Clara Shih

Hearsay Social
Founder and CEO


Clara Shih is bestselling author of The Facebook Era and founder/CEO of Hearsay Social, one of the fastest-growing and most exciting technology companies in Silicon Valley. Clara is a renowned social media authority and technology leader whose New York Times-featured book has been translated into nine languages and is used as a textbook at Harvard Business School. 

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"

•  Comes from a tech background, having held product leadership positions at Google,, 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. Find Clara on Facebook at and Twitter @clarashih.