Keynote Speakers

Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, Co-Founder of Singularity University, Human Longevity & Space Adventures

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” – by Fortune Magazine. Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, and Co-Founder of Human Longevity Inc, a genomics and cell therapy-based company. He is also the Co-Founder of Singularity University, an institution that studies exponentially growing technologies and their ability to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Diamandis is the NYT Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think, and BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World

Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder of The Social+Capital Partnership, Owner of the Golden State Warriors

Chamath Palihapitiya is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership (Social Capital) – a venture capital fund based in Palo Alto, CA that incubates and invests in breakthrough companies in healthcare, education, financial services, mobile and enterprise software. Preceding his focus as an investor, Chamath was the longest tenured member of Facebook’s senior executive team and helped drive its ascension to one of the most important companies in the world. Prior to Facebook, Chamath had leading roles at The Mayfield Fund, AIM+ICQ and Winamp. In addition to his focus at the fund, Chamath is Owner and Director of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Chamath was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Canada, and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Gabe Zichermann, World’s Leading Expert on Gamification, Founder of Dopamine and Gamification Co

Gabe is the world’s foremost expert on the subject of gamification, user engagement and behavioral design. His highly-anticipated forthcoming book – Gamification by Design 2 (2015) – updates the definitive reference guide on the use of game mechanics in non-game contexts – The Gamification Revolution (McGraw Hill, 2013). In addition, Gabe is the Founder of the industry’s primary publication,; co-designed the live-event gamification platform livecube (; and co-founded strategy/design consultancy Dopamine ( where he works with leading brands to drive customer and employee engagement.


Investor Panelists

BorrisBoris Wertz, Founding Partner, Version One Ventures
cyanCyan Banister, CEO of Zivity, Owner of Banister Capital
manu_200x200Manu Kumar, Founder & Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures
jon_sobergJon Soberg, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Expansive Ventures
adeo-ressi-03-520Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute, Managing Partner of Expansive Ventures


Event Details

The 16th Founder Showcase will take place on Tuesday, May 12th 2015, at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View, CA. See the full event agenda.