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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.

Fall 2014-2015 Speaker Lineup

All lectures are held in in NVIDIA Auditorium

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Oct 1
Kevin and Julia Hartz ~ Founders, Eventbrite
As Chief Executive Officer, Kevin is responsible for Eventbrite's day-to-day-operations, as well as guiding the company's vision. Kevin was previously Co-Founder and CEO of Xoom Corporation (NASD: XOOM), an international money transfer company, servicing more than 30 countries worldwide. He has served as an early-stage investor and advisor to successful start-ups including the likes of PayPal, Pinterest, Lookout, Flixster, Airbnb, Trulia, and Yammer.

Focused on in-house strategy and growth, Julia is responsible for building, evolving, and sustaining Eventbrite's growing team of 300 "Britelings" and award-winning company culture (voted Best Places to Work in the San Francisco Bay Area four years running). Before co-founding Eventbrite, Julia worked as a television development executive at MTV and FX Networks.
Oct 8
Elizabeth Wiseman ~ Author, Multipliers
Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives around the world. She is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, Dubai Bank, Genentech, Nike, PayPal, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.

She is the author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, a Wall Street Journal bestseller and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review and a variety of other business and leadership journals.

A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked over the course of 17 years as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development.

She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU, Harvard, the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford and Yale. Liz holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.
Oct 15
Susan Koger ~ Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Modcloth
As Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of ModCloth, Susan Gregg Koger employs her creative edge and love for vintage to inform all things ModCloth — from its careful curation of retro goods to the look and feel of the site and mobile apps.

Susan still finds time to thrift, play with her pups in parks near her San Francisco home, and finds inspiration in eras past that help inform ModCloth’s campaigns and collections. She believes all fashion is vintage-inspired in one way or another, and continues to share her fresh outlook on the industry with others such as in her Biz Ladies Profile on Design*Sponge.

When honored as one of Refinery29’s “30 Under 30, San Francisco,” Susan commented, “ModCloth is not just another retailer, but a social-shopping community with our customer at the center of everything we do.” Susan and her husband, fellow Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Eric Koger, were listed together in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list earlier this year, and are continuing to make leaps and bounds in their mission to democratize fashion.
Oct 22
Matt Rogers ~ Co-Founder and VP of Engineering, Nest
Matt was responsible for iPod software development at Apple, from concept to production. He is passionate about mobile products, loves team building and rapid productization. Matt earned his BS and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.
Oct 29
Lew Cirne ~ Founder and CEO, New Relic
Lew Cirne discovered the joy of building software in 1982 when he received his first computer as a Christmas gift from his parents. Three decades later, Lew has been recognized as the creator of the multi-billion dollar Application Performance Management (APM) market, and the founder of two companies that have realized an aggregate enterprise value of over $1 billion.

A developer at heart, Lew still devotes time each week to building software alongside the world class engineers at New Relic. He's also a guest lecturer at Harvard and Stanford, and is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study, used each year to teach students the principles of successful entrepreneurship. Lew has an AB in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and serves on the boards of New Relic and the Thrive Foundation for Youth.
Nov 5
Jennifer Carolan ~ Managing Director, New Schools Seed Fund
Jennifer Carolan is Managing Director of the NewSchools Seed Fund, which she co-founded to make investments in early-stage education technology companies with potential for big impact in K-12 education.

Jennifer began her career as a teacher in traditional district schools where she became interested in differentiated learning. After studying master teachers at Stanford School of Education, she published her research on differentiation in Education Leadership. Jennifer is most interested in the intersection of technology, differentiated instruction and access. Jennifer is on the Boards of: BetterLesson, Education Elements, EdSurge, Equal Opportunity Schools and FreshGrade. She still teaches sometimes, most recently Innovations in Teaching 338 at Stanford’s School of Education/ and a home math camp for her kids and their friends. Jennifer has three children who attend a charter school in Los Altos California.
Nov 12
Tina Wells ~ Founder and CEO, Buzz Marketing Group
Tina Wells, CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, earned her B.A. in Communication Arts graduating with honors from Hood College in 2002. Currently a Wharton School of Business student for marketing management, Tina continues to create innovative marketing strategies for numerous clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. Tina has worked with clients including: Maidenform, SonyBMG, PBS, P+G, Sesame Workshop, and American Eagle Outfitters. Tina’s long list of honors include Essence’s 40 Under 40 , Billboard’s 30 Under 30 , and Inc’s 30 Under 30, just to name a few. She is the author of the tween series Mackenzie Blue, published by HarperCollins Childrens Books, and the youth marketing handbook Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, which will be published by Wiley in Spring 2011. Tina is also a celebrated blogger on The Huffington Post. She serves on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, The Franklin Institute, and The South Jersey Food Bank. She resides in Southern New Jersey with her vast collection of shoes.
Nov 19
Ben Horowitz ~ Co-Founder and Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Ben Horowitz is a co-founder and general partner of the venture capital fund, Andreessen Horowitz.

Horowitz was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007, and Horowitz was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online's E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company's flagship Shop@AOL service.

Previously, Horowitz ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. Horowitz also served as vice president of Netscape's widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation.

Horowitz donates his time to a number of organizations, including the American Jewish World Service, Columbia University, Stanford Hospital, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, Via Ball, and Via Rehabilitation.
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