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Stanford University's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar is a weekly speaker series that brings innovation leaders from business, finance, technology, education, and philanthropy, to share their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs from all over the world.

Spring 2013-2014 Speaker Lineup

All lectures are held in in NVIDIA Auditorium

April 9
Tristan Walker ~ Founder & CEO, Walker & Company, EIR at Andreesen Horowitz
Tristan is the Founder & CEO of Walker & Company Brands. Prior to his founding Walker & Company here was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to his time at Andreessen Horowitz, he was the Director of Business Development for foursquare, where he oversaw strategic partnerships and monetization. He has been named to Ebony Magazine's 100 Most Powerful People list, The Hollywood Reporter's Digital Power 50, and Black Enterprise's 40 Next. He is also the Founder and Chairman of CODE2040, a program that matches high performing black and latino undergraduate and graduate coders and software engineering students with Silicon Valley start-ups for summer internships. Tristan holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
April 16
Sal Khan ~ Founder & Executive Director, Khan Academy
Sal Khan is an 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.

As of January 2014, the Khan Academy channel on YouTube attracted 1,633,000 subscribers and the Khan Academy videos have been viewed over 355 million times. In 2012, Time named Salman Khan in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Forbes magazine featured Khan on its cover with the story "$1 Trillion Opportunity".
April 23
Morris Chang ~ Chairman, Taiwan Semiconductor with Stanford University President John Hennessy
Dr. Morris Chang is the founding Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC), which was established in 1987. 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. Prior to his career in Taiwan, Dr. Chang's career was in the United States. He was the President and Chief Operating Officer of General Instrument Corporation from 1984-1985, and prior to that, he served at Texas Instruments for 25 years (1958-1983), where he was Group Vice President responsible for worldwide semiconductor business for six years.
April 30
Ed Catmull, Ph.D, is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Previously, Catmull was Vice President of the computer division of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he managed development in the areas of computer graphics, video editing, video games and digital audio.

Catmull has been honored with five Academy Awards, including a Technical Achievement Award, two Scientific and Engineering Awards, and one Academy Award of Merit for his work. In 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Catmull with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry.
May 7
Linda Rottenberg ~ Co-Founder and CEO, Endeavor Global
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. A frequent lecturer at Fortune 500 companies, Rottenberg has been the subject of four case studies by Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dell featured her in its "Take Your Own Path" advertising campaign; Veuve Clicquot named her Businesswoman of the Year; and Tom Friedman dubbed her the world's "mentor capitalist" in The World Is Flat. The CEO and co-founder of Endeavor, Linda Rottenberg 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 joined Yelp in 2005 to head business development and has been COO since 2006. In his current role, Geoff 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, and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). Geoff holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
May 21
Leah Busque ~ Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit
A vision for revolutionizing the way people work led Leah Busque to pioneer the concept of "service networking." Her 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, Leah has expanded the company nationally, grown the team to more than 60 employees, raised nearly $40 million in venture funding from venerated investors like Shasta Ventures, Lightspeed Ventures, and Founders Fund, and inspired legions of startups to launch in the collaborative and service networking space.

May 28
Heidi Roizen ~ Operating Partner DFJ
Heidi Roizen is the Operations Partner at DFJ. She 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. After receiving her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University, Heidi co-founded T/Maker Company in 1983, where she served as CEO from inception through its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation in 1994. In 1996, Heidi joined Apple as Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations. From there, Heidi entered the venture capital world, serving as a Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital from 1999 to 2007.

Heidi is also a Fenwick and West Entrepreneurship Educator in the Department of Engineering at Stanford University, where she teaches the course Spirit of Entrepreneurship.
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