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Founder and CEO, RISE

Suneel Gupta: Biography at a Glance

  • Founder and CEO of Rise, which was funded by Google’s venture capital arm
  • Former head of product development for Groupon, where he transformed the company from an early-stage startup to a multibillion dollar public company
  • Led product development for Firefox’s innovation arm, Mozilla Labs, where he built Personas, a browser product that was adopted by the Harry Potter brand and other top brands
  • Served as a speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton and co-author of the national platform for the Democratic Party
  • With his brother, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, produced the interactive film project “The Kahani Movement,” which focused on first generation Indian-Americans
Founder and CEO, RISE

Suneel was named the "New Face of Innovation" by the New York Stock Exchange. While serving as VP of Product Development at Groupon, he helped grow the business from millions in revenue to billions in revenue, and into what Forbes Magazine named the "fastest growing company of all time".

As the Founder and CEO of Rise, he raised funding from Google Ventures and was backed by senior leaders at Facebook, Uber, and AirBnB. Just two years after launch, One Medical acquired Rise for nearly $20 million dollars.

Suneel has been heralded as a visionary product leader, and featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, CNBC, and The Today Show. Though he won't always admit it, Suneel is also an attorney and is licensed to practice in California and in front of the United States Supreme Court. Prior to law school, he served in President Clinton's West Wing during the same time as his older brother, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN.


“Suneel Gupta was a bright spot at our recent West Coast Boardroom Summit conference! His insights were both refreshing and thought provoking—and his on-the-ground experiences at the forefront of some of the most successful entrepreneurial ventures in recent years leant true credibility to his presentation. His lively keynote kept everyone in the audience engaged!”

New York Stock Exchange

“Suneel left our digital team smarter and ready to innovate. I'd have him back to speak anytime.”

President of Ecommerce, Walgreens

“Suneel was able to bring alive the concept of innovation to our consulting leaders. After his talk, our entire team was able to apply new innovative ideas to solving business problems.”

Deloitte Consulting

“It was a pleasure having Suneel speak to our alumni and students in Guadalajara. His speech was really motivating for our audience, who left the event inspired. We really appreciated how he spoke from his heart, I am sure none of the participants will forget his charming talk. We could not have asked for a better closing of Alumnitec 2013, Suneel has definitely set the tone for future speakers in our event.”

Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara

“Suneel Gupta's engaging remarks on entrepreneurialism and business innovation were thought-provoking and inspiring, and resonated deeply with our audience.”


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