We invite Silicon Valley superstars to share their wisdom with our founder community. RSVP to join upcoming online events or view past recordings.
Join us for a conversation with Cathy Polinsky, CTO of Stitch Fix. We'll discuss her journey from software engineer to CTO of a public company. Cathy will also speak about:
-challenges she has faced at Stitch Fix
-what she looks for in people she hires
-early career advice for engineers
-how she thinks about startups
-being a woman in tech
There will be some time at the end to take a few audience questions as well!
*Video recording coming soon!
Join us for an exciting discussion with Pedram Keyani, who served as Director of Engineering for many years at both Uber & Facebook. Pedram has built world-class engineering teams from the ground up and at Uber, scaled the team from 20 to 250 engineers over the course of 2 years. He also was responsible for designing the organizational structure, establishing training & mentorship programs & creating the hiring process to efficiently onboard engineers to create effective teams
Pedram will share thoughtful insight gained from his vast experience on the following:
• Recruiting the best talent
• Interviewing criterion
• Setting up teams
• Strategies around planning & productivity
We'll sit down with the following panel of Vituity leaders:
We will discuss the following with our panel:
Nikhyl Singhal, VP of Product at Facebook, will share his view on:
• How to approach product market fit
• How to test a product idea in the early stages
• When should founders hand over the product controls
• What should founders look for in a PM
Bob Baxley, SVP of Design & Experience at ThoughtSpot, will join us for a talk on "Conditions, Constraints & Conviction."
He will discuss lessons in innovation from Dr. Seuss to Apollo and highlight case studies such as:
- How Sputnik led to GPS
- How a vocabulary limit of 250 words led to Cat in the Hat
- How a Ukranian polymath figured out how to land on the Moon In 1925!
Mike Ghaffary, General Partner at Canvas Ventures, will join us for a talk around Strategic Advantage & Defensibility for Startups.
He will discuss the following:
- The importance of strategic advantage and defensibility
- How to identify your source of defensibility as a founder
Pouyan Salehi, CEO and Co-founder of Scratchpad, will discuss outbound sales and cover the following:
- Why outbound (more than just sales)
- Three key components to effective outbound strategy
- Tactical tips
Dennis Woodside, President of Impossible Foods and former COO of Dropbox, is a tech industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience at both startups and major multinationals. During his time at Dropbox, he helped increase global revenue to nearly $1.4 billion and was part of the company’s IPO in early 2018.
Join us for a fireside chat to learn how Dennis Woodside scales disruptive companies.
Learn about SBIR grants and other non-dilutive government funding for early-stage startups, through a discussion panel of founders, investors, and SBIR experts.
On our panel:
- Steve Weinstein, Stanford Lecturer "Hacking for Defense"
- Paige Brown, Founder of Windborne
- Will Dickson, Principal at FedTech
Matthew Prince founded CloudFlare after graduating from HBS during the last downturn in 2009, and led the company to IPO in 2019. He will share his experience of:
Gain insight on what to expect from customers, investors, acquirers and others from CEOs and Investors who’ve gone through previous downturns. Mar Hershenson, Founding Managing Partner of Pear will moderate a panel discussion with:
Mar Hershenson, the founding managing partner of Pear VC, speaks to Stanford students about how to beat imposter syndrome and build confidence by learning from failure, facing the hard questions, and always “playing up.”