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15 Stanford classmates who could be your biggest startup investor

In November, The Dish Daily provided a breakdown of 21 Stanford professors who are venture capitalists.

Now, we are back with a list of students who intern or work for venture funds.

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Anjney Midha (Economics and MCS), is an investment team member of First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund and according to his Linkedin, is also a partner at Kleiner Perkins.

Ernestine Fu (PhD and MBA), works at Alsop Louie, has graced the front cover of Forbes and was featured in Business Insider and multiple other publications. She also coleads a class in the spring called Lens of Venture Capital.

Other First Round Capital Dorm Room Fund team members; Adam Goldberg (Stanford CS), Amanda Bradford (MBA), Neal Khosla (Stanford CS). Neal Khosla’s father is Vinod Khosla, after whom Khosla Ventures is eponymously named.

Andreessen Horowitz: Krista Thayer (MBA), Market Development; and Stephanie Zhan (CS), Deal Team.

Canvas Venture Fund: Rick Barber (CS Masters) and Nir Blumberger (MBA)

Cowboy Ventures: Daniel Liem (CS) and Ramon Flores (CS)

Natalie Luu (MatSci), Accel-KKR and Y Combinator Campus Associate.

Andre De Haes (MBA), Index Ventures.

Innovation Endeavors (cofounded by Eric Schmidt and Dror Berman in 2010): Greg Greiner and Seth Werfel (PhD Political Science).

This post was originally published on thedishdaily.com before it was acquired by The Stanford Daily in summer 2014.

Piques her Pinterest

Over Christmas break, my friend received a juicer as a gift. She promptly invited me (a fellow juice enthusiast) over to join her in making our very own concoction. But we had a small problem. We had no idea what kind of juice we wanted to make, let alone what ingredients we would need to create the juice.

(Courtesy of Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta via Creative Commons license.)

(Courtesy of Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta via Creative Commons license.)

We decided to turn to Pinterest—the visual digital platform organizer that “collects and organizes things you love.” Within seconds, we compiled a list of at least 10 recipes.

One out of four Internet-using women in the U.S. use Pinterest, according to data from the Pew Research Center. Most women users are between 18 and 49, white and college educated.

After surveying 70 Stanford female students, The Dish Daily found that a whopping 76 percent use the visual bookmarking site.

So, what makes college women want to join and use Pinterest? The survey helped to shed some light on the matter: Read more >>

StartX Demo Day recap

Check out our 30-second video (created using Ideo’s new Spark Camera app!) above to get a brief look into what Demo Day is like for a member of the press.

startx_logoStartX held their fall Demo Day tonight to present eight companies from their 11th class. Though Demo Day has been held at the AOL building in previous years, this time it was hosted at Box in a much larger, more comfortable space. This could be due in part to StartX’s upcoming move to a new location several blocks from Stanford University in mid-March. CEO Cameron Teitelman said he looks forward to hosting several, new events that will be open to the Stanford community.

From StartX’s first non-profit organization to an app that can create a 3D replica of your house, it’s safe to say tonight had some of the most intriguing and diverse companies since The Dish Daily began attending Demo Day. Here are the top three that caught our eye tonight:

1. Everybody Dance Now is a non-profit organization focused on using dance to “help undeserved youth develop self-esteem and establish healthy lifestyles.” Founder Jackie Rotman started it in 2005 when she was 14. Read our Q&A with her to find out exactly what compelled her to start it and how they became involved with StartX.

2. Apportable, a startup that’s been receiving quite a bit of love in the media lately, “makes Objective-C apps run on Android natively.” Not sure what that means? I didn’t either until they put it in simpler terms for me: Apportable makes iOS apps run on Android. Read our Q&A with the co-founder to get more insight to how they work and their vision for the future.

3. InsideMaps’ mindblowing technology creates a 3D replica of your home merely by scanning it with your smartphone! According to co-founder and CTO Jorgen Birkler, the most similar alternative to their product is a piece of hardware that costs around $5,000. “Our ultimate vision,” he said, “is whenever you think about your home, you think about InsideMaps. Whether it be your furniture or turning on your lights, whether you’re ordering services like cleaning or getting a plumber, you think InsideMaps. Because that’s your home on the web.” Read more >>

Mark Zuckerberg and the Internet of people

Silicon Valley is well-known for forward thinking especially when it comes to predicting the future of technology. Stanford President John Hennessey asked Mark Zuckerberg to do just that during their on-stage discussion a few weeks ago and to the surprise of no one, Zuckerberg provided an insightful response.

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(Courtesy of Robert Scoble via Creative Commons license)

Zuckerberg remarked that Internet-connected devices are getting smaller and more powerful and that it was a clear trend that computers will someday be in us. Zuckerberg wasn’t just thinking about the Internet of things but the next stage of computing, which will likely be the Internet of people. Is the next step in human evolution, Homo Techiens? Perhaps Cyborgs, the Borg, and the Terminator aren’t that far into the future.

Already, much of Silicon Valley is set on the Internet of Things. On the day that Zuckerberg spoke on campus, Google bought Nest for 3.2 billion dollarsMany venture capitalists and tech companies are spending billions of dollars betting that all of our devices will become Internet-enabled and smarter. The first device was the phone. Nest then made it the thermometer and smoke detector, and a fair number of people in Silicon Valley now sport wearable devices like fitbit and the fuelband.

Zuckerberg’s view of the future is not really a prognostication because the Internet of people is already happening. Google recently announced its smart contact lens, which would monitor glucose levels in tears. People are already talking about how this might work in conjunction with the Google Glass. Additionally, companies are now working on digestible sensors in the form of pills that can track one’s internal state and adherence to medication.

Zuckerberg also discussed the rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). He joked about how people continue to raise the bar with A.I. and how at one point in time, people thought A.I. would have been achieved if computers could beat man in chess. Then it was whether computers can defeat man in Jeopardy trivia. Already computers are faster and better at recognizing faces and voices. Read more >>

21 Stanford professors who could be your biggest startup investor

It doesn’t take an abstract painter to realize the lines between Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial and academic landscapes are fundamentally blurred.

Through national attention (thank you, New Yorker) and a little research, The Dish Daily has secured an extensive list of Stanford professors who either sit on prominent corporate boards or who are partners of the world’s leading venture capital firms. Considering the number of acting VCs simultaneously teaching at one of the nation’s premier institutions for entrepreneurial thinking, it’s no surprise there is such a high number of venture-backed Stanford startups (actually, the highest in the nation). 

The list below illustrates the connection between Silicon Valley’s venture capital life’s blood and academia. Some observers find this to be at odds with the ethos of an academic setting, but in many ways it reflects the ultimate vision of Frederick Terman, Stanford’s School of Engineering dean from 1945 to 1953 who is widely considered to be the godfather of Silicon Valley.

Terman mentored William Hewlett and David Packard, keeping them and their eponymous company in Silicon Valley, and was a major proponent of creating a connection between the campus and the corporate world. Here’s more about each Stanford lecturer and his or her role outside of the classroom. Read more >>

Salary ranges for Stanford CS and EE majors

The 2012-2013 Salary Survey completed by the Computer Forum was recently released. Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Undergraduates, Masters and PhD students offered insight into the current state of the job market in the Bay Area, Midwest and East Coast. More than 350 students were surveyed and revealed the average number of job offers received, location relocation assistance, and sum of bonuses. Most of the jobs offered were in the Bay Area, and scope of work, location, environment, benefits and company culture all played important factors in the applicant decision to accept each role. The results from Stanford’s Computer Forum 2012-2013 survey are below:

CS/EE Undergraduates

  • Salary range: $75,000 – $110,000
  • Average salary: $96,000
  • 75% of students offered stock options
  • 85% of students offered signing bonuses
  • Bonuses range: $5,000 – $10,000
  • Average job offers: 3
  • Average student job experience: 2 summer internships

CS/EE Masters

  • Salary range: $95,000 – $120,000
  • Average salary: $109,455
  • 80% of students offered stock options
  • 75% of students offered signing bonuses
  • Bonuses range: $5,000 – $100,000
  • Average job offers: 3
  • Average student job experience: 3 summer internships


  • Salary range: $90,000 – $150,000
  • Average salary: $124,000
  • 50% of students offered stock options
  • 50% of students offered signing bonuses
  • Bonuses range: $10,00 – $30,000
  • Average job offers: 3
  • Average student job experience: 2 summer internships, 2 full-time experience

This post was originally published on thedishdaily.com before it was acquired by The Stanford Daily in summer 2014.

Is Estonia going to be the next Silicon Valley?

Borders are increasingly irrelevant in global business, so it behooves The Dish Daily to expand its horizons to foreign shores. Today marks the first of a series of articles on the technology scene in Estonia, a northern European country well-positioned as a tech powerhouse.

(Courtesy of estonianworld.com)

(Courtesy of estonianworld.com)

Together the three Baltic countries and five Nordic nations have formed an innovative region already surging ahead in the global tech race. Collectively the area has brought to the fore Skype, Nokia, Ericsson, Kazaa, MySQL and many other tech stars.

The hash-tag #Estonianmafia was coined by uber angel and 500 Startups founder Dave Mcclure (the man behind the hustler + hacker + designer paradigm) at 2011 Seedcamp finals in London when he noticed that four of the 20 competing teams were from Estonia.

So what makes this country of just 1.3 million people such a startup haven?

“It starts at re-independence (in 1991),” said former Skype executive Sten Tamkvi, an MSx fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “Throughout the Soviet occupation, Estonians developed an informal entrepreneurial culture to get around the restrictions of communism,” he said. “A beneficial side-effect of the occupation was the Soviet emphasis on hard sciences, (computer science) and engineering.”

By the time Estonia came out from behind the Iron Curtain, the basic building blocks for a tech savvy nation were in place. Estonian politicians leveraged this to move the country rapidly into the European Union, while investing heavily in telecommunications and tech education.

Today, Estonia leads the world in local Internet speeds and is the first country to have a nationwide charging grid for electric cars (no visa required to visit Estonia, Elon Musk!). Read more >>