Global and Indian technology leaders to help founders learn with Extreme Entrepreneurs by Lightspeed

Top international leaders include Tony Fadell, Ming Maa, Ryan Roslansky, Balaji Srinivasan.

14th December 2020, India/Southeast Asia: Lightspeed today announced a power-packed line up of startup icons to help Indian and Southeast Asian entrepreneurs learn how to build their ventures, as part of the third edition of its Extreme Entrepreneurs (EE) program. EE is an intense learning program designed to inspire and help take the blinders off for high potential startups – even if they may have begun their journey as “outsiders” to the startup ecosystem.

Tony Fadell (iPod inventor, iPhone co-inventor, founder of Nest – acquired by Google), Ming Maa (President, Grab), Ryan Roslansky (CEO, LinkedIn) and Balaji Srinivasan (ex-CTO, Coinbase) are the top global tech leaders who will share their journeys and learning with the EE batch. Among top Indian leaders – Ashwini Asokan (Founder & CEO,, Byju Raveendran (Founder, Byju’s), Sujeet Kumar (Co-Founder, Udaan and ex-President, Flipkart), Rajesh Yabaji (Co-Founder & CEO, Blackbuck), AbhirajBhal (Co-Founder & CEO, Urban Company) and Abhinav Shashank (Co-Founder & CEO, Innovaccer) will help unlock vision and possibilities for the selected EE teams.

Applications for the cohort starting January 2021 are open at and will close by 20th December 2020. The program has already seen overwhelming response with over 700 applications in 4 weeks since its launch.

EE will be a 6-week program, live every Tuesday that will allow founders to learn while they run their startups. Launched in 2018 with amission to “bring outsiders in,” the program charges zero-equity and zero-fees for participation. The ONLY selection criteria for EE are whether the founders will benefit from, and make the most of the opportunity. For the first time, EE is inviting startups from Southeast
Asia in addition to India and will be 100% digital.

Vaibhav Agrawal, Partner at Lightspeed, said, “EE takes your blinders off – it inspires founders to dream bigger, opens their minds to new possibilities – and these global leaders in technology are equally passionate to do this for the EE cohort.The candid, closed door sessions with these stalwarts will help unlock new ways of thinking and we’re super excited to host them for Indian and Southeast Asian EE founders.”

In past EE editions, leaders like Max Levchin (co-founder PayPal, co-founder Affirm), Alex Chung (co-founder Giphy), Vaibhav Gupta (co-founder Udaan) and John Thompson (Chairman, Microsoft) have been mentors at EE. In addition, industry experts will host Clinics where EE founders get to sharpen their chops on areas such as product-market fit, growth marketing, sales, hiring, product design and fundraising.

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