Silicon Valley Innovation Academy Industry Panel

July 18, 2018 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 200

About the Event The best entrepreneurs come from diverse countries and backgrounds, and care about a wide range of problems and technologies. Come learn from three individuals who help make Silicon Valley an incredible place to build revolutionary companies.


Allyson Dias Allyson Dias is the director of the Thiel Fellowship. Founded by technology entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel in 2011, the Thiel Fellowship is a two-year program for young people who want to build new things. Thiel Fellows skip or stop out of college to receive a $100,000 grant and support from the Thiel Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists. To date, companies created by Thiel Fellows are worth more than $3 billion combined, not including Thiel fellow-created Ethereum, a distributed computing platform whose cryptocurrency Ether has a market cap of about $50 billion as of June 2018. Allyson was featured on Forbes’ “30 under 30 list” for 2018 and Business Insider’s “30 and under – the tech industry’s rising stars” list.

Will Matthews Growing up in the UK, Will Matthews has developed a tenacity to identify novel solutions for situational and professional problems that he has focused on building upon over the last several years and which today revolves around technology entrepreneurship. Beginning in high school, Will took a gap year to develop the skills needed to fill a typically hard to source position at Stanford University, that of a decathlete for Track & Field which he was later recruited for. Will was later awarded a Bachelor of Engineering degree with a self-made program called Organizational Engineering and Innovation. After Stanford, Will worked with tech investor Joe Lonsdale, establishing a technology presence in Southeast Asia and organizing the region’s largest hackathon. He also served as a vice president of Playboy Enterprises Inc., developing an ad network of digital influencer talent related to the Playboy brand. Today Will is vice president of operations at Shogun Enterprises Inc., a consumer fintech startup that originates consumer financial products for the $300B home improvement industry.

Shannon Wu Shannon Wu is the founder and CEO of Mr.Progress, which advises Series B and C startup companies on digital growth, user acquisition, and content marketing strategies. She is also a founding team member of Bloom Protocol, which aims to provide decentralized credit scoring powered by Ethereum and IPFS blockchain technologies. In addition, Shannon has led multiple token offerings for various cryptocurrency ventures and advised several universities on blockchain curriculum. Previously, she was director of marketing at Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

Naguib Sawiris Jr. Born and raised in Egypt, Naguib Sawiris Jr. studied at Stanford University before being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. His first startup was a subscription grocery delivery service. Today he is the founder and CEO of Yup Technologies, a world-leading provider of homework help and test prep over mobile, serving over half-a-million students. Yup’s mission is provide students with instant affordable access to personalized 1-on-1 learning, and investors include Sesame Street’s VC fund, SOMA Capital, and Stanford University’s StartX Fund. Naguib is also an angel investor in startups that went on to raise $200M+ in subsequent rounds; he is a board member of Orascom Development Holdings, an international real estate developer of integrated towns. Naguib is on indefinite leave from Stanford University.

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Free and open to the public. No registration required. 

Contact Email: Suzi Jones

Contact Phone: (650) 725-5477