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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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  • What are the speaker fees for Jeremy Stoppelman

    Speaking fees for Jeremy Stoppelman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Jeremy Stoppelman are $50,000 - $100,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Jeremy Stoppelman, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Jeremy Stoppelman speak about?

    Jeremy Stoppelman is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Business, Business Leaders, Computer Science, Innovation, Science and Technology, Technology Speakers.
  • Where does Jeremy Stoppelman travel from?

    Jeremy Stoppelman generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Jeremy Stoppelman’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Jeremy Stoppelman for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, 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 speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Jeremy Stoppelman or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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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

FAQs on booking Jeremy Stoppelman

  • How do I book Jeremy Stoppelman to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Jeremy Stoppelman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Jeremy Stoppelman or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Jeremy Stoppelman

    Speaking fees for Jeremy Stoppelman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Jeremy Stoppelman are $50,000 - $100,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Jeremy Stoppelman, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Jeremy Stoppelman speak about?

    Jeremy Stoppelman is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Business, Business Leaders, Computer Science, Innovation, Science and Technology, Technology Speakers.
  • Where does Jeremy Stoppelman travel from?

    Jeremy Stoppelman generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Jeremy Stoppelman’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Jeremy Stoppelman for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, 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 speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Jeremy Stoppelman or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

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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