“By far the most worthwhile business event I’ve ever been to.”Carla Riggi
Founder of BandDjinni
“The connections and learning more than paid for itself. So much inspiration and a spectacular venue!”Joe Deobald
Founder of Full Frame
“I learned so much but most of all I felt part of a community.”Andrew Schulz
Founder of NoiseAware

Join Us in Carmel Valley
For the 4th Annual fnSummit

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— property includes elegant accommodations, a recently renovated 18-hole golf course, farm-to-table dining, a variety of recreational activities, and a breathtaking location.

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, sunrise yoga, swimming, golf, and multiple wine tastings. 

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Champagne Sabrage Opening Ceremony

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real fireside chats

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carmel Valley wine tastings

Farm-to-Table Food

Farm-to-Table Dining

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investor panels & office hours


swimming, sunrise yoga, tennis, & golf

Elegant, On-site Accommodations

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leadership development workshops & Break-out sessions

An Exploration of Growth

Explore the topic of growth, both as a founder and for your startup.

Note our previous speakers, who shared their wisdom gained while acquiring real world experience over the past years.

Will Bunker
Founder & Investor

Traction speaks louder than words. Since building the dating site that became in the 90s, Will bootstrapped several startups to profitability, before building GrowthX Venture Capital.

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, is partnered with Google, and has grown a Fortune 1000 customer base. Former Brocade and Applied Materials. Holds 6 patents.

Galen Buckwalter

Applied psychometric information into big data allows for a revolution in the personalization of online interactions as CSO of eHarmony. Currently CEO of psyML.

Yu-kai Chou
Octalysis Group

Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification. He is the Original Creator of the gamification framework: Octalysis, and the author of Actionable Gamification.

Daniel Hoffer
Founding Partner
Crux Capital

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alexandra Greenhill
Founder & CEO

Award winning physician, health leader, and tech CEO. WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. And most recently, Western Canada’s Women Entrepreneur of the Year!

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 and recently completed a $30M TGE for it’s newest company, RightMesh.

Zach Coelius
Angel Investor

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

Timothy Marks

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

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

fnSummit’17 featured a fireside chat with James Brooman (June ’16 Cohort) who summited Everest this year without supplemental oxygen.


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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.






Wine & Spirit Partners