The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar is a weekly lecture series on entrepreneurship featuring entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders. Stanford students can earn credit for attending the series by registering for MS&E 472. The series is also free and open to the public.
Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm during the fall, winter and spring quarters.
NVIDIA Auditorium in the Huang Engineering Center at Stanford University.
DFJ ETL is generously sponsored by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and is presented by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and BASES, the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students at Stanford.
Enjoy podcasts and videos of these lectures on Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner.
Winter Quarter 2014 Schedule
Co-Founder & CEO | Rock Health
As Co-Founder and CEO, Halle Tecco is responsible for building partnerships and overseeing Rock Health’s strategic direction. She previously worked in finance and business development roles for Intel and Apple. She earned a BS at Case Western Reserve University and an MBA at Harvard Business School. Tecco was also named one of CNN’s “12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Healthcare” and Forbes “30 under 30.”
Founding Partner | 500 Startups
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program. He has been an investor in over 250 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, among others.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner | MuckerLab
William Hsu has spent his career as a startup entrepreneur and an executive of a Fortune 100 company. Prior to MuckerLab, Hsu was the SVP and Chief Product Officer of AT&T Interactive where he owned P/L, product management, product marketing, and UX responsibilities for all digital advertising initiatives for greater AT&T. In three years at AT&T Interactive, he doubled revenue to over $1B and helped established AT&T Interactive as the 9th largest digital media company (ahead of Facebook).
Gurjeet Singh & Gunnar Carlsson
Co-Founders | Ayasdi
Gurjeet Singh is a co-founder of Ayasdi, has a Bachelor’s degree from Delhi University, and a Master’s and Ph.D. degree in Computational Mathematics from Stanford University. Singh first met Co-Founder Gunnar Carlsson at Stanford during his Ph.D. and this led to Singh’s graduate work and thesis on the theory, algorithms and applications of Topological Data Analysis (TDA), as well as Singh’s participation on Carlsson’s DARPA funded research project to study how topology can be applied to solve real world problems.
Ayasdi Co-Founder Gunnar Carlsson is one of the most renowned mathematicians in the world with his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and doctorate from Stanford. Over the past 35 years, Carlsson has taught at University of Chicago, University of California, Princeton University, and since 1991, Carlsson has been a professor of mathematics at Stanford University, where he has been a thought leader in a branch of mathematics called topology, the study of shape.
Professor | Stanford University – Author; Scaling Up Excellence
Bob Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He is co-founder of the Center for Work, Technology and Organization, which he co-directed from 1996 to 2006. Sutton is also co-founder of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the Hasso Planter Institute of Design, a multi-disciplinary program at Stanford that teaches design thinking. He is an IDEO Fellow, member of the Institute for the Future’s Board Trustees, and a Professor of Organizational Behavior, by courtesy, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chairman & CEO | Warner Bros. Records
Cameron Strang oversees Warner Bros. Records and Warner Music Group’s Music Publishing & Catalog Development division, which includes Warner/Chappell Music and Rhino Entertainment. Warner Bros. Records is one of the most successful recording companies in music history and home to some of the most influential and innovative artists. Warner/Chappell Music is a global music publishing company and contains one of the world’s greatest collections of musical compositions.
President & CEO | RMS
Since co-founding RMS in 1989, Shah has become widely recognized within the global insurance industry as a proactive and influential leader. Based in California, he was named one of North America’s “100 Most Powerful People in the Insurance Industry” (Insurance Newscast, 2005, 2006), one of “35 Rising Stars” (Business Insurance, 2002), a “Leader of the Future” (Global Reinsurance, 2000) and also listed as one of the industry’s Top 40 Most Influential (Global Reinsurance, 2008).
StartX Entrepreneur Panel
Join us for a conversation with StartX CEO Cameron Teitelman and three entrepreneurs leading ventures that got their start in this unique accelerator experience. StartX is an educational non-profit that accelerates the development of Stanford’s top entrepreneurs through experiential education and collective intelligence.
Watch and listen to videos and podcasts of previous lectures on Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner.