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Stanford Über Alles

Ellen Lee | November 21, 2013 | Story News and Features

The tech industry may imagine itself a meritocracy wherein a high school dropout can build a startup and sell it to Yahoo for $1 billion (hello, David Karp!)—but matriculating in Palo Alto never hurt either. Here, an index of 112 Stanford undergrad alums (plus a few who didn’t quite make it to graduation) from the past quarter century.

1988 Tim Westergren, founder, Pandora Rob Hull, founder, Adaptive Planning
1989 Rich Barton, cofounder, Zillow and Glassdoor Peter Thiel, partner, Founders Fund Barney Pell, chief executive officer, QuickPay
1990 Reid Hoffman, cofounder, LinkedIn David Hornik, general partner, August Capital Jerry Yang, cofounder, Yahoo1 Konstantin Guerke, cofounder, LinkedIn Allen Blue, cofounder, LinkedIn
1991 Keith Rab ois, investor, Khosla Ventures Scott Forstall, ex–senior vice president, Apple Eric Ly, cofounder, LinkedIn
1992 La ura Arrillaga- Andreessen, founder, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund Kevin Hartz, cofounder, Eventbrite Ellen Ta uber Siminoff, principal, Sliced Bread Design
1993 Toni Schneider, chief executive officer, Automattic John Lilly, partner, Greylock Robert Hohman, cofounder, Glassdoor
1994 Travis Katz, founder, Gogobot David Sa cks, founder, Yammer Jessica Herrin, founder, Stella & Dot Brian Acton, cofounder, WhatsApp Peter Fenton, general partner, Benchmark G ina Bianchini, founder, Mightybell
1996 Ma uria Finley, founder, Citrus Lane Ma rk Shaw , cofounder, Strava Sa njeev Singh, cofounder, FriendFeed
1997 Ma rissa May er, chief executive officer, Yahoo Yul Kwon, head of privacy program, Facebook2 Sa sha Aickin, chief technology officer, Redfin Alex Algard, founder, WhitePages Mike Schroepfer, chief technology officer, Facebook Vivian Chiang, cofounder, Orbit Baby Alexander Asseily, cofounder, Jawbone |
1998 Premal Shah, president, Ken Howery, cofounder, Founders Fund Yael Pasternak Va lek, cofounder, Kiwi Crate J.B. Straubel, chief technology officer, Tesla Julie Stanford, principal, Sliced Bread Design
1999 Hosain Ra hman, cofounder, Jawbone Eric Vishria, cofounder, RockMelt Gentry Underwood, chief executive officer, Orchestra
2000 Brian Singerman, partner, Founders Fund Aka sh Garg, cofounder, hi5.com3 Otis Chandler, founder, Goodreads Aaron Bell, founder, AdRoll Ma tt Flannery, cofounder, David E. Weekly, founder, PBworks; founding director, Hacker Dojo David Merrill, cofounder, Sifteo Jeevan Kalanithi, cofounder, Sifteo Bobby Beaver, cofounder, Zazzle
2001 Ren Ng, founder, Lytro Dylan Arena, cofounder, Kidaptive Todd Ma sonis, cofounder, Plaxo4 Ca meron Ring, cofounder, Plaxo Elaine Wherry, cofounder, Meebo Jeff Beaver, cofounder, Zazzle Ja cob Klein, cofounder, Motion Math Gab riel Ada uto, cofounder, Motion Math Ma rk Goldenson, chief executive officer, Breakthrough*5
2002 Ja mes Norris, cofounder, FriendFeed Nathan Stoll, chief executive officer, Luvocracy Paul Davison, founder, Highlight Sa chin Agarwa l, founder, Posterous Dalton Ca ldw ell, cofounder, Bret Tay lor, chief executive officer, Quip
2003 Evan Doll, cofounder, Flipboard Sa ndy Jen, cofounder, Meebo Garry Ta n, cofounder, Joe Lonsda le, cofounder, Palantir
2004 Justin Rosenstein, cofounder, Asana Nirav Tolia, cofounder, Nextdoor Elizab eth Weil, partner, Andreessen Horowitz Steve Garrity, cofounder, Hearsay Social Jess Lee, cofounder and chief executive officer, Polyvore
2005 Clara Shih, cofounder, Hearsay Social Chris Cox, vice president of product management, Facebook La uren Gross, principal, Founders Fund Alex Gurevich, principal, Javelin Venture Partners Evan Ta na, entrepreneur-in-residence, Greylock Stephen Cohen, cofounder, Palantir Chris Chan, cofounder and vice president of product, Causes
2006 Kevin Sy strom, cofounder, Instagram Julia Hu, founder and chief executive officer, Lark
2007 Blak e Ross, cofounder, Parakey*6 Sa m Altman, founder, Loopt*
2008 Mike Krieger, cofounder, Instagram Brian Rue, cofounder, Rollbar* Ada m Hahn, cofounder, Judicata
2009 I van Lee, cofounder, Loki Studios Ooshma Garg, founder, Gobble Alison Johnston Rue, cofounder, instaEdu Trent Hazy , cofounder, MindSumo Rohan Puranik, cofounder, MindSumo
2010 Bobby Murphy, cofounder and chief technology officer, Snapchat Smita Sa xena, founder and chief executive officer, Ca meron Teitelman, founder and chief executive officer, StartX
2011 Dan Ha , cofounder, StartX Joey Shurtleff, cofounder, instaEdu Anda Gansca, cofounder, Knotch
2012 Dan Johnston, cofounder, instaEdu Evan Spiegel, cofounder, Snapchat Lucas Duplan, founder, Clinkle Kyle Wong, cofounder and chief executive officer, Pixlee Jeremy Keeshin, cofounder, CodeHS
2013 Kevin Guo, cofounder, Chatous Parth Bhakta, cofounder and chief executive officer, Chatous Zach Ga lant, cofounder, CodeHS Susha Roy, cofounder, CodeHS Julienne La m, cofounder, ClassOwl Sa m Purtill, cofounder, ClassOwl7

1.Donated $75 million to his alma mater in 2007 2.Also the winner of Survivor: Cook Islands, Season 13 3.Now the director of engineering, Growth, and the international team at Twitter 4.After selling Plaxo to Comcast, Ring and Masonis founded Dandelion Chocolate 5.Dropped out to join Pay Pal before completing his honors thesis 6.Known as the Firefox kid for co-creating the browser as a teenager 7.Still finishing his degree *=dropout


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