Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Video Series

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Video Series

ecorner.stanford.edu
Each week, experienced entrepreneurs and innovators come to Stanford University to candidly share lessons they’ve learned while developing, launching and scaling disruptive ideas. The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series is produced by Stanford eCorner during fall, winter and spring quarters.


Beverly Parenti & Chris Redlitz (The Last Mile) and Ray Harts (Healthy Hearts Institute) - Growing a Social Venture
Jul 8 • 46 min
Beverly Parenti and Chris Redlitz are the co-founders of The Last Mile, an organization that aims to break the cycle of incarceration by providing education and career training opportunities in prisons. Founded in 2010 at San Quentin State Prison, The…
Joe DeSimone (Carbon) - The Case for Convergence
Jul 1 • 46 min
Joe DeSimone is the founder and executive chairman of Carbon, a global company that is driving the evolution of 3D printing from a prototyping tool into a scalable manufacturing technology. As a professor at the University of North Carolina, DeSimone made…
Julie Zhuo (Inspirit) - How to Learn from Users
Jun 24 • 45 min
Julie Zhuo is the co-founder of Inspirit, an advisory firm that partners with fast-scaling tech companies to build and scale products that people love. Prior to founding Inspirit, she was the VP of design and research for the Facebook app, and helped…
Kevin Systrom (Instagram) - How Instagram Scaled
Jun 3 • 46 min
Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, first spoke at ETL in 2011, just seven months after Instagram launched. Here, he returns to ETL nine years later to draw some new insights about the the startup’s rocket-like growth. In an interview with Stanford…
Alexi Robichaux (BetterUp) - Uncompromising Values
May 27 • 50 min
Alexi Robichaux is the co-founder and CEO of BetterUp, a mobile-based platform that brings personalized professional coaching to employees at all levels. In this talk, Robichaux speaks with Stanford lecturer Toby Corey about the motivations that drove him…
Ethan Brown (Beyond Meat) - Reimagining Meat
May 20 • 50 min
Ethan Brown is the founder, president and CEO of Beyond Meat. In this talk, Stanford lecturer Toby Corey interviews Brown about how his company has redefined “meat.” Brown shares some of the key lessons learned from Beyond Meat’s startup story and…
Andy Karsner (X) - Designing for Natural Security
May 13 • 47 min
Andy Karsner is a senior strategist and “Space Cowboy” at X, the “moonshot factory” at Alphabet (Google’s parent company). He has spent two decades driving renewable energy innovation and other climate solutions, including serving as the Assistant…
Joseph Tsai (Alibaba Group) - From Alibaba to the NBA
May 6 • 46 min
Joseph Tsai is a co-founder and the executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group, a global Internet technology company based in China. He is also the owner of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the WNBA’s New York Liberty, along with several other sports and sports…
Amy Francetic (Buoyant Ventures) - The Evolution of Clean Tech Investing
Apr 29 • 48 min
Amy Francetic is the founder and managing partner of Buoyant Ventures, a venture fund that invests in digital climate solutions. In this talk, delivered on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Francetic sheds…
Heidi Roizen (Threshold Ventures) - Leadership in a Crisis
Apr 22 • 46 min
Heidi Roizen, now a partner at Threshold Ventures, spent time as the CEO and co-founder of T/Maker and the VP of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple before pursuing a career in venture capital. Along the way, she’s experienced several significant…
Annie Kadavy (Redpoint Ventures) - Venture Capital Decisionmaking
Apr 15 • 46 min
What does a venture capitalist actually do day-to-day, and how do they make decisions? Annie Kadavy is a managing director at Redpoint Ventures, and in this conversation with Stanford professor of the practice Tina Seelig, she shares what her job looks…
Ravi Belani (Stanford University) - Building Billion Dollar Businesses
Mar 11 • 42 min
As a lecturer in Stanford’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, Ravi Belani regularly teaches MS&E 472, the Stanford course associated with the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series. He is also the managing director of Alchemist…
Mark Gainey (Strava) - How Strava Found its Niche
Mar 4 • 48 min
Mark Gainey is the co-founder and executive chairman of Strava, a platform where more than 50 million athletes around the world track their workouts and compare their stats. In this talk, he explains the “inch wide, mile deep” strategy that informed both…
Mar Hershenson (Pear VC) - Strategies for Student Entrepreneurs
Feb 26 • 46 min
Mar Hershenson co-founded Pear VC in 2013, and under her watch the firm has made seed and pre-seed investments in category-defining companies like DropBox, Gusto, DoorDash and Branch Metrics. Along the way, she’s spent a significant amount of time…
Omar Tawakol (Voicea) - The Future of Voice
Feb 19 • 47 min
Backed by corporate investors that included Cisco, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce, Omar Tawakol founded Voicea in 2017, and served as the company’s CEO until its acquisition by Cisco in September 2019. Voicea’s core offering was EVA, an in-meeting AI…
Kate Rosenbluth (Cala Health) - A Needs-Based Innovation Framework
Feb 12 • 48 min
As a Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellow, Kate Rosenbluth was captivated by the unmet need to treat hand tremors. She discovered that the site of deep brain stimulation was accessible through the peripheral nerves in the wrist, and teamed up with Scott…
Kulveer Taggar (Zeus Living) - Scaling with Purpose
Feb 5 • 50 min
Kulveer Taggar is the co-founder and CEO of Zeus Living, a tech-driven property management company focused on disrupting the corporate housing market. The company raised a $55 million Series B round in December 2019, and has hosted more than 17,000…
Melinda Thomas (Octave Bioscience) - The Courage to Begin
Jan 29 • 41 min
Drawing on her experience launching and leading health companies like CardioDx and ParAllele, Melinda Thomas co-founded Octave Bioscience in 2014. Octave is developing a care management platform for neurodegenerative diseases, starting with multiple…
Sam Yam (Patreon) - Surviving the Startup Grind
Jan 22 • 45 min
In 2013, Sam Yam teamed up with his former Stanford roommate Jack Conte to create Patreon, a platform that connects content creators with members who provide recurring revenue. As co-founder and CTO, Yam built Patreon into a service that has funded more…
Laura Gomez (Atipica) - The Need for Inclusive AI
Dec 4, 2019 • 41 min
Concerned with the ways that AI and machine learning often display biases against already marginalized groups, Laura Gomez created Atipica, a platform that uses those same tools to remove rather than exacerbate bias in the hiring process. Gomez is also a…
Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital) - Underestimated
Nov 20, 2019 • 46 min
Backstage Capital founder and managing partner Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. Her fund is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color,…
Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures) - Unicorn Lessons
Nov 13, 2019 • 42 min
In 2013, Aileen Lee coined the term “unicorn” to refer to the growing field of startups with $1 billion valuations. At the time, she was a year into her role as a founder and managing partner of Cowboy Ventures, and her team was preparing a…
Srin Madipalli (Airbnb) - The Future is Accessible
Nov 6, 2019 • 45 min
While earning his MBA at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School and teaching himself to code, Srin Madipalli found himself compelled by the power of technology to transform the lives of people with disabilities. He soon co-founded Accomable, a…
Edith Harbaugh (LaunchDarkly) - Software is Hard Work
Oct 30, 2019 • 43 min
LaunchDarkly now helps over 1,000 customers — including major companies like Atlassian and BMW — release code, monitor and manage features, and make data-driven decisions about software functionality. But growth didn’t come overnight, explains CEO and…
Barbara Liskov (MIT) - Finding the Great Problems
Oct 22, 2019 • 43 min
Barbara Liskov was already breaking new ground in 1968, when she became one of the first American women to earn a doctorate in the emerging discipline of computer science. After receiving that PhD at Stanford, she went on to design several influential…
Jennifer Tejada (PagerDuty) - Resilience is Everything
Oct 15, 2019 • 49 min
Not long after landing at PagerDuty in 2016, Jennifer Tejada embarked on that harrowing rite of passage for CEOs of fortunate young startups: the pursuit of an IPO. Tejada raised a $90 million Series D round in late 2018, and saw PagerDuty go public on…
Sarah Nahm (Lever) - Redesigning the CEO
Oct 7, 2019 • 42 min
In 2012, inspired by the HR headaches they’d observed working for technology companies, Sarah Nahm and a few friends founded Lever, a talent recruitment platform aimed at transforming the hiring process with intuitive yet data-driven software. Two years…
Sickamore (Interscope Records) & Sam Seidel (Stanford d.school) - Inside the Studio
Jun 12, 2019 • 86 min
From developing a brand identity to cultivating the right conditions for musical exploration, successful recording artists are masters of the creative process. Hosted by Stanford professor Bob Sutton, Sickamore, a hip-hop artist, photographer and the…
Christine Yen (Honeycomb.io) - Creating a Buzz Around B2B Software
Jun 3, 2019 • 45 min
Honeycomb co-founder and CEO Christine Yen spent a decade as a software engineer before creating her own company. She describes how her deep domain knowledge and relationships with like-minded software developers propelled her startup’s launch, and shares…
Listening to the Market [Entire Talk]
May 29, 2019 • 51 min
The podcast market was growing rapidly when Luminary Media was founded at the beginning of 2018, and it was even bigger by the time the company launched its podcasting service on April 23, 2019. Just a month after that launch, CEO Matthew Sacks and…
Chip Conley (Modern Elder Academy) - How to Adapt and Flow
May 22, 2019 • 44 min
At age 26, Chip Conley founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality and grew the company into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the United States. After he sold the business, he accepted a strategy role at Airbnb, and his interactions with a predominantly…
Toby Corey (Stanford University) - The Zen of Entrepreneurship
May 15, 2019 • 50 min
In the 1990s, Toby Corey co-founded the world’s largest web development company. Since then, he’s started other companies; held senior management positions at SolarCity, Tesla and most recently PlanGrid; and lectured in Stanford’s Department of Management…
Payam Banazadeh (Capella Space) - Prepare to Launch
May 8, 2019 • 49 min
When Capella Space’s first prototype satellite launched in December 2018, it was the culmination of over three years of nonstop effort. Capella Space founder and CEO Payam Banazadeh explains how he fused experienced gained at the NASA Jet Propulsion…
Nicole Hu (One Concern) - Strategies to Fight Disaster
May 1, 2019 • 46 min
Nicole Hu and her two co-founders created One Concern to help communities prepare for and mitigate natural disasters by harnessing the power of AI. She explains how they use machine intelligence as a predictive tool, and shares strategies for identifying…
Ritu Narayan (Zūm) - Sustaining a Startup’s Growth
Apr 24, 2019 • 40 min
Ritu Narayan founded Zūm in 2014 to solve a problem that working parents (herself included) face every day: transporting and caring for children before and after school. She describes her journey from the Delhi Institute of Technology to Silicon Valley…
Closing Tech’s Diversity Gap [Entire Talk]
Apr 12, 2019 • 48 min
From high school computer science classes all the way up to VC partner meetings, women and people of color remain underrepresented in the technology ecosystem. Even so, diversity-focused social scientist and venture capitalist Freada Kapor Klein is…
Alberto Savoia (Google) - Make the Right Thing
Mar 13, 2019 • 45 min
As Google’s first engineering director, Alberto Savoia led the team that launched Google’s revolutionary AdWords project. After founding two startups, he returned to Google in 2008 and he assumed the role of “Innovation Agitator,” developing trainings and…
Navin Chaddha (Mayfield) - Building a People-First Company
Mar 6, 2019 • 41 min
Navin Chaddha, managing director at the venture capital firm Mayfield, describes the firm’s core values and examines the drivers behind several of the firm’s most successful investments. Mayfield’s investment strategy, he explains, is to focus on the…
Alice Zhang (Verge Genomics) - When DNA Meets AI
Feb 27, 2019 • 50 min
Midway through a M.D./Ph.D program at UCLA, Alice Zhang made a discovery that she felt could reverberate far beyond the halls of academia. So she shifted directions, leaving her Ph.D program to found Verge Genomics, a biomedical firm that aims to unite…
Raj Kapoor (Lyft) and John Viera (Ford Motor Company) - Mobilizing the Future
Feb 20, 2019 • 44 min
Cars can be much more than just boxes that get their owners around. John Viera, a former director and sustainability lead at Ford Motor Company, and Raj Kapoor, chief strategy officer at Lyft, join Stanford adjunct professor Pedram Mokrian to discuss…
Balaji Srinivasan (Coinbase) - Building the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem
Feb 13, 2019 • 44 min
Opportunities in the cryptocurrency sector extend well beyond simply investing in Bitcoin or Ethereum, says Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan. He compares the digital currency landscape to the early days of mobile—a space poised to create an entirely new set…
Elaine Wherry (Meebo) - Climbing the Ladder
Feb 6, 2019 • 47 min
Roles expand and shift at a breakneck pace in a high-growth startup, says Meebo co-founder Elaine Wherry. Interns find themselves in charge of massive, mission-critical projects. Engineers are suddenly tasked with hiring and managing multiple teams.…
Ryan Petersen (Flexport) - Modernizing the Shipping Industry
Jan 23, 2019 • 54 min
Global trade has existed for centuries, but hasn’t evolved with technology. Ryan Petersen, CEO and founder of Flexport, learned this the hard way as an entrepreneur managing the supply chain of his brother’s motorcycle sales business, and took it as an…
Dan Widmaier (Bolt Threads) - Design to Disrupt
Dec 5, 2018 • 47 min
Dan Widmaier, co-founder and CEO at Bolt Threads, is on a mission to disrupt the garment industry through technology and science. He shares his perspective on sustainability, the future of the environment and how to focus on the task at hand instead of…
Brad Bao (Lime) - Innovation Driven By Sustainability
Nov 28, 2018 • 43 min
Brad Bao, co-founder and executive chairman of Lime, shares his mission to create close-knit neighborhoods through mobility. Highlighting Lime’s achievements, he challenges the notion that companies cannot succeed if they are socially responsible.
Emily Melton (DFJ) - Focus on Forward Momentum
Nov 14, 2018 • 47 min
Emily Melton, partner at the venture capital firm Threshold (formerly DFJ), shares her experience growing from a humanities student to tech investor. Melton shares advice for how to sustain startup momentum, navigate uncertainty and forge the honest,…
Adam Pisoni (Abl Schools) - Let Your Customers Educate You
Nov 2, 2018 • 45 min
Adam Pisoni, founder and CEO of Abl Schools, shares how he tackles complex challenges, like modernizing the education system. Pisoni describes how he listens first, addresses today’s known issues and builds pathways to new possibilities. He breaks down…
Tina Seelig with Steve Garrity (Hearsay Systems) and Juliet Rothenberg (DeepMind) - Find Your Superpower, Launch Your Career
Oct 31, 2018 • 50 min
Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig sits down with Steve Garrity, founder of Hearsay Systems and Juliet Rothenberg, product manager at DeepMind for a new podcast called LEAP!. This series will take a deep dive into how to grow your career by unpacking…
Puneet Agarwal (True Ventures) - Strike the EQ/IQ Balance in Venture Capital
Oct 24, 2018 • 43 min
Puneet Agarwal, partner at True Ventures, describes the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) within venture capital and its implications on the business functions of companies. He shares scenarios where EQ sets the tone for open communication,…
Manish Chandra (Poshmark) - Channeling an Adaptive Mindset
Oct 17, 2018 • 48 min
Throughout his career, Manish Chandra, founder and CEO at Poshmark, learned to evolve, grow and adapt to the economical and career changes he faced. His vision for a mobile shopping platform was ahead of its time. Chandra shares his thoughts on how to…
Maureen Fan (Baobab Studios) - Animating Against the Grain
Oct 10, 2018 • 44 min
Maureen Fan, co-founder and CEO at Baobab Studios, shares how she blended her creativity and technical savvy in founding her virtual reality animation company. Undeterred by naysayers and an unforged path ahead, she encourages those with big imaginations…
Steve Vassallo (Foundation Capital) - Focus on Users to Solve Problems
Jun 4, 2018 • 53 min
Throughout life, Steve Vassallo has advanced his career through design thinking, from the slick flyer he created on his parents’ computer to get him more work as a boy, to his five years at IDEO, and now as a startup investor at Foundation Capital.…
Lisa Alderson (Genome Medical) - Dare to Stretch Your Boundaries
May 24, 2018 • 55 min
Serial entrepreneur Lisa Alderson, co-founder and CEO of Genome Medical, shares her vision for the future of medicine, along with real-world advice for those seeking to start their own company: Discover and follow your passion to ensure you stay driven…
Gabriel Parisi-Amon (Nebia) - A Burnout Manifesto
May 18, 2018 • 52 min
Gabriel Parisi-Amon, co-founder, CTO and COO of environmentally conscious shower startup, Nebia, bravely challenges the myth of “the perfect startup founder.” Parisi-Amon takes us on a journey through the seven stages of burnout he experienced in the…
Joshua Hoffman (Zymergen) - Insights of an Accidental Entrepreneur
May 11, 2018 • 46 min
Joshua Hoffman, co-founder and CEO of industrial-chemicals maker Zymergen, details how his intellectual dabbling in college and the courage to work on his weaknesses prepared him to be a broadminded business leader. He urges aspiring entrepreneurs to…
Chip Heath (Stanford University) - How Organizations Can Win Our Hearts
May 7, 2018 • 56 min
Stanford business Professor Chip Heath discusses how certain moments we all experience — the first day at a new job, finishing a difficult project —don’t feel as special as they should, and how we can make them much more memorable with a few simple…
Tracy Chou (Project Include) - Debugging the Brogrammer Culture
Apr 27, 2018 • 56 min
As tech companies come under fire for mishandling our data, with one blog post, a young software engineer forced these firms to share some of the most damning information they keep: the demographics of their workforce. Tracy Chou turned concepts familiar…
Julayne Virgil (Girls Inc.) - The Courage to Take Positive Risks
Apr 20, 2018 • 52 min
Julayne Virgil, CEO of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, describes how her organization provides youth with the confidence to overcome systemic gender bias, and hopefully, realize their full potential. Girls in the program are given the types of experiences…
David Baszucki (Roblox) - When the Platform is Your Product
Apr 16, 2018 • 53 min
Tech entrepreneur David Baszucki explains how Roblox is essentially the YouTube for online games, a platform that derives immense value entirely from the millions of content creators and players who come together to build and be immersed in virtual worlds…
Marc Tessier-Lavigne (Stanford University) - Elements of Effective Leadership
Mar 9, 2018 • 34 min
Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne tells students that life is long and lived in chapters. Some of his include being a pioneering neuroscientist, head of research at Genentech, a co-founder of two startups, and president of two leading…
Josh McFarland (Greylock Partners) - Answering Common Startup Questions
Mar 7, 2018 • 59 min
How do you know when it’s time to start a company? Or when to begin fundraising, and how much? And, as you grow, how do you recruit the best executives and build a culture centered on employees? Venture capitalist Josh McFarland of the firm Greylock…
M. Sanjayan and Harrison Ford (Conservation International) - Scaling Sustainability
Feb 27, 2018 • 51 min
Actor Harrison Ford shares his longstanding commitment to preserving nature through Conservation International, joined by the organization’s CEO, M. Sanjayan. In conversation with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig, the environmental leaders…
Eurie Kim (Forerunner Ventures) - How to Know if Entrepreneurship is For You
Feb 20, 2018 • 54 min
The key is understanding your own tolerance for risk in what you do for work, and how you pay the bills at home. At the firm Forerunner Ventures, founders must have three traits in spades to get funding: magnetism, discipline and vision. Eurie Kim,…
Chris Anderson (3D Robotics) - The Ups and Downs of a Drone Startup
Feb 9, 2018 • 60 min
The tale of 3D Robotics starts in the garage of a teenager in Tijuana, Mexico, who launched a drone-making factory with a $500 check from entrepreneur Chris Anderson, who then flooded the American market with their unmanned aerial vehicles and disrupted…
Sameer Dholakia (SendGrid) - Focus On People
Feb 5, 2018 • 53 min
Choose co-founders based on their core values. Pick investors who will be there in your darkest hour. Make hiring the best people your top priority, and treat them like owners — not employees. Sameer Dholakia, CEO of business email service SendGrid,…
Leila Janah (Samasource) - Reversing Poverty By Giving People Work
Jan 30, 2018 • 53 min
Entrepreneur Leila Janah describes how her social enterprise Samasource allows people in Africa and elsewhere to lift themselves out of poverty through dignified, fair-wage digital work like photo tagging for companies in Silicon Valley. She celebrates…
Chris Gerdes (Stanford University) - Ingenuity Derived from Self-Driving Cars
Jan 23, 2018 • 55 min
On the racetrack, the checkered flag goes to the car that’s driven to its limits and maneuvered decisively in the moment. On a two-lane road, the split-second act of passing a vehicle stopped in front of you becomes a way more complicated call when…
Patrick Brown, (Impossible Foods) - Food Fight To Turn Back Climate Change
Dec 5, 2017 • 58 min
Make beef out of plants instead of cows and you can begin to save the planet. That’s what inspired award-winning scientist Patrick Brown to leave his professorship at Stanford University and found Impossible Foods. In conversation with Stanford Professor…
Anne Wojcicki (23andMe) - Driving Discovery and Disruption
Nov 21, 2017 • 55 min
Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of the popular DNA-testing company 23andMe, discusses how providing people with their own genetic data empowers consumers to make better health decisions and advances science. In conversation with Stanford Professor of…
Amy Chang (Accompany) - Entrepreneurs Keep Pushing
Nov 13, 2017 • 56 min
Amy Chang had accomplished a lot in her eight years at Google, helping launch and then lead Google Analytics to 70 percent market share. But then she left to launch her own tech startup, a relationship-intelligence platform called Accompany. In…
Tristan Harris (Time Well Spent) - Making Technology Less Manipulative
Nov 3, 2017 • 57 min
How good are you at limiting your screen time? Because of the way humans evolved, our brains are no match for the engineers, designers and companies that collectively create the devices and apps that demand our attention all day long, according to…
Catherine Berman (CNote) - Embrace Your Otherness
Oct 31, 2017 • 54 min
Industry disruptors, it stands to reason, tend to be outsiders. But how comfortable are you not being an outlier? Serial entrepreneur Catherine Berman shares her story of coming to terms with the traits and experiences that set her apart from friends and…
Rich Barton (Zillow Group) - Empower People with Information
Oct 25, 2017 • 55 min
There was a time, not long ago, when information we desperately wanted wasn’t at our fingertips. What’s the best deal on flights to New York? How much does that home down the street cost? Serial entrepreneur Rich Barton has made a career out of providing…
Bob Sutton (Stanford University) - How to Outwit Workplace Jerks
Oct 17, 2017 • 56 min
Even as adults, we still have to deal with bullies, at work and otherwise. Stanford Professor Bob Sutton has devoted his career to studying organizational behavior and dysfunction, and of late, figuring out how we all can avoid or deal with people who…
Sandy Jen (Honor) - The Rewards of Taking Risks
Oct 11, 2017 • 51 min
Entrepreneur Sandy Jen has lived with self-doubt and insecurities throughout her life: in college, at her first startup, and later as a working mother. But facing the risks she feared each time gave her confidence that a shy, little girl from the suburbs…
Toni Townes-Whitley (Microsoft) - The Ethics of Innovation
Jun 6, 2017 • 58 min
How often do entrepreneurs and corporate leaders think about issues like fairness, accessibility or unseen biases in the technologies they invent and advance? That’s the challenge for companies leading the digital transformation that’s disrupting every…
David Eagleman (Stanford School of Medicine) - A Brainy Approach to Innovation
May 30, 2017 • 57 min
Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman shares his passion for translating the complexities of cognition into mind-blowing inventions and educational material for the masses. The public-television host, bestselling author and Stanford adjunct professor…
Carlos Watson (Ozy Media) - Taking a Lead From Tech
May 23, 2017 • 56 min
Carlos Watson, co-founder and CEO of Ozy Media, describes how its forward-focused digital news magazine, Ozy, looks more toward innovators in business sectors outside traditional media. The Emmy-winning journalist shares the unlikely origins of his…
Tim Kentley-Klay and Jesse Levinson (Zoox) - Self-Driving Cars for Everyone
May 16, 2017 • 57 min
Tim Kentley-Klay and Jesse Levinson, co-founders of autonomous-vehicle startup Zoox, detail a not-too-distant future when we’ll get into their cars and do nothing other than say where we need to go. In conversation with Stanford Professor of the Practice…
Kevin Weil (Instagram) - Unfiltered Insights From Instagram
May 9, 2017 • 59 min
What motivates you to share a photo on Instagram — or not? Kevin Weil, head of product at the company, discusses everything from user behavior to business strategy with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig. Weil describes how mission alignment…
Olivia Fox Cabane (Author and Speaker), Judah Pollack (Riverene Leadership) - Life Hacks for Breakthrough Thinking
May 2, 2017 • 53 min
Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack, co-authors of the book “The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking,” share tips on how we can train ourselves to have more “eureka” moments with mental exercises that awaken more regions…
Debbie Sterling (GoldieBlox) - Disrupting the Pink Aisle
Apr 25, 2017 • 56 min
Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, shares her evolution from lonely inventor to inspiring entrepreneur with a vision to give young girls the confidence to become engineers through hands-on play. Sterling talks about overcoming gender…
Tracy Young (PlanGrid), Doug Leone (Sequoia Capital) - Solve the Problem You Have
Apr 18, 2017 • 60 min
Entrepreneur Tracy Young and Doug Leone, global managing partner at Sequoia, discuss the nature of a harmonious relationship between a startup’s founders and the VC firm investing in them. Young is co-founder and CEO of PlanGrid, which allows construction…
Shirzad Chamine (Positive Intelligence, Inc.) - The Enlightened Entrepreneur
Mar 7, 2017 • 58 min
Before Shirzad Chamine found his calling as a coach to today’s top CEOs and executive teams, he was a charismatic entrepreneur who turned into a hyper-critical tyrant without even knowing it. That dark chapter ignited his journey to understand how to…
Di-Ann Eisnor (Waze) - Driving Growth + Authenticity
Mar 7, 2017 • 55 min
Di-Ann Eisnor, director of growth for Waze, explores whether authenticity can be preserved when a well-meaning startup scales to a workforce of hundreds and a user community of about a billion. Eisnor describes how the crowdsourced navigation and…
Dave Evans (Stanford Life Design Lab) - Designing the Life You Really Want
Feb 28, 2017 • 59 min
Dave Evans, co-founder of the popular Life Design Lab at Stanford University, discusses the key concepts and exercises that guide students in their quest to figure out what they want to do in life. He underscores the importance of accepting who you are…
Susan Feldman (One Kings Lane) - Bootstrapping with Flair
Feb 14, 2017 • 56 min
E-commerce entrepreneur Susan Feldman describes how she and her co-founder went from bootstrapping One Kings Lane in the midst of the Great Recession, standing out from competitors in the home-decor industry by carefully curating product and focusing on…
Adam Grant (University of Pennsylvania) - Six Ways to be an ‘Original’
Feb 7, 2017 • 48 min
University of Pennsylvania Professor Adam Grant, one of today’s most influential management thinkers, shares the top six takeaways from his book “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World,” bringing his insights to life through amusing behavioral…
Meg Whitman (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) - Lessons in Situational Leadership
Jan 31, 2017 • 62 min
Meg Whitman, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, describes how she learned to lead companies big and small to success by adjusting to different environments, building on what a business does best, and approaching work with urgency and…
Bob Tinker (MobileIron) - Evolving With Your Company
Jan 24, 2017 • 56 min
Tech entrepreneur Bob Tinker was humbled when he stepped down as CEO of MobileIron, a leading provider of mobile security that went from being a three-man startup to a public company with nearly 1,000 employees, earning $150 million a year. Over those…
Brendan Boyle (IDEO) - Playing With Purpose
Jan 24, 2017 • 55 min
It may not be rocket science, but there’s still much to consider when inventing children's toys, starting with all the ideas for what to build. Within the famous design firm IDEO, a small team toils away in a toy lab founded by Brendan Boyle, who also…
Jay Kaplan (Synack) - Crowdsourcing Cybersecurity
Dec 6, 2016 • 41 min
Entrepreneur Jay Kaplan, co-founder and CEO of Synack, describes how the idea of creating a cybersecurity service for enterprise businesses by crowdsourcing hackers went from sounding like a long shot to launching as a venture capital-backed startup.…
Julie Zhuo (Facebook) - How a Facebook Designer Thinks
Nov 29, 2016 • 36 min
Julie Zhuo, vice president of product design at Facebook, describes how the development of new features starts with three questions: What people problem are we solving? How do we know it’s a real problem? And how will we know if we’ve solved it? Zhuo…
Michael Ackermann (Allergan) - A Tearful Tale of Biodesign
Nov 15, 2016 • 54 min
Michael Ackermann, CEO of a med-tech startup that created a tear-stimulation device for those with dry-eye disease, explains how acquisition by a global pharmaceutical giant is helping him achieve his goal of reaching as many patients as possible.…
Steve Blank (Stanford Engineering) - Entrepreneurship Strengthens a Nation
Nov 8, 2016 • 55 min
Retired serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, creator of the “Lean LaunchPad” methodology for startups, discusses Silicon Valley’s roots as the epicenter of electronic warfare in the mid-20th century and how the region’s innovation ecosystem formed. An adjunct…
Etosha Cave (Opus 12), Jonah Greenberger (Bright, Inc.), Cody Karutz (STRIVR Labs, Inc.), Elaine Cheung (GRAIL, Inc.) - Returning With Real-World Wisdom
Nov 1, 2016 • 57 min
Four alumni of entrepreneurship-education fellowships offered through the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) return to share what startup life in the fields of virtual reality, med-tech, renewable and solar energy have taught them. In…
Jane Chen (Embrace Innovations) - Embrace the Entrepreneurial Journey
Oct 25, 2016 • 34 min
Jane Marie Chen, co-founder and CEO of Embrace Innovations, describes how her social-enterprise startup’s infant warmer for premature and low-birth-weight babies came into the world. She discusses how optimism fuels the drive to overcome setbacks big and…
Bonny Simi (JetBlue Technology Ventures) - An Entrepreneurial Mindset — Applied to You
Oct 18, 2016 • 53 min
Go to a good college. Be in the Olympics. Work in TV and become a pilot. These were the goals of a 14-year-old girl who grew up in a town tucked into the mountains just east of Los Angeles. That girl went on to compete in three Olympics, become a sports…
Joseph DeSimone (Carbon3D, Inc.) - Convergence Drives New Ideas
Oct 11, 2016 • 57 min
Distinguished professor and serial entrepreneur Joseph DeSimone discusses the vibrant chemistry that takes place at the intersection of science and the humanities, academia and industry, and within the walls of his 3D manufacturing startup Carbon. He…
Richard Miller (Olin College) - More Innovation Through Education
May 24, 2016 • 57 min
Richard Miller, president of Olin College, describes disruptive ideas about education and learning that universities should adopt to graduate more creative, entrepreneurial and impactful engineers. He explains how a focus on math and science alone won't…
William Perry (Stanford University) - Dedication to Innovation and Nation
May 17, 2016 • 59 min
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry recalls major chapters from his illustrious career with entrepreneurship educator Steve Blank in a discussion that spans Silicon Valley's evolution, digital technology's emergence and its adoption by the…
Bobby Lee (BTCC) - Why Bitcoin Makes Sense
May 10, 2016 • 54 min
Bobby Lee, the co-founder and CEO of leading Bitcoin financial platform BTCC, answers some of the most common questions about the cryptocurrency, explains how its value is set and why it is the perfect monetary system for the digital age. Lee also shares…
Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson (Play Bigger Advisors) - How to Be a Category King
May 3, 2016 • 56 min
Al Ramadan and Dave Peterson, co-founding partners of the category-design firm Play Bigger Advisors, share the science behind the strategies that innovators use to create and dominate product markets. They also discuss the marketing concepts for building…
DJ Kleinbaum (Emerald Therapeutics) - Contrarian Truths Empowering Innovation
Apr 26, 2016 • 56 min
DJ Kleinbaum, co-founder of Emerald Therapeutics, shares how his company balances growth to drive biotechnology breakthroughs, while supporting a culture that honors fresh-eyes thinking and the sharing of contrarian truths. Kleinbaum also discusses…
Astro Teller (X) - Celebrating Failure Fuels Moonshots
Apr 19, 2016 • 57 min
Astro Teller, director of Alphabet's moonshot factory, X, describes how smart bets on world-changing innovations are aided by a culture that celebrates only the most audacious projects and rewards teams for showing the courage to find the biggest flaws.…
Bernard Roth (Stanford University) - Reframing Problems and Getting Honest
Apr 12, 2016 • 52 min
Bernard Roth, co-founder and academic director of Stanford University's d.school, shares design-thinking tools for reframing life's stubborn problems and unlocking solutions. Professor Roth, author of the book "The Achievement Habit," also engages…
Derek Belch (STRIVR Labs) - Immersed in Virtual Reality
Apr 5, 2016 • 57 min
Derek Belch, co-founder and CEO of STRIVR Labs, a startup that uses virtual reality to train athletes, describes the passion necessary for entrepreneurship and the features that give his business a competitive edge in a rising-tide industry. The former…
Minnie Ingersoll (Shift) - A Drive to Disrupt
Mar 1, 2016 • 50 min
Entrepreneur Minnie Ingersoll talks about how a computer-science degree, an MBA and 11 years at Google prepared her to co-found the online auto marketplace Shift. Calling her startup "a car company with Google DNA," Ingersoll offers insights on…
Federica Marchionni (Lands’ End) - Embracing the Non-Obvious
Feb 23, 2016 • 55 min
Lands' End CEO Federica Marchionni shares lessons from her career as a leader at some of the most recognizable luxury-lifestyle brands in retail, including Dolce&Gabbana and Ferrari. She emphasizes the importance of excellence over perfection and adopting…
James Freeman (Blue Bottle Coffee) - Subtle Notes of Coffee and Philosophy
Feb 16, 2016 • 52 min
James Freeman, the soft-spoken founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee, shares his entrepreneurial journey from the farmers' market where he learned commerce in its purest form, to opening cafes across the country. Freeman explains how customer experience…
Dharmesh Shah (HubSpot) - Why Company Culture is Crucial
Feb 9, 2016 • 53 min
Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO at the marketing and sales software firm HubSpot, distills his 128-slide presentation on company culture down to its essence, describing it as a business's "operating system" that lets people do their best work. Shah says…
John Hennessy (Stanford University) - Great Leadership Can Be Learned
Feb 2, 2016 • 57 min
Stanford University President John Hennessy discusses some of the most powerful lessons he's learned as leader of one of the world's most complex and dynamic institutions of higher education. In conversation with Tina Seelig, director at the Stanford…
Mike Maples Jr. (Floodgate) - Dare to Do Legendary Things
Jan 26, 2016 • 57 min
Mike Maples Jr., co-founder of the venture capital firm Floodgate, explains what entrepreneurs can learn from the very few technology startups that achieve hyper-exceptional success and market disruption. The Silicon Valley veteran urges tomorrow's…
Michael Moritz (Sequoia Capital), Lisa Sugar (Popsugar) - Follow Your Instincts and Find Your Path
Jan 19, 2016 • 48 min
Sequoia Capital Chairman Michael Moritz and Lisa Sugar, founder and president of Popsugar, describe the investor-entrepreneur dynamic based on their personal experiences. In conversation with Stanford University lecturer Emily Ma, they discuss how success…
Michael Tubbs (City of Stockton) - Solving Social Ills Through Innovation
Jan 12, 2016 • 52 min
Civic leader Michael Tubbs shares his story of growing up in the California Central Valley, attending Stanford and going on to become one of the youngest elected officials in U.S. history. The Stockton City Councilman calls on entrepreneurs behind today's…
Brit Morin (Brit + Co) - Inspiring Creativity with Great Content
Nov 17, 2015 • 56 min
Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + Co, describes her path and motivation for launching a platform that aims to inspire women and girls to be creative through compelling content such as videos, online classes and do-it-yourself kits. Morin explains how…
Rebecca Lynn (Canvas Venture Fund) - Creating Your Own Canvas
Nov 10, 2015 • 55 min
Rebecca Lynn, partner and founder at Canvas Ventures, shares her unlikely journey from the humble farming town of her childhood to the hotbed of technology innovation, fueled by engineering talent, entrepreneurial drive and solid guidance from mentors.…
Scott Cook (Intuit) - Accounting for Intuit’s Success
Nov 3, 2015 • 59 min
Intuit Co-Founder Scott Cook describes how the financial software company went from struggling startup to runaway market leader by staying focused on the customer and iterating and embracing surprises along the way. In a free-form talk guided by audience…
Lyndon Rive (Solar City) - The Science and Incentives Behind Solar
Oct 27, 2015 • 58 min
Lyndon Rive, Co-Founder and CEO of SolarCity, and Tim Draper, founding parter of the venture capital firm DFJ, discuss the clean-energy company's mission to save the planet while exploring the many aspects of its business, from the science of solar power…
Jeff Seibert (Twitter) - Acquisitions: Lessons from All Sides
Oct 13, 2015 • 53 min
Jeff Seibert, senior director of product at Twitter, describes what went well and what didn't during the acquisition of his earlier startups by big-name technology companies, stressing the importance of culture fit, maintaining your team's trust…
Elon Musk (SpaceX) - Elon Musk’s Vision for the Future
Oct 6, 2015 • 60 min
The iconic entrepreneur behind SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Paypal shares his predictions for artificial intelligence, renewable energy and space exploration, in conversation with DFJ General Partner Steve Jurvetson at Stanford on Oct. 7, 2015. University…
Steve Jurvetson (Draper Fisher Jurvetson), Astro Teller (X), Christina Smolke (Stanford University School of Medicine) - Forecasting the Future of Technology
Oct 6, 2015 • 48 min
A special panel of highly scientific minds discusses what the future holds for tech innovation, education and entrepreneurship. Panelists include Google's "captain of moonshots," Astro Teller, Stanford bioengineer Christina Smolke, an associate professor…
Stewart Butterfield (Slack) - Serendipity in Design and Entrepreneurship
Sep 29, 2015 • 50 min
Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Slack and Flickr, shares lessons from his entrepreneurial journey from philosophy student to creator of hugely popular platforms for sharing and communicating, and how they began as minor features embedded in online…
Susan Koger (ModCloth) - Find Your Venture’s Emotional Core
May 26, 2015 • 58 min
Susan Koger, co-founder and chief creative officer of the online retailer ModCloth, shares lessons that transcend the fashion industry. Reflecting on her startup's early years and challenges along the way, Koger explains how emotion not only connects…
William Marshall (Planet Labs) - Entrepreneurship Takes Flight
May 19, 2015 • 59 min
Founder and CEO William Marshall takes us inside how Planet Labs seeks to benefit humanity by leveraging continuous imaging to understand the challenges facing the planet. Marshall discusses founding ventures with purpose, the opportunities possible from…
Chinedu Echeruo (Constant Capital Partners) - Creativity Unleashes Value for the World
May 12, 2015 • 41 min
Serial entrepreneur and investor Chinedu Echeruo shares lessons from starting multiple companies, including HopStop, which was acquired by Apple in 2013. Echeruo discusses the beneficial attributes of founders, learning from his missteps, and why he sees…
Mike Rothenberg (Rothenberg Ventures) - Blue is Where You Should Be
May 5, 2015 • 54 min
Mike Rothenberg, founder and CEO of Rothenberg Ventures, describes the entrepreneurial approach he took in starting his firm and how failures along the way were actually opportunities to reset. He also explains the business concept of red versus blue…
Kathleen Eisenhardt (Stanford Technology Ventures Program) - Simple Rules for a Complex World
Apr 28, 2015 • 55 min
Kathleen Eisenhardt, a professor of management science and engineering at Stanford, explains the advantages of developing simple rules for business and life, sharing examples from industries ranging from startups to sports and entertainment. Eisenhardt,…
Kyle Forster (Big Switch Networks) - Non-Linear Path to Leadership
Apr 21, 2015 • 50 min
Kyle Forster, co-founder of Big Switch Networks, discusses pivotal moments from his career in Silicon Valley when expertise in early stage technologies propelled him into leadership roles. Forster also shares insights from several of his favorite books…
Ron Gutman (HealthTap) - Impact Will Keep You Motivated
Apr 14, 2015 • 54 min
Ron Gutman, founder and CEO of digital-health startup HealthTap, dares entrepreneurs to enjoy, not just endure, the journey by doing something that matters deeply to many people. A serial entrepreneur, inventor and big believer in the power of positivity,…
Sean George (Invitae) - Experience is Your Reward
Apr 7, 2015 • 53 min
Sean George, president and chief operating officer of genetics-information company Invitae, explains how the rewards of entrepreneurship come from facing the major challenges along the way. In this insightful talk, the serial entrepreneur also underscores…
Laurene Powell Jobs (Emerson Collective) - Injecting Innovation into Intractable Systems
Mar 3, 2015 • 56 min
Laurene Powell Jobs, in conversation with Stanford Engineering Professor Tom Byers, shares her path to entrepreneurship and her strong commitment to addressing massive challenges in education and immigration reform through College Track and Emerson…
Joshua Reeves (Gusto) - The Startup Journey: A Marathon, Not a Sprint
Feb 24, 2015 • 55 min
Joshua Reeves, co-founder and CEO of ZenPayroll, explains how building truly impactful products takes time, and how crucial it is to set aside time throughout one's journey for introspection. Reeves also discusses finding meaning by seeing the people in…
John Collison (Stripe) - Putting Startup Success in Perspective
Feb 17, 2015 • 57 min
John Collison, co-founder and president of the online payment system Stripe, explains how even the most celebrated startups repeatedly encountered uncertainty and failures along the way. In conversation with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig,…
Kathryn Gould (Foundation Capital) - Figure Out What’s Important
Feb 10, 2015 • 50 min
Kathryn Gould, one of the first women venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, shares what she's learned after many years of picking successful startups and forging her own career path. In conversation with tech-industry author and journalist Mike Malone,…
Alon Cohen (Houzz) - Making Complicated Things Simple
Feb 3, 2015 • 52 min
Alon Cohen, co-founder and president of Houzz, a leading platform for home remodeling and design, shares insights on being an immigrant entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and how the drive to work hard and persevere are more essential than mere talent. Cohen…
Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang Architects) - Growing a Creative Company
Jan 27, 2015 • 57 min
Visionary architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang discusses how the process of co-creation with clients and diverse teams leads to uniquely designed works that achieve aesthetic beauty and, at the same time, make bold statements. Founder and principal…
Shah Selbe (National Geographic Society) - Find Your Niche, Help the World
Jan 20, 2015 • 57 min
National Geographic Explorer Shah Selbe describes how much Earth needs technologists with an entrepreneurial spirit to address global challenges and conserve the planet's resources. A spacecraft-propulsion engineer by training, Selbe shares profound…
Jennifer Pahlka (Code for America) - Make Government Work Better for All
Jan 13, 2015 • 56 min
Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America, explains how governments, from the federal level to the local, need individuals with the skills to harness technology and design principles to make the everyday user's experience simpler…
Ben Horowitz (Andreessen Horowitz) - Nailing the Hard Things
Nov 18, 2014 • 52 min
Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Ben Horowitz shares which entrepreneurial skills truly matter, and why learning to manage well may be the most critical skill of all. Horowitz, a founding partner of Andreessen Horowitz, discusses the value of learning…
Tina Wells (Buzz Marketing Group) - Consumers and Brands in the Digital Age
Nov 11, 2014 • 55 min
Tina Wells, founder and CEO of Buzz Marketing Group, answers questions on trend-spotting, ethics in marketing and new approaches to audience engagement. Wells also tells the story of her journey from school-age entrepreneur to leading a firm that helps…
Jennifer Carolan (New Schools Seed Fund) - Seeking the Full Potential of Education
Nov 4, 2014 • 55 min
Jennifer Carolan, managing director of the NewSchools Seed Fund, talks about the opportunities for technology companies interested in contributing to the changing landscape of education. In conversation with Stanford Engineering Consulting Associate…
Lewis Cirne (New Relic) - Life is Too Short for Bad Software
Oct 28, 2014 • 45 min
Lew Cirne, founder and CEO of New Relic, discusses his experiences as a serial entrepreneur, in conversation with Stanford Engineering Professor Tom Byers. Cirne talks about finding one's strengths as a leader, the challenge of discovering a company's…
Matt Rogers (Nest) - Tackle Projects Others Don’t Want
Oct 21, 2014 • 55 min
Nest Co-Founder Matt Rogers explains why careers can be made on taking on the challenges and projects unloved by others. Rogers discusses what he learned working at Apple on the original iPod and iPhone, the importance of not chasing the money when…
Tina Seelig (Stanford Technology Ventures Program) - From Inspiration to Implementation
Oct 14, 2014 • 52 min
Tina Seelig, professor of the practice in Stanford's School of Engineering, describes how imagination leads to entrepreneurship, charting the course from rough ideas to polished ventures. Introducing a new framework called the "Inventure Cycle," Seelig…
Liz Wiseman (Author) - The Power of Not Knowing
Oct 7, 2014 • 54 min
Author and leadership educator Liz Wiseman shares why cultivating a "rookie mindset" is an advantage in a rapidly changing world. Wiseman presents insights from her books, "Rookie Smarts" and "Multipliers," including frameworks and techniques for how…
Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz (Eventbrite) - Optimal Traits and Sustainable Advantages
Sep 30, 2014 • 56 min
Kevin and Julia Hartz discuss what it really takes to be a thriving startup organism in challenging ecosystems. As well as sharing insights from the early founding days of Eventbrite, the husband and wife co-founders explain the importance of continual…
Heidi Roizen (DFJ) - Adventures in Entrepreneurship
May 27, 2014 • 59 min
Heidi Roizen, operating partner at the venture capital firm Threshold (formerly DFJ), shares personal and professional truths learned from her career as an entrepreneur, investor, and educator. Among other topics, Roizen examines the need for resiliency,…
Leah Busque (TaskRabbit) - Do Something You Love
May 20, 2014 • 59 min
TaskRabbit Founder and CEO Leah Busque tells how a need for dog food on a snowy night in Boston turned into a rapidly growing venture connecting people in neighborhoods around the country. Busque also explains the value of sharing your idea freely and the…
Geoff Donaker (Yelp) - The Road to IPO
May 13, 2014 • 59 min
Yelp COO Geoff Donaker steps through the big questions and challenges faced in taking a company public. Donaker discusses working with bankers, developing a road show for investors, and many of the issues of pricing and timing faced by Yelp in the run up…
Linda Rottenberg (Endeavor) - Crazy is a Compliment
May 6, 2014 • 59 min
Linda Rottenberg, co-founder and CEO of Endeavor Global, shares smart lessons for cutting an entrepreneurial path in a turbulent world. Touching on elements from her upcoming book, Crazy is a Compliment, Rottenberg unpacks insights from Endeavor's work…
Ed Catmull (Disney/Pixar Animation) - Creativity, Inc.
Apr 29, 2014 • 59 min
Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, shares some of his formative career experiences and offers a glimpse inside the working culture of Disney and Pixar. In conversation with Stanford Professor Bob Sutton, Catmull offers…
Morris Chang (Taiwan Semiconductor) - An Emphasis on Excellence
Apr 22, 2014 • 54 min
Morris Chang, founding chairman of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, reflects on his journey of bringing revolutionary changes to his industry, in conversation with Stanford President John Hennessy. Chang also touches on discovering new…
Sal Khan (Khan Academy) - Education Reimagined
Apr 15, 2014 • 57 min
Sal Khan, founder and executive director of Khan Academy, discusses elements for a new vision for education. While offering examples of how his organization is bringing disruptive approaches to traditional learning experiences, Khan touches on the early…
Tristan Walker (Walker and Company) - Be an Authentic Entrepreneur
Apr 8, 2014 • 56 min
Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Walker and Company Brands, describes living your authentic brand as an entrepreneur. Traveling from the housing projects of Queens, New York to working on Wall Street and experiences at Silicon Valley tech firms, Walker…
Cameron Teitelman (StartX), Joseph Huang (WifiSLAM), Milt McColl (Gauss Surgical), Smita Saxena (SpotOn) - Acceleration Through Community
Mar 4, 2014 • 58 min
Venture inside StartX, an educational non-profit that supports the development of passionate Stanford entrepreneurs. In this panel discussion, current and former members of the StartX community describe their experiences inside the accelerator and the…
Hemant Shah (RMS) - A True Model for Embracing Change
Feb 25, 2014 • 60 min
Hemant Shah, co-founder and CEO of RMS, takes students on a ride through the highs and lows of growing and changing a company. From early days in an apartment with co-founders, to making the tough calls as a market leader in risk and catastrophe modeling,…
Cameron Strang (Warner Bros. Records), Nate Ruess (fun.) - The Music Industry Unplugged
Feb 18, 2014 • 58 min
Stanford Professor Tina Seelig discusses the creative process and music industry dynamics with Nate Ruess, lead singer of the band fun., and Cameron Strang, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell Music. As a kick-off to Seelig's…
Bob Sutton (Stanford University) - Scaling Up Excellence
Feb 11, 2014 • 58 min
Stanford Professor Bob Sutton shares principles and colorful examples from his most recent book, Scaling Up Excellence, co-authored by Huggy Rao. Touching on concepts around emotion, complexity, and connecting people, Sutton explains why scaling is about…
Gurjeet Singh and Gunnar Carlsson (Ayasdi) - Shaping the Future of Data
Feb 4, 2014 • 58 min
Ayasdi Co-Founders Gunnar Carlsson and Gurjeet Singh discuss building a company based on technology developed inside a university, in conversation with Floodgate Partner Ann Miura-Ko. With deep insights on data visualization, Carlsson and Singh talk about…
William Hsu (MuckerLab) - Moving from Hubris to Confidence
Jan 28, 2014 • 58 min
MuckerLab Co-Founder William Hsu shares his professional journey from young, headstrong entrepreneur to experienced leader working to support a thriving startup environment in Los Angeles. Hsu focuses on why building a company is different than starting a…
Halle Tecco (Rock Health) - Accelerating Real Change in Healthcare
Jan 14, 2014 • 56 min
Halle Tecco, co-founder and CEO of healthcare accelerator Rock Health, shares how technologists, designers and other professionals can play a role in bringing innovation to the healthcare industry. Tecco identifies systemic challenges facing healthcare in…
Sharon Vosmek (Astia) - The Path to More Inclusive Innovation
Nov 19, 2013 • 56 min
Astia CEO Sharon Vosmek shows how behavior shifts in entrepreneurial ecosystems can lead to more robust levels of inclusive innovation. Vosmek also highlights research on how access to business networks, expertise and capital play out across gender lines.
Mike Olson (Cloudera) - Opportunities Abound in the Big Data Space
Nov 12, 2013 • 58 min
Cloudera Co-Founder Mike Olson shares his insights on the present landscape and possible future of big data and the data management industry. In conversation with Ping Li of Accel Partners, Olson also discusses the advantages of building a business on top…
Scott Harrison (charity: water) - Thirsting for a Life of Service
Nov 5, 2013 • 59 min
Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water, shares his entrepreneurial path from a life of pure self-interest to one driven by a desire to bring clean water to millions. In this compelling talk, Harrison shares his interest and approach in…
Bill Drayton (Ashoka) - A World of Changemakers
Oct 29, 2013 • 62 min
Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton shares new ideas on how the world can transition to a place where everyone is a contributing change-maker. Drayton also sits down in conversation with Stanford Professor Tina Seelig to discuss critical skills for changemakers,…
Steve Teig (Tabula) - Revel in the Adventure of New Ideas
Oct 22, 2013 • 57 min
Steve Teig, president and CTO of Tabula, believes entrepreneurs get the most from life by committing fully to "making work you love." In this expansive talk, Teig shares how to turn fear into a superpower, and weaves together insights from his career to…
Cyriac Roeding (Shopkick) - You Have to Break the Egg
Oct 15, 2013 • 57 min
Cyriac Roeding, co-founder and CEO of mobile app company Shopkick, shares personal stories and insights on dealing with the essential questions facing entrepreneurs. He also provides unique perspectives on the nature of mobile interaction, and offers…
Padmasree Warrior (Cisco) - Realizing Innovation at Enterprise Scale
Oct 8, 2013 • 54 min
Padmasree Warrior, Cisco's chief technology and strategy officer, offers a vision of how value will be created as the magnitude of technology change rapidly increases. Warrior also touches on balancing analytical and empathetic leadership, cultivating a…
Matthew Rabinowitz (Natera) - There is Always a Way Forward
Oct 1, 2013 • 56 min
Serial entrepreneur Dr. Matthew Rabinowitz discusses how letting go of ego can empower entrepreneurs to solve problems that change the quality of life. As the founder of molecular diagnostics company Natera, Rabinowitz also shares unique financing…
Ferdinando Buscema (Magic Experience Designer) - Magician Leadership
May 28, 2013 • 51 min
Magic experience designer Ferdinando Buscema brings an engineer's background and a performer's flair to this call to all entrepreneurs to think like a magician to achieve the impossible. Drawing from a rich variety of sources including psychology, the…
Jocelyn Goldfein (Facebook) - Deep Inside Facebook
May 21, 2013 • 59 min
Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein takes us on a trip inside the innovative culture of Facebook. In this illuminating conversation with STVP Executive Director Tina Seelig, Goldfein explains why code wins arguments, employees must have the right to…
Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti (KickLabs; The Last Mile), Heracio Harts (The Last Mile) - From Lockup to Startup
May 14, 2013 • 54 min
Imagine trying to bring entrepreneurship education to one of the most challenging environments in the world: San Quentin State Prison in California. In this powerful talk and interview, The Last Mile Co-Founders Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti, along…
Justin Rosenstein (Asana) - Leading Big Visions From the Heart
May 7, 2013 • 56 min
Asana Co-Founder Justin Rosenstein shares the philosophy and experiences that drive him to create positive impact on the world. Rosenstein also unpacks the values Asana focuses on in creating a thriving culture and offers ways for leaders and individuals…
Kate Mitchell (Scale Venture Partners) - Own Your Own Success
Apr 30, 2013 • 58 min
Kate Mitchell, managing director of Scale Venture Partners, demonstrates why an optimistic, but realistic mindset is a central key for successful entrepreneurs. Mitchell also challenges entrepreneurs to play an active role in civic life by actively…
Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta (Pulse) - What You Learn by Doing
Apr 23, 2013 • 60 min
Pulse Co-Founders Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta were curious Stanford graduate students always interested in taking on side projects to learn something new. In this light-hearted and insightful lecture, Kothari and Gupta discuss their experiences…
Monica Lam (Stanford University) - Mobile Can Disrupt Social
Apr 16, 2013 • 60 min
MobiSocial Founder and Stanford Computer Science Professor Monica Lam offers a compelling case for why mobile can disrupt the social space to create genuine and frictionless experiences. Lam discusses the importance of cross-platform capability and the…
Nassim Taleb (Author) - How Things Gain from Disorder
Apr 9, 2013 • 52 min
Based on his continuing exploration of the decision making process under opaque circumstances, Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, shares how the benefits of random conditions can be successfully…
Tim O’Reilly (O’Reilly Media) - Create More Value Than You Capture
Mar 5, 2013 • 59 min
Sharing inspirations from both innovative companies and works of art, entrepreneur and technology sage Tim O'Reilly weaves together a series of thoughtful lessons for startups. From rethinking workflows and experiences to the valuable role of idealism in…
Dan Berkenstock, Julian Mann, John Fenwick, and Ching-Yu Hu (Skybox Imaging) - Launching into Uncharted Space
Feb 26, 2013 • 57 min
The co-founders of Skybox Imaging, Dan Berkenstock, Julian Mann, John Fenwick and Ching-Yu Hu, realized early on they had one thing in common: they don't take no for an answer. Here the team of Stanford alumni explain their passion to disrupt the…
Stephen Cohen (Palantir) - The Path to Palantir
Feb 19, 2013 • 44 min
Stephen Cohen reflects on his journey from Stanford computer science student to co-founding and building Palantir Technologies. Cohen extolls the joys of hacking projects in school, shares thoughts on the future relationship between man and machine, and…
Cindy Padnos (Illuminate Ventures) - An Enterprising Approach to Investment
Feb 12, 2013 • 56 min
Illuminate Ventures Founder Cindy Padnos talks candidly with Stanford Consulting Professor Tom Kosnik about the value of leveraging advisor relationships, the sometimes surprising responsibilities of a CEO, and the fundamental differences between the…
Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) - Calling All Entrepreneurial Heroes
Feb 5, 2013 • 55 min
In this lively presentation, Tim Draper, managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, shares his global experiences funding entrepreneurial heroes who "break down walls." Draper shares attributes that support viable entrepreneurial environments, and…
John Lilly (Greylock Partners) - White Space is Everywhere
Jan 29, 2013 • 58 min
Entrepreneur and investor John Lilly makes a sound pitch for why this moment in time is full of promise for passionate entrepreneurs willing to charge into the current white space of opportunity. Lilly also explains the idiosyncratic nature of investors…
Steven McCormick (Moore Foundation) - Drive Change Through Entrepreneurship
Jan 22, 2013 • 58 min
Steven McCormick, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, discusses the value and continued need of an entrepreneurial approach in the philanthropic sector. McCormick also shares lessons learned on staying obsessively focused on outcomes, the…
Hank Wuh (Skai Ventures) - Disruptive Innovation Can Happen Anywhere
Jan 15, 2013 • 48 min
Surgeon, inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Hank Wuh shares examples of how his firm, Skai Ventures, based in Hawaii, takes a hands-on approach to launching high-growth businesses. Wuh explores the challenges of identifying disruptive innovations that are…
Sue Siegel (GE) - A Healthy Respect for Innovation
Nov 27, 2012 • 62 min
Sue Siegel, CEO of GE's healthymagination unit, offers sound advice from her experiences commercializing new technologies and innovations in the fields of biomedicine and healthcare. Siegel also explains how innovation is created in organizations of all…
Melinda Gates (Gates Foundation) - Pursue Passions with a Vengeance
Nov 13, 2012 • 56 min
Through stories of creating meaningful impact around the world, Melinda Gates explains how the Gates Foundation seeks to solve global challenges through innovation in the areas of health and education. Gates also shares life experiences and insights…
Jess Lee (Polyvore) - Path and Purpose of a First-TIme CEO
Nov 6, 2012 • 57 min
In this insightful conversation with investor Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital, Polyvore CEO and co-founder Jess Lee talks about her personal and professional transition from working at a large organization to a becoming an entrepreneurial, first-time…
Noam Wasserman (Harvard Business School) - The Founder’s Dilemmas
Oct 30, 2012 • 24 min
Drawing on a decade of research and interviews with company founders, Harvard Business School Associate Professor Noam Wasserman explores many of the momentous early decisions and pitfalls faced by entrepreneurs and investors. Wasserman outlines paths and…
Steve Garrity (Hearsay Social), Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital), Kit Rodgers (Cryptography Research), Divya Nag (Stem Cell Theranostics) - Impact: Stanford Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Oct 23, 2012 • 60 min
This special presentation features a panel of Stanford alumni reflecting on their personal entrepreneurial experiences at Stanford and in the vibrant Silicon Valley ecosystem. This conversation follows a presentation of remarkable results from the…
Geoff Yang (Redpoint Ventures) - Timing Matters
Oct 16, 2012 • 60 min
Venture capitalist Geoff Yang challenges entrepreneurs to "think huge" and to complete the due diligence necessary to understand markets they plan to enter. Yang dispels myths about relationships between founders and investors and encourages new…
Olivia Fox Cabane (Author and Speaker) - Build Your Personal Charisma
Oct 9, 2012 • 44 min
Debunking charisma as being purely innate or magical, Olivia Fox Cabane reveals how specific behaviors of presence, power and warmth can help individuals to develop their personal charisma. The author of <a…
Drew Houston (Dropbox) - Finding Your Way as an Entrepreneur
May 29, 2012 • 58 min
Co-Founder Drew Houston shares personal moments from starting the cloud-based file storage service Dropbox. Houston touches on the importance of persevering through early challenges at a startup, selecting the right co-founder, and focusing on solving…
Adam Lashinsky (Author) - Secrets at Apple’s Core
May 22, 2012 • 57 min
Adam Lashinsky, Fortune senior editor-at-large, shares an insider look at Apple, one of the world's most iconic and secretive companies. Based on his research into the technology giant's internal processes and approaches to leadership and building…
Daniel Ek (Spotify) - A Playlist for Entrepreneurs
May 15, 2012 • 59 min
Daniel Ek, founder of digital music service, Spotify, is driven by a desire to solve interesting problems. In this fascinating lecture, moderated by KPCB's Chi-Hua Chien, Ek shares his thoughts on leadership, collaboration, and a laser-focus on building…
Brian Murray (HarperCollins) - A Story of Change and Opportunity
May 8, 2012 • 57 min
HarperCollins President and CEO Brian Murray discusses the shifting economics of publishing and how his company, which launches 12 new products per day, is working to succeed in this disruptive period. In conversation with STVP Executive Director Dr. Tina…
Rebeca Hwang (YouNoodle), Elizabeth Samara-Rubio (StorWatts) - Small Acts and Big Impacts
May 1, 2012 • 55 min
This special lecture offers insights from two leaders creating impact through entrepreneurship. Founder Elizabeth Samara-Rubio explains how her company, StorWatts, aims to provide distributed energy storage to millions around the world, while YouNoodle…
Gale Anne Hurd (Film and Television Producer) - Producing a Career from the Ground Up
Apr 17, 2012 • 55 min
Acclaimed film and television producer Gale Anne Hurd knows what it takes to build a career from scratch in a tough industry. Hurd describes her path from entry-level roles in the entertainment industry to becoming a leader in the Hollywood community,…
Jeff Church (Nika Water) - The Wave of Social Entrepreneurship
Apr 10, 2012 • 57 min
Entrepreneur and successful executive Jeff Church founded Nika Water to create a thriving social enterprise that supports clean water projects in impoverished countries. In this inspiring lecture, Church lays out his motivations for striking out on his…
Andy Kurtzig (JustAnswer), Sandra Kurtzig (Kenandy, ASK Group) - Two Generations of Entrepreneurship
Mar 6, 2012 • 46 min
In this special lecture, mother and son serial entrepreneurs Sandra and Andy Kurtzig share smart reasons for starting companies that matter. Sandra Kurtzig outlines similarities and differences between her previous ventures and her current company,…
Kristina Johnson (Enduring Energy) - Energies that Power a Career
Feb 28, 2012 • 59 min
Former U.S. Undersecretary of Energy Kristina Johnson discusses the empowering experiences of her life and career in academia, government and private industry. In a conversation with STVP's Tina Seelig, Johnson identifies the strengths of each of these…
Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn) - Live Life in Permanent Beta
Feb 21, 2012 • 60 min
Serial entrepreneur and investor Reid Hoffman encourages individuals to become the entrepreneurs of their own lives. Hoffman shares the importance of taking intelligent risks, building thoughtful networks and continually adapting your skills to navigate a…
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (JOYUS) - Find Your Vector of Impact
Feb 14, 2012 • 61 min
JOYUS Founder and Chairman Sukhinder Singh Cassidy says entrepreneurs should leverage trademark strengths and lean in all the way when it's time to deliver. In this lecture, Singh Cassidy explores concepts such as defining operational range, using data to…
Warren Packard (Thuuz) - Embrace Uncertainty
Feb 8, 2012 • 56 min
Thuuz Co-Founder and CEO Warren Packard appreciates how uncertainty is a constant force in the lives of entrepreneurs. Sharing stories from his career as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Packard captures how life is a series of decisions made…
Ted Zoller (Kauffman Foundation) - Building an Entrepreneurial Career
Jan 31, 2012 • 56 min
Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Ted Zoller challenges Stanford students to engage in entrepreneurship as a practice of action. Based on his research into dealmaker density and network development, Zoller details the power of seizing opportunities and…
Alexander Osterwalder (Author) - Tools for Business Model Generation
Jan 25, 2012 • 53 min
Entrepreneur and business model innovator Alexander Osterwalder discusses dynamic, yet simple-to-use tools for visualizing, challenging and re-inventing business models. Osterwalder articulates how to use the visual language of his business model canvas…
Deborah Hopkins (Citi ) - Talking About a Revolution
Jan 17, 2012 • 50 min
Citi Chief Innovation Officer Deborah Hopkins believes now is an incredible time for new companies due to the pace of cultural and technological change. As the head of Citi Ventures, Hopkins leads the banking firm's efforts to invest in companies…
Jessica Mah (inDinero) - A Startup is a Learning Experience
Nov 29, 2011 • 59 min
InDinero Founder Jessica Mah discusses the realities of the startup experience, in conversation with STVP faculty member and entrepreneur Steve Blank. Sharing the early successes and missteps for her company, Mah honestly reveals the lessons she continues…
Dana Mead (KPCB) - Understanding Venture Capital
Nov 15, 2011 • 59 min
As a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Dana Mead supports entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to make major impact through life science technologies and ventures. In this lecture, Mead talks about Venture Capital, offering great insights about…
Adam Lowry (Method) - Method to Success
Nov 8, 2011 • 61 min
Adam Lowry, co-founder of Method Products, has spent the last decade developing sustainable products that caused major disruption in the consumer goods sector. Lowry offers many of principles that guide Method's path to success and he describes the…
Marten Mickos (Eucalyptus Systems, MySQL AB) - Believe in Something Bigger Than Yourself
Nov 1, 2011 • 57 min
In this lecture, Mårten Mickos shares the benefits and challenges involved in building businesses in the open source and cloud computing spaces. As the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, Mickos identifies a vision for the future of his industry and shares…
Scott Summit (Bespoke Innovations) - Products With a Purpose
Oct 25, 2011 • 57 min
As the Co-Founder and CTO of Bespoke Innovations, Scott Summit leads a continuing effort to create products that radically change lives. In this lecture, Summit shares insights from creating customized prosthetic devices using new technologies in nascent…
Brad Feld (Foundry Group, TechStars) - Great Entrepreneurs Go Out and Do
Oct 18, 2011 • 60 min
Entrepreneur and early-stage investor Brad Feld offers advice and support to aspiring entrepreneurs. Feld, a managing partner at Foundry Group and a co-founder of TechStars, imparts personal experiences on managing your life as an entrepreneur. He also…
Phil Libin (Evernote) - No Exit Strategy for Your Life’s Work
Oct 11, 2011 • 63 min
Thoughts and influences from early life continue to shape how Evernote CEO Phil Libin embraces his work. In this wide-ranging presentation, Libin shares key beliefs and provocative insights on startups, acquisitions and company exits. Based on his…
David Friedberg (The Climate Corporation) - Entrepreneurship Gives Life Meaning
Oct 4, 2011 • 59 min
David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation (formerly WeatherBill), discusses the startup process and the challenges faced during the development of his innovative technology company that is changing the insurance sector. Friedberg explores essential…
Aneesh Chopra (US Office of Science and Technology) - Innovate for America
May 25, 2011 • 59 min
As America's first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra focuses on advancing technology and innovation to unlock national economic growth and prosperity. In this inspiring and entertaining lecture, Chopra challenges students and entrepreneurs to take…
Wences Casares (Bling Nation & Lemon Bank) - The Value of True Partnerships
May 17, 2011 • 58 min
Wences Casares and Meyer "Micky" Malka are serial entrepreneurs who believe in the fundamental power of partnerships. Empowered by working in close collaboration for years, these co-founders have started multiple companies including Patagon, Lemon Bank…
Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger (Instagram) - From Stanford to Startup
May 10, 2011 • 54 min
Instagram Co-Founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger challenge many of the myths surrounding startups and the lives of entrepreneurs. Both former Mayfield Fellows with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Systrom and Krieger share their first-hand…
Geoffrey Moore (Mohr Davidow Ventures) - Reach Your Escape Velocity
May 3, 2011 • 55 min
In this high-energy lecture, Geoffrey Moore discusses how companies can build the escape velocity necessary to move beyond the successes and failures of the past. Moore argues that when companies focus too much on performance, they miss out on building…
Richard Scheller (Genentech) - Developing Products that Save Lives
Apr 26, 2011 • 59 min
As Genentech's Executive Vice President of Research and Early Development, Richard Scheller leads scientists discovering medicines that will significantly impact the lives of patients. In this candid interview, he describes the challenges of his industry,…
Ori Brafman (Author) - How to Build Instant Connections
Apr 19, 2011 • 54 min
In this illuminating lecture, bestselling author Ori Brafman explores subtle drivers that can help you spark immediate work, life, and romantic connections. Based on insights from his latest book, <i>Click: The Magic of Instant Connections</i>, Brafman…
Barry Silbert (SecondMarket, Inc.) - A New Vision for Capital Markets
Apr 12, 2011 • 53 min
SecondMarket Founder and CEO Barry Silbert thinks his online marketplace for trading alternative assets can play an important role in creating a new model for capital markets. In this lecture, Silbert explains his personal path into entrepreneurship and…
Jennifer Morris (Conservation International) - Effective Models for Sustainable Growth
Apr 5, 2011 • 51 min
In this informative lecture, Conservation International Executive Vice President Jennifer Morris shares her organization's commitment to creating programs to support sustainable development. Morris articulates the importance of developing innovative…
Guy Kawasaki (Garage Technology Ventures) - Creating Enchantment
Mar 1, 2011 • 62 min
Entrepreneur and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki shares the secrets to being enchanting and developing influence through the "pillars of enchantment." In this funny and engaging lecture, Kawasaki examines the deep value in being likable, creating trust,…
Bill Gross (Idealab & eSolar) - A Devotion to New Ideas
Feb 22, 2011 • 55 min
Bill Gross thrives on turning innovative ideas into pioneering companies. He serves as founder and CEO of Idealab, which started over 75 companies since 1996. In this stimulating lecture, he shares how Idealab continues to bring incredible ideas to…
Mark Forchette (OptiMedica) - Live for the Future and Survive Success
Feb 16, 2011 • 56 min
As CEO of OptiMedica, Mark Forchette guides the company's continuing efforts to successfully deliver innovative medical technologies to market. In this lecture, he shares entrepreneurial lessons learned throughout his career, and discusses the importance…
Jack Dorsey (Square) - The Power of Curiosity and Inspiration
Feb 8, 2011 • 59 min
Square and Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey is an entrepreneur driven by an innate curiosity to create amazing products and services. In this insightful lecture, Dorsey describes his early background and inspirations, the current focuses he keeps as a CEO,…
Susan Desmond-Hellmann (UCSF) - Relentless Pursuit of Innovation
Feb 1, 2011 • 56 min
UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann has a track record of fostering environments conducive to innovation, in both the public and private sector. In this engaging lecture, the renowned oncologist shares insights from her career in biotechnology and…
Brent Constantz (Calera) - Following Your Startup Vision
Jan 25, 2011 • 59 min
Calera founder Brent Constantz is an innovator who believes that successful entrepreneurs are the ones who follow through on their original vision. Drawing upon his deep background as a successful serial entrepreneur, Constantz shares his entrepreneurial…
Aaron Levie (Box.net) - Delivering Innovation for the Enterprise
Jan 19, 2011 • 59 min
Box.net CEO Aaron Levie is an entrepreneur who seeks to reinvent how enterprise businesses share content across their organizations. In 2005, Levie saw the need for affordable storage on the Internet, and co-founded Box.net out of his college dorm room.…
Wendy Kopp (Teach for America) - Social Entrepreneurship Changing Education
Jan 11, 2011 • 60 min
Wendy Kopp, Teach For America's CEO and founder, is driven to end educational inequity across the nation. In this seminar, Kopp shares her entrepreneurial story of starting Teach For America straight out of college, and articulates the sense of urgency…
Jennifer Aaker (Stanford University, GSB) - How Ideas Take Flight
Nov 16, 2010 • 60 min
Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Jennifer Aaker shares the power behind creating ideas that can build momentum. Through her research on the perception of happiness and meaning, Aaker describes how these concepts relate to a successful and…
Bob Sutton (Stanford University) - What Great Leaders Do
Nov 9, 2010 • 58 min
In this lecture that parallels his book Good Boss, Bad Boss, Stanford professor Bob Sutton unpacks the best habits of beloved and effective managers, and details the worst habits of those who fail to lead. The best leaders develop and nurture those who…
Diego Piacentini (Amazon) - Customer Focus Builds Global Growth
Nov 2, 2010 • 56 min
Diego Piacentini, Senior VP of International Retail for Amazon, discusses the company's growth-centered business model, its global presence, and the strides it takes to sustain a successful customer experience. Piacentini also describes Amazon's…
Ann Miura-Ko (FLOODGATE) - Funding Thunder Lizard Entrepreneurs
Oct 26, 2010 • 57 min
Stanford Engineering lecturer and FLOODGATE partner Ann Miura-Ko offers insight into the democratization of innovation in the Internet age, and its affect on investment cycles. Additionally, Miura-Ko speaks candidly about the need to test business models,…
Thomas Prescott (Align Technology) - Leadership and Disruptive Technologies
Oct 20, 2010 • 57 min
Thomas Prescott, CEO of medical device manufacturer Align Technology, discusses disruptive product innovation and leadership in the medical device industry. Prescott shares the company's story, including insights on the launch of their signature product,…
Mark Suster (Serial Entrepreneur) - Honest Advice on Starting a Company
Oct 13, 2010 • 57 min
Entrepreneurship is an emotional and economic roller coaster, says venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur Mark Suster. In this candid and informative lecture, Suster defies some of Silicon Valley's conventional wisdom. Based on his extensive…
Chi-Hua Chien (Goodwater Capital), Dan Rosensweig (Chegg) - Solving Problems Makes a Great Business
Oct 6, 2010 • 60 min
In conversation with KPCB's Chi-Hua Chien, Dan Rosensweig, CEO of textbook rental company Chegg, speaks about his professional history within Yahoo!, ZDNet, and Guitar Hero, and shares insights on business in the dot-com trenches. Rosensweig offers his…
Amit Chatterjee (Hara, Inc.) - Entrepreneurial Lessons: Find Value and Make Impact
Sep 28, 2010 • 52 min
Amit Chatterjee, founder and CEO of Hara, the growing energy management solutions company, shares the wisdom of his entrepreneurial experience. He covers an array of topics vital to launching and running a successful enterprise, including the importance…
Juan Andrés Fontaine (Chilean Government) - Chile: Launching a Global Entrepreneurship Hub
Sep 21, 2010 • 56 min
Juan Andrés Fontaine, Chile's Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, discusses his government's recent practices and programs that strive to develop Chile's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Topics touched upon include government incentive programs to…
Alec Ross (Advisor to US Secretary of State) - The Diplomacy of Technology
May 25, 2010 • 53 min
Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State and Co-founder of global non-profit One Economy, discusses in detail innovation policy and how it can change national diplomacy. In addition, Ross offers advice to global…
Josh Makower (ExploraMed) - The Perfect Storm in MedTech
May 18, 2010 • 60 min
Josh Makower, CEO of ExploraMed, speaks briefly about his experience working in medicine and technology. Dr. Makower also discusses at length the numerous political, financial, and regulatory hurdles against future medical innovation, and calls for…
Marc Andreessen (Serial Entrepreneur) - A Panorama of Venture Capital and Beyond
May 12, 2010 • 61 min
Serial entrepreneur Marc Andreessen offers the Stanford audience a rare opportunity to pose open questions. Topics addressed include everything from the state of VC and the stock market, to Facebook's market dominance, to the rebirth of consumer…
Lisa Lambert (Intel Capital) - Investing for Market Strategy and Capital
May 4, 2010 • 56 min
Lisa Lambert, Vice President at Intel Capital, speaks at length on the experience of working for a mammoth, corporate-backed strategic venture capital firm. She unpacks the challenges of the post-recession VC world, and speaks at length about the industry…
Tom Conrad (Pandora) - A Pandora’s Box of Start-up Expertise
Apr 27, 2010 • 57 min
After nearly two decades in the trenches of Pets.com, Apple Computer, and the You Don't Know Jack game series at Berkeley Systems, Tom Conrad (Pandora CTO) shares his acquired wisdom on succeeding in the consumer internet space. He discusses agility,…
Carlos Perea (Miox) - The Ebb and Flow of Clean Tech and Entrepreneurs
Apr 20, 2010 • 57 min
Twenty percent of the world's population do not have access to clean drinking water, says Miox CEO Carlos Perea. What's an entrepreneur to do? Ideally, find a way to clean and reuse the global water supply that's, "twice as good at half the cost" of…
John Seely Brown (Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation) - Collaborative Innovation and a Pull Economy
Apr 13, 2010 • 55 min
What can extreme surfing and World of Warcraft teach the enterprise? Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge and former Xerox PARC Chief Scientist John Seely Brown holds them as examples of the power of frequent benchmarking and full…
Polly Sumner (salesforce.com), Liz Tinkham (Accenture) - Success and Failure Drive Innovation
Mar 2, 2010 • 54 min
Accenture's Liz Tinkham interviews salesforce.com's Polly Sumner about entrepreneurship that occurs in both large and small companies. They both agree that innovation and risk-taking occur in any-sized company where the culture emphasizes "no idea is a…
Steve Case (AOL, Revolution) - People, Passion, Perseverance: You’ve Got Entrepreneurship
Feb 23, 2010 • 49 min
People, passion, perseverance. Former AOL CEO and Chairman Steve Case describes these words as the bedrock of successful entrepreneurship. Heading into what may be a "golden era of entrepreneurship," he says that he relies on the "three p's" as assessment…
Rashmi Sinha and Jonathan Boutelle (SlideShare) - Sharing a Measure of Success
Feb 16, 2010 • 56 min
Jonathan Boutelle and Rashmi Sinha, founders of the presentation-sharing site SlideShare, describe the entrepreneurial process as a series of pivots. Boutelle explains it's not just a jump, but an evolving growth of stages that leads to an idea that can…
Steve Garrity and Clara Shih (Hearsay Social), Jeff Seibert (Twitter), Joshua Reeves (Gusto), Tristan Harris (Apture) - Panel of Young Entrepreneurs
Feb 9, 2010 • 59 min
Six young Stanford grads and entrepreneurs — Steven Garrity, Clara Shih, Kimber Lockhart, Jeff Seibert, Josh Reeves, and Tristan Harris — share their experiences starting companies and raising capital. While being in their 20s may seem to be an obstacle…
William Hagstrom (Crescendo Bioscience) - Entrepreneurial Journeys in Healthcare
Feb 2, 2010 • 55 min
It's not just your strengths as a leader, it's your passion, says William Hagstrom, CEO of Crescendo Bioscence, in South San Francisco, CA. He strongly advises future entrepreneurs to think of your business as a worthy crusade. Giving example with his own…
Elisabeth Paté-Cornell (Stanford University) - Risky Business: Analysis from an Engineering Perspective (Entire talk)
Jan 26, 2010 • 58 min
Don't set sail without thinking first: this sage advice sums up risk analysis for Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, department chair of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. She explains that risk assessment involves the study of scenarios,…
David Heinemeier Hansson (37signals) - Unlearn Your MBA
Jan 19, 2010 • 58 min
David Heineimeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails and partner at 37signals in Chicago, says that planning is guessing, and for a start-up, the focus must be on today and not on tomorrow. He argues that constraints—fiscal, temporal, or…
John Adler (Accuray), Trip Adler (Scribd) - Evolution of a CEO
Jan 12, 2010 • 59 min
John Adler and Trip Adler discuss their entrepreneurial experience and evolution as business leaders: John Adler describes his bumpy course in developing his biotechnology company, Accuray Incorporated; while his son Trip emphasizes the need for…
Steve Blank (Stanford Engineering) - Fall 2009 Quarter Roundup: What Did We Learn?
Nov 10, 2009 • 59 min
Stanford instructor and seasoned serial entrepreneur Steve Blank looks back at the commonalities and quirks of the quarter's previous speakers. Blank outlines a thorough checklist of questions and analysis helpful to any new enterprise leader, and offers…
Chamillionaire (Music Artist & Performer) - Successful Independent Promotion: From Artist to Entrepreneur
Nov 3, 2009 • 48 min
Hip-hop artists Quincy Jones III and Chamillionaire discuss mastering the business side of the music industry. Keeping up with cutting-edge technologies, production logistics, and finding creative ways to gain direct audience contact are essential tactics…
Mark Pincus (Zynga) - A Serious Take on Internet Game Play
Oct 27, 2009 • 64 min
Serial entrepreneur and Zynga founder Mark Pincus and Bing Gordon, longtime Electronic Arts creative mind and investor on behalf of KPCB, provide a very laid-back and desultory conversation. Topics touched upon include successful CEOs, building…
Craig Barrett (Intel Corporation (Formerly)) - A Historical Perspective on Semiconductors and Moore’s Law
Oct 20, 2009 • 60 min
Intel Corporation legend, former CEO, and Chairman of the Board Craig Barrett discusses his personal career path from a Stanford Associate Professor, to Silicon Valley consultant, to a 35-year career inside one of the globe's most prominent players in…
Greg Papadopoulos (Sun Microsystems) - Responsible Engineering in the Modern Age
Oct 13, 2009 • 60 min
Whereas the 20th century belonged to the scientist, the 21st century, says Sun Micosystems' CTO Greg Papadopoulos, is the domain of the engineer. Rather than secretly toiling away on new discoveries, modern engineers are concerned about social…
Steve Jurvetson (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) - Innovation in a Disruptive Environment
Oct 6, 2009 • 57 min
Steve Jurvetson, partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, offers perspective on the market opportunities in innovation and technology. Topics discussed include the necessity for utter market disruption, interdisciplinary solutions, and advice for those…
Eric Ries (Author) - Evangelizing for the Lean Startup
Sep 29, 2009 • 58 min
Speaker, author, and entrepreneur Eric Ries shares rapid fire wisdom on building nimble, responsive, and efficient online software-based businesses. He also offers his wisdom on streamlining processes and progressing engineering systems, and puts forth…
Robin Li (Baidu) - Lessons From China: The Evolution of The Globe’s Largest Search Engine
Sep 22, 2009 • 52 min
Robin Li, CEO of Baidu, speaks in detail about the launch and growth of the company and the search engine. He discusses how its intimate understanding of Chinese language and culture - and a unique social approach to search - have allowed it to succeed…
Tina Seelig (Stanford Technology Ventures Program) - The Art of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation
May 26, 2009 • 51 min
Stanford Technology Ventures Program's Executive Director Tina Seelig shares rich insights in creative thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset. Her talk, based on her 2009 book, <i>What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20</i>, cites numerous classroom successes…
Steve Ballmer (Microsoft) - The Future of Microsoft, The Future of Technology
May 5, 2009 • 58 min
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, shares his optimism for emerging innovation in the midst of economic turmoil, and the story of his own entrepreneurial path. He also speaks of his company's continued investment in Internet-ready hardware and software that…
Stan Christensen (Stanford Technology Ventures Program; Arbor Advisors) - The Art of Negotiation
Oct 30, 2007 • 57 min
Stan Christensen is a partner at Arbor Advisors, an investment banking firm where he negotiates on behalf of mid-market technology companies. In this lecture, Christensen builds a framework and illuminates a few of the classical mistakes in negotiation.…