Organizations

Mindy Grossman
Making sudden, surprising shifts in direction has been something of a hallmark for Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc. While in college, Grossman recalls, “I woke up one morning and realized I was living someone else’s life.” She then promptly dropped out of school, broke off her engagement, and...
Lorenzo Zambrano
Lorenzo Zambrano, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, made his mark by transforming the regional Mexican cement company Cemex — started by his grandfather in 1906 — into a multinational powerhouse, with operations in 50 countries and 2013 revenues of $15.2 billion. Zambrano obtained an MBA from...
Craig Hanson
Craig Hanson is a founding partner at Next World Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focused on expansion-stage, enterprise tech companies. With offices in Paris, London, and Brussels, Next World aims to help U.S. startups do business in Europe. The firm raised its first fund in...
Ryan Caldbeck
Ryan Caldbeck is the cofounder and CEO of CircleUp, an online marketplace that connects individual investors with entrepreneurs looking to raise capital for consumer startups. CircleUp companies include Little Duck Organics snacks, Bhakti Chai beverages, and Cherryvale Farms baking mixes, among...
Evan Reas
Evan Reas is the cofounder of Circle, a mobile social app that helps people know when their friends are nearby and acts as a local news network, updating users on activities and events. The app counts 12 million registered users, and Reas says millions of people actively use Circle each week. Reas...
The Kings take on the Lakers, 2014
“What’s the difference between a customer and a fan?” asked Vivek Ranadivé, leader of the ownership group of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, during the keynote kickoff to Stanford GSB’s inaugural Sports Innovation Conference, held in early April. “Fans will paint their face purple, fans will...
Adrian Li
Adrian Li is a serial entrepreneur and triathlete based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is currently a co-founder of Qraved, a Web-based restaurant-discovery tool similar to OpenTable. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Idapted, an Internet-based, on-demand training service to teach English to...
Paris, France skyline
Stanford Graduate School of Business seeks innovators and entrepreneurial scientists and engineers throughout Europe to apply for 2014 Stanford Ignite–Polytechnique. Offered in partnership with École Polytechnique, one of Europe’s finest schools of engineering and science, and one of the leading...
Catalina Girald
Catalina Girald is founder and CEO of Naja, a San Francisco-based lingerie company that launched in December 2013 and aims to create luxe-looking undergarments for women at mass-market prices. Girald launched Naja with $100,000 and says her lingerie is for “women who aren’t afraid to speak their...
Brian Spaly
Brian Spaly is a serial entrepreneur who has founded two companies that sell clothing to men. With Andy Dunn in 2007, he co-founded Bonobos, a New York-based men’s apparel company that is best known for the flattering fit of its pants. Company lore says he sewed the prototype pants in...

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