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Brian David Jacobs
BioBrian Jacobs is a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business teaching angel and venture capital financing. He is also a co-founder of Emergence Capital and is the founder and managing partner of Moai Capital. Emergence Capital is a leading Silicon Valley venture capital investor in SaaS and B2B cloud services that was named VC of the Year by the National Venture Capital Association in 2017. Moai Capital is a seed capital firm based in San Mateo, California.
Brian has deep experience as a tech startup investor and board member, helping dozens of entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality. He has been a board member of over 50 companies, including 12 that have gone public and 6 that have had unicorn-scale exits. Brian was named twice to the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 VC Investors. Previously, Brian was an investor at St. Paul Venture Capital and Security Pacific Capital, and an engineer for Raychem and RCA. He holds two patents.
He is currently a board member of Bill.com, Impartner, Drivewyze, Eversight, InsideView, Proximity Grid and the Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education, Networking and Development (“AASCEND”).
He earned an MBA from Stanford and an MS and BS in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Brian also enjoys cycling, cross country skiing and traveling, especially to see ancient stone structures.
Director, Media and Design, TLH Personnel
Current Role at StanfordAssociate Director, Instructional Media - Teaching & Learning
Director, Career Development, Graduate School of Business - Career Management Center
BioCarly Janson is a certified executive and leadership coach, talent and organizational development expert, and mission-driven leader. Carly currently serves on the leadership team of the Career Management Center at Stanford Business School, where she oversees career development for all MBA and mid-career students and alumni. She leads Stanford Business School's Career and Life Design program, which she created in 2014 in partnership with Stanford d.school. She also serves as chair of New Sector Alliance, a mission-driven consulting and leadership development firm. Carly founded New Sector in 2000, served as CEO until 2013, and rejoined as board chair in 2017. She serves on the advisory boards of the GreenLight Fund and MannLab.
Carly started her career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Accenture, where she worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to large public sector agencies. She was a co-founder of BCG’s Social Impact Practice and an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University. Carly has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was awarded a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship for outstanding contributions to society. She also has a BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University. Carly’s hobbies include running, skiing, travel, and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.
Associate Professor of Political Economy at the GSB, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute, at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research & Associate Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science and of Economics
BioSaumitra Jha is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and, by courtesy, of Economics and of Political Science.
Saumitra holds a BA from Williams College, master’s degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in economics from Stanford University. Prior to joining the GSB, he was an Academy Scholar at Harvard University. He has been a Fellow of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and received the Michael Wallerstein Award for best published article in Political Economy from the American Political Science Association in 2014 for his research on ethnic tolerance. Saumitra has consulted on economic and political risk issues for the United Nations/ WTO and the World Bank.