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Chris  Sacca

Chris Sacca

Google & Twitter Innovation Guru

Biography

Christopher Sacca is the former head of special initiatives at Google, Inc. and one of the first investors in internet startup sensation Twitter. He now works there one day a week advising executives and thinking of clever things to tweet to his 425,000+ followers. Read More >

A venture investor, private equity principal, company advisor, and entrepreneur, he manages a portfolio of over three dozen consumer web, mobile, cloud, and wireless technology startups as well as an array of mature enterprises through his holding company, Lowercase Capital. Among his representative investments is Twitter, Inc.; Sacca was one of its first investors and works with the company as a strategic advisor.

As head of special initiatives at Google, Inc., he headed up the alternative access division. His most visible projects include Google's 700MHz and TV white spaces spectrum initiatives; the company's groundbreaking data center in The Dalles, Oregon; and Google's free citywide WiFi network in Mountain View, California. He also spearheaded many of Google's business development and M&A transactions.

Most recently, Sacca proudly worked on President Barack Obama's campaign as a telecommunications, media, and technology advisor; a speaking surrogate; and a field office volunteer, as well as co-chair of finance and a trustee of the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

The Wall Street Journal cited Sacca as “possibly the most influential businessman in America.”

He was also recently recognized as a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, which annually selects 20 of the world's most promising leaders and public servants under the age of 45. In addition, Sacca serves as an associate fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University. He regularly appears on television, radio, and in print and Internet media, including features on CNBC, NPR, ABC News, and the BBC, and in articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Fast Company, PC World, and Business 2.0.

Sacca is also frequently retained to address the executive teams of leading corporations, including Motorola, SONY, Electronic Arts, Price Waterhouse Coopers, AMD, and Deloitte & Touche, as well as financial institutions including Warburg Pincus, GE Finance, Charles River Ventures, Think Equity Partners, Telesoft Partners, and First Round Capital on subjects such as strategy and competitiveness. He perennially speaks to audiences at the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival, Fortune Brainstorm, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, International Business Forum, Thunderbird School of Management, Rutberg Wireless Symposium, SIM, The Indus Entrepreneurs, and others.

Before joining Google, Sacca held a number of executive roles at one of the world’s largest streaming and digital media distribution companies, Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai Technologies), and was ultimately responsible for their legal and corporate development efforts. Prior to Speedera, he was an attorney with the Silicon Valley law firm of Fenwick & West where he handled venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing transactions for technology clients such as Macromedia, VeriSign, and Kleiner Perkins. Before arriving in Silicon Valley, Sacca lived and worked in Europe and Latin America.

Sacca graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a member of The Tax Lawyer Law Review and was honored as the school’s Philip A. Ryan and Ralph J. Gilbert Memorial Scholar. He also graduated cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was an Edmund Evans Memorial Scholar as well as a Weeks Family Foundation Scholar. Chris Sacca also attended university at the Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador; University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland; and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The Inside Working of Google

Speech Topics

Revolutionizing Entrepreneurship Innovation, Strategic Relationships & Top-Line Communication

When speaker Chris Sacca delivers talks around the world—whether to Fortune 500 Companies, major conventions, leading universities, or start-ups and nonprofits—he use a series of lessons learned at Google, on the Obama campaign, and at Twitter as common touch points for understanding the impact that the web's transformation has on each of us, regardless of our industry, location, or age. Google, Twitter, and the Obama campaign’s use of social media are among the most powerful movements in technological history, and the social consequences are exciting and hold great potential.

 

Whether Sacca talks about cutting-edge models of customer service and engagement, user-first product development techniques, elements of building uniquely innovative and nimble corporate cultures, or attracting the most capable people to them, his audiences always go home realizing that the ideas and lessons they encountered are applicable well beyond the bounds of their specific job functions and are fundamental principles for life as well.

The Grounding Principles of Google

In this keynote speech, speaker Chris Sacca discusses the principles that Google was founded on and how these same principles can be used to create nimble, creative, and successful businesses and corporate cultures. Some key points include:

  • Ask employees not to focus on problems but instead focus on users
  • Focus on solving problems
  • Focus on and follow customer feedback
  • Keep evolving

The Grounding Principles of Google

What Twitter Means for You & Your Company

Business Lessons Learned on the Obama Campaign

Creating a Corporate Culture of Open Communication: How Google Did It & You Can Too

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