Blackbox is a global nonprofit committed to promoting equality of entrepreneurial opportunity through access to resources, mentorship, and immersive programs in the heart of Silicon Valley and beyond. By helping talented startup founders emerge as stronger leaders, we empower Blackboxers to redefine what’s possible for themselves, their company, their community, and the world.
“If your startup ecosystem isn’t mature yet, Blackbox Connect is like traveling to the future.”
— Osayd Madi, Baskalet (Gaza)
“The biggest revelation was that I was constraining myself by thinking too small. I find a lot of inspiration and courage by being exposed to approachable founders who have built successful ventures, and I should seek that out more.”
Co-Founder & VP Engineering, Viv & Siri. Inventor, entrepreneur, and engineering executive. Previously, Adam was co-founder and VP Engineering of Siri, a virtual personal assistant for your phone.
David Drummond currently serves as senior vice president of corporate development for Alphabet. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer of Google.
Maha has been involved in the venture capital and technology industries for over 15 years, developing a stellar reputation for supporting entrepreneurs through all phases of the start-up cycle. She also mentors women and girls in entrepreneurship.
For the past 20 years, David has worked with technology startups throughout the software sector. Recognized in the Forbes Midas List of prolific investors from the Valley, David is now a General Partner at August Capital. He is also the author of VentureBlog.
Steve Chen is an internet entrepreneur and the co-founder and previous Chief Technology Officer of YouTube. Born in August 1978 in Taiwan. Raised in Taiwan, Chen and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 15 currently, he's an advisor at Google Ventures
Ann Winblad a Founding Partner of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and over 30 years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.
Pascal heads up Entrepreneurship at Singularity University. He's spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes the Internet can deeply impact mankind. He's held executive roles at eBay and led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab.
President, CEO of Google Ventures. Bill has been named one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company and to the New Establishment list by Vanity Fair.