Falon Fatemi is a multi-disciplinary specialist and superconnector in the tech community of Silicon Valley. Her diverse experiences working at prominent tech companies, advising startups and strategy consulting for startups and VCs informs her clear understanding of the tech ecosystem. Through her relationship building and work, she’s facilitated dozens of key hires and millions of dollars invested in prominent startups.
Falon began her career at Google at 19 and graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Finance (emphasis in Computer Engineering and Entrepreneurship). In her 6+ years at Google, she developed her love and talent for strategy, operations and business development while holding various roles across syndication partnerships, Google.org and YouTube. Falon began at Google in June 2005, when the company was 3,000 people globally. She was an early member of the Sales, Strategy and Operations team—an analytical team working across all products & forming high-level strategy to drive growth. The strategies they created drove revenue to tens of billions. Her work included creating entrance strategies and increasing market share in emerging global markets. Working at Google.org, she helped them transition from making grants to building products that save lives and developed a framework to understand the social ROI of products. While at YouTube, she created content partnerships between brands and new media creators, which increased her understanding of the various industries participating at the intersection of media and emerging ways to increase brand visibility and audience reach. When she left Google to pursue her fascination in accelerator models and startups, the company had grown to 30,000 employees globally.
Falon went on to become Head of Business Development for Firespotter Labs, a Google Ventures-backed product accelerator that builds web and mobile applications to innovate large, antiquated industries. As the first non-engineering hire, she worked closely with founder and CEO, Craig Walker, and tackled the full spectrum of responsibilities including organizing product management tools, creating scalable business and product launch templates and building relationships with hundreds of partners.
In the past year and a half, Falon served as a strategy consultant for prominent startups and VCs. Her recent clients include Livestar (acquired by Pinterest), MkII Ventures and FundersClub (YC12). She sits on the advisory board of several startups and advises on everything from product development to launch strategy. She’s passionate about growing tech startups and their founders into mainstream influencers and enhancing emotional intelligence in business.
In her free time, Falon is an SF Innovation Fellow for Mayor Ed Lee focusing on incubating civic technology.
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