The title of Gupta's talk is "The Real 'Silicon Valley' — Lessons learned from Creating, Building, Advising and Investing in the World of Technology and Startups."
Gautam Gupta, the founder of the innovative healthy snack company NatureBox and a partner in venture capital firm M13, will visit Elon University to deliver the C. Ashton Newhall Endowed Lecture on Nov. 14 at 4:15 p.m. in the Koury Business Center’s LaRose Digital Theatre.
Gupta started NatureBox because of his passion for nutrition and grew the digitally native brand of snacks to the point that it attracts millions of customers and has a national brand awareness of more than 40 percent. While leading NatureBox, the company raised more than $70 million in venture financing.
Gupta began his career as an early-stage investor at venture capital firm General Catalyst. As a professional and angel investor, he has funded more than 25 companies with a portfolio that generates more than $1.5 billion in annual sales and includes GoodData, Grammarly, Imperfect Produce, Pilot, Heap Analytics, Split.io and others.
The title of his talk is “The Real ‘Silicon Valley’ — Lessons learned from Creating, Building, Advising and Investing in the World of Technology and Startups.”
Outside of his professional career, he is a member of the Board of Overseers at Babson Collge, his alma mater and a leader in fostering entrepreneurship, and he co-created a class at Santa Clara University on emerging retail models.
The C. Ashton Newhall Endowed Lecture Series, named for Elon University trustee C. Ashton Newhall ’98 and hosted by the Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, brings successful entrepreneurs to campus to share their knowledge and experience managing the risks and rewards of entrepreneurial endeavors.