It is indescribably humbling and inspiring to be here on behalf of Hearsay Social this week at the inauguralGoldman Sachs Builders & Innovators Summit “honoring the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs of our time.”
The afternoon began with a fascinating discussion with Larry Ellison and his personal journey founding Oracle. At dinner yesterday, I chatted with Deepak Chopra (he recommended a few iPhone apps to help with stress and meditation, including Stress Check), Premal Shah (co-founder of Kiva), as well as Danielle Fong and Steve Crane, who founded an amazing company called LightSail Energy.
Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein
During dessert, David Solomon, co-head of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, interviewed Lloyd Blankfein. Lloyd talked about how despite innumerable “known” risks such as a hard versus soft landing in China, how to balance austerity and growth in the Euro area, energy independence and stability in the Middle East, he has never been more optimistic about the entrepreneurial mindset of the American people.
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and David Solomon, co-head of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs
We have another great program today. I am looking forward to spending time with Steve Case (former CEO/founder of AOL), Reed Hastings (CEO/founder of Netflix), Kevin Plank (CEO/founder of Under Armour), Bill Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, Condoleezza Rice, as well as one of our favorite investors, Dick Kramlich, who is chairman and founding partner of New Enterprise Associates and one of the pioneers of venture capital in Silicon Valley. It is truly amazing how innovation is transforming entire industries from the inside out across these 100 firms, including Hearsay Social!