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Mark Gainey: Sports and Silicon Valley

October 08, 2017

The co-founder and CEO of the online network Strava, “the social network for athletes,” talks about connecting the global community of athletes and what’s next in Silicon Valley.






About the guest

Mark Gainey has been building successful companies for nearly twenty years. He currently serves as the co-founder and chairman of Strava. Founded in 2009, millions of athletes worldwide have joined Strava for the competition and camaraderie found in tracking and sharing their fitness activities. Mark also founded Kana Communications, an enterprise software firm, in 1996 and served in various capacities, including CEO, president and chairman. He has offered his expertise to a wide array of companies over the years, joining the boards of Alter-G, BoardVantage, Daum, Clari and Coaching Corps. Mark holds a B.A. from Harvard University.



About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.

About the host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post.



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