Samir Patel, President & CEO of GrowthMachines, TheGrowth.Academy and Mentor at 500Startups, has optimized $1B+ in Ads. In the last decade, he has revolutionized Quantitative Growth Marketing for both startups and Fortune 500 companies. As Founder of SearchForce, Patel managed clients with some of the world’s largest ad budgets such as Salesforce.com, Priceline, Experian, Oracle, AT&T Yellow Pages, Progressive and Scottrade. He raised $10M+ in financing, developed a Cross-Channel Optimization SaaS Platform based on Wall Street Trading Techniques and took the company to profitability. He has frequently been on CNN, NBC, BusinessWeek and Forbes, and teaches Growth seminars at 500Startups, General Assembly, Product School, UC Berkeley & several of the top VC funds around the globe. He attended Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds an MBA in Brand Marketing from Cornell's Johnson School of Business.