How do we make our mark on the world? 

By inspiring others with our ideas.

My mission is to show you how.

Meet Suneel

Suneel Gupta is the founder of RISE, on faculty at Harvard University, and the author of the upcoming book, BACKABLE. The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from first-time entrepreneur to being named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange. Suneel’s ideas have been backed by firms like Greylock and Google Ventures, and he served as an Entrepreneur in Residence inside Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Suneel is also the co-founder of the Gross National Happiness Center of America in partnership with the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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“Suneel left our team smarter and ready to innovate.”

Sona Chawla, Chief Marketing Officer, Walgreens

“Thought-provoking and inspiring. He resonated deeply with our audience.”

Sterling Shea, Global Head of Wealth, Dow Jones

“Highly entertaining and substantive. After Suneel's talk, we thought differently about change.”

Steve Muench, Senior Vice President of HARMAN International

“A bright spot at our conference. His lively keynote kept everyone in the audience engaged!”

Deborah Scally, Editor, Corporate Board Magazine

“Remarkable! Extremely valuable! You ignited discussions that sparked fresh, creative ideas.”

Sulema Peterson , SACRS Executive Director, SACRS

“Suneel brought to life the concept of innovation.”

Dan Roiter, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

Most Requested Speaking Topics

Backable: the surprising truth behind innovative ideas

As the world speeds up, it’s become way too easy to get left behind. What keeps us fresh and relevant are our ideas. But why is it that some ideas inspire and move people to action, while others tend to fizzle out? In this talk, you’ll learn the surprising truth about Innovation and why some innovators get ahead while others get ignored. You’ll leave with memorable stories, science-based insights, and immediately usable techniques to turn your idea into an inspiring vision that captivates attention and inspires action.

Hidden Genius: releasing untapped potential in yourself and others

Human progress depends on bringing breakthrough ideas to life. And yet, some of the greatest inventions - including Penicillin, the Silicon Chip, and the iPhone - almost never came to be. In this talk, you’ll learn why certain cultures help or hinder creative expression. As a leader, you’ll walk away with a specific handbook for expressing creative ideas and creating the systems around you for others to do the same.

Back to the Garage: thinking and acting like an entrepreneur

Moving fast is both an art and a science…and organizations (and leaders) that understand how to excel in both aspects of ‘speed’ are primed for success. Suneel’s experiences from the White House to Sony to the forefront of digital media at Groupon provide a unique framework for managing decision-making and strategy for lean organizations. Understanding the lessons learned through building new products that quickly reached hundreds of millions of people and produced billions of dollars in revenue, audiences gain an inside look at how to build a digital product from scratch, and the pitfalls to avoid along the way.

Video highlights

Learning to Be Backable Through Failure

Duration: 3:45

Cast a Central Character

Duration: 3:19

The Game of Now

Duration: 5:36

Q&A on Backable

Duration: 30:04

Suneel has engaged with hundreds of organizations including: