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Prerna Gupta believes it’s incumbent on all successful entrepreneurs to set aside some time to mentor the next generation. As a former venture capitalist, app developer and now the CEO of Khush, a San Francisco-based social-music app maker, Gupta has mentored many young, enthusiastic ‘treps.
“The unbridled optimism an entrepreneur feels in the early days of a startup is infectious and hard to find anywhere else. I love being around that and helping to guide it in any way I can,” she says. “Young people have a better sense of the future than us older entrepreneurs, so it’s a pleasure to talk shop with them, and it’s often enlightening.”
As a Stanford grad, model and accomplished vocalist, Gupta’s charisma was behind viral videos demonstrating Khush’s flagship product, a reverse karaoke app called LaDiDa, that raked in hundreds of millions views.
Prior to launching her own enterprise, Gupta worked on marketing strategy at Monitor Group and early-stage deal sourcing at Summit Partners. In 2010 she was named one of FastCompany’s Most Influential Women in Tech and her writing has been published in New York Times and TechCrunch.
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