fnSummit 2019

OCTOBER 10th - 12th

Join Our 5th Annual Fall Conference!


Escape the startup grind at a beautiful resort on the
California Coast.


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 at an eco-adventure resort where guests can simply retreat from the chaos of everyday life and discover the pace of nature.

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Champagne Sabrage
Opening Ceremony

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Real Fireside Chats

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Coastal California wine tastings

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Farm-to-Table Dining

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Investor Panels &
Office Hours


Sunrise Yoga, Kayaking,
& Horseback Riding

Rustic, 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

2019 Speakers

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

Jason Gardner

Jason Gardner is a serial entrepreneur with a deep love of technology. Jason currently serves as founder and CEO of Marqeta. Founded in 2010, Marqeta is the world’s first open API issuer processor platform and is designed and engineered to bring the most modern of platforms to market.

Stacy Stubblefield
Co-Founder & CIO

Stacy Stubblefield — globetrotting technologist, internet criminal profiler, ultimate fraudster denier — builds on two decades of experience conceiving and building internet companies. Stubblefield drives TeleSign's product strategy and identifies opportunities for innovation. She currently works with the office of the CTO, ensuring that TeleSign delivers groundbreaking technology.

Miko Matsumura

Miko Matsumura is a General Partner with Gumi Cryptos, a US $30M venture capital fund focused early stage blockchain startups and a Venture Partner with BitBull Capital, a cryptocurrency fund-of-funds. He is also co-founder of crypto exchange Evercoin. With 25 years of enterprise software marketing experience in Silicon Valley, he has raised over $50 million in venture capital for Open Source startups.

James Brooman
Firefit Inc

James Brooman is an adventurer, entrepreneur, polyathlete and writer. He has cycled from the Arctic to the Antarctic, run unsupported across Australia, BASE jumped, and was climbing Mt Everest during the 2014 disaster. He’s even been kidnapped – twice! He is currently a founder of an outdoor sports apparel company in the US.

Tyler Dikman

After founding LoungeBuddy in 2013, Tyler grew the startup to raise $4M. In April of 2019, LoungeBuddy was acquired by American Express. Today, Tyler continues to run LoungeBuddy as a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Express.

SC Moatti
Managing Partner
Mighty Capital

SC Moatti is the managing partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, one of the largest communities of product managers, leaders and entrepreneurs in the world. Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts.

Alok Nandan
General Partner
Emergent Ventures

Alok has spent a decade in the enterprise software at the intersection of such emerging areas as cloud infrastructure (@Microsoft Azure), machine learning and application domains (e.g. online video advertising @YuMevideo). Emergent Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm investing in Silicon Valley and India. Emergent VC invests in Seed to Series A stage IT and IT-enabled businesses.

Victor Echevarria
Jackson Square Ventures

Victor joins Jackson Square Ventures after spending 10 years as a founder and operator of marketplace businesses in healthcare, labor, hardware, and e-commerce. Having experienced successes and failures alike, he loves helping founders of early stage companies build early traction and tackle scaling challenges.

Suraj Patel
Bow Capital

Suraj is an operator turned investor. He knows level-headed, hard work, and loves diving into the technical weeds with founders. A UC Berkeley alumnus, Suraj joined Bow as part of the founding team after working in big data and analytics at TIBCO and Looker, specializing in solving tough technical problems for enterprises.

Ilker Koksal
Co-Founder & CEO

Ilker is the CEO & Co-founder of Botanalytics, conversational analytics company based in San Francisco. Having background of Computer Science & MBA. Ilker is a regular speaker about conversational analytics, artificial intelligence, and early-stage fundraising. He's also been selected to Forbes 30 Under 30, 2018 Enterprise Technology category. He likes to write about conversational AI, blockchain, tennis and rising startups from many different fields.

Alan Wilson

Vice President at Tripwire Interactive, that was launched in 2005, after winning Nvidia's "$1,000,000 Make Something Unreal"​ contest.
We produced our first title (Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45) in 2006, followed by Killing Floor in 2009. Then Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad in 2011 (PC Gamer's Multiplayer Game of the Year) and Rising Storm in 2013 (PC Gamer's Multiplayer Game of the Year, again). Killing Floor 2 released into Steam Early Access in April 2015, announced for PS4 as well.
With Killing Floor, we started publishing our own titles, followed by publishing ACE Team's Zeno Clash in 2010, with the latest MSU winner - The Ball - following on - and more to come.

Ellie Rubin
Bulldog Software

Ellie Rubin is a bestselling author, serial entrepreneur and business advisor, with a portfolio in journalism and international speaking.
Based in the Silicon Valley for the last ten years, Ellie created accelerator and innovation programs for Verizon, Swisscom, Citrix, MDEC, RWE and GSV. As a Content Director, Ellie has conducted over 300 video interviews with top tech talent in North America.

2018 speakers

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.

Sean Plaice
Co-founder & CTO

Sean Plaice is Co-Founder of Postmates, which has raised $278M, has 65,000 active Postmates, and a presence in 44 major US metropolitan markets. Sean is a systems operations specialist with an emphasis on rapid growth environments, technology due diligence, cost management and efficiency.

Kriss Deiglmeier

As CEO of Tides, social change accelerator/philanthropic partner of Google, Okta, Box, PagerDuty), and former Head of Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Kriss has more than 20 years of senior executive experience and valuable insight to share. She is recognized as a pioneer in the field of social innovation and has presented nationally and internationally the subject.

James Leaverton
Founder & VP

Founder, Mentor, Community Advocate, and Champion of Developers. James is a founder of StackPath which has raised $180M to date and offers secure edge services including CDN, WAF, DNS and more. Previously, James served as Director of Managed Services at Ricoh.

Neha Sampat
Founder & CEO

Neha Sampat is the CEO of Contentstack, and previous Founder and CEO of Digital Experience Platform Built.io, which was acquired by German software powerhouse Software AG in September 2018. Neha is a recognized industry leader, a proponent of diversity and an outspoken advocate for women in leadership.

John Stewart
Founder & CEO

As co-founder and CEO of MapAnything, John has raised $40M+ from notable funds including Greycroft and Salesforce Ventures. He is highly focused on building a fantastic product that brings real business value to his customers, building a dynamic and innovative, and creating a corporate culture that attracts and retains the best employees to accomplish both goals.

Josh Breinlinger
Venture Capitalist
Jackson Square Ventures

Investor, entrepreneur & marketplace guru with a focus on early stage investments in marketplace or SaaS companies. Josh joined Jackson Square Ventures in 2010, bringing operating experience as a founding team member of oDesk, a cofounder at Rev, and the head of product and marketing at Adroll.

Scott Coleman
Venture Capitalist
Ignition Partners

Scott has worked at the intersection of technology and finance starting with the Telecom Act of '96, the TMT rise and fall, the open source revolution, and the beginning of the cloud era. Through it all, he has been an advisor, operator, investor, and equity analyst, and has particularly enjoyed building something new while working with smart, talented and passionate people.

Nitin Pachisia
Founder Partner
Unshackled Ventures

Passionate about building practical solutions that have a big impact on people’s lives. As an immigrant on visa and now VC, Nitin helps all entrepreneurs, whether born in the US or elsewhere, to start and grow companies in the US, the mecca of entrepreneurship. He is particularly interested in working with early stage startups on story-telling, pitching, fundraising, product strategy, and bringing in the first customers/sales.

Lev Mass
Venture Capitalist
Crux Capital

Advising world leading enterprise software investors and entrepreneurs, Lev focuses on SaaS, multi-channel commerce, payments, cloud and big data. He has a strong expertise in growth and partnerships for emerging startups with a focus on product strategy and monetization in enterprise and SaaS products.

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.

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.

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.

Magical Location

Located at an eco-adventure resort in Coastal California


  • Rustic accommodations
  • Integrative spa
  • Farm-to-table dining
  • Variety of recreational activities
  • Breathtaking location

Previous Years

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our first ever fnSummit :)

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