What could you learn from some of the world’s biggest companies? Find out at Mentor Hours

What could you learn from some of the world’s biggest companies? Find out at Mentor Hours

May 16, 2016 by Eoghan McNeill

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If you had 15 minutes to ask the RISE network of international founders, CEOs, investors and leading names from top brands anything you wanted, what would you ask?

Mentor Hours at RISE gives you the chance to do just that.

It’s a chance for our startups to preschedule a 15-minute meeting with our high-level attendees to learn from the people who’ve done it all before.

Here’s just a small selection of the mentors taking part.

Shalin Amin – Director of Design – Uber

Shalin talks how Uber is beating the competition

Shalin has worked as a product and brand consultant in San Francisco and New York with a variety of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups and nonprofits.

For the last four years he’s worked at Uber building a design discipline, redesigning products like the Uber rider app, the Uber driver app and most recently rebranding the company.

Phil Chen – Chief Content Officer – HTC

Phil talks about the impact VR will have on storytelling in the coming years

As head of HTC’s business and corporate development, Phil has led investments in KKBox, Soundhound, Magnet and the acquisition of Beats electronics.

Most recently, Phil founded VR at HTC and is pioneering a VR fund called Presence Capital.

Holly Liu – Founder – Kabam


Holly founded mobile gaming company Kabam in 2006 with UC Berkeley alumni. Her work has contributed to record revenue growth for Kabam year over year from $0 to $400 million annually. The company joined the unicorn club in 2014.

Today, she is Chief Development Officer in charge of developing Kabam internationally through key relationships – starting in China.

Mikko Hyppönen – CRO – F-Secure

aefsd3Mikko onstage at our European event Web Summit

Mikko is Chief Research Officer at cybersecurity firm F-Secure. You can read more about his work in our interview with him.

Mikko has been named by Foreign Policy as one of their top 100 global thinkers in 2011, and his Ted Talk on cyber-crime in the same year is the web’s most-viewed computer security talk.

Allan Grant – Product Manager – Hired

Allan speaks at our European event Web Summit

Allan co-founded Hired in 2012 having met his co-founder at our European event Web Summit. He’s now CTO at the San Francisco-based company.

Hired has since raised $17.7 million in funding and is the fastest growing company ever founded in the recruiting space.

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About the Author

Eoghan McNeill
Eoghan is a former journalist from Donegal on Ireland’s north west coast. In his spare time, he enjoys reading things he hasn’t written.