Stacey Ferreira isn’t your average college dropout. She’s one who decided to abandon a traditional life when she got Sir Richard Branson to back her dream for an Internet startup. Stacey tells her amazing story to a riveted audience of San Diego high school students, sharing the highs and lows of being a gutsy young entrepreneur and offering her hard-won life lessons: embrace the unknown, live your own experiences (not just the expected ones) and shape your own world.
Stacey and her brother, Scott, who together started MySocialCloud.com in May 2011, represent the youngest founders of any of Sir Richard Branson’s investments. The site provides one-click access to websites by storing all usernames and passwords online.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)