Like NPR's How I Built This with Guy Raz podcast, the inaugural one-day summit brings together a community of big thinkers for a day of stories and activities that can inspire your own venture: business, non-profit, creative, and beyond.
Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels and Host and Creator of Pitch Makeover gives advice for crafting the perfect pitch and emphasizes that connecting a personal story to a business idea can be really compelling.
Corey Ford, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Matter Ventures, suggests that in order to grow, companies should utilize design thinking principles and create iterative processes that produce successes or failures quickly.
Mike Krieger is the co-founder of Instagram, where he served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
Krieger played an integral role in Instagram’s rapid growth and helped scale the community to over one billion monthly users.
Along with his wife, Kaitlyn Trigger, Mike also founded the Future Justice Fund (FJF). A grant-making organization, FJF supports groups and individuals working towards creating a world with equal opportunity. Currently, FJF focuses on criminal justice reform and income security.
Click here to listen to Mike's How I Built This episode.
Founder, Urban One
Cathy Hughes is the founder and chairperson of Urban One, the largest African-American owned television network and distributor of digital urban content in the U.S.
Over the course of her career, Hughes has been the first woman Vice President and General Manager of a radio station in Washington D.C., the first African-American woman to chair a publicly held corporation, and as the founder of Radio One, the first woman to own a first-ranking radio station in a major market.
Hughes has earned numerous awards and recognitions, which include induction into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2019, the 2018 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award, the ADColor Lifetime Achievement Award, the NAACP Chairman’s Award, the Essence Women Shaping the World Award, the Ida B. Wells Living Legacy Award, and induction into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame.
Click here to listen to Cathy's How I Built This episode.
Founder, JetBlue Airways
David Neeleman is the founder and chairman of JetBlue Airways, Canada’s WestJet and Brazil’s Azul Airways.
Neeleman developed Open Skies, an electronic ticketing system, which he sold to Hewlett Packard in 1999.
He has won multiple awards for JetBlue, which include "Top Low Cost Airline for Customer Satisfaction" by J.D. Power and Associates, Best Airline by Consumer Reports, and Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards for "Best U.S. Airline" for seven consecutive years.
Click here to listen to David's How I Built This episode.
Jen Rubio is the co-founder and Chief Brand Officer (CBO) of Away, a global lifestyle brand working to transform the travel experience.
Under Rubio's leadership, Away has been named one of Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies,” one of TIME’s “50 Most Genius Companies,” one of LinkedIn’s “Top Startups,” and a Forbes “Next Billion Dollar Start-Up.”
Rubio built her career as a branding, creative and social media expert, working with popular brands like Warby Parker and AllSaints.
Rubio has appeared on "30 Under 30" lists by Forbes and Inc., as well as on the National Retail Federation’s "People Shaping Retail’s Future" list.
Click here to listen to Jen's How I Built This episode.
Jeni Britton Bauer
Founder, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Jeni Britton Bauer is the founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
She has been credited with inspiring the artisan ice cream movement, making frozen desserts from whole ingredients and with dairy from grass-pastured cows.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, Bauer's first cookbook, became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. She won a coveted James Beard Award in 2012.
Bauer is a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow and has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business today.
Click here to listen to Jeni's How I Built This episode.
Kevin Systrom is the co-founder of Instagram, where he served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
While at Instagram, he oversaw the company’s vision, strategy and daily operations. Under his leadership, Instagram launched dozens of products like video, live, direct messaging, creative tools, stories and IGTV—and grew its community to over one billion monthly users.
Click here to listen to Kevin's How I Built This episode.
Founder, Bliss, Soap & Glory, FitFlop, Beauty Pie
Marcia Kilgore is the founder of several beauty companies, including Bliss, Soap & Glory, FitFlop, Soaper Duper and Beauty Pie.
In 1993, Kilgore opened Bliss Spa in New York City—a concept that transformed the day spa industry, with signature offerings like "movie-while-you-manicure" nail stations, in order to create a more comfortable experience for clients.
Kilgore was recognized by TIME in 1999 as part of a new generation of young entrepreneurs changing how the world does business.
Click here to listen to Marcia's How I Built This episode.
Founder, Slack, Flckr
Stewart Butterfield is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Slack, a cloud-based collaboration tool for companies and groups.
In 2003, he co-founded Flickr, an image and video hosting service. While serving as CEO, he grew the company into one of the largest web services in the world.
Butterfield has been named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by TIME andone of "Top 50 Leaders" by BusinessWeek. He's appeared on Vanity Fair’s "New Establishment" list, the Recode 100, and Advertising Age’s "Creativity 50." In 2015, the Wall Street Journal named him "Technology Innovator of the Year."
Click here to listen to Stewart's How I Built This episode.
Founder, Edible Arrangements
Tariq Farid is the founder of Edible Arrangements and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Edible Brands.
Farid has founded or acquired several successful companies in various fields, including technology, distribution and supply chain management.
In 2013, he established Tariq Farid Foundation to support causes in the US and around the world. Farid also started the Edible Cares Fund, which provides financial assistance to Edible Arrangements store employees in times of extreme need.
Farid has earned multiple awards and recognition, including "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2009 by the International Franchise Association (IFA). He was inducted into the IFA’s Hall of Fame in 2018, the Connecticut Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame in 2015, and the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016.
Click here to listen to Tariq's How I Built This episode.
Founder, Atom Factory
Troy Carter is the founder and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Atom Factory, an entertainment and artist management company. He is also co-founder and Managing Partner of Cross Culture Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.
Previously, he served as Spotify's Global Head of Creator Services, where he managed the careers of well-known artists including Eve, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Lindsey Stirling and Charlie Puth.
In 2017, Carter was named Entertainment Advisor to the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson. Carter has been recognized on several industry lists, including Fast Company's "Most Creative People", Billboard's "Power 100" and The Hollywood Reporter's "Silicon Beach Power List."
Click here to listen to Troy's How I Built This episode.
Founder, Stacy's Pita Chips
Stacy Madison is the founder of Stacy’s Pita Chips, Stacy’s Juicebar and co-founder of beBOLDbars.
Under her leadership, Stacy's Chips grew into a 300-person company generating $65 million in annual revenue. When she sold to Frito-Lay in 2005, she gave every employee financial distributions.
Madison continued on to launch Stacy's Juicebar and beBOLDbars. She also created Stacy's Rise Project, an initiative that supports women entrepreneurs through funding and mentorship.
Keep an eye out for Stacy's How I Built This episode later this spring.
Sara Blakely is the founder and CEO of SPANX, Inc. Spanx is known for inventing smarter, more comfortable products for women including bras, apparel, undies, and of course shapewear. Sara was selected as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the world and has been featured on the cover of countless magazines. In support of her mission to empower women, Sara created the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation and she signed The Giving Pledge committing to donate half of her wealth to charity. Today, Sara still owns 100% of the company and has never taken outside investment.
Click here to listen to Sara's How I Built This episode.