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Every year, the Upfront Summit brings together over one thousand of the country’s top LPs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs for networking, discussion, and entertainment.
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I craft business strategies to navigate precarious business environments.
I specialize in guiding early-stage startups into successful businesses: I joined PayPal when our monthly burn-rate was $6 million; I joined LinkedIn, Slide and Square when we had no revenue. Five companies I helped build are now publicly traded with market capitalizations >$1 Billion. Three others have been acquired for greater than $1 Billion or are publicly traded IPOs.
I served on the Board of Directors of Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM) from 2003 until 2015 and served on the Yelp Board from 2005-2014 (NYSE: Yelp). I served on the Board of Reddit from 2012-2019. I am a co-founder of OpenDoor and serve as our Executive Chairman.
Prior angel investments include: YouTube, Airbnb, Palantir, Eventbrite, Lyft, Quora, Yammer, Skybox, Counsyl, Weebly, Wish, Eventbrite.
Specialties: Consumer Internet, Business Development, business strategy, competitive strategy, regulatory risk, Government Affairs, payments innovation, mobile payments, Litigation, Politics, network businesses, eBay vulnerabilities, viral marketing, start-ups, online payments, eCommerce, Facebook apps, Facebook, social gaming, social, angel investing.
Whitman served as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise until Feb. 1, 2018 and she continues to serve on the board. From 2011 through 2015, she served as President and CEO for Hewlett-Packard Company, leading the company’s turnaround and subsequent separation into two Fortune 100 companies: Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. From 1998 to 2008, Whitman served as President and CEO of eBay Inc., where she oversaw its growth from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue.
Prior to joining HP, Whitman was the Republican Party’s nominee for the 2010 gubernatorial race in California.
Whitman has also held executive-level positions at Procter and Gamble Company, Hasbro Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and Bain & Company. She currently serves as a director for Dropbox, The Procter & Gamble Company, Teach For America, and The Nature Conservancy, and previously served on the board of DreamWorks Animation SKG.