Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder & CEO, Joyus; Founder & Chairman, the Boardlist, Susan Lyne, President & Managing Partner, BBG Ventures, and Rick Stollmeyer, Cofounder & CEO, Mindbody in conversation with Jessi Hempel, Head of Editorial, Backchannel
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
In the spring of 2015, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy launched ChoosePossibility, an effort to promote gender diversity in the technology industry and beyond. Last July, its first project was introduced, known as theBoardlist, which is an online marketplace of endorsed and nominated female candidates for private and public board service. As Founder and CEO of the video shopping network Joyus, she has broad experience to understand how critical strong boards are for a growing business, as well as how vital women are to our economy. Her digital career began in 1998 when she led business development for ecommerce startup, Junglee, later sold to Amazon. Cassidy then spent four years running business development for the financial account aggregation service Yodlee, before joining Google in 2003. Cassidy spent six years as Google’s President of Asia Pacific and Latin America. In addition to her management experience, Cassidy is a director at TripAdvisor and Ericsson, and previously served on the J.Crew Group board of directors.
Susan Lyne is President of BBG Ventures, a new venture capital fund investing in women-led startups. Before launching the BBG fund, Lyne was CEO of AOL’s Brand Group where she oversaw high-traffic verticals like AOL.com, TechCrunch, Engadget, StyleList, Moviefone, and MapQuest. From 2008 to 2013, Lyne was CEO and then Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the innovative e-commerce company that popularized the flash sale business model in the U.S. Prior to leading Gilt, Lyne spent three decades in the media industry. She served as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia from 2004 to 2008, and from 1996 to 2004 she held various positions at the Walt Disney Company and ABC, including EVP of Movies and Miniseries. She rose to become President of ABC Entertainment, overseeing the network’s primetime schedule and development of shows including Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Rick Stollmeyer understands the business of wellness from the ground up. The MINDBODY software Cofounder, President, and CEO originally launched the wellness startup in his garage. Sixteen years later, Stollmeyer has transformed the company into one of the biggest online marketplaces for connecting health, wellness, and beauty professionals to the millions of clients they serve. Today, MINDBODY's SaaS solution is powering local wellness businesses in over 130 countries and territories. Before helming MINDBODY, Stollmeyer was commissioned as a U.S. naval officer at the age of 21, serving six years at sea aboard a nuclear submarine. After the military, Stollmeyer pursued a career in corporate engineering until officially bootstrapping MINDBODY in 2001. He holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and Russian Language, with a concentration in International Relations, from the United States Naval Academy. Stollmeyer lives with his wife, Jill, and four children near the company headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California.