Skillshare is delighted to invite early stage founders to join an intimate conversation between Matt Cooper, CEO of Skillshare & Shripriya Mahesh, Partner at Spero Ventures & formerly Partner at the Omidyar Network & head of global product at eBay. We'll discuss howfounders can successfully get ventures off the ground, tapping into Shripriya's experience across investing, product management, design, & marketing.
6:00| Networking (light food & drinks provided)
6:30| Welcome & introductions
6:45| Fireside Chat
8:00| Program ends
About Matt Cooper
Matt is the CEO ofSkillshare.
Before joining Skillshare, he was the CEO ofVisually, an online marketplace for creative work that was acquired by ScribbleLive in January 2016. Prior to Visually, he was the VP of Operations, Enterprise & International for oDesk (nowUpwork), the world's largest marketplace for online work.
He is a father to four amazing girls & spend most of his non-working hours drivingthem around in circles to their various activities. In rare moments of free time, he enjoy surfing, fishing, running & anything outdoors.
About Shripriya Mahesh
Before starting Spero, Shripriya ran Emerging Tech investing at Omidyar Network. She decided to spin out of Omidyar Network in order to invest in for-profit companies that shared the same purpose.
Prior to Omidyar Network, sh worked with Pierre Omidyar to launch First Look Media. Before that, she worked at eBay, which Pierre founded in 1995. eBay's mission - to enable economic opportunity around the world - felt like the ultimate purpose for the internet. She led the global product team & later she led US product marketing. Before eBay, She led product at a startup called NextCard.
In the midst of my tech career, she decided to pursue a new adventure & moved to New York to study film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She made a few shorts & a collaborative feature-length film, where she got the chance to direct Oscar-nominated actors. The experience has given me a broader perspective of life outside Silicon Valley. She also learned that making a tech product & making a movie have a lot in common: You come up with an idea & spend a lot of time thinking about your audience & what they care about. Then you put together a talented team to create something you hope will resonate.