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  • Brian David Jacobs

    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, 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.

  • Saumitra Jha

    Saumitra Jha

    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.