Start-up SIG: Featuring serial entrepreneur Ken Leeder of RealTravel



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Start-up SIG, formerly the Founders Forum SIG

    Presentation Overview

    The Founder's Forum has a new name, new date, new location, and a new admissions policy!

    Introducing the Start-Up SIG, meeting on the third Monday of the month at SAP in Palo Alto, and all (not just founders) are welcome! We'll continue our focus on founders' issues: how to successfully navigate through the first year or two of a start-up. We'll feature founding CEOs and management teams talking about strategic business issues, with occasional industry experts who have broad experience with entrepreneurial topics.

    We're thrilled to kick off this renaissance with the CEO and co-founder of one of the hottest start-ups around, serial entrepreneur Ken Leeder of RealTravel.

    RealTravel's goal is to help you connect with fellow travelers and learn what a place is really like. Not just prices and number of stars, but the whole experience: the people, the culture, how to get around, how to avoid problems, as well as suggestions for itineraries, accommodations, dining and things to do. The site allows people to write journals, create their own ratings and maps, and connect to others with shared interests and experiences.


    About the Presenter

    Ken Leeder, CEO & founder,
    Ken is founder and CEO of RealTravel, a new travel information site that leverages blogging and social networking to provide a more personalized and informative experience to travel shoppers and a more effective venue for travel industry marketers than currently exists online. A seasoned entrepreneur, Ken brings two decades of experience to RealTravel. Prior to RealTravel, Ken founded Full Degree, a successful Product Information Management company that was acquired in 2004. Previous to Full Degree, Ken was head of business development at AdForce, a leading Internet ad serving company.

    Earlier in his career, Ken led a team of business development professionals at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in the formation of technology-based strategic alliances between firms in North America and Southeast Asia, tripling the number of multi-million dollar deals completed annually. Earlier in Ken’s career he served as the Managing Director of an established professional service practice, which under his leadership reached profitability. Ken has also held various management positions for Toronto Dominion Bank, one of Canada's largest financial institutions. Ken earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from York University.



    Building D
    Southern Cross Room
    3410 Hillview Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA 94304


    6:30pm-7:00pm - registration
    7:00pm-8:30pm - presentation


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    Seating is limited