- Chief Executive Officer of Hearsay Social
- Board Member of Starbucks Corporation
- Author of 'The Facebook Era'
Clara Shih is Chief Executive Officer of Hearsay Social, a rapidly growing Silicon Valley technology company whose leading social marketing platform is used by large global brands including Farmers Insurance and 24 Hour Fitness to manage their corporate and local Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ Pages.
Shih is a pioneer in the technology industry, as an engineer, celebrated author, thought leader and successful technology entrepreneur. Shih has been named one of FORTUNE's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs of 2011, one of Fast Company's Most Influential People in Technology, and one of Businessweek's Top Young Entrepreneurs. She brings a wealth of experience from previous technology, product, and marketing positions at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.
In 2007, Shih developed the first business application on Facebook called Faceconnector, and subsequently authored The New York Times-featured bestseller, The Facebook Era: Tapping Social Networks to Market, Sell, and Innovate, which has been translated in nine languages and is used as a marketing textbook at Harvard Business School.
Shih holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University, as well as an MS from Oxford. She also serves as an advisor for Good Karma (formerly Camp Amelia), a non-profit she founded which develops and funds technology education programs, curriculum, and software for developing countries in Africa and the Middle East.
Quick Facts about Clara
Named one of Fast Company's Most Influential People in Technology and Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs
Created the first business application on Facebook (Faceforce) in 2007 and is credited by Forrester Research with "kicking off the social business applications movement" (see here)
Comes from a tech background, having held product leadership positions at Google, salesforce.com, and Microsoft
Holds undergraduate and Master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where she graduated #1 in her class
Clara is a frequently invited keynote speaker on social media at global conferences including Ad:Tech, Web 2.0 Expo, Enterprise 2.0, South by Southwest, Digital Age 2.0, and many others.