fnSummit 2018


Join Our 4th Annual Fall Conference!


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.

Annual Traditions

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.

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Champagne Sabrage
Opening Ceremony

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Real Fireside Chats

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Carmel Valley wine tastings

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Farm-to-Table Dining

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Investor Panels &
Office Hours


Swimming, sunrise yoga,
tennis, & golf

Elegant, On-site

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Leadership development workshops & Break-out sessions

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

An Exploration of Growth

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

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

Lisa Shields

After founding Hyperwallet in 2000, Lisa grew the global payments company over the course of 18 years, culminating in its $400M acquisition by PayPal last month. Now, Lisa is building FI.SPAN, another fintech startup that speaks to her passion for the social and economic imperatives that shape global payment technologies.

Christina Sass
Founder & President

Christina Sass is the Co-Founder and President of Andela or, as CNN has called it, “The startup that’s harder to get into than Harvard”. Andela has raised $81M and aims to train 100,00 software developers in Africa over the next 10 years. They are now backed by investors including Spark Capital, Google Ventures, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and more.

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.

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.

Amy Lesnik
President & CEO
Pledge 1%

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

Matias Klein
Founder & CEO

As a serial entrepreneur, Matias previously built Ethidium Health Systems which was acquired by Portico, which was then acquired by McKesson for $90M.

Thomas Penichter
Founder & CEO
Blue Ocean Tech

As the Founder of TGP in 2003, Tom has helped launched over 20 products ranging from start-ups with $50,000 MVP’s to Fortune 500’s with multi-million dollar investments. In 2017 Tom founded Blue Ocean Technology, to build out a new software development solution center that makes software development simple, transparent and frictionless.

Nathan Parcells
Executive Coach
Sharpend Coaching

Founder and executive coach for 9+ years. Last company raised $10 million+ before successfully exiting. Works with founders and senior teams on culture and leadership. Mentor at 500 startups.

Angel Gambino
Founder & CEO

Angel Gambino is a WIRED Top 100 executive who has built companies on three continents. As lawyer turned investor and founder, her career has included co-founding ventures as a Prehype partner, growing and exiting Sonico, senior roles at the BBC and MTV Networks, and leading the pioneering UK social network Bebo.

Daniel Handiaz
Founder & CEO
CandyBit Social

Serial Entrepreneur with enough failure, but just enough success, to still be doing it for 18 years improving from lessons learned. Previous to CandyBit Daniel founded Qode Media Inc. which was acquired in 2005.

Magical Location

Located on 850 acres in beautiful Carmel Valley, CA


  • Elegant accommodations
  • Recently renovated 18-hole golf course
  • Farm-to-table dining
  • Variety of recreational activities
  • Breathtaking location

Previous Years

Check out footage from
our first ever fnSummit :)

Our Partners

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

Gold Partners


Silver Partners


Bronze Partners

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Wine and Spirits Partners


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Contact us.