Live Fireside Chat: How to Build Your First $1 Billion Unicorn (Live Webinar)

Achieving unicorn status — a valuation of $1 billion or more — is no simple feat. Preparing your business for scaling success early on can help ensure your company joins the unicorn ranks, but doing that successfully can be incredibly difficult to navigate. What are the characteristics of a unicorn organization that you should focus on? How can you use experimentation and analytics to leverage your strengths? Why is it critical to keep culture in mind as you scale?

Join us for this interactive fireside chat and get questions to these answers and many more from pioneering experts Ashwin Damera (CEO and Co-Founder, Emeritus and Eruditus) and Anand Daniel (Partner at Accel), who have already blazed this trail and are ready to share their knowledge. Register now to gain invaluable insights and explore the challenges that come with building and scaling a unicorn to help you grow your own startup or business initiative.


Through conversation with industry experts, participants will learn:

  • How to scale a business and the strategies that matter most
  • The importance of nurturing a healthy company culture
  • Pitfalls to avoid and how to navigate crisis
  • ...and so much more!
CEO and Co-Founder, Emeritus and Eruditus
Ashwin is passionate about making quality education accessible to the next generation of leaders across the world and built Emeritus on the belief that education is transformational. In his role as CEO, he focuses his efforts on driving the strategic growth of the business, and spearheads strategy and expansion in global markets. Emeritus is committed to teaching the skills of the future by making high-quality education accessible and affordable to individuals, companies, and governments around the world. It does this by collaborating with more than 50 top-tier universities and providing state-of-the-art technology, curriculum innovation, and hands-on instruction to educate more than 250,000 individuals across 80 countries. Following its $650 million Series E funding round in August 2021, the Company is valued at $3.2 billion, and is backed by Accel, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Leeds Illuminate, Prosus Ventures, Sequoia Capital India, and Bertelsmann.
Partner at Accel
Anand Daniel is from Chennai and joined Accel in 2010. Anand has been investing in technology startups since 2006, initially with Intel Capital in Silicon Valley and later with Flybridge Capital Partners in Boston. Prior to that, he spent several years in key engineering and management positions at Intel Corporation. At Accel, Anand focuses on investments in consumer technology, online marketplaces, and healthcare technology. He has led investments in BlackBuck, Bounce, Forus, EduPristine (acquired by DeVry), Rupeek, SenseHQ, Spinny, Swiggy, TaxiForSure (acquired by Ola), Vedantu, Vokal, and other early-stage companies. Anand holds an MBA from MIT, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue, and a BE in Computer Science from the University of Madras.
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