“Value was incredible.”Erik Christensen
Founder of JustUno
“Great community, beautiful scenery, really good food, what’s not to like?”Neha Sampat
Founder of Built.io
“Certainly worth it.”Adrian Hunter
Founder of eTracker (Acquired)

Join Us in Carmel Valley Oct. 18-20 

Escape the startup grind at a beautiful resort in Carmel Valley.

Explore the theme of growth with fellow founders, investors and partners.

Enjoy farm-to-table food, wine tastings and activities.

This is the culmination of the Founders Network experience.

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Magical Location

Located on 850 acres in beautiful Carmel Valley, CA, the property includes many trails, beautiful lakes, lush gardens and rolling hills. The Quail Lodge provides an awe-inspiring, natural setting for fnSummit. 

Annual Traditions

Form meaningful relationships and re-energize before year’s end with distinctive farm-to-table meals, keynotes and guided discussions, real fireside chats, hiking, sunrise yoga, pool time and multiple wine tastings. 

Champagne Sabrage Opening Ceremony

Champagne Sabrage Opening Ceremony

Real Fireside Chats

Real Fireside Chats

Carmel Valley Wine Tastings

Carmel Valley Wine Tastings

Farm-to-Table Food

Farm-to-Table Food

Investor Panels & Office Hours

Investor Panels & Office Hours

Hiking & Sunrise Yoga

Hiking & Sunrise Yoga

On-site Accommodations



Leadership Development Workshops

Leadership Development Workshops

An Exploration of Growth

Explore the topic of growth, both as a founder and for your startup.  The following speakers will share wisdom gained while acquiring real world experience over the past year.

Featuring Fireside Chat on Summiting Everest with FN'er James Brooman

Featuring a fireside chat with James Brooman (June ’16 Cohort) who summited Everest this year without supplemental oxygen.

Neha Sampat
Founder & CEO

Scaled 200+ employees. 15+ years enterprise product marketing at Sun and VMware. San Francisco’s 40 under 40 and 50 Women in Tech Dominating Silicon Valley.

Ty Walrod

Founded Bright Funds to empower everyday donors to become strategic philanthropists. Co-founded the Board of Directors of Startup & Tech Mixer, and OutServe as a LGBT employee resource group serving thousands of U.S. military personnel.

Domingo Guerra
President & Founder

Raised $25M+ through Series B funding rounds and grown Fortune 1000 customer base. Former Brocade and Applied Materials. Holds 6 patents.

Richard White
Founder & CEO

Scaled from idea through Series B. Expert in UX design, and the critical importance of putting customers at the center of building products. Customers include Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, Intuit, and Google.

Amy Lesnik
Chief Executive & President
Pledge 1%

20 years experience early stage high growth ventures. Named San Francisco’s Most Influential Women and Forever Influential Hall of Fame.

Sanjit Dang
Venture Capitalist
Intel Capital

Managed partnership deals in $100M-$2B range. Invests in both Consumer and Enterprise sectors. Advisor to Richard Branson, Stanford Technology Ventures Program and UC Innovation Council.

Joan Bodensteiner
Proper Rebel

Formerly SVP Marketing at Ticketmaster, VP Marketing at Socialcast (acquired by VMware), Director Product Marketing at Adobe.

Elizabeth Frisch
Founder & CXO
Thrival Company

Speaker, coach, consultant, and author of Mission to Million$ – Taking Big Ideas and Making Them Reality. 20 years of experience leading, facilitating, teaching, designing, and auditing programs nationally.

Natalie Wilson
Senior Counsel
Hanson Bridgett

Focuses on representing emerging companies throughout their life cycle, including venture capital
financings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate governance.

Anthony Poston
CEO & Co-Founder

Scaled to one of the largest winery directories globally with over 20,000+ wineries across 47 countries.  Co-Founded ESM Solutions, a workers comp and risk management company.

Christina Dikareva
CEO & Yoga Instructor
Analyst Market

10 years in private equity experience. Built leading on-demand financial workforce with thousands of talented professionals.

James Brooman
Firefit Inc.

Former Investment Banker who has summited Everest without supplemental oxygen, ran across the Australian Outback unassisted and biked from Alaska to Chile.

Jane Willis
Proper Rebel

Fomerly VP at Paycycle, VP Product Marketing at Adobe Systems, Direct Marketing Manager at Claris Corporation.

Mark Breier

Author of Fall book, Backyard Activist, 21 Tips to Mobilize your Community, your Town, your World. Partner at In-Q-Tel (IQT)— invests in new technologies to improve U.S. security.

Zach Coelius
Angel Investor

Four time entrepreneur and now an independent angel investor in early stage technology companies.

Gabrielle Poston
Which Winery

Scaled to one of the largest winery directories globally with over 20,000+ wineries across 47 countries.

John Lyotier
Founder & CMO

Created LEFT as a home for innovative ideas such as YO!, WAVE, Left Travel and Villa (Acquired for $3M). LEFT is also known as one of the best places to work in BC.

Alexandra Greenhill
Founder & CEO

Award winning physician, health leader, and tech CEO. WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.

Luke Ahn
Founder & CEO

Raised $40M and scaled Fronto to 80 employees and 18M downloads in 20+ countries, by figuring out how to put ad revenue into your pocket.

Kevin Holmes
Founder & CEO
Founders Network

Grew FN to 600+ members globally. Formerly AllDorm.com and Director of Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.  40 Under 40 in Silicon Valley.

Timothy Marks

Hacker, Angel, Adviser & Founder who IPO’d his last startup, OtherLevels, in 2015 and is currently working at Twitter.

Tim Manson
Founder & CMO

15 years real estate development, design, construction, property management and finance. IPO of PropertyConnect on ASX. Started career as a laborer and carpentry apprentice.

Jarie Bolander
Founder & COO
Lab Sensor Solutions

Engineer by training, entrepreneur by nature w/ 20 yrs and 6 startups— one of which was sold for $750 million. Author of 4 books including The Entrepreneur Ethos: How to Build a More Ethical, Inclusive, and Resilient Entrepreneur Community.

Sacha Nacar
Cisco Spark Evangelist
Cisco Spark

Focuses on adoption, growth, and evangelism for Cisco’s collaboration platform Cisco Spark through API integrations, business workflows, and the Cisco Spark for Developer platform.

Daniel Hoffer
General Partner

Former Founder of Couchsurfing ($25M Raised, 15M Customers Globally), investor, advisor, and strategic general management professional with a passion for both consumer and SAAS.


Andrew Shulz

Andrew is the Founder of NoiseAware.io: Noise monitoring for property managers and Airbnb hosts. Raised $1M in funding and serves as FN Regional Chair in Dallas.

Blake Caldwell
Startup Boost

Startup Boost is a global tech startup pre accelerator aimed at working with great early stage entrepreneurs to prepare them for accelerator programs, seed investment and revenue through a six week part time program.


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Our Partners

fnSummit is made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners.  Learn more about our partner program here.



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