May
3
12:30 PM12:30

Series Y: Making Small Bets on Big Ideas

Speaker:

Sam Altman
Y Combinator &  OpenAI 

Interviewer:

In 2014, Sam Altman took the helm of Y Combinator, renowned Silicon Valley accelerator known for churning out unicorns including Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe. With a mandate to grow as fast as he could, Sam focused on extending Y Combinator’s reach and scope, positioning the firm to capitalize on the next wave of entrepreneurial innovation. In diversifying Y Combinator’s portfolio to include some of the most innovative ideas across verticals like energy, artificial intelligence, robotics, human augmentation, and virtual reality, Altman is driving efforts to push VCs to act differently. In conversation with Adriana Cisneros, CEO and Vice Chairman of Cisneros, we will hear what drives Sam, what keeps him up at night, how Y Combinator decides which moonshot ideas to fund and support, how the accelerator defines entrepreneurial ecosystems, and what it takes to build the next unicorn.

About Y Combinator: Started in March 2005, Y Combinator is an American seed accelerator founded by Paul Graham, Robert Morris, Trevor Blackwell and Jessica Livingston. Y Combinator provides seed money, advice, and connections at two three-month programs per year. In exchange, Y Combinator takes about 7 percent of the company’s equity. The startup founders relocate to the Bay Area for the entirety of the program, which includes weekly dinners keynoted by special guests and culminates in Demo Day, when participants present their products and services to a handpicked audience of potential investors and advisors. Some of the most successful Y Combinator alumni include Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe.

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May
3
11:15 AM11:15

The Frictionless Customer Experience: New Rules for "Omnichannel" Retail

Speaker:

Stefan Weitz
Radial Inc.

Gwen Morrison
Americas and Australasia at The Store WP

Consumer experience (CX) should be at the core of any retail brand’s strategy. The importance of CX not only extends to the buying experience but also has a tangible effect on a retailer’s bottom line. Forbes writes that “89 percent of customers say they have switched brands because of poor CX”. Understanding the customer journey is about learning what customers experience from the moment they begin considering a purchase, and then working to make the journey toward buying a product or service as simple, clear, and efficient as possible. Come hear Gwen Morrison (CEO, The Americas and Australasia at The Store/WPP Global Retail) and Stefan Weitz (Chief Product and Strategy Officer of Radial Inc.) lay out a roadmap to removing friction from six key points in the buying process. They will cover topics like how to attract and engage customers, inventory management tips, efficient payment processing, order routing, and seamless customer service and returns.

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May
3
11:15 AM11:15

Building a High-impact Healthcare Business : Ideation, Validation and Commercialization

Speaker:

Simona Zompi
Karius

Carolyne Zimmerman
J&J Innovations

Jorge Soto
Miroculus

Moderator:

Balraj Kakkar
Ernst & Young LLP

Simona Zompi (Head of Global Innovation & Partnerships, Karius), Carolyne Zimmerman (Transactions Leader, J&J Innovations), Jorge Soto (Founder, Miroculus), and Balraj Kakkar (Managing Director, Parthenon-EY) share insights on how to translate the potential value of a healthcare service/product to commercial use. This interactive session with discuss topics ranging from ideation and validation to overcoming regulatory hurdles and raising smart capital.

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May
3
11:15 AM11:15

Endeavor Catalyst: Investing in Endeavor’s Future

Speaker:

Allen Taylor
Endeavor Global

Come hear Endeavor Catalyst Managing Director and 10+ year Endeavor veteran Allen Taylor speak about Endeavor Catalyst, the global venture capital fund built on top of Endeavor that invests exclusively in Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Since launching back in 2012, Endeavor Catalyst has made 50 investments into Endeavor companies in 17 countries and had two exits resulting in $11M+ in returns.  Based on this success, we are now raising our 2nd fund, for which we have raised over $70M in commitments in the past few months, including a $10M “anchor” commitment from LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman and investments from more than 100+ Endeavor Entrepreneurs, board members and mentors around the world. The goals of Endeavor Catalyst are to support Endeavor Entrepreneurs, make a healthy financial return for our investors, and generate profits to fund the future of Endeavor. Join this session to learn more about how Endeavor Catalyst works, and how you too can invest in the future of Endeavor!

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May
3
11:15 AM11:15

Comprehensive Education Platforms; Long Overdue!

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The session will be focus on fragmented vs. comprehensive education solutions, covering the definitions, benefits and challenges of both solutions. Walid will highlight why comprehensive solutions that seamlessly integrate LMS, SIS, CC are easier and more cost effective to access and manage data, generate comprehensive reports, and achieve a better teaching and learning experience.

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May
3
10:30 AM10:30

To Start Growing Your Company You Need to Stop Selling

Speaker:

Jacco van der Kooij
Winning by Design

How do you sell in a world where people do not want to be sold? Join Jacco in this high-energy, practical workshop focused on designing, building, and scaling a high-performing sales team in a modern world. Jacco is the founder of Winning By Design, a firm that has helped hundreds of clients to transform sales organizations. The best practices developed by Winning By Design are regarded as the emerging gold standard for SaaS sales teams.

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May
3
10:30 AM10:30

One Night Stand: How Can Your Brand Trigger Desire and Build Emotional Connection?

Speaker:

Amir Fayo
Amir Fayo

Learn the secrets behind how to align emotional sentiment with your brand. Amir Fayo is a highly creative strategic brand builder with an accomplished entrepreneurial and corporate career history innovating concepts and launching numerous product categories and brands that create consumer, brand and business value. Amir has extensive experience with high profile global fashion, retail, hospitality, banking, real estate, transportation, luxury goods, technology, media, entertainment, food and alcohol consumer facing brands.

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May
3
10:15 AM10:15

Founder2Funder (F2F): The Basics of Launching Your Own VC

Speaker:

Bedy Yang
500 Startups

Bedy Yang, of 500 Startups, will be sharing insights from our Founder2Funder (F2F) community -- Endeavor Entrepreneurs at various stages in their entrepreneurial journeys who want to become General Partners in their own Venture Capital firms. Whether you're an F2F EE, an angel investor, or just interested in eventuallying joining a VC or investing, join this discussion on generating an investment thesis, assessing startup investment opportunities, and a deep dive into KISS (legal) documents.

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May
3
10:15 AM10:15

From Seattle to Rome: Why an Amazon SVP returned home to transform his government

Speaker:

Diego Piacentini
Amazon/Italian Government

Alex Torrenegra
Torre

Never before has the chasm between the private and public sectors been so deep. While companies innovate at breakneck speed, governments continue to move slow and fitfully. How can the two communities cooperate in order to improve public services and protect the rights of citizens? How should the government leverage AI and big data? How will the private and public sector shape the future of work? Answering these pressing questions is Diego Piacentini, a former SVP at Amazon, who took a two-year sabbatical to transform the way Italy's government does business. Joining him is Alex Torrenegra, the Endeavor Entrepreneur behind Torre and the founder of Democrracy, a project to reimagine democracy in the digital age.

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May
3
10:15 AM10:15

Lessons on navigating hypergrowth from Garena - SE Asia's Most Prominent Unicorn

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Interviewer:

Garena, perhaps not a household name in Silicon Valley, is THE MOST valuable tech company in Southeast Asia that is valued at $4B USD. During this session, Nick Nash–Garena's Group President–will lead us on his journey of scaling Garena across 7 countries in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. As Garena’s Group President, Nick helped the company transition from a prominent games publisher to one with multiple platforms including financial services and e-commerce that have only increased Garena's value. But his success does not stop there—Nash has helped Garena thrive in the face of hypergrowth all while scaling his personal leadership, introducing new product innovations and raising multiple rounds of venture capital. Join us as we navigate Garena's journey of rapid growth.

 

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May
3
9:45 AM09:45

Pledging - Philanthropy with Founders' Pledge and Pledge 1%

Speakers:

Amy Lesnick
Pledge1Percent

David Goldberg
The Founders Pledge

Daniel Macklin
SoFi

Chuck Dietrich
MileIQ

Moderator:

Jason Green
Emergence Capital

Following a discussion with Nix, Guibert, and Romero on what giving back means to them, Endeavor Global Board Member Jason Green will interview the founders and CEOs of two philanthropic platforms dedicated to multiplying impact - Founders’ Pledge and Pledge 1%. Founders’ Pledge is a global community of tech entrepreneurs who commit to donate a small percentage of their personal exit proceeds to transformative social causes. Pledge 1% is a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business. To do so, it encourages and challenges individuals and companies to pledge 1% of equity, product, and employee time for their communities.

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May
3
9:00 AM09:00

Endeavor's Multiplier Effect

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Moderator:

Endeavor Cofounder and CEO Linda Rottenberg will kick-off the final day of the Retreat interviewing three of Endeavor’s “biggest bubbles” - three of our entrepreneurs who have gone above and beyond when it comes to multiplying their impact. Guibert Englebienne (Cofounder, Globant) Romero Rodrigues (Managing Partner at Redpoint eVentures), and Nix Nolledo (Founder & CEO, Xurpas) have not only financially invested in the next generation of entrepreneurs in their ecosystems but have also given countless hours of mentorship, joined and taken on Chairman roles in their local Endeavor boards, and exemplified truly what it means to be an Endeavor Entrepreneur.

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May
2
4:15 PM16:15

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

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Interviewer:

Yvon Chouinard doesn’t have a cell phone. He takes the entire summer off. He blatantly admits that he has never respected the profession of being a businessman, as “business... has to take the majority of the blame for being the enemy of nature. Yet he founded a business that grossed over $600 million in revenue in 2013 while advocating for environmental causes and actively encouraging its consumers to not buy its products. Patagonia embodies Yvon’s uncompromising commitment to sustainability, dedication to quality, living simply, and enjoying and preserving nature. Endeavor Entrepreneur and CEO of Conexia Sebastian Letemendia will interview Yvon Chouinard about building such an iconic brand, maintaining a mission, his unconventional business model and leadership style, and how he hopes to impact the world.

About Patagonia: Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California. A certified B-Corporation, Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. The company is recognized internationally for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $78 million in grants and in-kind donations since 1985.

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May
2
3:00 PM15:00

The Future of Food

Speakers:

Rob LeClerc
Agfunder

Rob Trice
The Mixing Bowl & Better Food Ventures

Alex Borschow
Semillero Ventures

Moderator:

From the way we grow to the way we eat, the supposedly traditional industries of agriculture and food are anything but. Rob Leclerc, the founder of Agfunder, Rob Trice, Founder of the Mixing Bowl, Alex Borschow, Managing Partner at Semillero Ventures, and Endeavor Entrepreneur Emiliano Kargieman (Founder, Satellogic) will lead a panel exploring how the future of food won't be the future much longer.

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May
2
3:00 PM15:00

From Zero to 100: Lily Sarafan's Quest to Disrupt the Way You Age

Speaker:

Lily Sarafan
Home Care Assistance

Interviewer

A gamechanger in consumer health, Lily Sarafan grew Home Care Assistance (a global senior care company) from a Silicon Valley startup to an industry champion that employs over 6000 people and operates in over 100+ markets today. Interviewed by Chris Schroeder, Founder of HealthCentral, Lily will share her journey and insights on growing a healthcare business from a startup to a category leader, developing retail brand presence, expanding globally and innovating a traditional industry.

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May
2
3:00 PM15:00

Education Technology: Global Trends, Opportunities and Challenges, An Investor Perspective

Speaker:

Eliza Erikson
Omidyar Network

While access to education has improved around the world, quality remains a significant problem. Technology’s ability to scope and scale rapidly means there is tremendous untapped potential to leverage edtech to improve student learning outcomes. In particular, tech-enabled differentiated learning is necessary to meet students’ unique needs and help them learn at their own level. Based on Omidyar Network’s $100 million invested in education, Venture Partner Eliza Erikson will share insights on how investments in high-growth technology products and services, evaluation tools, partnerships and resources can reach more students effectively.

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May
2
3:00 PM15:00

Modern Sales Operations: Scaling Sales Ops & Enablement from 1 to 100 to IPO

Speaker:

Doug Landis
Emergence Capital Partners

In this breakout, we’ll dig into what sales ops and sales enablement / productivity could or should look like in organizations that have 1-10 reps vs 10-100 reps or 100+ - By the end of our discussion you will walk away with a few concrete ideas to try in your organization that might help you modernize the way you sell.

 

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May
2
2:00 PM14:00

Unknown Unknowns: Mysteries of New Markets

Speakers:

Arvind Rajan
Cricket Health

Paul Walborsky
New York Times

Chris Misner
Apple

Great leaps forward often begin with a step into the unknown. As a company scales its business to new markets, it faces new clients, new competitors, new market segments, and often new languages and cultures. This session brings together three executives that have lead global expansion for their companies: Arvind Rajan (formerly LinkedIn), Chris Misner (formerly Apple), and Paul Walborsky (New York Times). This panel will discuss what they wish they would have known beforehand and explore frameworks to help entrepreneurs avoid the common pitfalls in global expansion.

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May
2
2:00 PM14:00

fireside chat with facebook; Building connections and the future of conversational commerce

Speaker:

Anand Chandrasekaran travels the world for Facebook to better connect developers to its platform and understand what drives engagement -- enhancing connectivity for businesses, you, and your friends worldwide. Anand will share what he's experienced first-hand that creates healthy platforms, creative interactions, and communal cross-border ecosystems.

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May
2
2:00 PM14:00

Hello my name is Awesome: How to Brand & Name your Products so they Stick

Speakers:

Alexandra Watkins
Eat My Words

What makes a brand name stick versus fall flat? In this session, brand naming expert Alexandra Watkins will help entreprneuers craft product and brand names that help them stand out. From Google to Frito-Lay, Alexandra's clients have her on speed dial because they consistently deliver fresh, unexpected, love-at-first-sight company names, product names and taglines.

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May
2
2:00 PM14:00

The Future of Talent

Speakers:

Silvina Moschini
Yandiki/SheWorks!

Gary Swart
Polaris Partners

The working world is changing - 50% of the workforce in 2020 will be millenials; automation is replacing existing jobs. Join Gary and Silvi in a discussion on the future of work - how is the world of work changing and how do you prepare yourself to compete and thrive in that new environment? Topics will include: millenial talent; remote workforce and globalization; automation; on-demand workforce; adapting attraction, retention and development strategies to meet these new realities.

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May
2
2:00 PM14:00

Efficient Entrepreneurship: How to Grow Your Company Without Raising Venture Capital

Speaker:

Micah Rosenbloom
Founder Collective

Jodi Sherman Jahic
Aligned VC

Moderator:

Katie Roof
TechCrunch

Venture capital is a hell of a drug. Used properly, it’s like adrenaline energizing many of the greatest companies of the past fifty years. Used incorrectly, it creates toxic dependencies. Join this session to learn how to use VC while avoiding its unpleasant side effects, how 6 of the top 20 IPOs of the last half decade raised <$50M, and why raising less money actually increases the likelihood of success. You'll leave with the tools to make efficient entrepreneurship your mantra, equipping your company for smart growth.

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