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How to Win in Global Entrepreneurship

Join Bay Area Founders for a discussion and hear three impressive global stories in different stages of growth, and their successful outcomes. Co-hosted by WCNC Entrepreneurship and the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Chapter.

Panel Discussion: How to Win in Global Entrepreneurship
Thursday, October 26, 2017

This panel of Bay Area Founders will share their successes and challenges in building their global companies. Participating organizations span a variety of verticals and are at different stages of development. Leadership will share their stories to provide the audience with an understanding of how
  • Start-ups are increasingly Global from day 1. What does that mean for you as a Founder and the Early Executive Team?
  • App Annie, Wildfire Interactive and Beekeeper are three impressive global stories in different cycles of growth. Learn from their Founders and hear their stories.
Meet the Panel:

  Mr. Alain Chuard
Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Wildfire Interactive
Alain Chuard is a Swiss serial entrepreneur and former professional snowboarder living in Palo Alto, California. He is best known as the Founder and Chief Product Officer of Wildfire Interactive, the social media marketing technology company acquired by Google for $450M in July 2012. At Google Alain was named Head of Product for Google My Business, the leading product for Google’s main self-service business portal. His early professional years were spent as a financial analyst with New York investment bank Salomon Smith Barney and as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Highland Capital Partners. After realizing that he was not passionate about what he was doing, Alain quit this Wall Street job to co-found Access Travel, Ltd., a leading brand in instructional adventure travel. Alain is a former world-ranking professional snowboarder who competed on the World-Cup Pro Tour. Alain holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree in economics from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Alain is a 2015 Henry Crown Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  Mr. Bertrand Schmitt (WG’04)
CEO & Co-Founder, AppAnnie

Bertrand Schmitt is the CEO and co-founder of App Annie. He is a technology entrepreneur with over 15 years of executive experience in the mobile, Internet and analytics spaces across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Previously, he was VP Mobile for Gomez, a web analytics company acquired by Compuware in 2009 for $295M, and before that he was COO and VP Marketing at mobile analytics company Zandan, acquired by Keynote Systems. Bertrand also held management and founder roles at Neocom Multimedia and Arkadia Netsystems. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a Masters in Computer Science from Institut Superieur d'Electronique (ISEP) in France. Outside of running tech companies, Bertrand can usually be found playing with the latest gadgets and reading on his tablet.

  Ms. Corey McCarthy
Vice President, Global Marketing
Corey McCarthy is an entrepreneur, marketer, and speaker. She is passionate about creating new ways for companies to reach their target audiences and generate results by defining brand strategy and executing interdisciplinary plans that brings brands to life. As Beekeeper's Vice President of Global Marketing, McCarthy is responsible for sharing Beekeeper's mission of connecting the world's 2 billion non-desk workers. She is charged with creating a buzz among businesses with “hives” that are needing to communicate with front-line workers who are digitally difficult to reach, connect with and engage. 

Mr. Philipp Stauffer (WG’04)
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, FYRFLY Venture Partners
Philipp is an entrepreneur, senior executive and investor with more than 20 years of experience building technology businesses and high-performance teams on an international basis. He is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at FYRFLY Venture Partners, an early stage technology venture firm. Prior, Philipp co-founded and led several organizations such as Dropimpact and Onor Inc. working with start-ups as well as leading global companies and venture firms. Prior, he was a senior executive team member running Strategic Sales & Customer Success at Adchemy, a venture co-founded by Stanford Prof. Rajeev Motwani (acquired by Walmart). Philipp was a founding managing partner at Accenture Interactive, now a leading digital transformation practice with more than 5,000 professionals globally. Prior, Philipp was advising global brands on innovation & design at Interpublic (IPG). Philipp is an active board member and investor in growth companies such as Playspan (acquired by Visa), Appstores (acquired by InMobi), Source DNA (acquired by Apple), Doky, Angellist, Philz Coffee, Beekeeper, Speakr, Pubmatic, Altoida, data.world and others. Philipp holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Micro Economics, University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland.

Register Online
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time:  5:30pm 
Location: DocuSign, 221 Main Street, Suite 1000, San Francisco, CA 94105
$20 for WCNC members. Non-member alumni and other guests: $25 per person. Dirinks and snacks following discussion.
New membership is available at http://www.whartonclub.com/memsub.html.

Hosted by:
Wharton Club of Northern California Entrepreneurship
in collaboration with Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Chapter

A special thanks to Boris Pavlovic of DocuSign to host this event.


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