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May
3
12:30 PM12:30

Series Y: Making Small Bets on Big Ideas

Speaker:

Sam Altman
Y Combinator &  OpenAI 

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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
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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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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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
9:00 AM09:00

Unlocking Blockchain

Speakers:

Wences Casares
Xapo

Christa Steele
Boardroom Consulting

Moderator:

Matt Harris
Bain Capital Ventures

Blockchain allows consumers and suppliers to connect directly, removing the need for a third party. Using cryptography to keep exchanges secure, Blockchain provides a decentralized database, or “digital ledger”, of transactions that everyone on the network can see. Matt Harris (Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures) will moderate a panel featuring Vinny Lingham (CEO, Civic.com), Wences Casares (Founder, Xapo), and Christa Steele (Founder, Managing Director, Boardroom Consulting; Former President, CEO, Mechanics Bank). Together, these Blockchain experts will explore use cases of Blockchain and its potential to extend far beyond digital currencies to change the world.

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May
1
5:15 PM17:15

Mobile is Eating the World

Speaker:

Benedict Evans
Andreessen Horotwitz

We already know mobile is eating the world as we pass 2.5 billion smartphones on earth and head towards 5 billion. And not only is the s-curve of innovation for mobile passing PCs, but it’s moving into the deployment phase. Which means the questions have shifted from “Will this work?” and “Who will win?” … to “What can we build with this?” Benedict Evans, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will pose questions about what happens when this new kind of scale for technology — and new kinds of computers (with cameras and sensors in everything) changes other industries, like cars and commerce for example and what we can build as we stand on the shoulders of giants.

About Andreessen Horowitz: Andreessen Horowitz is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm with $4.2 billion under management. The firm invests in entrepreneurs building companies at every stage – from seed to growth.

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May
1
4:30 PM16:30

The Beginning of History

Speaker:

Francis Fukuyama
Stanford University

Interviewer:

JP Kloppers
Brandseye

Political scientist, political economist, and author Francis Fukuyama has spent the last three decades shocking the world with his political philosophy. Well-known for his book The End of History and the Last Man (1992), which argued that the worldwide spread of liberal democracies and free market capitalism may signal the end point of humanity's sociocultural evolution and become the final form of government, his subsequent book Trust: Social Virtues and Creation of Prosperity (1995) modified his earlier opinion to acknowledge that culture cannot be cleanly separated from economics. In conversation with Endeavor Entrepreneur and CEO of Brandseye JP Kloppers, Professor Fukuyama will speak about the rise of global populism and its effect on democratic institutions, technology, science, and the economy.

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May
1
1:45 PM13:45

heres a tip. email me :) - Scaling from 0 to 580+ Cities

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Ryan Graves had no shame at the age of 27 when he replied “here's a tip. email me :)” to a tweet about a job with an unknown startup that promised "BIG equity." Little did he know, seven years later, that startup would be valued at nearly $70 billion (and he’d still be there!). As Uber’s first employee, Ryan has seen the company grow to 6,700+ employees, from presence in one city to over 580. He has served as CEO and is now the Head of Global Operations. Internet CEO and investor Chris Schroeder will discuss Ryan’s trajectory with the company, how Uber is thinking about the future of mobility, what it takes to build a billion dollar company, and the challenges that come with skyrocketing success.

About Uber: Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 400+ cities today, Uber's rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

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May
1
1:15 PM13:15

The Future is Exponential

Speaker:

Pascal Finette 
Singularity University

Whether he’s teaching, speaking or “wrangling unicorns,” Pascal lives at the forefront of entrepreneurship, technology, global impact and the magic that happens when they all intersect. In his main stage address, Pascal will discuss the exponential pace of technology and what that means for business, science, and every aspect of our lives. As an entrepreneur, this means constantly thinking and acting bigger in order remain relevant. Pascal will address the importance of constantly thinking and acting bigger in order to remain relevant and how entrepreneurs will shape the future.

About Singularity University: Singularity University (SU) is a benefit corporation headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. SU provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a startup accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people. From inception in 2008, SU has empowered individuals from more than 85 countries to apply exponentially growing technologies—artificial intelligence & robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology & digital fabrication, networks & computing systems and medicine & neuroscience—to address humanity’s grand challenges: education, energy, environment, food, global health, poverty, security, space and water.

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