As a six-year startup veteran, Mandela SH Dixon specializes in helping anyone from part-time hustlers to full-time founders accelerate their business and achieve their dreams. Mandela began her career in Silicon Valley in 2011 as a startup founder backed by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12 (acquired by Y Combinator). Thereafter, she led a global entrepreneurial program called Startup Weekend Education (acquired by Techstars) that spanned six continents and empowered thousands of entrepreneurs. Most recently, Mandela worked at venture capital firm Kapor Capital, supporting the success of over 120 tech startups, and on nights and weekends, she hosts The Startup Couch, a web series featuring interviews with the influencers of Silicon Valley.
To-date, Mandela has shared her frameworks for success on over 60 stages, including TEDx, Google, and Facebook. She has also received several recognitions, including being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Venture Capital and Startups, and Medium’s Top 10% of Writers.