Programs & Events

Young, Scrappy, & Hungry: Lessons from Next-Generation Entrepreneurs

January 17, 2018

NEA held an exclusive gathering of young entrepreneurs on January 17th, 2018 at our San Francisco office. The event featured a panel of stories and lessons learned from Noah Ready-Campbell, CEO of Built Robotics; Yunha Kim, CEO of Simple Habit; Nikita Bier, CEO of tbh, and moderator Khalid Halim, CEO coach from Reboot.

In addition, the event was an exciting opportunity for attendees to meet and network with fellow young entrepreneurs in the startup community.

Featured Entrepreneurs:

Noah Ready-Campbell (panelist) graduated summa cum laude from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton and a BSE & MSE in Computer Science. Noah built his first startup, Twice (an online consignment shop for fashion) in 2011 – the company raised $23M and sold to eBay in 2015. He is now the founder and CEO of Built Robotics (building self-driving heavy equipment to make construction safer, faster, and cheaper), which recently raised $15M in a Series A round lead by NEA. Campbell has been honored by Forbes 30 Under 30 and Inc’s 30 Under 30.

Yunha Kim (panelist) graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 2011. She began her career in investment banking and built her first startup Locket when she was 23-years-old. To help manage the stress of startup life, Yunha began to meditate. The idea to build a more diverse, practical meditation app came to Kim when she was pursuing her MBA at Stanford. She dropped out of Stanford after one semester to build Simple Habit into the leading meditation and mindfulness platform for busy, stressed-out people. In 2017, Yunha was honored by Forbes 30 Under 30 and Marie Claire's 2017 New Guard.

Khalid Halim (moderator) is a certified professional coach and cofounder of, a coaching firm that’s worked with leaders at companies such as Coinbase, Lyft, Kickstarter and Etsy. Khalid has helped a founding team of six people in an apartment grow into a now well-known startup that’s 200 employees strong. He has coached an executive team of a startup that grew from a 100-person, domestic startup with a $300 million valuation to a 2,000-person multinational valued at over $10 billion. Khalid works directly with founders and leadership teams looking to move through periods of change and growth purposefully. He has over ten years of experience working in startups, both as a founder and turnaround CEO, providing the insight and empathy needed to help other leaders transform complicated webs of story into simple strings of actionable steps.

Nikita Bier (panelist) studied Business Administration and Political Economy at UC Berkeley, where he founded his first of the 3 startups, Politify. He then co-founded, a TechStars graduate that, like Politify, focused on understanding public policy. Most recently, Nikita founded and lead tbh, a social quiz app about your friends that dominated the #1 Apple App Ranking for several weeks. Tbh was recently acquired by Facebook, where Nikita continues to lead the successful social app.