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Bret Waters

Bret has been immersed in the innovation culture of Silicon Valley for his entire career as an entrepreneur, an executive, and an academic.

Today he runs 4thly and also teaches innovation and entrepreneurship at Stanford University. Previously he founded and ran three successful software companies, raising venture capital and completing exits. He has also run two educational non-profit organizations, helping to bring their impact to new levels. He spent six years on the board of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, helping to bring innovation to K-12 education.

For ten years he has been an Executive Mentor at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, helping social entrepreneurs to develop, refine, and scale innovative ventures that can have a positive impact in the developing world. Graduates of the program have gone on to raise over $1 Billion in capital and scale their ventures worldwide.

He served as Chief Mentor with the European Innovation Academy, teaching Silicon Valley innovation methodology to engineering students from around the world.

Bret received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


4thly provides consulting services to entrepreneurs and corporate innovators. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we bring our expertise to clients worldwide.

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