Next Gen is home to some of the most innovative and groundbreaking movers and shakers. Learn more about our members and how they're effecting real and exciting change with their ventures and leadership.
Meet Adam Hesch: A Navy Veteran whose journey into Silicon Valley started with a spreadsheet of 200 startups and a one-way ticket to San Francisco, he shares with us some crunchy, tactical stories on the similarities between the military and startups; advice on how to crush the job search; and what life is like as a veteran.
Meet Swish Goswami - a fearless, self-proclaimed "serial entrepreneur" with vast experience in multiple industries with many businesses. From starting a hovercraft business with his dad at age 7 to recently developing an AR headset for coaches to watch their players' biometrics in real time, it seems there's nothing Swish hasn't done, or can't accomplish.
Meet Ben Bradbury - currently the VP of Marketing for event technology startup Glisser, he's climbed to fame as a viral content creator on LinkedIn and was recently ranked #4 on the Gentleman’s LinkedIn Influencer 2018 Watchlist, after Gary Vaynerchuk.
Meet Jane Lippencott - Cofounder of privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Zencash and advisor of several other blockchain products. From Hong Kong, Jane's passion for wealth management, accelerators, and blockchain have inspired her early international success.
Meet Adam Alpert, cofounder of Pangeamart - an online marketplace redefining the way we market our talent and search for services and goods in our own community. His time with the Entrepreneurship Center at Brown University has greatly influenced his business savvy and entrepreneurial aspirations.
Meet Maria Yuan - the mastermind behind Issue Voter, a nonpartistan platform encouraging year-round civic engagement due to the ability to follow bills and issues citizens care about.
Meet Jimmy Tomczak - He studied neuroscience, invented a product, and now speaks on the subject of his #1 book: embracing the roller coaster of entrepreneurship, life and love.
Meet Anthony Zhang - one of the founders of Know Your VC, a platform that promotes the sharing of experiences with various venture capital firms and angel investors. These reviews allow prevent founders from working with bad investors and has become especially important in the wake of sexual harassment reports in Silicon Valley.
Meet Winter Green of the Whatever It Takes Program, who uses her voice to make a difference in today's political landscape. Her business, GetPolitical, motivates engagement and engagement amongst today's youth in politics.
Meet Ether Dharmesh - inspired by her own experience in learning English in moving to America from India, she created LingAlly, which ensures foreign language speakers who come to the United States can integrate and feel welcome while learning English in the States.
Meet Avni Singh - an entrepreneur (and Chapstick connoisseur!) who is on a mission to shift the normalcy of sexual harassment via text and online chat.
Meet Anika Brahmbatt - a multitalented serial entrepreneur who is currently working on a social enterprise called Team Tranquil to help teens cope with stress and anxiety.
Meet Sierra RyanWallick - the incredible founder of nonprofit AutumnLeaf Fundraisers which has impacted her community and beyond, all while having Lyme Disease.
Meet Jared Peraglia, a filmmaker inspired by his time as an actor. He captures his vision of the world through the lens of his camera, and has received many accolades for his films.
Meet Michael Ioffe, founder of TILE Talks. His commitment to hosting conversations with innovators and leaders sparks education and connections amongst hundreds of listeners.
Meet Jesse Krim, a thought leader with a passion for sharing inspiring and motivational words. As the Founder and CEO of Influis and a motivational speaker himself, he was inspired by a brush with death to live life to the fullest and share the same outlook with others.
Meet Lucas Turner, a Next Gener with a heart for social impact on a global scale. Through his work with BuildOn, he is supporting and educating communities in countries such as Nepal, Haiti, and Nicaragua.
Meet Eli Wachs - founder of High School HeroesX which mobilizes high school students in solving local problems. Eli's boundless energy contributes to his work as an analyst at a VC firm and his newest tech startup, Decdis, which is fighting the flu.
Meet Sadaf Ayaz - the author of two bestselling books and the CEO and Founder of Rev Media, her heart for storytelling has enabled her to connect with hundreds via the written word.
Meet John Lifrieri - his experiences at startup Tribute and with his own CBD vape product SAUC.co have shown him firsthand the importance of rallying a community around entrepreneurship.
Meet Austin Marguiles - the complement to visionaries. A self-proclaimed "integrator", Austin helps today's innovators get clear on the steps to accomplish their ideas.
Meet Chiraz Bensemmane - an international consultant aiding a multitude of clients in understanding their markets to deliver the most value through her company, Pitch World Fast.
Meet David Khandrius - the founder of Khandy Tech, a web-implementation and product consulting agency that was recently acquired by JUICE Labs. He reflects upon the successful creation and acquisition of Khandy Tech and updates us on his current work.
Meet Cheyenne - A lionhearted writer with a story of transformation and an authenticity that has brought new success.
Meet Rachel Gross - a Brown University student who transferred from a community college with a passion for academia and literature.
Every year, leading business publication Forbes recognizes the force of young (under 30) entrepreneurs who are making waves in a number of sectors. We would like to celebrate our beloved Next Gen members who received the Forbes 30 Under 30 honor this year: Micah Green, Jess Edelstein, Lisa Wang, Jihad Kawas, Ryan Williams, Allyson Dias, Laila Alawa, and Ivonna Dumanyan.
Meet Emily Akers - Next Gen Summit's Director of Events and Campus Outreach. She planned the incredible NGS@Harvard and puts the same heart and passion she put into the event into everything she does.
Meet Abbey Sager - after being dealing with cyber bullying in her high school days, she's making sure no one else endures the same pain with the creation of the Diverse Gaming Coalition and its accompanying comic book.
Meet Satvik Sethi, creator of "Runaway" - a movement which promotes positivity and self-help for mental health through workshops, an app, and a positivity zone.
Meet Nihal Satyadev- After losing his grandfather to Alzheimer's, he decided to rally a movement around the disease, raising awareness and advocacy about the ways in which both we and the government can help those who suffer and their family members.