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Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

Stanford eCorner

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337
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Each week, experienced entrepreneurs and innovators come to Stanford University to candidly share lessons they’ve learned while developing, launching and scaling disruptive ideas. The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series is produced by Stanford eCorner during fall, winter and spring quarters.

Latest Episodes

Sarah Friar (Nextdoor) - Building Better Online Communities

In December 2018, Sarah Friar was named CEO of Nextdoor, the world’s largest private social network for neighborhoods. Prior to leading Nextdoor, she was CFO of Square and SVP of Finance & Strategy at Salesforce. She serves on the boards of Walmart and Slack, and is the co-founder of Ladies Who Launch, a nonprofit that celebrates and empowers women entrepreneurs. In this conversation with Stanford professor Tom Byers, she discusses what attracted her to Nextdoor, and explores how she aims to amplify helpful, neighborly behavior on a social network.

45 min5 d ago
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Sarah Friar (Nextdoor) - Building Better Online Communities

Ravi Mhatre (Lightspeed Venture Partners) - The Language of Technology

Ravi Mhatre is a founding partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and focuses primarily on software/cloud infrastructure, applications and internet investments. Before starting Lightspeed, Mhatre was an investor with Bessemer Venture Partners and before entering the venture capital industry, he was with Silicon Graphics, where he was a product manager and later directed the company’s workstation market development efforts. In this conversation with Stanford lecturer Ravi Belani, he explores what a career in VC looks like, and talks about some of the sectors and technologies that he believes are poised to transform the future.

41 min1 w ago
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Ravi Mhatre (Lightspeed Venture Partners) - The Language of Technology

Jessica Norwood (RUNWAY) and Rodney Sampson (OHUB) - Entrepreneurship and Racial Justice

Jessica Norwood is the founder of RUNWAY, an organization that uses entrepreneurship to close the wealth gap in Black communities by providing pre-seed and friends-and-family capital to fund Black-owned companies. Rodney Sampson is the CEO and executive chairman of Opportunity Hub (OHUB), a multi-campus entrepreneurship center and tech hub that empowers underestimated and under-tapped communities. In this conversation moderated by Stanford associate professor Chuck Eesley, Norwood and Sampson discuss how we can address racial disparities in startup funding, and build a more equitable and inclusive entrepreneurial community.

49 min2 w ago
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Jessica Norwood (RUNWAY) and Rodney Sampson (OHUB) - Entrepreneurship and Racial Justice

Eric Yuan (Zoom) and Santi Subotovksy (Emergence Capital) - Winning a Crowded Market

After growing and leading the team that developed WebEx, Eric Yuan left his role as Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco in 2011 to found Zoom Video Communications. Santiago Subotovsky, a general partner at Emergence Capital, led his firm’s investment in Zoom. In this conversation with Stanford lecturer Ravi Belani, they discuss what drove Zoom and how they built the confidence to launch this new company into an already crowded video conferencing market.

48 min3 w ago
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Eric Yuan (Zoom) and Santi Subotovksy (Emergence Capital) - Winning a Crowded Market

Sylvia Acevedo (Path to the Stars) - Perseverance Creates Opportunity

An entrepreneur, investor, business leader, and rocket-scientist, Sylvia Acevedo is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, which tells the story of her journey from a small town in New Mexico to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Acevedo most recently served as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. In this conversation with Stanford professor Tina Seelig, she shares how some important early lessons in perseverance built a mindset that allowed her to excel as both a scientist and an entrepreneur.

47 minOCT 21
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Sylvia Acevedo (Path to the Stars) - Perseverance Creates Opportunity

George Scangos (Vir Biotechnology) - Making a Difference in Biotech

As the president and CEO of Vir Biotechnology, as well as in his role as head of BIO’s Coronavirus Collaboration Initiative, George Scangos has emerged as a global leader in the fight against COVID-19. In this conversation with Stanford structural biology professor Jody Puglisi, Dr. Scangos explains the challenge of building financially viable therapies for infectious diseases, talks about the current status of COVID-related research, and explores how to build an innovative and meaningful career in biotech.

43 minOCT 14
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George Scangos (Vir Biotechnology) - Making a Difference in Biotech

Delane Parnell (PlayVS) - Extreme Focus

Delane Parnell is the founder and CEO of PlayVS, which is building the technology infrastructure for high school and college esports leagues. Prior to starting PlayVS, Parnell worked at IncWell Venture Capital, where he became the youngest black venture capitalist in the United States. In this talk, he explores his own journey from undertaking small-scale business as a teenager to building a billion-dollar company. He also explores the complexities of creating a multi-stakeholder business, and addresses how he and his team have responded to racism and gender disparities.

45 minOCT 7
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Delane Parnell (PlayVS) - Extreme Focus

Shellye Archambeau (Verizon) - Taking Risks and Breaking Barriers

An experienced tech exec, Shellye Archambeau serves on the boards of Verizon and Nordstrom as well as several other companies. She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based governance, risk, and compliance software company that, during her tenure, grew from a fledgling startup into a global market leader. Anticipating the launch of her first book, Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms (2020), she speaks with Stanford professor Tina Seelig about how to advocate for oneself, find mentors and sponsors, beat imposter syndrome, and build an impactful career.

46 minSEP 30
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Shellye Archambeau (Verizon) - Taking Risks and Breaking Barriers

ETL Returns Sept. 30!

On the heels of summer’s inspiring ETL Revisited conversations, we’re launching right into fall! Our first guest will be tech executive, board director and author Shellye Archambeau on September 30. Over the next two months she’ll be joined by guests like Zoom founder and CEO Eric Yuan, PlayVS founder and CEO Delane Parnell, and Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get new episodes delivered straight to you every Wednesday.

57 sSEP 23
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ETL Returns Sept. 30!

Adam Pisoni (Abl) - Innovating for Equity

How social enterprises can operationalize equity.

48 minSEP 2
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Adam Pisoni (Abl) - Innovating for Equity

Latest Episodes

Sarah Friar (Nextdoor) - Building Better Online Communities

In December 2018, Sarah Friar was named CEO of Nextdoor, the world’s largest private social network for neighborhoods. Prior to leading Nextdoor, she was CFO of Square and SVP of Finance & Strategy at Salesforce. She serves on the boards of Walmart and Slack, and is the co-founder of Ladies Who Launch, a nonprofit that celebrates and empowers women entrepreneurs. In this conversation with Stanford professor Tom Byers, she discusses what attracted her to Nextdoor, and explores how she aims to amplify helpful, neighborly behavior on a social network.

45 min5 d ago
Comments
Sarah Friar (Nextdoor) - Building Better Online Communities

Ravi Mhatre (Lightspeed Venture Partners) - The Language of Technology

Ravi Mhatre is a founding partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and focuses primarily on software/cloud infrastructure, applications and internet investments. Before starting Lightspeed, Mhatre was an investor with Bessemer Venture Partners and before entering the venture capital industry, he was with Silicon Graphics, where he was a product manager and later directed the company’s workstation market development efforts. In this conversation with Stanford lecturer Ravi Belani, he explores what a career in VC looks like, and talks about some of the sectors and technologies that he believes are poised to transform the future.

41 min1 w ago
Comments
Ravi Mhatre (Lightspeed Venture Partners) - The Language of Technology

Jessica Norwood (RUNWAY) and Rodney Sampson (OHUB) - Entrepreneurship and Racial Justice

Jessica Norwood is the founder of RUNWAY, an organization that uses entrepreneurship to close the wealth gap in Black communities by providing pre-seed and friends-and-family capital to fund Black-owned companies. Rodney Sampson is the CEO and executive chairman of Opportunity Hub (OHUB), a multi-campus entrepreneurship center and tech hub that empowers underestimated and under-tapped communities. In this conversation moderated by Stanford associate professor Chuck Eesley, Norwood and Sampson discuss how we can address racial disparities in startup funding, and build a more equitable and inclusive entrepreneurial community.

49 min2 w ago
Comments
Jessica Norwood (RUNWAY) and Rodney Sampson (OHUB) - Entrepreneurship and Racial Justice

Eric Yuan (Zoom) and Santi Subotovksy (Emergence Capital) - Winning a Crowded Market

After growing and leading the team that developed WebEx, Eric Yuan left his role as Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco in 2011 to found Zoom Video Communications. Santiago Subotovsky, a general partner at Emergence Capital, led his firm’s investment in Zoom. In this conversation with Stanford lecturer Ravi Belani, they discuss what drove Zoom and how they built the confidence to launch this new company into an already crowded video conferencing market.

48 min3 w ago
Comments
Eric Yuan (Zoom) and Santi Subotovksy (Emergence Capital) - Winning a Crowded Market

Sylvia Acevedo (Path to the Stars) - Perseverance Creates Opportunity

An entrepreneur, investor, business leader, and rocket-scientist, Sylvia Acevedo is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, which tells the story of her journey from a small town in New Mexico to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Acevedo most recently served as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. In this conversation with Stanford professor Tina Seelig, she shares how some important early lessons in perseverance built a mindset that allowed her to excel as both a scientist and an entrepreneur.

47 minOCT 21
Comments
Sylvia Acevedo (Path to the Stars) - Perseverance Creates Opportunity

George Scangos (Vir Biotechnology) - Making a Difference in Biotech

As the president and CEO of Vir Biotechnology, as well as in his role as head of BIO’s Coronavirus Collaboration Initiative, George Scangos has emerged as a global leader in the fight against COVID-19. In this conversation with Stanford structural biology professor Jody Puglisi, Dr. Scangos explains the challenge of building financially viable therapies for infectious diseases, talks about the current status of COVID-related research, and explores how to build an innovative and meaningful career in biotech.

43 minOCT 14
Comments
George Scangos (Vir Biotechnology) - Making a Difference in Biotech

Delane Parnell (PlayVS) - Extreme Focus

Delane Parnell is the founder and CEO of PlayVS, which is building the technology infrastructure for high school and college esports leagues. Prior to starting PlayVS, Parnell worked at IncWell Venture Capital, where he became the youngest black venture capitalist in the United States. In this talk, he explores his own journey from undertaking small-scale business as a teenager to building a billion-dollar company. He also explores the complexities of creating a multi-stakeholder business, and addresses how he and his team have responded to racism and gender disparities.

45 minOCT 7
Comments
Delane Parnell (PlayVS) - Extreme Focus

Shellye Archambeau (Verizon) - Taking Risks and Breaking Barriers

An experienced tech exec, Shellye Archambeau serves on the boards of Verizon and Nordstrom as well as several other companies. She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based governance, risk, and compliance software company that, during her tenure, grew from a fledgling startup into a global market leader. Anticipating the launch of her first book, Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms (2020), she speaks with Stanford professor Tina Seelig about how to advocate for oneself, find mentors and sponsors, beat imposter syndrome, and build an impactful career.

46 minSEP 30
Comments
Shellye Archambeau (Verizon) - Taking Risks and Breaking Barriers

ETL Returns Sept. 30!

On the heels of summer’s inspiring ETL Revisited conversations, we’re launching right into fall! Our first guest will be tech executive, board director and author Shellye Archambeau on September 30. Over the next two months she’ll be joined by guests like Zoom founder and CEO Eric Yuan, PlayVS founder and CEO Delane Parnell, and Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get new episodes delivered straight to you every Wednesday.

57 sSEP 23
Comments
ETL Returns Sept. 30!

Adam Pisoni (Abl) - Innovating for Equity

How social enterprises can operationalize equity.

48 minSEP 2
Comments
Adam Pisoni (Abl) - Innovating for Equity
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