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Jeremy Stoppelman

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Yelp

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 Jeremy Stoppelman Biography

Jeremy Stoppelman was on a conference call with venture capitalists when an assistant slipped him a note: "Steve Jobs is on the line."

Stoppelman quietly left the room at Yelp headquarters in downtown San Francisco. It was January 2010, and Google wanted to buy Yelp, the online, crowd-sourced review site. On the phone, Jobs urged Stoppelman, who revered the Apple chief as a visionary, to "stay independent and not sell out to Google." Jobs was not a fan of Google and had accused the search giant of stealing Apple's smart-phone and tablet technology.

"At that point, we had already turned down Google," Stoppelman said. "But Steve liked Yelp and wanted to make sure about Google. It was a moment where I said, 'This is crazy. What just happened?' " For Stoppelman, who is 34 and co-founded Yelp in October 2004, the crazy moments have only continued. After his company went public this spring, when the young entrepreneur pushed the button to ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange, Stoppelman received another call - this one from President Obama, congratulating him.

Today, Yelp has a market capitalization of about $1.3 billion, and Stoppelman's 11 percent stake is valued at more than $145 million. The company, which started in San Francisco as a vague idea about "local," now has 70 million unique monthly visitors, and has expanded to 17 countries. Stoppelman is an undisputed junior titan of Silicon Valley. Sought-after nerd

He also has the canonical startup story. He was the kid who loved to tinker, who inadvertently blew a few things up and charred the walls with his experiments, who learned programming in middle school, earned his bachelor's degree in computer engineering, and then headed west - arriving in San Francisco at the start of the dot-com boom. He was the kid who became a sought-after nerd and was - after his second job out of college - given $1 million to sit around a SoMa loft with a dozen people and a dog and dream up The Next Big Thing.

"The rule in the incubator was that we'd play around and come up with crazy ideas," said Max Levchin, a Ukraine-born computer scientist who co-founded the online payment system PayPal, where Stoppelman worked as his second job out of college. "It was a hacker commune, and the idea was to build great products."

Levchin, whose PayPal was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002, remembers the day Stoppelman and another former PayPal engineer, Russ Simmons, landed on the concept that would become Yelp. "It was my 29th birthday, and we were at the Slanted Door in the Ferry Building," Levchin said. "Jeremy and Russ had been talking about doing something with local review or local search and were asking questions like: How do you get your friends to help you find the best plumber or doctor or nicest restaurant close by? Over lunch, I could see Russ and Jeremy at the other end of the table just scheming. After lunch, they said they thought they'd figured it out." Ranking of businesses

Returning to the incubator on Mission near Third Street, Levchin listened as Stoppelman and Simmons explained their inchoate idea of an "e-mail type of product where you ask your friends to help you come up with a ranking of businesses."

"I thought it might work, but it might not," Levchin said. "I backed them because I believed in Russ and Jeremy. Russ is an amazing developer and engineer, and Jeremy is just really smart and really tenacious, with a lot of good stubbornness. Their idea was good, but of course it was not what Yelp ended up being, which is very common with startups."

Elon Musk, another PayPal founder, said he always considered Yelp a cool idea. Musk had done something similar with a company called Zip2, which he founded after dropping out of Stanford graduate school to provide local online content to news organizations.

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Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Yelp

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Jeremy Stoppelman Biography

Jeremy Stoppelman was on a conference call with venture capitalists when an assistant slipped him a note: "Steve Jobs is on the line."

Stoppelman quietly left the room at Yelp headquarters in downtown San Francisco. It was January 2010, and Google wanted to buy Yelp, the online, crowd-sourced review site. On the phone, Jobs urged Stoppelman, who revered the Apple chief as a visionary, to "stay independent and not sell out to Google." Jobs was not a fan of Google and had accused the search giant of stealing Apple's smart-phone and tablet technology.

"At that point, we had already turned down Google," Stoppelman said. "But Steve liked Yelp and wanted to make sure about Google. It was a moment where I said, 'This is crazy. What just happened?' " For Stoppelman, who is 34 and co-founded Yelp in October 2004, the crazy moments have only continued. After his company went public this spring, when the young entrepreneur pushed the button to ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange, Stoppelman received another call - this one from President Obama, congratulating him.

Today, Yelp has a market capitalization of about $1.3 billion, and Stoppelman's 11 percent stake is valued at more than $145 million. The company, which started in San Francisco as a vague idea about "local," now has 70 million unique monthly visitors, and has expanded to 17 countries. Stoppelman is an undisputed junior titan of Silicon Valley. Sought-after nerd

He also has the canonical startup story. He was the kid who loved to tinker, who inadvertently blew a few things up and charred the walls with his experiments, who learned programming in middle school, earned his bachelor's degree in computer engineering, and then headed west - arriving in San Francisco at the start of the dot-com boom. He was the kid who became a sought-after nerd and was - after his second job out of college - given $1 million to sit around a SoMa loft with a dozen people and a dog and dream up The Next Big Thing.

"The rule in the incubator was that we'd play around and come up with crazy ideas," said Max Levchin, a Ukraine-born computer scientist who co-founded the online payment system PayPal, where Stoppelman worked as his second job out of college. "It was a hacker commune, and the idea was to build great products."

Levchin, whose PayPal was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002, remembers the day Stoppelman and another former PayPal engineer, Russ Simmons, landed on the concept that would become Yelp. "It was my 29th birthday, and we were at the Slanted Door in the Ferry Building," Levchin said. "Jeremy and Russ had been talking about doing something with local review or local search and were asking questions like: How do you get your friends to help you find the best plumber or doctor or nicest restaurant close by? Over lunch, I could see Russ and Jeremy at the other end of the table just scheming. After lunch, they said they thought they'd figured it out." Ranking of businesses

Returning to the incubator on Mission near Third Street, Levchin listened as Stoppelman and Simmons explained their inchoate idea of an "e-mail type of product where you ask your friends to help you come up with a ranking of businesses."

"I thought it might work, but it might not," Levchin said. "I backed them because I believed in Russ and Jeremy. Russ is an amazing developer and engineer, and Jeremy is just really smart and really tenacious, with a lot of good stubbornness. Their idea was good, but of course it was not what Yelp ended up being, which is very common with startups."

Elon Musk, another PayPal founder, said he always considered Yelp a cool idea. Musk had done something similar with a company called Zip2, which he founded after dropping out of Stanford graduate school to provide local online content to news organizations.

Jeremy Stoppelman Videos

  • The Big StartUp with Guy Kawasaki and Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO ...
  • Inside Yelp: CEO Jeremy Stoppelman Discusses the Review Filter ...
  • Yelp's Jeremy Stoppelman: 'What the Hell Am I Doing?' | Inc. Magazine

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  • How to book Jeremy Stoppelman?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jeremy Stoppelman for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jeremy Stoppelman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jeremy Stoppelman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jeremy Stoppelman?

    Booking fees for Jeremy Stoppelman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jeremy Stoppelman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jeremy Stoppelman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jeremy Stoppelman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jeremy Stoppelman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jeremy Stoppelman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jeremy Stoppelman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jeremy Stoppelman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jeremy Stoppelman for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Jeremy Stoppelman generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Max Levchin, Marc Benioff, Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel and Marissa Mayer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jeremy Stoppelman for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jeremy Stoppelman Speaker Videos

  • The Big StartUp with Guy Kawasaki and Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO ...
    Inside Yelp: CEO Jeremy Stoppelman Discusses the Review Filter ...
  • Yelp's Jeremy Stoppelman: 'What the Hell Am I Doing?' | Inc. Magazine
    CEO Jeremy Stoppelman on Yelp! Inc - YouTube
  • Ice Cream With Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman - YouTube
    Stephen Tries To Get A Good Review From Yelp's CEO - YouTube

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