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Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

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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.

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Alexandra Zatarain (Eight Sleep) - Getting to Product-Market Fit

June 05, 2024 12:00 - 49 minutes - 45.3 MB

Alexandra Zatarain is the co-founder and VP of brand and marketing of Eight Sleep, the world’s first sleep fitness company. A marketer and brand-builder, Zatarain has built the Eight Sleep brand and scaled the company’s revenue from $0 to current state. Eight Sleep was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2018 and was recognized two years in a row as a TIME Best Invention of the Year. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Zatarain digs ...

Maria Barrera (Clayful) - Mental Health Tech, Mentally Healthy Startups

May 29, 2024 12:00 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

Maria Barrera, a Stanford-educated engineer, is the founder and CEO of Clayful, a platform dedicated to providing essential mental health support for the TikTok generation. Today, Barrera’s company creates accessible resources for K-12 students and has already made a profound impact on thousands of students nationwide. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Barrera shares her journey to founding a mental health startup and how she incorporates strategies fo...

David Allemann (On) - Exploration in Sports Technology

May 22, 2024 12:00 - 48 minutes - 44.3 MB

David Allemann co-leads the Swiss sports company On, one of the fastest-growing global sports brands. He puts a special focus on product, design, marketing, and the direct-to-consumer business of On. Previously, Allemann worked at the intersection of business and creativity at McKinsey & Company, as managing director of the advertising agency Young & Rubicam, and as CMO of design brand Vitra. In this presentation, Allemann shares how he and his co-founders built their shoe company o...

Ali Ghodsi (Databricks) - Lessons from a Large Founding Team

May 15, 2024 12:00 - 46 minutes - 42.3 MB

Ali Ghodsi is the CEO and co-founder of Databricks, a leader in data and AI. He pioneered the data intelligence platform built on a lakehouse architecture, revolutionizing analytics and AI for global organizations. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as the VP of engineering and product management. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Ghodsi Shares lessons he’s learned from being one of seven co-founders at Databricks and leading a company that began with op...

Margo Georgiadis (Flagship Pioneering and Montai Health) - Deep Tech Innovation

May 08, 2024 11:00 - 49 minutes - 45.4 MB

Margo Georgiadis is a CEO-partner at Flagship Pioneering and co-founder and CEO of Montai Health, an AI platform company enabling the predictable discovery of breakthrough small molecule medicines to treat and preempt chronic disease. In these roles, Georgiadis brings extensive expertise in technological innovation and high-performance business transformation and leverages her artificial intelligence and machine learning experience to advance biotech innovation. In this presentation...

Sam Altman (OpenAI) - The Possibilities of AI

May 01, 2024 12:00 - 45 minutes - 41.9 MB

Sam Altman is the co-founder and CEO of OpenAI, the AI research and deployment company behind ChatGPT and DALL-E. Altman was president of the early-stage startup accelerator Y Combinator from 2014 to 2019. In 2015, he co-founded OpenAI as a nonprofit research lab with the mission to build general-purpose artificial intelligence that benefits all humanity. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Altman gives advice for aspiring AI entrepreneurs and shares his...

Qasar Younis (Applied Intuition) - Radically Pragmatic Insights

April 24, 2024 12:00 - 44 minutes - 41.1 MB

Qasar Younis is the co-founder and CEO of Applied Intuition, which creates software solutions to help automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, and companies in the trucking, construction, and agriculture industries transition to next-generation vehicles. Before founding Applied Intuition, Younis was a partner and COO of Y Combinator. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Younis gives practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, especially students, and shares insight...

Sharon Prince (Grace Farms Foundation) - Designing From Values

April 17, 2024 12:00 - 50 minutes - 45.8 MB

Sharon Prince is the CEO and founder of Grace Farms Foundation, a new kind of boundary-defying public space in New Canaan, Connecticut, that has become widely known as a global humanitarian and cultural center. Grace Farms is the platform for the Foundation and its interdisciplinary humanitarian mission to pursue peace through nature, arts, justice, community, faith, and Design for Freedom, a global new movement to eliminate forced labor from the building materials supply chain. In ...

Sophia Edelstein and Nathan Kondamuri (Pair Eyewear) - From Stanford Students to Co-CEOs

March 13, 2024 13:00 - 50 minutes - 46.4 MB

Sophia Edelstein and Nathan Kondamuri are co-founders and co-CEOs of Pair Eyewear. Since its inception, Pair Eyewear has put consumers at the center of the innovation process, ensuring that the brand is at the forefront of redefining the eyewear experience by offering continual customizability, freedom of choice, and affordability for glasses. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Emily Ma, Edelstein and Kondamuri share their journey from coming up with an idea as Stan...

Clara Shih (Salesforce AI) - What No One Tells You About Entrepreneurship

March 06, 2024 13:00 - 47 minutes - 43 MB

Clara Shih is CEO of Salesforce AI, the world’s most trusted enterprise AI for customer relationship management. A digital pioneer, Shih has been named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, TIME’s Most Influential People in AI, and the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and serves as executive chair of Hearsay Systems, a privately held digital software firm she founded in 2009. In this presentation, Shih sha...

Shiza Shahid (Our Place) - A Meaningful Entrepreneurial Path

February 28, 2024 14:00 - 42 minutes - 39.3 MB

Shiza Shahid is the co-founder and co-CEO of Our Place, a mission-driven startup reimagining kitchenware for the modern, multiethnic, global kitchen. Prior to Our Place, Shahid also co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. She led the organization as founding CEO, advocating for the rights of all girls to attend school. Shahid also launched NOW Ventures, an angel fund to invest in mission-driven startups. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecture...

Daniela Amodei (Anthropic) - ‘Helpful, Honest, Harmless’ AI

February 23, 2024 23:00 - 52 minutes - 48.4 MB

Daniela Amodei is president and co-founder of Anthropic, an AI safety and research company. Amodei manages the senior leadership team, leveraging her people and management experience to further the company’s goal of building reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Emily Ma, Amodei talks about how Anthropic’s team of co-founders have built values and ethical guardrails into their AI tools from day one, and how this can in...

Ernestine Fu (Brave Capital) - Taking Action for Startup Success

February 14, 2024 14:15 - 48 minutes - 44.1 MB

Ernestine Fu is managing general partner of venture capital firm Brave Capital. Over the past decade, Fu has worked across the startup ecosystem, including negotiating merger and acquisition agreements, organizing SPVs for later-stage companies, angel investing in and advising companies that have since been acquired, and advising banks on venture debt. Alongside her role at Brave Capital, she is also a Venture Partner at Alsop Louie Partners. In this presentation and conversation wi...

Bonus: ETL’s Emily Ma on Move Fast and Fix the Planet

February 07, 2024 23:57 - 51 minutes - 47.5 MB

ETL is off this week, but in its place, we’re pleased to share the first episode of a new podcast from Stanford eCorner and STVP called Move Fast and Fix the Planet. It’s about climate and sustainability entrepreneurship, and this episode features ETL host Emily Ma, head of special projects in sustainability, real estate, and workplace services at Google. Delve into Emily's journey as an intrapreneur focusing on sustainability within Google's internal operations, particularly in the...

Bob Sutton and Huggy Rao (Stanford) - Smart Leaders Understand Friction [EXPLICIT]

January 31, 2024 14:07 - 47 minutes - 43.6 MB

Robert I. Sutton is an organizational psychologist and professor emeritus of Management Science and Engineering in the Stanford School of Engineering. Hayagreeva “Huggy” Rao is the Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Science, the Sociological Research Association, and the Academy of Management. In this conversation with Stanford lecturers Ravi Belani and Emily Ma, S...

Adrian Rodriguez (Dreamlinks) - A Visually Impaired Founder’s Journey

January 24, 2024 14:38 - 48 minutes - 44.3 MB

Adrian Rodriguez is the co-founder and CEO of Dreamlinks, a startup developing AI-powered building blocks that make creating virtual 3D worlds as fun as playing with LEGO bricks. Prior to founding Dreamlinks, Rodriguez taught game design at StreetCode Academy, created a web design course for blind programmers, and worked as the CTO of AMPAworks, a company that uses computer vision to automate inventory tracking in hospitals. In this presentation, Rodriguez shares his journey as an e...

Jessica Jackley (Kiva and Untapped Capital) - ‘What If?’ Changes the World

December 06, 2023 14:30 - 46 minutes - 42.9 MB

Jessica Jackley is an entrepreneur and investor best known as the founder of Kiva, the first microfinance crowdfunding platform, with $2 billion in loans since 2005. She is currently a founder and general partner at Untapped Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm championing unexpected founders. In this presentation, Jackley shares her journey to becoming a mission-focused entrepreneur and offers insights to inspire others to ask, “What if things were different?” —-----------...

Sarah Lamaison (Dioxycle) - Climate Tech Insights

November 22, 2023 15:00 - 46 minutes - 42.2 MB

Sarah Lamaison is the co-founder and CEO of Dioxycle, which is pioneering sustainable chemistry by building breakthrough technologies that convert industrial carbon emissions into everyday chemicals with unprecedented energy and cost efficiency. In this presentation, Lamaison explains how her company fits into the future of carbon-capture technology, then shares advice for tech founders — especially in the climate tech industry —who want to build successful companies. —------------...

Michelle Lee (Medra) - From Conviction to Company

November 15, 2023 16:00 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

Michelle Lee is the founder and CEO of Medra, which combines recent advances in robotics and computer vision to build lab automation technology. She has previously worked at NVIDIA, SpaceX, and McKinsey. Prior to founding Medra, Lee was an assistant professor in computer science and electrical computer engineering at New York University. In this presentation and conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Lee explains why she decided to start her deep tech company and u...

Andy Dunn (Bonobos) - Mental Health for Entrepreneurs

November 08, 2023 16:00 - 50 minutes - 46.1 MB

Andy Dunn is an entrepreneur, author, and investor. Dunn co-founded the menswear e-commerce brand Bonobos in 2007 and served as the company’s CEO for its first 10 years, pioneering the digitally native brand movement. In 2022, Dunn published a memoir lifting the veil on the mental health demons he’d been privately battling as he built Bonobos. “Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind” chronicles his journey at the intersection of entrepreneurship and bipolar disorder. In t...

Kathleen Eisenhardt (Stanford) - Strategy for New Companies

November 01, 2023 15:30 - 46 minutes - 42.6 MB

Kathleen Eisenhardt is the Stanford W. Ascherman M.D. Professor in the Stanford School of Engineering. She is also a faculty member with STVP, the Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center, and the Stanford Digital Economy Lab. Among the most widely cited entrepreneurship scholars in the world, Eisenhardt is the author of over 100 articles and several books, most recently (with Don Sull), “Simple Rules: How to Survive in a Complex World.” In this presentation, Eisenhardt shares s...

Andrew Ng (AI Fund) - The Near Future of AI

October 25, 2023 12:30 - 46 minutes - 42.4 MB

Andrew Ng is the managing general partner at AI Fund, a startup studio building new AI companies from the ground up; the founder of DeepLearning.AI; and an adjunct professor of computer science at Stanford University. In this presentation and conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Ng talks about upcoming opportunities for entrepreneurs exploring AI technology and addresses questions of responsibility and risk. —----------------------------------- Stanford eCorner...

Garry Tan (Y Combinator) - Unconventional Advice for Founders

October 18, 2023 15:00 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

Garry Tan is president and CEO of Y Combinator, which funds hundreds of companies per year through a web-based application. Tan is also the co-founder, board partner and advisor of Initialized Capital, an early stage venture capital fund, and co-founded Posterous, a blog platform acquired by Twitter. In this presentation, Tan shares advice and insights for aspiring entrepreneurs and startup founders that challenges prevailing wisdom.

Cody Coleman (Coactive AI) - Starting from ‘Why’

October 11, 2023 15:30 - 47 minutes - 43.8 MB

Cody Coleman is the co-founder and CEO of Coactive AI, an analytics platform for visual content. Coactive AI leverages artificial intelligence to make it easy for enterprise companies to search, filter, and analyze large amounts of image and video data by bringing structure to unstructured data.  In this presentation, Coleman shares how his life story has shaped the type of entrepreneur he aims to be. He gives advice for fellow founders who want to build positive company cultures an...

Josh Wolfe (Lux Capital) - Investing at the Cutting Edge

June 07, 2023 15:08 - 49 minutes - 45 MB

Josh Wolfe co-founded Lux Capital to support scientists and entrepreneurs who pursue counter-conventional solutions to the most vexing puzzles of our time in order to lead us into a brighter future. The more ambitious the project, the better—like, say, creating matter from light. Wolfe is a director at Shapeways, Strateos, Lux Research, Kallyope, CTRL-labs, Variant, and Varda, and helped lead Lux Capital’s investments in Anduril, Planet, Echodyne, Clarifai, Authorea, Resilience, and...

Rahul Roy-Chowdhury (Grammarly) - Responsible AI Innovation

May 31, 2023 14:30 - 45 minutes - 42.1 MB

Rahul Roy-Chowdhury is Grammarly’s CEO as of May 1, 2023. He was previously the company’s Global Head of Product, overseeing everything that makes the company’s writing assistance software tick, managing the product, design, and data science teams. Before coming aboard at Grammarly, Roy-Chowdhury spent many years at Google leading the Privacy, Safety, and Security teams to unified solutions across Google’s product portfolio. In this presentation and conversation with Stanford adjunc...

Claire Hughes Johnson (Stripe) - Scaling Operations and People

May 24, 2023 15:00 - 49 minutes - 45.1 MB

Claire Hughes Johnson is a corporate officer and advisor for Stripe, a global technology company that builds economic infrastructure for the internet. From 2014 to 2021, Claire served as Stripe’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for scaling the company’s worldwide operations to meet the needs of its rapidly growing user base. During her tenure as COO, Stripe grew from less than 200 employees to more than 6,000. She is also the author of Scaling People: Tactics for Management and...

Julia Collins (Planet FWD) - Opportunities in Climate Tech

May 17, 2023 14:39 - 46 minutes - 42.8 MB

Julia Collins is the founder and CEO of Planet FWD, which is empowering the next generation of sustainable consumer companies with its climate management platform. Planet FWD is focused on decarbonizing global supply chains with the belief that all organizations can achieve Net Zero. The platform is inspired by Planet FWD’s own snack brand, Moonshot, which launched in 2020 as the first climate-friendly snack brand. In this conversation with Mo-Yun Lei Fong, executive director of STV...

Ben Collier and James Kanoff (The Farmlink Project) - Students Solving Hunger

May 10, 2023 14:30 - 49 minutes - 45.2 MB

Ben Collier and James Kanoff are two co-founders of The Farmlink Project, a student-led movement that has provided over 100 million pounds of nutritious food to communities facing hunger in the United States. They started the project out of their college dorm rooms at Brown and Stanford University during the pandemic by renting a U-Haul truck to connect farmers with surplus to their local food bank. In this presentation, Collier and Kanoff share Farmlink’s story and how they have le...

Frederic Kerrest (Okta) - The Truth about Entrepreneurship

May 03, 2023 13:00 - 47 minutes - 43.6 MB

Frederic Kerrest is the executive vice chairman and co-founder of Okta. He is responsible for Okta's day-to-day operations, working with employees, partners, and customers to deliver on the company's vision of enabling any organization to use any technology. Kerrest is the author of “Zero to IPO,” a WSJ Bestseller guidebook to building startups featuring insights from some of the world’s most successful and recognizable entrepreneurs. He’s also the co-host of the “Zero to IPO” podca...

Ilya Sutskever (OpenAI) - Inside OpenAI

April 26, 2023 15:00 - 50 minutes - 46.5 MB

Ilya Sutskever is the co-founder and chief scientist of OpenAI, which aims to build artificial general intelligence that benefits all of humanity. He leads research at OpenAI and is one of the architects behind the GPT models. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Sutskever explains his approach to making complex decisions at OpenAI and for AI companies in general, and makes predictions about the future of deep learning. —---------------------------------...

Deb Liu (Ancestry) - The Power of Scrappiness

April 19, 2023 14:30 - 45 minutes - 41.5 MB

Deb Liu is the CEO of Ancestry. With over 19 years in the tech industry, she has been named one of Business Insider’s most powerful female engineers and one of PaymentsSource’s most influential women in payments. She was previously a senior executive at Facebook, where she created and led Facebook Marketplace. Her book, “Take Back Your Power: 10 New Roles for Women at Work,” was published in August 2022. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Liu shares sto...

Karabo Morule (Capital Art) - African Art Activism through Fintech

March 15, 2023 09:30 - 49 minutes - 45.2 MB

Karabo Morule is the founder of Capital Art, which is an art fintech and the first art collection management service that is focused on collectors of modern and contemporary African art. Morule is also a non-executive director at TymeBank, South Africa’s first bank to have its core banking system in the cloud. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Vimbayi Kajese, Morule discusses the African art market, including the ways it’s been shaped by injustice and the opportuni...

Connie Chan (Andreessen Horowitz) - Career Advice from a VC Pro

March 08, 2023 13:15 - 45 minutes - 41.7 MB

Connie Chan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley-based technology venture capital firm with $35B in assets under management across multiple funds, where she focuses on investing in consumer technology. Chan joined the firm in 2011 as a deal partner on the investment team before becoming a general partner in 2018. She serves on the boards of Cider, Whatnot, and KoBold. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Chan shares her career and...

Austin Russell (Luminar) - Behind the Scenes of a Mega-Unicorn

March 01, 2023 13:31 - 49 minutes - 45.6 MB

Austin Russell is the founder and CEO of Luminar, the 27 year old global leader in automotive lidar hardware and software technology. Under Russell’s leadership, Luminar has developed the first lidar and software technology capable of power producing autonomous vehicles, has amassed over 50 commercial partners including the majority of the world’s largest automakers, and went public on the Nasdaq in December 2020 with a current market valuation of approximately $7 billion. In this c...

Emmy Sobieski (Competitive Storytelling, Inc.) - Build Wealth with Personal Skills

February 22, 2023 15:45 - 52 minutes - 48.2 MB

Emmy Sobieski, CFA, is the chief operating officer of Competitive Storytelling, Inc., which helps venture-backed founders from seed and beyond tell their story through methods such as the Founder Fundraising Program. Sobieski is also the author of the book $100M Careers: The 5 Fastest Paths to Wealth Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, released in December 2022. In this conversation with Mo-Yun Lei Fong, executive director of STVP, the Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center, Sobieski ...

Nikil Viswanathan (Alchemy) - Lessons from a Stanford Success

February 15, 2023 14:00 - 1 hour - 57.5 MB

Nikil Viswanathan is the co-founder and CEO of Alchemy, the world's leading web3 developer platform. Alchemy is hailed as the fastest growing company in history, going from public launch to a $10 billion valuation in just 16 months. Alchemy powers over $100 billion in transactions globally, including the majority of the NFT industry, top web3 companies, and traditional enterprises. In this presentation, Viswanathan shares the key lessons he’s learned during his entrepreneurial journ...

Dave Vasen (brightwheel) - Problem-Solving for a Unique Market

February 08, 2023 13:30 - 45 minutes - 41.9 MB

Dave Vasen is the founder and CEO of brightwheel, the leading subscription software platform for early education. In April 2016, Vasen appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and secured a $600,000 investment at one of the highest all-time valuations for the TV show. In this conversation with Stanford lecturer Emily Ma, Vasen shares his experience creating a software solution customized to fit the particular needs of the early childhood education space. —----------------------------------- ...

Annie Hockey (Column) - Reimagining Fintech

February 01, 2023 12:45 - 43 minutes - 40.2 MB

Annie Hockey is the co-CEO of Column, a nationally chartered bank that publicly launched in 2022 for developers who are building modern financial products and services. Hockey leads, among other functions, the regulatory, legal, accounting, and human resources aspects of Column. In this conversation with Stanford lecturer Emily Ma, Hockey discusses how she and her co-founder/co-CEO have navigated the complex regulations of the banking industry while building an innovative fintech co...

Elise Densborn (Splendid Spoon) - From Customer to Co-CEO

January 25, 2023 14:30 - 45 minutes - 41.5 MB

Elise Densborn is the co-CEO of Splendid Spoon, a direct-to-consumer meal delivery platform that offers ready-to-eat, plant-based meals. Densborn was first introduced to Splendid Spoon as a customer. After over a decade in the finance industry, she joined the Splendid Spoon team as a consultant in 2018 and quickly rose through the ranks in permanent roles as VP of finance and insights and COO, becoming co-CEO in 2021. In this conversation with Stanford lecturer Emily Ma, Densborn sh...

Dante Disparte (Circle) - Ethical Crypto Innovation

December 07, 2022 15:30 - 48 minutes - 44.3 MB

Dante Disparte is chief strategy officer and head of global policy at Circle, a global financial technology firm at the center of digital currency innovation and open financial infrastructure. He is responsible for overseeing the company strategy, communications, policy and public affairs. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Disparte discusses important lessons from high-profile failures in the financial tech industry and his hopes and advice for buildin...

Trevor Martin (Mammoth Biosciences) and Ursheet Parikh (Mayfield) - Building Biotech to Last

November 23, 2022 15:30 - 46 minutes - 42.9 MB

Dr. Trevor Martin is the CEO and co-founder of Mammoth Biosciences, which addresses challenges across healthcare, agriculture, environmental monitoring, biodefense, and more through discovery of novel CRISPR systems to power the next generation of CRISPR-based synthetic biology products. Ursheet Parikh is a partner at the venture capital firm Mayfield, where he co-leads the Human and Planetary Health investment practice, which includes an investment in Mammoth. In this conversation ...

Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures) - Breaking the Venture Capital Mold

November 16, 2022 15:30 - 46 minutes - 42.8 MB

Charles Hudson is the founder and managing partner of Precursor Ventures, an early­ stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies. Under his leadership, Precursor Ventures has raised four funds and has over $175 million under management. He has invested in 250 companies and supported more than 400 founders, including the teams behind Clearco, Juniper Square, The Athletic, Incredib...

Jerrica Kirkley (Plume) and Kiki Freedman (Hey Jane) - Transforming Digital Healthcare

November 09, 2022 16:00 - 46 minutes - 42.2 MB

Dr. Jerrica Kirkley is the chief medical officer and co-founder of Plume, a virtual healthcare center of excellence dedicated to the transgender community that provides gender-affirming medical care at the convenience of a smartphone. Kiki Freedman is the CEO and co-founder of Hey Jane, a virtual clinic offering telemedicine abortion care, which she founded while at Harvard Business School. In this conversation with Stanford Associate Professor Melissa Valentine, Kirkley and Freedma...

Lisa Dyson (Air Protein) - Changing Processes for Climate Solutions

November 02, 2022 14:30 - 39 minutes - 36.6 MB

Dr. Lisa Dyson is the founder and CEO of Air Protein, a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer company that is reinventing how food is produced in order to sustainably feed the global population, which is estimated to reach 10 billion people by 2050. Air Protein uses an innovative process that makes meat from elements of the air. In this conversation with Stanford Professor Tom Byers, Dyson discusses how her company is finding a totally new process to create a familiar product, and...

Tim Brown (Allbirds) - Innovating for a Sustainable World

October 26, 2022 15:00 - 43 minutes - 40.2 MB

Tim Brown is the co-founder, co-CEO, and creative vision behind Allbirds, the sustainability-focused shoe company he co-founded in 2015. His experience as a World Cup soccer player for New Zealand led him to think about things on a grand scale, whether that be crafting shoes or running a business. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Brown discusses his predictions for a future economy shaped by carbon accounting and reflects on how aspiring entrepreneurs...

Meirav Oren (Versatile) - Forging Your Path as a New Founder

October 19, 2022 14:00 - 41 minutes - 37.6 MB

Meirav Oren is the CEO and co-founder of Versatile, which aims to turn construction into a fully controllable manufacturing process and help professionals make rapid, data-driven decisions that support jobsite productivity and safety. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Oren encourages new founders to filter advice, learn how to ask for help, and build their companies with confidence. —----------------------------------- Stanford eCorner content is pro...

Jenny Lay-Flurrie (Microsoft) - Innovating Accessibly

October 12, 2022 14:00 - 45 minutes - 42 MB

Jenny Lay-Flurrie is chief accessibility officer at Microsoft. Her team is at the forefront of creating positive experiences that apply technology to make a difference in the world and in the lives of individuals, from how Microsoft hires and supports people with disabilities in employment to innovative technology that aims to revolutionize what’s possible for people with disabilities. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Lay-Flurrie discusses the importa...

Josh Makower (Stanford University) – The Biodesign Innovation Process

June 01, 2022 15:00 - 52 minutes - 47.9 MB

Josh Makower, MD, is the Boston Scientific Applied Bioengineering Professor of Medicine and of Bioengineering at the Stanford University Schools of Medicine and Engineering, and is the director and co-founder of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Ravi Belani, Makower unpacks the center’s biodesign process and encourages entrepreneurs to find opportunities in the world of health technology innovation. -------------------- St...

John Felts (Cruz Foam) - Engineering Green Materials

May 25, 2022 15:00 - 52 minutes - 48.2 MB

John Felts is the co-founder and CEO of Cruz Foam, which produces bio-benign foam and eco-friendly alternative packaging solutions that power key industry leaders to be the catalyst for a cleaner environment. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Toby Corey, Felts shares how his engineering studies and career led him to launching a startup, and offers advice for new tech entrepreneurs learning how to pitch to investors and build scalable solutions. Stanford eCorner co...


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