H2 Unveils the Premier Global Leadership Network for the Digital Industry

May 22, 2013 (09:05 PM EDT)

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- H2 (, an exclusive leadership network consisting of 250 of the technology industry's most influential operating executives across 9 global chapters, announced today the availability of key new offerings in conjunction with the 3-year anniversary of its first events. In addition to signature Member Forums held bi-monthly in each chapter, H2 is now broadening its offerings to include a set of integrated online member community tools as well as an annual global conference, H2O (, to be held in its inaugural year at LinkedIn's global headquarters in Silicon Valley in October 2013. 


Founded with the goal of connecting senior leaders in the startup community to facilitate idea exchange and knowledge sharing, H2 launched its first events in Silicon Valley, London, and Singapore in May 2010.  Since then, the network has grown to include additional chapters in Beijing, Berlin, India, New York, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. H2's operating model and platform consisting of its network, programs, and content are supported through global chapters, each locally led by Chapter Chairs, and its headquarters-based team in Silicon Valley led by H2 founders Nayan Patel and Jeff Merkel. Membership in H2 is on a referral and chapter approval basis, and its Member Forums follow a structured group discussion format that is topic-driven and member-led under the Chatham House Rule to promote trusted and open conversations around key executive-level themes in the digital sphere.

"As opportunities flow through congregations of people, the right human networks can play a pivotal role in achieving success," said H2 advisor Reid Hoffman, Partner at Greylock and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn. "H2 has created a global network and trusted community for startup leaders to help them achieve both company and career success."

On this, its 3-year anniversary, H2 is announcing the launch of its first annual global member and innovation leadership conference, H2O. Taking place in October 2013 in Silicon Valley, the conference will provide a unique convening point for H2 Members and invited leaders from some of the most influential startups around the world to discuss current core foundations and innovation trends in the industry. In addition, H2 today is also making available a powerful set of online community tools designed to enhance member-to-member connectivity and leverage expert industry insights across the network.

"In connecting startup leaders around the world over the last three years, we know that building and maintaining robust industry playbooks to inform executive-level decision making has never been more important or challenging," said Nayan Patel, Founder & CEO of H2. "We are excited to see how H2 is providing significant value for our members in this regard, and look forward to the continued development of our platform based on the needs of our membership and direction of the industry."  

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H2 is the premier global leadership network for the digital industry. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Silicon Valley with chapters globally, its membership consists of senior executives, entrepreneurs, and domain experts at leading startups and top global firms situated in key digital hubs worldwide. Through its unique global network, programs, and content, H2 creates invaluable opportunities for knowledge exchange throughout the year in support of its mission to support and develop the next generation of global leaders in the digital domain.