Digital Technology

Mariam Naficy
Mariam Naficy is a serial entrepreneur whose latest venture is Minted.com, which she calls “a crowd-sourced business” that sells designer stationery, art prints, and party decor. Her goal: to build “a meritocracy” that rewards the best designers and allows them to vote on which products the...
SINA CEO Charles Chao
Almost every major Chinese internet company has opened an office in the San Francisco Bay Area within the last year, said venture capitalist Raymond Yang of China-based WestSummit Capital at the fourth China 2.0 tech conference held in early October. These companies are looking to learn from the...
Debate in Sierra Leone
In the weeks leading up to the November 2012 elections in Sierra Leone, villagers gathered to watch a 45-minute debate among candidates for parliament. The debaters were not there in person, but rather in a video projected on the outside of the local polling center. For Katherine Casey, an...
Lytro camera
You’d have to look hard to find a tech entrepreneur whose career has had as many twists and turns as Jason Rosenthal’s. He started at a nonprofit, creating opportunities for minorities in Los Angeles, worked at Netscape and Hewlett Packard, moved to a Silicon Valley private equity firm, and was a...
A Segway
The Holy Grail for innovators often is not simply to win in an existing market, but also to create an entirely new product category. But doing so raises a critical question for the entrepreneur: How do you get potential customers and investors to understand what it is you are doing? It’s harder...
Stanford GSB campus artwork
The explosion in digital data allows managers to measure and know radically more about their businesses, which they can then translate into improved products or entirely new ones. Stanford Graduate School of Business economics professor Susan Athey, who consults for Microsoft and other technology...
photo of sign for Sand Hill Road
Americans frequently debate why wages are growing for the college-educated but declining for those with less education. What is less well-known is that communities and local labor markets are also diverging economically at an accelerating rate. A closer look at the 300-plus metropolitan areas of...
Trae Vassallo, general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and cofounder of Good Technologies
Trae Vassallo is a venture capitalist and a former entrepreneur. She is currently a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful venture capital firms. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Vassallo was a cofounder of Good Technology, a mobile...
eBay Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe
The alumni speaker program was inaugurated in 2010 as a means to inspire graduates in their future careers. “John has reinvigorated one of Silicon Valley’s giants with his strong focus on innovation and customers,” said Garth Saloner, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of the Stanford Graduate...
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are well known for building companies out of a garage or, more recently, at cafés, where they might nurse a cup of coffee for hours while cranking on their startups. But nearly three dozen teams of aspiring entrepreneurs are now pursuing new ventures out of the new...

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