VLAB & DFJ: How I Pivoted to Success Through Effective Iteration and Innovation

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Successful companies start off with a business model that seems to make sense. But the key to their success lies in innovatively iterating their business model to one that helps them scale and exit. So join us for the final chapter of our Entrepreneurs Uncensored series as we take a look at what it takes to build a successful business. We have an all star panel lined up with Marissa Mayer (Google), Tim Brown (IDEO) and Randy Komisar (Kleiner Perkins & Getting to Plan B).

LOCATION: Arbuckle Lounge and Bishop Auditorium at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Moderator: Ravi Belani - Draper Fisher Jurvetson


Marissa Mayer, VP Search Product and User Experiece, Google

Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO

Randy Komisar, Partner at Kleiner Perkins and Author of Getting to Plan B

6:00PM to 7:00PM - Registration and Networking
7:00PM to 8:15PM - Main Event

$35 Pre-Purchase online
$50 at door


Marissa Mayer, VP Search Product and User Experiece, Google

Marissa leads the company's product management efforts on search products – web search, images, news, books, products, maps, Google Earth, Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Health, Google Labs and more.

She joined Google in 1999 as Google's first female engineer and led the user interface and web server teams at that time. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google's search interface, internationalizing the site to more than 100 languages, defining Google News, Gmail, and Orkut, and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. In her spare time, Marissa also organizes Google Movies – outings a few times a year to see the latest blockbusters – for 6,000+ people (employees plus family and friends).

Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford to more than 3,000 students. Stanford has recognized her with the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award for her outstanding contribution to undergraduate education.
Marissa has been featured in various publications, including Newsweek ("10 Tech Leaders of the Future"), Red Herring ("15 Women to Watch"), Business 2.0 ("Silicon Valley Dream Team"), BusinessWeek, and Fast Company. In 2008, at 33, Marissa became the youngest woman ever to be included on Fortune's Most Powerful Women list (#50).

Graduating with honors, Marissa received her bachelor's degree in symbolic systems and her master's degree in computer science from Stanford University. For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence. She also holds an honorary doctorate of engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO

Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO. An industrial designer by training, Tim has earned numerous design awards and has exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London. He takes special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the well being of people living in emerging economies.

Tim advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 100 companies and has led strategic client relationships with such organizations as the Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase. He is a board member of the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, a not-for-profit global venture fund focused on improving the lives of the poor. Additionally, he writes extensively, with articles in the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and other prominent publications. His book on how design thinking transforms organizations, Change By Design, was released by HarperBusiness in September 2009.

Randy Komisar, Partner at Kleiner Perkins and Author of Getting to Plan B

Randy Komisar joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005 as a partner. For several years prior, Randy worked with entrepreneurs creating businesses with leading-edge technologies.

He was a co-founder of Claris Corporation, served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, and acted as a "virtual CEO" for such companies as WebTV and GlobalGiving. He is a founding director of TiVo and serves on the Global Advisory Board for the UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency. Earlier, Randy served as CFO of GO Corporation and Senior Counsel for Apple Computer, following a private practice in Technology Law.

Randy holds a BA in Economics from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is a lecturer on entrepreneurship at Stanford University and author of the best-selling book The Monk and the Riddle, as well as several articles on leadership and entrepreneurship. He is also the co-author of a new book on managing innovation, Getting to Plan B. Randy frequently speaks here and abroad on such topics.

Ravi Belani, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Ravi Belani is an Associate at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Ravi also led the firm’s investments in Komli and Pubmatic. Prior board directorships include TinyPictures (acquired by Shutterfly, NASDAQ: SFLY) and Personiva (acquired by Glam Media). Ravi brings experiences with new ventures and established firms to his role. Prior to Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Ravi worked in product management at software startup Zaplet (acquired by MetricStream). Ravi has also worked in product management at enterprise software company Extensity (IPO’d then acquired by GEAC) as a Mayfield Fellow. As a management consultant at McKinsey and Company's San Francisco office, Ravi worked with Fortune 500 hi tech and biotech companies on a range of strategic issues, including market attractiveness assessments, pricing, channel strategy, and new product development processes. He has also worked at Medtronic on wireless communication technologies for remote patient monitoring and in equity research at Bridgewater Associates.

Ravi is a Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi graduate of Stanford University, holding a BS with Distinction and MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. Ravi also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. As a Board Fellow at Harvard, Ravi served the Global Board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). Ravi is also a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.

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