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With Frederic Kerrest (Author, Zero To IPO).
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 02:00 PM   Absolutely Free   Online

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Please join us for this enlightening fireside chat with Frederic Kerrest, Author of ZERO TO IPO.
About this event
So you've been watching Shark Tank & dreaming about starting your own business. How do you know if your business idea is good, & if you're cut out to be an entrepreneur? Once you're a founder, what does it actually take to build a massively successful company that can go public?

In his book, ZERO TO IPO: Over $1 Trillion Worth of Advice from the World's Most Successful Entrepreneurs, Frederic Kerrest, the Executive Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer, & Cofounder of Okta, helps you tackle those questions with insights from his own experience & that of world-class leaders.

In a candid fireside-chat conversation, Frederic will cover a trove of essential & applicable tips for each stage of a company's growth & provide a clear blueprint for how to build a businessincluding best practices for sales, fundraising, & company culture.

Some key topics our session will include:

How do you build a team?

How do you fundraise?

How do you grow your business?

What do boards do & why are they important?

What is an IPO?

How do you manage yourself?

Why is failure an important part of growth?

Whether you're just considering starting your own business or you're already on the path to taking your company public, this talk is the resource you'll need at every stage of your journey.


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Frederic Kerrest
Author of ZERO TO IPO

Frederic Kerrest is the Executive Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer, & Cofounder of Okta, an enterprise software company which IPO'd in 2017 at a $2 billion valuation & has since grown to over $40 billion in market capitalization. Kerrest is responsible for establishing & driving Okta's corporate priorities, accelerating innovation across the company, working closely with customers, partners, & prospects, & serving as a key liaison with the investor community.

A software entrepreneur at heart, Kerrest co-hosts the Zero to IPO podcast, featuring founders, entrepreneurs, & investors who share insights from their experiences building innovative technology companies. He serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship & advises early-stage software company founders. Kerrest is also the Chairman & Cofounder of Herophilus, a platform drug discovery company.

Frederic earned a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University & an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, skiing, & playing ice hockey.

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