Experience NPR’s How I Built This Summit with Guy Raz

October 16, 2018
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Like NPR's How I Built This with Guy Raz podcast, the inaugural one-day summit brings together a community of big thinkers for a day of stories and activities that can inspire your own venture: business, non-profit, creative, and beyond. 


Discover new ideas by learning from leading entrepreneurs such as Rent the Runway’s Jennifer Hyman, Airbnb’s Joe Gebbia, Lyft’s John Zimmer, Stitch Fix’s Katrina Lake, Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter and Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry of Method as How I Built This creator and host Guy Raz interviews them on our main stage.


Build the tactical skills you need to make your big ideas happen. You’ll hear from experts who have been there, done that, and built this. With topics ranging from increasing your user acquisition to improving your pitch, a series of concise lessons will give you important takeaways and get you on the right track.

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Interact with peers who can relate to what you’re going through in conversations led by experts. You’ll realize you’re far from alone while learning techniques that can help you overcome common challenges.


Connect with fellow business owners during each of your meal breaks, including the Networking lunch.


Premier ticket holders will experience a pre-summit reception and one-on-one mentoring session.

Supported by American Express

 Photograph by Kara Frame/NPR

Photograph by Kara Frame/NPR


Creator and Host of How I Built This

The creative force behind How I Built This, Guy Raz is an entrepreneur at heart. As a journalist, storyteller, and creator, he brings to his work a characteristic style that has been honed in the field, on the air, and in top podcasts like TED Radio Hour and Wow In The World.






Speakers and schedule subject to change.




Premier Reception

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Jennifer Hyman of Rent the Runway


Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan of Method




Skills track

The Skills Track will feature subject matter experts delivering concise lessons across the wide range of skills every entrepreneur should develop.

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User Acquisition
With Saar Gur
How are you acquiring users and how much is your cost per acquisition? Increasing users and decreasing cost per acquiring them are key metrics you (and investors) will use to assess your company’s ability to scale. Learn quick tips to do both and how to operate in the new social media environment.

Using Design Thinking to Start and Build Your Business
With Corey Ford
Every business owner must grapple with being both single-minded and open-minded, focused and flexible. It's all in the timing. Learn the principles of design thinking and how to use them to validate and iterate your product and business strategy.



Support Track sessions will convene a community of trusted peers and advisers to help attendees tackle any challenge that’s thrown their way.

Networking for Introverts
With Morra Aarons-Mele
Network, network, network. It's conventional wisdom that your network brings all good things in business: getting a job, securing funding, finding great hires, and acquiring clients. But what if you're an introvert, and networking drains you? Don’t let it be a barrier. Define your networking goals and set parameters that work for you. Learn how to identify a game plan that fits your nature and your business plan.


Mentor Track for Premier Ticket Holders

15-minute one-on-one sessions

Supported by American Express


Peer Networking Lunch




Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter


John Zimmer of Lyft




Skills Track

The Skills Track will feature subject matter experts delivering concise lessons across the wide range of skills every entrepreneur should develop.

Supported by GOTOMEETING

Perfecting Your Investor Pitch
With Natalia Oberti Noguera
When you pitch investors you have a short window in which to grab their interest. Most investors agree: They only want to see a limited number of slides with some very specific issues addressed, and THAT'S IT. Learn what should be in your pitch (and why).

Learn the Lingo: Common Financial and Investment Terms
Whether reviewing a term sheet or preparing for your next board meeting, you have to know your numbers and your terms cold. Understand how to speak the same language as your business stakeholders.

Which Funding Routes Are Right for Your Business?
With Mariam Naficy
Venture capital is only one of many routes to funding your business's growth. Learn about VC and other funding routes, and how to determine which routes are best for your business at its current stage.


Support Track

Support Track sessions will convene a community of trusted peers and advisers to help attendees tackle any challenge that’s thrown their way.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome (and Other Entrepreneurial Anxieties)
Moderated by Ellen Petry Leanse with Cheryl Contee and Anil Dash
As a founder of a company, you wear a lot of hats and bear a lot of responsibility. You're likely working outside your educational or experiential wheelhouse, so it's not unusual for entrepreneurs to feel like an imposter in the room. This workshop will be a place to talk about this and other anxieties as an entrepreneur. Learn tactics to know-what-you-don’t-know (and fix it), and also coping mechanisms to manage stress, recognize unhealthy behaviors, and silence the naysaying voices in your head that don't serve you or your business.

Building Great Culture from the Get-Go
Moderated by Laszlo Bock with Sadie Lincoln and Larissa Shapiro

You're building your company from the ground up, and one of your most important roles is establishing company culture. As a manager or team leader you set the tone for your team, and managers are one of the main reasons people go or stay in a job. Don't be the company or manager that people warn each other about. This session will focus on building a great culture from the get-go and on defining the explicit and implicit messages that will help get you there. Learn how to do a great job at both creating and communicating the culture you want.


Mentor Track for Premier Ticket HoldeRS

15-minute one-on-one sessions

Supported by American Express




Katrina Lake of Stitch Fix


Joe Gebbia of Airbnb


Closing Remarks

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103

If you have any special accessibility needs or to request an accommodation at the venue, please let us know by contacting us at hibtsummit@npr.org by September 30, 2018.

How much does it cost to attend the How I Built This Summit?

General admission tickets are sold out. Included in this ticket is all Main Stage, Skills Track, and Support Track programming, breakfast, a peer networking lunch, and coffee break.

Premier tickets are sold out. These tickets include all of the above benefits, plus a Premier reception hosted by Guy Raz and the How I Built This team the night before the summit, a one-on-one mentoring session (mentor announcements and assignments to be made closer to summit date), and Premier seating for the Main Stage keynote conversations.

All ticket sales are final with no refunds. However, tickets may be transferred to another person before 11:59pm Pacific Time on September 30, 2018 for a $50 administrative fee.

The Summit is sold out, can I be added to the waitlist?

We are not planning to release more tickets at this time and do not have a waitlist, but we will be sharing insights and short video live from the Summit, and will be announcing some webinars featuring Guy Raz and Summit talent to explore some of the topics from the Summit. We suggest you follow the How I Built This Facebook and Twitter accounts, sign up for our mailing list and join our How You Built That Facebook group for entrepreneurs to stay up to date and follow along from your home or office.

How can I connect with other people who are attending the How I Built This Summit?

We recommend connecting with others through the How I Built This Facebook and Twitter accounts. There is also a private Facebook group for the entrepreneurially minded: How You Built That Facebook group.

I'm a rising entrepreneur and have a product that I'd love to offer to attendees at the How I Built This Summit. Is this an option?

We appreciate the offers we’ve been receiving, but we are not accepting product donations at this time.

I’m a huge How I Built This fan and would love to volunteer at the summit. Who should I contact about this?

Thank you for offering to volunteer. At this time, we do not need additional volunteers or staff to assist at the How I Built This Summit.

I'm driving to the How I Built This Summit. Will there be parking available at the venue?

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts does not have a parking garage. Attendees may park in these nearby garages:

5th & Mission/Yerba Buena Garage 833 Mission Street | 415-982-8522

City Park Garage @ 55 Hawthorne 55 Hawthorne Street | 415-896-2146

City Park, Inc. 325 Fifth Street | 415-495-3909

Hearst Parking Center 45 Third Street | 415-989-4000

Moscone Center Garage 255 Third Street | 415-777-2782

Priority Parking 777 Harrison Street | 415-777-4042

Additionally, attendees may use a rideshare service or take BART




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