For those of you who missed out on last week’s debut session of Lightning Lessons with Danae Ringelmann, fret no more because that was just the beginning! 

We know “hump-day” Wednesday can leave you watching the second hand of the clock and we’re here to help you on that journey! Lightning Lessons is a simple, live broadcast that takes place in only 15 minutes. With a new guest speaker every week, Lightning Lessons provides you with an easy way to listen and learn from notable tech innovators that will share the twist and turns of their path to success and the lessons they learned along the way.

Recap: Lightning Lessons Session #1 w/ Danae Ringelmann:

With the exception of a few small technical difficulties (we’re hoping to smooth these out as much as is possible using Google Hangouts On Air), our first session of Lightning Lessons went off without a hitch. We also had a great response during the live Twitter Q&A following the broadcast.

Danae Ringelmann was the guest speaker. She gave much-needed and valuable advice with a twist of her own personal experience and perspective. From handy acronyms like F.A.C.E (fearlessness, authenticity, collaboration, empowerment) to simply going with your gut, there were lessons to be learned in this broadcast that every entrepreneur could benefit from. 15 minutes is all it takes!

Up Next: Lightning Lessons Session #2 w/ Sumaya Kazi

Thanks to everybody who tuned in on Wednesday! If you missed it, you can watch Sumaya’s Lightning Lessons session below!


This week, we have the honor of having Sumaya Kazi, founder and CEO of Sumazi, as our guest speaker for Lightning Lesson Session #2!

Sumaya will address the following topics:

1) How to juggle starting a company while working full-time at a corporate job

2) How momentum can be your best friend or your worst enemy

3) How the early team members of your startup might already be within your reach.

About Sumaya Kazi

Sumaya Kazi is an internationally-recognized innovator, leader, speaker and award-winning entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of Sumazi was founded on a powerful idea: Someone should never miss an opportunity to connect with the right person at the right time. Sumazi’s technology helps businesses better understand who is in their social and extended networks and who they need to connect with, and then helps make those connections happen.

Sumazi was selected from more than 1,200 international startups to compete at the prestigious technology competition TechCrunch Disrupt, where it won the Omidyar Network award for “Startup Most Likely to Change the World.”

Previously, Sumaya served as a Senior Social Media Manager at Sun Microsystems, where she was responsible for the global strategy and implementation of social media.

Sumaya has been recognized by BusinessWeek as one of America’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs,” Reuters ranked her #8 in the “Top 50 Most Influential Executives on the Web” and CNN named her a “Young Person Who Rocks.”

Sumaya graduated from UC Berkeley and lives in San Francisco, CA.

 Lauren Kim currently serves as the Events Coordinator at Women 2.0.  Lauren holds a B.A. in Development Studies (study of developing nations) from U.C. Berkeley and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and women’s issues. In her spare time, she competes in hackathons, attends music festivals, and snowboards. Follow her on Twitter at @LaurenJisoo.