Dear fellow entrepreneurs and readers of Cleverism!

In autumn of 2015 we went for the second time to the SILICON VALLEY in order to interview leading entrepreneurs and venture capitalists! Here is the summary of our first interview tour.

Below you will find the complete list of 39 insightful interviews with innovative and leading entrepreneurs from the Bay area who talk about how they started their business, they grew it, as well as they share their advices with early-stage entrepreneurs.

39 interviews silicon valley tour 2015

If you know other leading entrepreneurs that we should interview, we would be happy for a short introduction (see contact).

INTERVIEWS WITH ENTREPRENEURS FROM SILICON VALLEY

1. SoFi | Interview with its Co-Founder & VP of Community – Dan Macklin

In San Francisco (CA), we meet Co-Founder & VP of Community of SoFi, Dan Macklin. Dan talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded SoFi, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

2. Quantcast | Interview with its Co-Founder & CEO – Konrad Feldman

In San Francisco (CA), we meet Co-Founder & CEO of Quantcast, Konrad Feldman. Konrad talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Quantcast, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

3. Aquantia | Interview with its Co-Founder & VP of Technology – Ramin Farjad-Rad

In San Jose (CA), we meet Co-Founder & VP of Technology of Aquantia, Ramin Farjad-Rad. Ramin talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Aquantia, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

4. Skyhigh Networks | Interview with its Co-Founder & CEO – Rajiv Gupta

In Campbell (CA), we meet Co-Founder & CEO of Skyhigh Networks, Rajiv Gupta. Rajiv talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Skyhigh Networks, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

5. PubMatic | Interview with its Co-Founder and CEO – Rajeev Goel

In Redwood City (CA), we met with Rajeev Goel, Co-Founder and CEO of PubMatic, a leading marketing automation software company. Rajeev shares his story of what sparked the idea for PubMatic which he started with his brother, Amar, as well as how PubMatic’s business model has evolved since its founding in 2006. Rajeev also imparts his perspectives on the most prevalent trends in digital media and advertising, including the rapid shift to mobile platforms, and provides some crucial advice to aspiring entrepreneurs around mission, funding and stability. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

6. Platfora | Interview with its Founder & Executive Chairman – Ben Werther

In San Mateo (CA), we meet Founder & Executive Chairman of Platfora, Ben Werther. Ben talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Platfora, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

7. ClearSlide | Interview with its Co-Founder & Board Member – Al Lieb

In San Francisco (CA), we meet Co-Founder & Board Member of ClearSlide, Al Lieb. Al talks about how ClearSlide was founded, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

8. MapR | Interview with its CEO & Co-Founder – John Schroeder

In San Jose (CA), we meet CEO and Co-Founder of MapR, John Schroeder. John talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded MapR, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

9. Sumo Logic | Interview with its CTO & Co-Founder – Christian Beedgen

In Redwood City (CA), we meet CTO and Co-Founder of Sumo Logic, Christian Beedgen. Christian talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Sumo Logic, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

10. CrowdFlower | Interview with its Founder & CEO – Lukas Biewald

In San Francisco (CA), we meet Founder & CEO of CrowdFlower, Lukas Biewald. Lukas talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded CrowdFlower, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

11. Ensighten | Interview with its CEO & Founder – Josh Manion

In San Jose (CA), we meet CEO & Founder of Ensighten, Josh Manion. Josh talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Ensighten, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

12. Zoom | Interview with its Founder & CEO – Eric Yuan

In San Jose (CA), we meet Founder & CEO of Zoom, Eric Yuan. Eric talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Zoom, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

13. Centrify | Interview with its CEO & Co-Founder – Tom Kemp

In Santa Clara (CA), we meet CEO and Co-Founder of Centrify, Tom Kemp. Tom talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Centrify, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

14. Addepar | Interview with its Founder & Chairman – Joe Lonsdale

In Mountain View (CA), we meet Founder & Chairman of Addepar, Joe Lonsdale. Joe talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Addepar, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

15. ThoughtSpot | Interview with its Co-Founder & CEO – Ajeet Singh

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet Co-Founder & CEO of ThoughtSpot, Ajeet Singh. Ajeet talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded ThoughtSpot how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

16. NetBase | Interview with its Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder – Michael Osofsky

In Mountain View (CA), we meet Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder of NetBase, Michael Osofsky. Michael talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded NetBase, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

17. GuideSpark | Interview with its CEO & Co-Founder – Keith Kitani

In Menlo Park (CA), we met CEO and Co-Founder of GuideSpark, Keith Kitani. Keith tells us his story, how he came up with the idea and founded GuideSpark and how the current business model works. He also provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

18. ShareThis | Interview with its Founder & Chairman – Tim Schigel

In Palo Alto (CA), we met Founder & Chairman of ShareThis, Tim Schigel. Tim tells us his story, how he came up with the idea and founded ShareThis and how the current business model works. He also shares some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

19. Apcera | Interview with its Founder & CEO – Derek Collison

In San Francisco (CA), we meet Founder & CEO of Apcera, Derek Collison. Derek talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Apcera, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

20. eSilicon | Interview with its Co-Founder, President & CEO – Jack Harding

In San Jose (CA), we meet Co-Founder, President & CEO of eSilicon, Jack Harding. Jack talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded eSilicon, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

21. Altiscale | Interview with its Founder & CEO – Raymie Stata

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet Founder & CEO of Altiscale, Raymie Stata. Raymie talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Altiscale, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

22. Reputation.com | Interview with its Founder & Executive Chairman – Michael Fertik

In Redwood City (CA), we meet Founder & Executive Chairman of Reputation.com, Michael Fertik. Michael talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Reputation.com, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

23. BandPage | Interview with its CEO & Founder – J Sider

In San Francisco (CA), we meet CEO & Founder of BandPage, J Sider. J talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded BandPage, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

24. SignalFx | Interview with its CEO & Co-Founder – Karthik Rau

In San Mateo (CA), we meet CEO and Co-Founder of SignalFx, Karthik Rau. Karthik talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded SignalFx, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

25. Tipalti | Interview with its Co-Founder & CEO – Chen Amit

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet Co-Founder & CEO of Tipalti, Chen Amit. Chen talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Tipalti, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

26. Cyphort  | Interview with its co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer – Fengmin Gong

In Santa Clara (CA), we meet co-founder and CSO of Cyphort, Fengmin Gong. Fengmin talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Cyphort, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

27. Highfive | Interview with its CEO & Founder – Shan Sinha

In Redwood City (CA), we meet CEO  and Founder of Highfive, Shan Sinha. Shan talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Highfive, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

28. Branch Metrics | Interview with its CEO & Co-Founder – Alex Austin

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet CEO  and Co-Founder of Branch Metrics, Alex Austin. Alex talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Branch Metrics, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

29. NatureBox | Interview with its CEO & Co-Founder – Gautam Gupta

In San Carlos (CA), we meet CEO  and Co-Founder of NatureBox, Gautam Gupta. Gautam talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded NatureBox, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

30. MemSQL | Interview with its CEO & Co-Founder – Eric Frenkiel

In San Francisco (CA), we meet CEO  and Co-Founder of MemSQL, Eric Frenkiel. Eric talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded MemSQL, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

31. Crittercism | Interview with its Co-Founder – Andrew Levy

In San Francisco (CA), we meet Co-Founder of Crittercism, Andrew Levy. Andrew talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Crittercism, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

32. Chris Yeh talking about Blitzscaling

In Palo Alto we meet Chris Yeh who talks about how to blitzscale a company. Blitzscaling is very important for startups. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

33. BetterWorks | Interview with its CEO & Co-Founder – Kris Duggan

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet CEO  and Co-Founder of BetterWorks, Kris Duggan. Kris talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded BetterWorks, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

34. Neo4j | Interview with its CEO & Co-Founder – Emil Eifrem

In San Mateo (CA), we meet CEO  and Co-Founder of Neo4j, Emil Eifrem. Emil talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Emil Eifrem, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

35. Peel | Interview with its co-founder & CEO – Thiru Arunachalam

In Mountain View (CA), we meet co-founder and CEO of Peel, Thiru Arunachalam. Thiru talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Peel, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

36. Nok Nok Labs | Interview with its founder & FIDO Visionary – Ramesh Kesanupalli

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet founder and FIDO Visionary of Nok Nok Labs, Ramesh Kesanupalli. Ramesh talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Nok Nok Labs, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

37. Instart Logic | Interview with its founder & CEO – Manav Mital

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet founder and CEO of Instart Logic, Manav Mital. Manav talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Instart Logic, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

INTERVIEWS WITH VENTURE CAPITALISTS IN SILICON VALLEY

38. TrueVentures | Interview with its Partner – Jon Callaghan

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet Partner at True Ventures, Jon Callaghan. Jon talks about how he became a venture capitalist and what his major learnings for entrepreneurs are. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

39. Venrock | Interview with its Partner – Brian Ascher

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet Partner at Venrock, Brian Ascher. Brian talks about how he became a venture capitalist and what his major learnings for entrepreneurs are. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

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