“It’s very important that we have things that are exciting and inspiring for the future because, otherwise, why get up in the morning?”

Elon Musk

CEO, SpaceX and Tesla Motors

STVP Future Fest sponsored by DFJ — October 7, 2015

About the Series

In 1993, Consulting Professor Tom Kosnik invited a startup founder to campus to discuss his entrepreneurial journey with a small group of Stanford students. Over the next 20 years this simple, yet powerful, experience grew into an official Management Science & Engineering course for thousands of Stanford students, and a popular series for hundreds of thousands of students, faculty and aspiring entrepreneurs around the world.


Featuring talks from leaders in technology, business, finance, education and philanthropy, the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series continues to educate and inspire. Presented by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and BASES, we thank the venture capital firm of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) for their continued support of the series and entrepreneurship education at Stanford.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program, STVP
As the entrepreneurship center in the School of Engineering, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program is a lab for creating and delivering courses, performing research, and developing tools and programs to accelerate entrepreneurship education.
Stanford Management Science and Engineering
The Department of Management Science & Engineering provides education and research opportunities that seek to advance the design, management, operation and interaction of technological, economic and social systems, in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students, BASES
The Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) promotes entrepreneurship education at Stanford and works with students, professors and a network of thought leaders to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Draper Fisher Jurvetson, DFJ
DFJ is a venture capital firm that partners with extraordinary entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Since 1985, DFJ’s core funds have raised four billion dollars, which has been deployed in more than 300 portfolio companies, including AdMob, Baidu, Box, Hotmail, Skype, Solarcity, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, Tumblr, Twitter and Yammer. DFJ works with companies at seed, early and growth stages, with the goal of partnering with entrepreneurs to build iconic and lasting businesses.


Stay up-to-date on speaker announcements and event information with weekly updates during the academic year.

The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series is presented by:

Stanford Technology Ventures Program STVP
Stanford Management Science and Engineering