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

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

Where: NVIDIA Auditorium, Stanford University

Audience: Open to the public

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Sarah Nahm, Co-Founder & CEO, Lever

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 later, in 2014, she was named CEO. At Lever, Nahm has been just as focused on her own hiring practices as on those of her clients. In a 2017 interview published on Medium, she shared some of her observations about Lever’s efforts…

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Sarah Nahm
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Jennifer Tejada, CEO, PagerDuty

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. The company’s goal was to build and scale a new kind of incident management platform for software developers, one that wouldn’t just monitor technology infrastructure, but also deftly manage real-time alerts and on-call responsibilities, and even proactively recognize and flag emerging opportunities. To that end, Tejada raised a $90 million Series D…

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Jennifer Tejada
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Barbara Liskov, Institute Professor, MIT CSAIL (Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab)
In Conversation with Ann Miura-Ko

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 programming languages, including CLU, an important precursor to Java. More recently, as an Institute Professor at MIT and head of the institute’s Programming Methodology Group, she has undertaken crucial research on distributed systems, information security and complex system…

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Barbara Liskov
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Edith Harbaugh, CEO, LaunchDarkly

“I started off in engineering, was frustrated that smart people kept building products no one wanted, so became a product manager to build what people wanted,” says LaunchDarkly CEO and co-founder Edith Harbaugh in an interview published last year on Medium. “I then saw that you could build the right thing, but if no one knew about it, it didn’t exist. So I also got into marketing.” An outgrowth of Harbaugh’s passion for customer-centered product design, LaunchDarkly is a platform…

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Edith Harbaugh
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Srin Madipalli, Product Manager, Airbnb

After travelling the world for six months in 2011, Srin Madipalli quit his job as a lawyer and joined the MBA program at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. A power wheelchair user living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Madipalli was particularly attracted to tech and startups, and quickly focused in on the power of technology to transform the lives of people with disabilities. While earning his MBA he taught himself to code, and soon co-founded Accomable, a web app…

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Srin Madipalli
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Aileen Lee, Founder & Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures

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 now-influential internal report examining how (and how often) companies with these massive valuations tend to emerge. Her summary of the report, published by TechCrunch, revealed some insightful datapoints, such as: Only a minority of unicorns…

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Aileen Lee
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Arlan Hamilton is a remarkable entrepreneur who built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5M into 100 startups led by underestimated founders and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, Wall Street Journal,…

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Arlan Hamilton
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Laura Gomez, Founder & CEO, Atipica

“Always ask, when you’re using a tool with AI, ‘Who’s the founder, who’s the data scientist?’” advises Atypica CEO and co-founder Laura Gomez in an interview she did for VMWare earlier this year. Concerned with the ways that AI and machine learning often reveal biases against already marginalized groups, Gomez created a platform that uses those same tools to remove rather than exacerbate bias in the hiring process. Atipica offers companies applicant tracking and recruitment tools, visual diversity dashboards, and…

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Laura Gomez