Startup mentors in San Francisco

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Cody Lee

VP, Growth Marketing @ Global Private Equity Firm | Advisor to 100+ Growth Companies
I’m a proud member of the Peak Performance Group: a free, on-demand resource for the nearly 100 exceptional companies within the Summit Partners portfolio. Every day, I assist founders and marketing teams with accelerating growth through marketing and digital initiatives—and hope to help you, too!

Jordan Crawford

Early Stage Growth and Strategy
I have been in growth since 2016. I moved from 1 to 100M in GMV. I'm great with early customer acquisition, growth hacks, and thinking about crazy ways to grow your early-stage business.

Eugene Hauptmann

Technologist & Serial Enterpreneur
Eugene is a faith-centric technologist, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, advisor, mentor. Founder @reactivelions
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Jenifer Ho

VP Marketing | Growth Marketer | Tech Marketer | SaaS Marketer
Democratic and empathetic and leader managing full stack marketing teams with deep expertise in Growth and Demand Generation. Experience ranges from startups to Fortune 500 in both US and global organizations. 3 successful exits, all IPOs.

Trey Buchanan

VP of B2B Advertising, B2B Paid Media Expert
I've spent over 8 Years spending hundreds of millions of dollars delivering on growth and efficiency goals. My specialty is LinkedIn and Facebook but I have also run teams that have scaled to millions on paid search. The firms I have works with have varied from pre seed stage to post IPO.

Sophia Eng

Growth Advisor
VP Marketing @TradeTheFifth. Founder, Women in Growth. Formerly @InVisionApp @Workday @Autodesk. Startup Mentor Optimizing for Happiness, Designing for Growth.

Sakshi Gupta

Growth Marketing Mentor
Data driven and technical Growth Marketer with 8 years of experience in leading growth strategies in tech companies by leveraging Marketing-Tech stack & with solid understanding of digital advertising & data collection ecosystems. Let's chat about technology, marketing and everything in between!

Jim Kingsbury

Growth Marketing Leadership
Lesson-filled multi-decade journey leading e-commerce marketing teams for incredible online brands including Allbirds, Zappos, The Pro's Closet, and One Kings Lane - plus 4 years as an International Product Manager in the early days of

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San Francisco Startup Ecosystem

The bay area is home to the world’s largest and most well-funded startup ecosystem. There are over 90 active incubators and accelerators in the city which help founders get access to funding and expertise to help build their ventures. The tech-leading region receives 44% of the United State’s VC funding which is 22% of global VC expenditure.

Some of the most prominent startups contributing to the San Francisco ecosystem include Elon Musk’s OpenAI, climate change fighting startup Pachamama, and cryptocurrency company CoinList. 

Blockchain, fintech, big data, cybersecurity, FoodTech, BioTech, and MedTech are just some of the San Francisco-based industries pioneering innovations to bring to the world.

In 2021, 140 unicorns came out of the Bay Area, 42% of all US companies with valuations of more than $ 1 billion. 

Why is San Francisco so successful as a startup ecosystem? With a historical background in programming and technological businesses, it has grown as a talent hub over the last decades. 

In 2011 the mayor of the city offered tax breaks to entrepreneurs to set up shop in San Francisco. Slowly and surely, more companies began to move, which led to a high concentration of risk-taking entrepreneurs who wanted to collaborate.

Combine the startup-friendly environment with talent graduating from some of the country’s top universities like Stanford. You build an ecosystem of highly qualified individuals looking to innovate and develop a world-class tech industry. Connect with our San Francisco-based mentors.

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