DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar

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 p.m. during the fall, winter and spring quarters.

NVIDIA Auditorium in the Huang Engineering Center at Stanford University.

DFJ logoDFJ 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.

Spring Quarter 2014 Schedule

April 9
Tristan Walker
Founder and CEO | Walker and Company Brands
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Prior to founding his current company, which introduced the first end-to-end shaving system specifically designed for men of color, Walker was an entrepreneur-in-residence at the venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to that, he directed business development for foursquare, where he oversaw strategic partnerships and monetization. He has been named to Ebony magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People” list.

April 16
Sal Khan
Founder and Executive Director | Khan Academy
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Sal Khan is a Bangladeshi American educator, entrepreneur and former hedge fund analyst. He is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization. From a small office in his home, Khan has produced more than 4,800 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, mainly focusing on mathematics and the sciences. Currently, the academy’s channel on YouTube boasts more than 1.7 million subscribers.

April 23  (starts at 4 p.m.)
Morris Chang  (in conversation with Stanford University President John Hennessy)
Chairman | TSMC
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Morris Chang is the founding chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. TSMC pioneered the dedicated silicon foundry business model and has served as a powerful force in building both the foundry industry and the fabless semiconductor industry. Chang was named one of the world’s 30 best CEOs by Barron’s magazine in 2013, and the year before, was named a “Stanford Engineering Hero” by the university’s School of Engineering.

April 30
Ed Catmull
President | Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios
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Ed Catmull is one of the three founding fathers of Pixar. He has been honored with five Academy Awards, including the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for his lifetime contributions to computer graphics used in the motion picture industry. His new book, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, comes out in April.

May 7
Linda Rottenberg
Co-Founder and CEO | Endeavor Global
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Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century,” Linda Rottenberg is considered one of the world’s most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, emerging markets, innovation and leadership. She pioneered the field of “high-impact entrepreneurship” – a strategy to identify, mentor and invest in the fastest growing businesses to transform communities.

May 14
Geoff Donaker
Chief Operating Officer | Yelp
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Geoff Donaker joined Yelp in 2005 to head business development and has been COO since 2006. In his current role, he oversees the company’s business operations, including sales, marketing and administration. Prior to Yelp, he held several roles at eBay, most recently as Director of International Categories. He was previously a manager at Excite, Classifieds2000, Voter.com and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).

May 21
Leah Busque
Founder and CEO | TaskRabbit
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Leah Busque pioneered the concept of “service networking,” and passion for product innovation and devotion to user experience have propelled TaskRabbit into a leading role in the collaborative consumption movement. Since bootstrapping TaskRabbit in 2008, Busque has expanded the company nationally, grown the team to more than 60 employees and raised nearly $40 million in venture funding.

May 28
Heidi Roizen
Operating Partner | DFJ
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Heidi Roizen 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. She is also a lecturer in Stanford’s Department of Management Science & Engineering, where she teaches the course Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

Watch and listen to videos and podcasts of previous lectures on Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner.

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