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Sep 05

Fellows – SV

Sylvia Kuyel / President, Linkedin 

Stanford MBA Class of 2014 

Sylvia is focused on building InSITE at Stanford. Prior to enrolling at Stanford GSB, Sylvia was a Senior Associate at StarVest Partners, an expansion-stage venture capital investing in Software-as-a-Service, Internet Marketing Services and Ecommerce. In this role, she worked with four venture partners and invested in eight companies, deploying over $50M in capital in new investments and taking on key Board Observer positions. Prior to joining StarVest, Sylvia was a Business Development Associate at Techquity Capital Management, where she focused on analysis and research related to investments in intellectual property in key technologies and emerging product markets. Sylvia began her career as an investment banking analyst at Jefferies & Company, where she worked as part of the technology industry group and the private placements execution group, with an emphasis on software and digital media transactions. Sylvia received an honors B.A. in Economics and Art History from Wellesley College.

Kadir Annamala, Linkedin

Stanford MBA Class of 2014

Kadir is a technologist focused on building and growing great products that continually meet the evolving needs of consumers and enterprise customers. He is currently a first year MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he looks to apply his experience towards driving product innovation. Prior to attending school, Kadir was a strategy consultant for Keystone Strategy in San Francisco where he focused on projects with major online and technology clients. He has helped clients with product, marketing, and strategic issues including mobile marketing, user churn, data management, and expansion into new markets. Kadir received his BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, with minors in Finance and Operations Research.

Saul Carlin, Linkedin

 

Stanford MBA Class of 2014

Saul is an MBA student at Stanford Graduate School of Business interested in entrepreneurship at the intersection of media and technology. He is particularly passionate about innovative companies who are rethinking the relationship between content creation and distribution. Prior to arriving at Stanford and joining InSITE, Saul was COO of Irides, LLC, a Washington, DC Internet technology company providing web hosting solutions to traditional and digital media clients, including POLITICO. Saul previously led digital strategy and product development for the Washington, DC ABC television station WJLA-TV, as well as various corporate strategy and business development projects for POLITICO and WJLA-TV’s parent company, Allbritton Communications, as Director of Special Projects for its corporate executive team. Saul also co-founded the social-local-mobile loyalty platform SqoreCard. He is originally from Washington, DC and holds a BA in Government from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Pierre-Jean Cobut, Linkedin

 

Stanford MBA Class of 2014

Pierre-Jean Cobut is a 30-year old Belgian and first year MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Pierre studied management in an undergraduate program in Belgium and went to work in finance for Procter & Gamble in Switzerland in 2008. Pierre-Jean worked in several assignments and projects in Western Europe, including product launches, geographical expansions, strategy, and financial planning. In parallel Pierre-Jean was also a marketing teaching assistant and started a company called Twine in 2010 where he led marketing and sales. Twine operates in Belgium, France, and Thailand and sells eco-friendly hand dryers. During his time at Stanford and beyond, Pierre-Jean is interested in entrepreneurship at large and specifically in high impact, technological, and product-based startups in a marketing, strategy, or business development role. Pierre-Jean is currently working on a couple of marketing projects for a New York-based food startup.

Manal Dia

Stanford JD Class of 2014

Manal is a second-year JD student at Stanford, where she focuses her studies on the intersection of law, technology, and entrepreneurship.  She has developed broad professional experience in electrical engineering, software development, and intellectual property.  Currently, she is also a technical advisor focusing on patent management and strategy.  Manal has a B.S. and a Masters in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT.

Gabriel Dobbs, Linkedin

Stanford JD/MBA Class of 2014

Gabriel Dobbs is a third-year JD/MBA candidate at Stanford University. While at Stanford, he worked for a Silicon Valley law firm streamlining the application and formation processes for a biotech incubator, incorporated startups, and advised boards on corporate governance issues. Gabriel also spent a summer in Washington, D.C. with Google’s Policy Team working on bills related to privacy, cyber security, fiber, and competition. Before heading to graduate school, Gabriel earned a BA in mathematics at Cornell University.

Courtney Dong, Linkedin

Stanford MBA Class of 2014

Courtney is an MBA student at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is excited about helping companies develop and scale their products and services. Prior to business school Courtney was at Omidyar Network, a global investment firm founded by eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar, and his wife Pam. As the first member of the investment team with less than ten years of work experience, she worked to provide startups with funding. Her sector experience spans consumer Internet, education, financial inclusion and government transparency. Courtney began her career in technology investment banking.

Matthew F. Ferraro, Linkedin

Stanford MBA Class of 2014

Born and raised in New York City, Matt is currently a third-year JD student at Stanford Law School.  At Stanford, he has served as an editor of the Stanford Law Review, a member of the Bhutan Law and Policy Project (providing legal counsel to the Kingdom of Bhutan), a student in the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic (writing petitions and briefs for cases before the Court), and co-president of the Stanford Law Association (the school’s student government).  During the summer of 2012, he worked at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr.  He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in history from Yale University and the University of Cambridge, respectively.  Before law school, he spent more than four years working in national security affairs for the U.S. government in Washington, DC.  After law school, he will clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tim Hsia, Linkedin

Stanford JD/MBA Class of 2014

Tim is pursuing a JD/MBA and has interned at Addepar and Microsoft. He is interested in startups and entrepreneurship. Tim graduated West Point in 2004 where he majored in Military History and Environmental Engineering. He then spent six years on active duty in the U.S. Army as an Infantry officer. He is currently an ROTC instructor at Santa Clara University and Stanford.

Susan Lin, Linkedin

Stanford MBA Class of 2014 

Susan is a first year MBA student at Stanford GSB with an interest in technology, consumer products and entrepreneurship. Prior to starting school, she worked in Business Development at AppDirect, a venture-backed cloud services marketplace startup, helping forge partnerships with leading software developers and tech service providers. Before that, she spent over 3 years at Bain & Company as a consultant, working on a broad range of projects for technology, consumer products and healthcare clients. Susan received a BA in Economics and Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Yael Li-Ran Perl

Yael Li-Ran Perl is an LL.M. student at Stanford Law School majoring in Corporate Governance and Practice. Prior to Stanford, Yael worked as a corporate attorney in Israel representing national and international venture capital funds, high-tech firms, and their international subsidiaries, including many Israeli start-ups. Yael graduated Cum Laude from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), Israel in 2008 and was awarded an LL.B. and a B.A. in Business Administration, majoring in Information Technology. Prior to that Yael served in Israel’s military elite intelligence corps unit (8200).

Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell is currently enrolled in the JD/MBA program at Stanford. Previously she was a research analyst at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, where she worked primarily on energy issues, and an analyst at the American Action Forum, where she researched economic policy. She has also worked at an energy management software startup in Silicon Valley and an online data management startup in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth graduated with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow.

Oded Oz

Oded Oz was born in Haifa, Israel, and obtained his law degree from the University of Haifa (LL.B, 2006). He then completed Yale Summer Session for Law Students (2005). Oded worked at Herzog, Fox & Neeman, Israel’s premier law firm, in its Venture Capital department, prior and following his admission to the Israeli Bar in 2007, and acted as legal counsel to the Non-Profit Organization “And Thy Sons Shall Return to their Border”, representing the families of the abducted Israeli soldiers. After departing from HFN, Oded joined Rosenberg, Keren-Polak & Co., and became a partner in 2011. Oded is a member of the Israeli Bar Association Hi-Tech Committee, and the Science and Technology Committee. Oded is also member of MENSA and serves as the Israeli chapter pro-bono legal counsel. Oded was recognized by LEGAL 500 EMEA as a leading Corporate and M&A Lawyer within his firm (2012-2013 Edition).

David Shackelton

David is a second year MBA student at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  At the end of his first year at Stanford, David began working with BioLite, a Brooklyn based startup focused on advanced energy products for cooking and off-grid electricity generation in the developing world.  In addition to helping to launch InSITE at Stanford, David is a Vice-President of the business school’s Entrepreneurship Club.  Prior to attending business school, David worked in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group in New York, where he focused on investments in the energy, building materials, and pharmaceutical industries.  David also has experience with public market investing, having worked at Stadium Capital Management, Sankaty Advisors, and the Yale Investments Office.  David received his B.A. in economics from Yale College.

Stefanie Shih

Stefanie is a law student at Stanford Law School and is working in corporate litigation in New York after graduation. Currently, she is a course assistant at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a research assistant in Legal Ethics and Corporate Law, a Senior Editor for the Stanford Law and Policy Review, and a committee member on Stanford’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility. Stefanie received her B.A. with honors from Stanford University in political science and has a masters in business management from the University of Cambridge. She has a variety of professional experiences, having worked at the Department of Justice, Obama for America, NBC Universal, Bank of America, and the USA National Pavilion. She was also highly involved in the Silicon Valley start up community and co-founded two companies during her undergraduate experience.

Neha Singh, Linkedin

Stanford MBA Class of 2014

Neha is a MBA candidate at Stanford GSB. Prior to GSB, Neha was an investment analyst with Sequoia Capital in India where she worked across internet, mobile and technology sectors. Earlier, Neha was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group where she worked in the consumer goods, energy and telecom sectors. Neha graduated with Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science & Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where she was awarded the Institute Silver Medal.

Ryan Smith, Linkedin

Stanford MBA Class of 2014

Ryan is an Associate at Bronze Investments where he focuses on making early stage technology investments that align strong financial returns with positive social impact. Prior to Bronze, Ryan was a Senior Associate at IMB Development Corporation, a New York-based private equity firm focused on building large scale minority- and women-owned businesses. Before IMB, Ryan served as the Morgan Stanley Ambassador to the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. In his role, he worked alongside senior executives to improve the hospital’s long-term financial and strategic profile. Prior to his role as Ambassador, Ryan worked in Investment Banking / Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley covering the Natural Resources, Clean Tech, Healthcare, and Utility sectors. Ryan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His hometown is Chicago, IL.

Lukasz Strozek, Linkedin

Stanford MBA Class of 2014 

After graduating from Harvard with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics/Economics and a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Lukasz spent six years working at Bridgewater, a successful global institutional hedge fund manager, playing a number of technical roles from engineer to architect to program and product manager. He then partnered with the firm’s founder and Chief Investment Officer to translate his vision into tangible technology products, directing external teams to develop and release the products. Lukasz has always been deeply passionate about solving big, real problems with a more human kind of technology, pushing the frontier of what’s possible in the realms of productivity, communication, and knowledge sharing. He is currently pursuing his MBA degree from Stanford Business School to learn more about the world and to ultimately turn his passion into viable business ideas.

Colin Twomey, Linkedin

Stanford MBA Class of 2014

Prior to attending the GSB, Colin spent two years as a consultant with McKinsey in Los Angeles and three years working in marketing for Hotwire.com. At Hotwire, Colin managed the database marketing team and led efforts in customer segmentation and collaborative filtering.  Colin also volunteered for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) — a non-profit that brings entrepreneurship education to low-income students — and served on the Executive Council for NFTE’s Bay Area branch.

Spencer Williams, Linkedin

Stanford JD Class of 2014

Spencer is a second year law student at Stanford interested in venture capital, entrepreneurship and private equity investing. Before coming to Stanford, Spencer attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a B.S. in Economics and Management Science. He has spent summers working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, investment research at Weiss Asset Management (a hedge fund in Boston) and, most recently, corporate and securities law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

About The Author

The InSITE Fellowship is a highly competitive leadership development program comprised of exceptional graduate students at top universities. InSITE Fellows and alumni make up a global network of entrepreneurs and leaders in technology and venture capital.

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