Donald Wood

Lecturer, Accounting
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Donald Wood

Lecturer in Management

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Research Statement

Don's interests include all aspects of entrepreneurship, leadership and team building, and business strategy. He has a particular interest in promoting innovative startups in the sustainable energy industry. Don is interested in helping to integrate the many different Stanford programs, departments, and research centers that focus on "sustainable energy and efficiency" so that Stanford can become a more effective leader in solving the global climate crisis. Don is also interested in promoting new sources of investment capital for sustainable energy and efficiency startups.

Research Interests

  • Venture Capital
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership and Team Building
  • Business Strategy
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Energy Efficiency

Teaching Statement

Don has been a founder or executive in four companies, provided venture funding to dozens, and served on 15 public and private Boards. He has a passion for helping entrepreneurs refine their product plans and strategy. He is interested in promoting more innovation in the clean energy industry. His teaching at the Stanford GSB leverages his decades of industry experience. Don teaches all phases of the start-up process in multiple “StartUp Garage” classes and in the “Clean Energy Opportunities: Business Models and Innovations” class. He also guest lectures in several engineering department classes.


In addition to his teaching at Stanford GSB, Don is a partner at the venture capital firm DFJ and senior advisor to Energy Impact Partners, PIVA Capital, and the Xfund. Don spent the first 20 years of his career as a consultant at McKinsey and as a founder and/or executive in Silicon Valley tech companies. He has been a venture capitalist for the last 25 years in partnerships that have invested in over 500 hundred technology startups, including 40 companies that have achieved valuations of over $1 billion (e.g. Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity, Planet, Proterra, Ring, Athena Health, Vocera, Box, Redfin, Twilio, Skype, Network Appliance, Cienna. He has worked and invested in communications, enterprise software, consumer web, and climate tech. Don led the expansion of the DFJ Global Network to establish VC funds in China, Russia, Brazil, UK, Israel, Japan, Viet Nam, and Korea. Don has served on 15 public and private Boards.  Don earned his BA and MBA degrees from Stanford.

Academic Degrees

  • BA, Economics, Stanford University, 1976
  • MBA, Stanford GSB, 1980

Professional Experience

  • DFJ, 2006-present
  • Vanguard Ventures, 1998-2006
  • Octel Communications, 1991-1994
  • Metricom, 1995-1998
  • Wood-Howard Products, 1989-1990
  • International Power Technology, 1984-89
  • McKinsey and Company, 1980-1983
  • US EPA, 1976-1978

Stanford University Affiliations

  • Board of Directors Stanford DAPER Fund

School News

September 09, 2014
Stanford GSB welcomes seven tenure-line faculty and 17 lecturers from a range of disciplines who will infuse the school’s curriculum with fresh perspectives.