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Join us live as we bring industry influencers center stage to share what it takes to become a disruptor.

The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series is supported by DFJ.

When: Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:20 pm

Where: NVIDIA Auditorium, Stanford University

Audience: Open to the public

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Puneet Agarwal, Partner, True Ventures

Join us for a conversation with Puneet Agarwal, partner at True Ventures. Before True Ventures, Agarwal began his career as a product manager at a software startup later sold to IBM. After, he worked in tech investment banking and venture capital at the Mayfield Fund. Agarwal has several years of experience in product management and marketing roles, including his work as VP of product management at Geodesic Information Systems. He graduated from Stanford with his bachelor’s and master’s in industrial…

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Puneet Agarwal
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Tina Seelig, Professor of the Practice, Stanford University Steve Garrity, Founder, Hearsay Systems Juliet Rothenberg, Product Manager, DeepMind

Join us for a conversation with Tina Seelig and alumni guests Steve Garrity and Juliet Rothenberg. Seelig is a professor of the practice within the Department of Management Science & Engineering (MS&E), faculty co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and author. At Stanford, Seelig has taught courses on on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in MS&E and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). In the past, she has worked as a management consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton,…

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Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig

Steve Garrity

Steve Garrity

Juliet Rothenberg

Juliet Rothenberg

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Adam Pisoni, Founder & CEO, Abl Schools

Join us for a conversation with Adam Pisoni, founder and CEO of Abl Schools, an educational resource management software. Before founding Abl Schools, he founded a web-design startup, Cnation, which led him to join Geni, a genealogy website. From ideas rooted in his time at Geni, Pisoni later co-founded Yammer, a social network for businesses (acquired by Microsoft) — where he oversaw product, analytics, and engineering. Pisoni is also the former director of web engineering at Shopzilla. The Entrepreneurial Thought…

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Adam Pisoni
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Emily Melton, Partner, DFJ

Join us for a conversation with Emily Melton, partner at the venture capital firm DFJ. Melton began her career in entrepreneurship at DFJ, where she spent eight years building her skillset investing in companies like Meebo, Kudo and Flux. She worked at the Mayfield Fund for a just over a year, where she was involved in the firm's mobile and consumer investment strategy, before returning once more to DFJ.   Melton graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in political…

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Emily Melton
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Jeremy Henrickson, Chief Product Officer, Coinbase

Join us for a conversation with Jeremy Henrickson, Chief Product Officer at Coinbase, an online platform for buying, selling, transferring and storing digital currency. Henrickson began his career at Apple as a research engineer and at Reactive (later acquired by Cisco) as the Director of Technology Services. Over nine years, he held several executive product management and development roles at Guidewire before becoming VP of Product and Engineering, and later CPO, at Coinbase. Henrickson graduated from Stanford with both bachelor’s…

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Jeremy Henrickson
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Dan Widmaier, PH.D., Co-Founder and CEO, Bolt Threads

Join us for a conversation with Dan Widmaier, co-founder and CEO at Bolt Threads, a biotech startup that produces biofabricated silk fibers based on proteins found in nature. With experience in both business development and science, Widmaier uses expertise in biology to lead Bolt Threads through tech development and financing. Widmaier graduated from UC San Francisco with his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, where his research focused on his design of genetic circuits to control microbial organelles. The Entrepreneurial…

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Dan Widmaier