Entrepreneurship

participants in Stanford Ignite
In a recent workshop at Stanford Graduate School of Business, groups of students clustered around tables littered with Post-It notes, pencils, iPhones, pieces of string, cuts of cardboard and the occasional screwdriver. As they tinkered, they talked. Do you like your bathroom? Is your toothbrush...
Pooja Sankar
Pooja Sankar is founder and CEO of Piazza, an online tool for students to get help from their classmates and teachers. Sankar studied engineering at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. As a shy young woman surrounded by mostly male classmates, she was too timid to ask for help...
After more than 20 years of advising and investing in entrepreneurs, Andy Rachleff reluctantly joined their ranks, co-founding Wealthfront Inc., an online financial advisory startup, in 2011. A 1984 Stanford Graduate School of Business alum, he had recently retired from the venture firm he co-...
Silicon Valley thinks of itself as the cutting edge of more than just technology; it considers itself a force for social change. But in an era when the United States has elected and re-elected an African American president, only 1 in 18 leaders of technology firms is black or Latino, says Laura...
Icon A5 airplane mid flight
Icon Aircraft's A5 airplane is billed as “the perfect balance of design and performance”: an easy-to-fly, highly maneuverable plane that its creators hope will revolutionize the aviation industry. The Los Angeles-based company was founded in 2006 by Kirk Hawkins, a former U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot...
sign for Charles Krug Winery
When most people are slugging down coffee, Peter Mondavi Jr. is drinking wine. He and Stacy Clark, the winemaker at what is said to be Napa Valley’s oldest winery — Charles Krug — spend many mornings sampling fermented grape juice at various stages of its evolution, blending it, and imagining the...
The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) will open its first regional innovation center in West Africa, a geographic area that holds enormous potential for immediate economic impact. The launch this July marks a major milestone in implementing SEED’s critical strategic...
Beth Gerstein started out as a biomedical/electrical engineer and satellite architect, and now spends her days selling the romance of sparkly baubles. She offers Earth-friendly, ethically sourced jewelry while running a profitable online business. Gerstein and her cofounder, Eric Grossberg,...
Ian Kazi Shakil, cofounder of Augmedix
Ian Kazi Shakil is cofounder of Augmedix, a stealthy company building an app for medical doctors on Google’s Glass eyewear computing device. Shakil studied biomedical engineering at Duke University and then worked for Edwards Lifesciences, which makes heart valves that can be implanted without...

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