Steve Garrity is a co-founder and chief technology officer of Hearsay Social, which provides software and tools to help companies manage and measure their presence across Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
Prior to starting Hearsay, Garrity was a program manager and engineer at Microsoft in Seattle (working on mobile search, Live Mesh, and Azure .Net Services); and a product manager at Fortify Software. At Stanford, Steve was a Mayfield Fellow while studying computer science (BS '04, MS '05).
Roelof Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital, and works with a broad range of companies. Some democratize technology access (Square, Eventbrite, Unity, Nimbula); some create global user communities (YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram); and others disrupt markets through innovative business models (Evernote, Weebly, Xoom).
Botha also sits on the boards of Aliph, Mahalo, and TokBox. He is a champion of consumer Web plays and considers himself as "just another consumer." Botha led the initial financing of YouTube on behalf of Sequoia Capital in 2005. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of PayPal, where he led the company through its IPO in 2002, and the acquisition by eBay before joining Sequoia Capital in 2003.
Kit Rodgers is responsible for Cryptography Research's business development and licensing activities. With an entrepreneurial background in building teams and businesses, his experiences include business development, technology licensing, operations, finance and corporate strategy.
Before joining Cryptography Research, Rodgers was Vice President of Operations at Acumen Sciences and also held positions at 12 Entrepreneuring, Scient, Real World Solutions and Stanford University.
Rodgers is involved with several non-profit organizations and is the President of the Board of Directors for the Blue Devils drum & bugle corps and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Stanford Athletics Buck/Cardinal Club. He holds B.S. and M.S. engineering degrees from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow.
Divya Nag studied Human Biology as an undergraduate at Stanford University before leaving to pursue a passion in medical innovation. She has co-authored over 10 publications in the fields of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and has presented her research at top academic conferences.
Nag first became involved with medical entrepreneurship as one of the co-founders of Stem Cell Theranostics, a biotechnology company dedicated toward revolutionizing the drug discovery process through the use of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells. Nag also founded StartX Med, an initiative to accelerate the development of high-impact medical entrepreneurs around the world.
Heidi Roizen is a Venture Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. She has spent her life immersed in the Silicon Valley ecosystem as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, educator and member of the boards of directors of private and public companies, trade associations and nonprofit institutions.
After receiving her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University, Roizen co-founded T/Maker Company (an early personal computer software company) in 1983, where she served as CEO from inception through its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation in 1994. In 1996, Roizen joined Apple as Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations. From there, Roizen entered the venture capital world, serving as a Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital from 1999 to 2007.
Roizen is also a Fenwick and West Entrepreneurship Educator in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she teaches the course Spirit of Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the boards of directo...
Chuck Eesley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, and a faculty member at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.
His research interests focus on strategy and technology entrepreneurship. In the broadest sense, he is interested in the "ideas sector" of the economy. His research seeks to uncover which individual attributes, strategies and institutional arrangements optimally drive high growth, high tech entrepreneurship. Eesley examines how entrepreneurs in developed and developing economy contexts commercialize research and development intensive products, with a particular interest in who successfully innovates in new markets and the challenges of technology-based entrepreneurship.
He is the recipient of the 2010 Best Dissertation Award in the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, a 2007 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Award and the Best Student Paper aw...
William F. Miller is Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management Emeritus; Professor of Computer Science Emeritus; President Emeritus, SRI International; Chairman Emeritus, Borland Software Corporation; and Chairman/Founder of Nanostellar, Inc.
Miller has spent about half of his professional life in business and about half in academia. He was the last faculty member recruited to Stanford University by the legendary Frederick Terman who was then Vice President and Provost of Stanford. Miller, himself, later became Vice President and Provost of Stanford. He conducted research and directed many graduate students in Computer Science. Miller was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago and a Visiting Professor at Purdue University.
In 1968 Miller played a role in the founding of the first Mayfield Fund (venture capital) as a special limited partner and advisor to the general partners. As President and CEO of SRI International (1979-1990) Miller opened SRI to the...
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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 Stanford Innovation Survey, measuring the economic impact of Stanford alumni engaged in entrepreneurial activity.