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John O. Lilly

John  O. Lilly
Lecturer, Organizational Behavior
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Lecturer in Management
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Teaching Statement

John has been involved in startups and entrepreneurship at Stanford since he was an undergraduate here. His main interests are in how to build organizations with significant scale, impact and durability. He is also affiliated with the Computer Science department and the At the business school his main focus is on startup HR.


John joined Greylock as a partner in 2011. John is currently on the Board of Directors of ClearSlide, Jack Mobile, Sparks Mobile, Code for America, and several unannounced investments. He leads Greylock’s investment in Dropbox and led our investments in Tumblr and Instagram. John previously served on the boards of directors of TripIt , CenterRun, and Reactivity.

Prior to Greylock, John was CEO of Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, the open source Web browser used by more than 450 million people. John also co-founded Reactivity, an enterprise security infrastructure company acquired by Cisco in 2007, where he served as founding CEO and later CTO. Earlier in his career, John held positions on the executive team at Trilogy Software and as a Senior Scientist in Apple’s research labs.

John holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and an MS in Computer Science with a focus on Human Computer Interaction, both from Stanford University. He is a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford’s, and an advisor to both the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and StartX, Stanford’s start up accelerator.

Academic Degrees

  • BS, Computer Systems Engineering, Stanford University, 1995
  • MS, Computer Science, Stanford University, 1995

Courses Taught

Degree Courses


This course focuses attention on human resource strategies for startups. It discusses recruitment, incentives, design of jobs, development of talent, leadership and empowerment challenges in startups. We will deal with questions ranging from...

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