About Founders Network

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FOUNDERS HELPING FOUNDERS ®

Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs and high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions and long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts and promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member. Learn more about our company history.

Our Community Values

Authenticity

Sharing honestly about the challenges we face enables others to better help.

Reciprocity

Sharing our experience and connections creates more value for everyone.

Humility

Asking for help is a core competency of successful founders.

Inclusivity

Inclusion and diversity create greater perspective and better decisions.

Lifelong Success Through Peer Mentorship


Through several Silicon Valley booms and busts, I witnessed firsthand the ups and downs of founderhood.  Creating something new could be rewarding — but also painstakingly slow — with many hidden risks to both startup success and founder wellbeing.

Clearly, the tech startup ecosystem was missing a vital service.  So in 2011, we launched Founders Network. Today over 600 tech founders share our vision of lifelong success through peer mentorship. Remarkably, they also share experience daily to solve problems, save time and navigate the journey to success.

It’s humbling and inspiring to see our members’ contributions and achievements. As we expand to 25 cities globally, we’ll be looking for more great founders to make their contributions to FN.  If you’d like to see if you qualify, please request an invite.

-Cheers, Kevin Holmes, Founder

Our Team

Kevin Holmes, Founders Network

Kevin Holmes

Founder & CEO

Briana Okyere, Founders Network

Briana Okyere

Executive Director

Hillary Sinclair

Hillary Sinclair

Director of Member Success

Gary Burch

Gary Burch

Chief Technology Officer

Membership Committee

The Founders Network Membership Committee reviews the cohort applications that are submitted every month. The Membership Committee is comprised of successful serial entrepreneurs.

Sonal Puri, Webscale

Sonal Puri

CEO Webscale
Raised $30M

Dr. Galen Buckwalter

Adam Cheyer

Founder of Siri

Solomon Hykes, Docker

Solomon Hykes

Founder of Docker
$240M+ Raised. Millions of Customers

Will Bunker, Match

Will Bunker

Founder of Match.com

Linden Tibbets, IFTTT

Linden Tibbets

Founder IFTTT
$60M Raised. Scaled to 600 Partners

Stacy Stubblefield

Stacy Stubblefield

Founder of TeleSign
Acquired by BICS $230M

Domingo Guerra, Appthority

Domingo Guerra

Founder of Appthority
Acquired by Symantec

Charity Majors

Charity Majors

Founder of Honeycomb.io

Neha Sampat, ContentStack

Neha Sampat

Founder of ContentStack
Sold Built.io to SoftwareAG

Richard White, UserVoice

Richard White

Founder of UserVoice
Scaled from idea through Series B.

Jason Gardner, Marqeta

Jason Gardner

Founder of Marqeta
Unicorn with $2B Valuation

Richard White, UserVoice

Sameer Gupta

Founder of GolfStream

John Katzman, Princeton Review

John Katzman

Founder of Princeton Review

Samar Birwadker, Good & Co

Jason Collier

Founder of Scale Computing
Raised $95M

Matthew Tillman, Haven

Matthew Tillman

Founder of Haven

Barbara Tien, Ponga

Barbara Tien

Founder of Ponga

Global Partners

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