director of Strategic Partnerships, KiwiTech
Jessica

Jessica Chen Riolfi

Head of Product, Earnin
Jessica

Jessica Alter

Founder/CEO, Founder Dating
Jill

Jill Bourque

Founder, RushTix
Jim

Jim Kaskade

VP & GM, Digital Applications, Computer Sciences Corporation
Joanna

Joanna Riley

CEO & Co-Founder, Censia
Joe

Joe Betts Lacroix

CTO, Vium
Joe

Joe Di Pasquale

CEO & Founder, Regroup
Johannon

Johannon Olson

Partner, Mighty Capital
John B

John B Graham

CEO/Co-Founder, iObjx
Jonathan

Jonathan Abrams

Founder and CEO, Nuzzel
Jonathan

Jonathan Greechan

Co-Founder, Founder Institute
Juan

Juan Polanco

Founder & CEO, Optimo Capital
Justin

Justin Moore

CEO, Axcient, Inc.
Justin

Justin Wilcox

Founder, Customer Development Labs
Justine

Justine Reichman

Founder, Next Gen Chef
K.

K. Shaikh

Founder , Interpreters-On-Call
Kate

Kate Bunina

Managing Director of Bay Area, U+
Kate

Kate Rutter

Co-Founder, LUXr
Kelli

Kelli Peterson

Founder, The Change Project
Ken

Ken Kruszka

CEO, SnapCheck
Kerry

Kerry Jones

Former Co-Founder / CTO, HubHaus
Kunal

Kunal Punjabi

Founder, KeenBrain, business courses and coaching to take you to the next level
Leila

Leila Banijamali

Leila Banijamali - CEO & Founder, Startup Documents (San Francisco FI) , Startup Documents
Lesa

Lesa Hammond

CEO, Profihire
Leslie

Leslie Chicoine

Product, Groupon International
Luba

Luba Lesiva

Founder & CEO, L4C
Lucas

Lucas Moraes

Co-Founder, Olivia.ai
Madeline

Madeline Duva

CEO, Fluxx.io
Maia

Maia Bittner

Hustler, Serial Entrepreneur
Marc

Marc Gelfo

Founder & CEO, Modacity
Marcos

Marcos Polanco

CTO, Visor Labs
Mark

Mark Manning

Founder & CEO, iTRACE Technologies
Mark

Mark Reinstra

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
Mark

Mark Weiss

Ecosystem GM, RocketSpace
Mark

Mark Montalban

Founder, iDEAQUEST.co
Matt

Matt Belitsky

Start Up Consultant, The Data Guy
Matt

Matt Walters

FI Mentor
Matt.M.Hill@Gmail.Com

Matt.M.Hill@Gmail.Com Hill

Founder & CEO, Elegen
Matthew

Matthew Baker

VP Strategic Planning, FreshBooks
Matthew

Matthew Bradley

VP Machine Learning, SynapseFI
Max

Max Shevyakov

Co-Founder & CEO, BorrowLenses.com
Megan

Megan Todd

FI Mentor
Michael

Michael Gorback

Partner, Corporate Group Chair, Hanson Bridgett LLP
Michael

Michael Sidgmore

Partner, Broadhaven Ventures
Mike

Mike Suprovici

FI Mentor
Miles

Miles Lasater

Founding Partner, Purpose Built Ventures
Minji

Minji Wong

Founder, At Her Best
Misha

Misha Chellam

Cofounder & COO, Scanadu
Mona

Mona Defrawi

CEO & Founder, Radivision
Monica

Monica Phillips

President, Spark Plug Labs
Nadav

Nadav Samet

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, TrueAccord
Nancy

Nancy Wang

CEO, Advancing Women in Product
Natalie

Natalie Wilson

Senior Counsel, Hanson Bridgett
Naveen

Naveen Jain

Founder & CEO, Viome
Nitin

Nitin Pachisia

Founding Partner, Unshackled
Olawale

Olawale Ayeni

Principal, Orange Digital Ventures
Olga

Olga Mack

General Counsel | Startup Advisor | Author | Speaker | Women's Advocate, ClearSlide
Omar

Omar Valle

Startup Business Development, Amazon Web Services
Pascale

Pascale Diaine

Principal, Storm Ventures
Patrick

Patrick Lee

Co-Founder, Hobo Labs
Paul

Paul D'souza

President and CEO, The D'Souza Group
Phil

Phil Libin

Co-Founder and Chairman of Evernote, Managing Director at General Catalyst, General Catalyst
Philip

Philip Kaplan

Founder and CEO, ADHD Labs
Purva

Purva Gupta

Founder and CEO, Lily
Qasim

Qasim Salam

CEO, CreativeMorph
Rachel

Rachel Sheppard

FI Mentor
Rachel

Rachel Loui

Chief Strategy Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim
Rajesh

Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty - Serial Entrepreneur and Author, WittyParrot
Ramphis

Ramphis Castro

Partner, Mindchemy
Renata

Renata George

Managing Director, Zenmen VC
Rick

Rick Marini

Founder & CEO, BranchOut
Rita

Rita Waite

Investment Manager, Juniper Networks
Rodrigo

Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz

Managing Director, Expon Capital
Ron

Ron Flavin

President, Ron Flavin, Inc.
Ron

Ron Gentile

Venture Scout, Mighty Capital
Ron

Ron Palmeri

Founder/CEO , Layer, Inc/MkII Ventures
Ruben

Ruben Rohde

Design Director, Cisco
Russ

Russ Fradin

Chairman & CEO, Dynamic Signal
Russ

Russ Heddleston

Co-founder & CEO, DocSend
Russell

Russell Klusas

Founder, Tradecraft
Ryan

Ryan Vinyard

Hardware Startup Consultant, Vinyard Product Development
Ryan

Ryan Hoover

Founder, Product Hunt
Ryan

Ryan Micheletti

Director of Global Operations, Founder Institute
Sam

Sam Mc Afee

CTO, POPVOX
Sami

Sami Inkinen

Co-Founder, Board Member, Trulia
Sascha

Sascha Karstädt

Cofounder , Jasada Labs
Sasha

Sasha Hallin

Project Manager, Essen International
Sc

Sc Moatti

Managing Partner, Mighty Capital
Sean

Sean Casey

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Space Center
Seth

Seth Sternberg

co-founder & ceo, Meebo
Shelly

Shelly Collins

General Partner, Propeller Venture Capital
Shruti

Shruti Merchant

CEO & Co-Founder, HubHaus
Sidd

Sidd Gavirneni

CEO and Co-Founder, Zeguro
Simone

Simone Brunozzi

FI Mentor
Slava

Slava Akhmechet

Founder, RethinkDB
Stephane

Stephane Giraudie

CEO, Voxeet
Stephen

Stephen Russell

Founder and CEO , Prism Skylabs
Stu

Stu West

CFO, Kno, Inc.
Sumit

Sumit Mehta

CEO, MAZAKALI
Suz

Suz Somersall

CEO, KiraKira
Taylor

Taylor Sims

Chief of Staff, Synapse - Office of the CEO
Thomas

Thomas Farb

Cofounder, EVP of Corporate Development & CFO, Atherio, Inc. (IT Services in US, UK & India)
Tiago

Tiago Gavassi

Founder, PANIC LOBSTER
Tiarne

Tiarne Hawkins

Vice President, Playable
Tijan

Tijan Watt

Managing Director, African Tech Leaders
Touraj

Touraj Parang

COO, UpCounsel
Tracy

Tracy Basinger

Group Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Vic

Vic Kapur

Founder & Managing Partner, VisionPassage
Vincent

Vincent Diallo

Partner, Interlace Ventures
Walter

Walter Roth

CEO, inward.me
Wayne

Wayne Willis

Managing Partner, Nodal Partners
Wenceslao

Wenceslao Casares

CEO, Bling Nation
Will

Will Bunker

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of One-and-Only (became Match.com)
Will

Will Marshall

Co-Founder, Planet Labs
Wilson

Wilson Cheung

Principal, Ravix Group
Wyman

Wyman Wang

Technical Recruiter, Walmart Global eCommerce
Yasmeen

Yasmeen Turayhi

Global Product Marketing Lead, AdRoll
Ying

Ying Wang

Managing Director, Fosun
Zaina

Zaina Orbai

Chief People Officer, The RealReal
Ziv

Ziv Gillat

Co-Founder, Eye-Fi & Forq

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