samantha quist

Samantha Quist is the founder and executive director for Own The Future educational programs. She is also co-founder and Director of Founder Friendly Labs Startup Accelerator. Samantha has experienced a variety of careers: professional marketing executive, software developer, startup founder, startup advisor, resume editor, and nonprofit program director.

After graduating from Stanford University, Samantha joined Google in as an early Product Marketing Manager. She left to learn about entrepreneurship, first founding a resume editing company and then leading marketing at small tech startup, Gnip, prior to its major acquisition by Twitter. Samantha then founded Copywriter Central, a tech marketplace for writing talent, before selling it to another company. Next, she joined Technovation, a global technology entrepreneurship startup competition for high school students, as Executive Director of the program. Today, she works with startups at Founder Friendly Labs and high school students at Own the Future.

Samantha has been a guest speaker at professional technology conferences locally, nationally, and internationally. She resides in Menlo Park, California with her husband and children, and she occasionally blogs at

Samantha Quist leads curriculum development for all Own the Future courses.
Get to know her in this 12-minute talk she gave to high school girls at Google: