15 Stanford Classmates Who Could Be Your Biggest Startup Investor

A list of students who intern or work for venture funds

Working for venture funds has become a trend today. Many new startups are seen to come up all around us and who are funding them? The new generation is here to ensure the world is changed for the better and newer technologies and ideas are given a fair chance. These youngsters are ready to invest in new ventures and take a part of the earning as a share. They have various proposals with the entrepreneurs and eventually come to a win-win decision, so that both the new entrepreneur and the investor can benefit out of this partnership.


Why Venture Capital?


Here are some of the main reasons why people are getting attracted towards venture capital as an investment opportunity:




The opportunity is big. One can never dispute the fact that another major breakthrough like Facebook or Twitter or The Brit Method could be the result of the investment. Hence the investors today want to invest in a venture that could possibly change the world as they know it.

Low Cost

Investing in a new business is definitely cheaper than investing in a business that is already up and running. Many businesses face financial troubles after the initial few years and when one invests in this, the cost is high. also, they may not get a good deal out of it.

Big Revenue

If the venture becomes a hit, the chances for a big revenue is very high. with a low investment, when the revenue is going to be big, everyone is ready to take the plunge and grab the opportunity.

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.

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 has 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).

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