Sandra Miller is CEO of Runway, a premiere innovation hub at the epicenter of San Francisco’s tech ecosystem. Runway was founded in 2013 to provide the connections, services, and community high quality tech startups and innovation ecosystem players need to succeed. In addition to fostering a vibrant co-working experience, Runway provides Corporate Innovation Services and Event Services. Sandra speaks to multinational corporations, governments, entrepreneurs, investors and universities on myriad aspects of technology innovation and entrepreneurship. She brings a grounded and practical Silicon Valley perspective to exploring the promise and potential perils of technology innovation and disruption in our increasingly digital world, providing practical examples for how innovation impacts the way we live, learn and work – today, and in the future. Sandra co-founded Stanford University’s Biodesign Program and led Accenture Venture’s Open Innovation initiatives with Silicon Valley’s top accelerators. She was the first Managing Director of the Singularity University startup accelerator and is emeritus Chair of Singularity’s Entrepreneurship Track.
Sandra co-founded the Kauffman Foundation’s Labs for Enterprise Creation accelerator and was Managing Director of The Angels’ Forum (now Mighty Capital), one of Silicon Valley’s leading angel investor groups. An Advisor to post seed-stage and venture capital-backed startups, Sandra continues to be in awe of the transformations that occur in startup founders throughout their entrepreneurial journeys. She has nearly 20 years of experience advising and educating more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and startups in many industry sectors as they develop technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology, virtual reality and Internet of Things.
Sandra is based in Silicon Valley and most enjoys rambling coastside or amongst redwood trees with her sidekick, Lola the Wonderdog.