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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, January 23, 2019
Damien Patton, Founder & CEO, Banjo

Join us for a conversation with Damien Patton, founder and CEO of Banjo. Patton had a vision to create the world's first "Crystal Ball" and that vision has become the world’s first Live-Time Intelligence platform. Using patented Artificial Intelligence, Banjo makes sense of the noise generated by billions of public signals creating new understandings of the world around us. Patton served two tours in Desert Storm, was a NASCAR Chief Mechanic and worked as a crime scene investigator while simultaneously…

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Damien Patton
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Elaine Wherry, Co-Founder, Meebo

Join us for a conversation with Elaine Wherry, co-founder of Meebo, an instant messaging and social networking service that was acquired by Google. Prior to Meebo, Wherry worked at Synaptics designing input devices and leading Human Factors research. Wherry graduated from Stanford with a degree in Symbolic Systems and a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction. The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series is supported by the venture capital firm DFJ.

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Elaine Wherry
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Balaji Srinivasan, CTO, Coinbase

Join us for a conversation with Balaji Srinivasan, CTO of Coinbase, a secure platform for buying, selling and storing cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and Ethereum, which serves more than 20 million users. Prior to Coinbase, Srinivasan was CEO of Coinbase-acquired Earn.com, a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz as well as Co-Founder and CTO of Counsyl, where he was honored with the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Medicine and named a top Innovator Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review. Srinivasan…

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Balaji Srinivasan
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Raj Kapoor, Chief Strategy Officer, Lyft John Viera, Global Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters, Ford Motor Company
In Conversation with Pedram Mokrian, Adjunct Professor, Stanford University

Join us for a special conversation with Raj Kapoor, Lyft’s Chief Strategy Officer, and John Viera, Ford’s Global Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters, hosted by Pedram Mokrian, an Adjunct Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Kapoor focuses on autonomous (self-driving) business opportunities and new business at Lyft. Prior, he helped create the first interactive networked media applications including VOD and interactive TV, co-founded and ran HP-acquired online photo service Snapfish, invested in companies at the…

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Raj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor

John Viera

John Viera

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Alice Zhang, Co-Founder and CEO, Verge Genomics

Join us for a conversation with Alice Zhang, co-founder and CEO of Verge Genomics. Verge Genomics uses artificial intelligence and human genomics to transform drug discovery for multiple diseases beginning with ALS, Parkinson's Disease, and Alzheimer's Disease. Zhang has driven systems biology research at the National Cancer Institute, the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University and UCLA. Zhang graduated from Princeton University with high honors in Molecular Biology. The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series is supported by the venture…

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Alice Zhang
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Navin Chaddha, Managing Director, Mayfield

Join us for a conversation with Navin Chaddha, Managing Director at the venture capital firm Mayfield Fund. Chaddha has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and has been ranked ten times by Forbes on the Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors. A former serial entrepreneur,  Chaddha co-founded three companies, including VXtreme, which was acquired by Microsoft to become Windows Media. Chaddha graduated from Stanford University with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering. The…

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Navin Chaddha
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Alberto Savoia, Innovation Agitator Emeritus, Google

Join us for a conversation with Alberto Savoia, Innovation Agitator Emeritus at Google. An engineer, engineering executive and CTO, Savoia helped develop, manage and launch products such as Sun Microsystem's Workstations, SunLab's Java and Google’s AdWords. Savoia developed a rapid proto-typing technique called pretotyping that allows for product testing without actually building a product. Savoia is also the author of “The Right It: Why So Many Ideas Fail and How to Make Sure Yours Succeed” as well as the recipient…

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Alberto Savoia