Lydia Fayal – Co-Founder of AdmitSee

The lesson is: keep agreements simple and don’t give equity away to people who aren’t full-time. Lydia Fayal is the Co-Founder of, a peer-to-peer college admissions resource. Lydia founded the site with Stephanie Shyu in 2012 with the goal of bringing much-needed transparency to higher education. AdmitSee is a social media platform where college […]

Di Huang – Co-Founder and CEO of cloudcade

The moment you decide that you no longer need to learn, someone else will inevitably surpass you in your endeavors. Di Huang is a serial entrepreneur from San Francisco. He is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of cloudcade, a tablet-first mobile games developer aimed at creating fun, original and deeply engaging free-to-play games for a […]

David Brian Ward – CEO & Founder of Telegraph Hill

Checklists. Checklists keep you focused on good process even as you are whipsawed by interruptions and context switches. David Brian Ward’s career spans three decades as an entrepreneur and leader of software innovation at firms both large and small. After a successful start in software management at GE, Mr. Ward began his consulting career at […]

Marius Moscovici – Founder and CEO of Metric Insights

I spend 20 to 30 minutes meditating every morning. Startups present an endless array of tough challenges, and meditation makes a huge difference because it allows me to ensure that I am making grounded and principled decisions rather than making choices out of fear or based on an emotional reaction to adverse circumstances. Marius Moscovici […]

Matt Duesterberg – Co-founder and CEO of Ohmconnect

[quote style=”boxed”]Get out of the building. Talk to customers. In our first six months, we had two hundred users. We talked to every single one of them.[/quote] Matt Duesterberg is co-founder and CEO of Ohmconnect. Ohmconnect connects the smart home to the smart grid, making it dead simple for users to participate in demand response […]

Mark McDonald – Co-founder of Appster

[quote style=”boxed”]Constantly learn from people who have done what you want to do.[/quote] At the age of 19 Mark McDonald co-founded Appster, the world’s leading app development company with his business partner, Josiah Humphrey. Together the two launched the company in 2011 in Melbourne, Australia with just $3,000 and no outside funding; today the company’s […]