Alison Rosenthal

Alison Rosenthal
Lecturer
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Bio

Alison is the Founder and managing partner of Leadout Capital, an early stage venture capital firm. Ali was one of Facebook’s earliest business hires where she helped to found the cross-functional Facebook Mobile team, responsible for building and scaling the mobile user base to hundreds of millions during her time at the company. Most recently, she was the VP of Partnerships and Brokerage Ops at Wealthfront. She currently serves as an independent director on the board of AutoNation (NYSE: AN) where she also chairs the Technology Committee.

Ali’s early career is comprised of financial analytics and investment roles at Goldman Sachs (M&A), General Atlantic Partners, and Greylock Partners. Ali is also an angel investor, served in the Obama Administration as a PAGE Fellow, was a pro cyclist and lives in Northern California with her wife and two kiddos.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Stanford GSB, 2005
  • BA, History, Brown University, 1998

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2018-present

Professional Experience

  • Board Member, AutoNation, 2011-present
  • Advisor, Wealthfront Inc, 2017-present
  • VP, Strategic Partnerships, Wealthfront, 2014-17
  • Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2015-17
  • Board Member, KQED, 2013-16
  • COO, MessageMe, 2013-14

Teaching

Degree Courses

2019-20

Startup Garage is an intensive hands-on, project-based course, in which students will apply the concepts of design thinking, engineering, finance, business and organizational skills to design and test new business concepts that address real world...

Teams that concluded at the end of the fall quarter that their preliminary product or service and business model suggest a path to viability, continue with the winter quarter course. In this course, the teams develop more elaborate versions of...

2018-19

Startup Garage is an intensive hands-on, project-based course, in which students will apply the concepts of design thinking, engineering, finance, business and organizational skills to design and test new business concepts that address real world...

Teams that concluded at the end of the fall quarter that their preliminary product or service and business model suggest a path to viability, continue with the winter quarter course. In this course, the teams develop more elaborate versions of...

Stanford University Affiliations

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