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Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom @ ETL

When Kevin Systrom first visited ETL in May 2011, Instagram had just launched the previous October. He and co-founder Mike Krieger spoke about how, as two young Stanford alums, they leveraged their education in engineering and entrepreneurship to create an unexpectedly viral photo-sharing app, then navigated the first eight months of rocket-like growth.

Almost a decade later, he returns to the ETL stage to examine Instagram’s startling success from the far side of that massive scaling effort.

Senior Strategist & Space Cowboy of X Andy Karsner @ ETL

Now a senior strategist and “Space Cowboy” at X, the “moonshot factory” at Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Andy Karsner has spent the past two decades driving renewable energy innovation and other climate solutions. In addition to his role at X, Karsner is the founder and executive chairman of Elemental Labs, an organization that pursues systems-based solutions to promote a sustainable future and equitably empower communities.

Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba Group Joseph Tsai @ ETL

Joe Tsai is a co-founder and the executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group, a global Internet technology company based in China with a portfolio that includes e-commerce, cloud computing, digital media and entertainment. Tsai joined Jack Ma and others to incorporate the company in 1999 and latter served as its CFO; he is now responsible for the company’s strategic acquisitions and investments, and serves on its board of directors.

Redpoint Ventures Managing Director Annie Kadavy @ ETL

Annie Kadavy is a managing director at Redpoint Ventures, a firm that emphasizes early-stage investing and has backed companies like Netflix, Stripe and HashiCorp. 

Prior to joining Redpoint, she served as head of strategic operations at Uber Freight, and also spent four years as a general partner at Charles River Ventures, where she focused on early-stage investments in consumer-driven companies like ClassPass, DoorDash and Patreon. 

Quick Bytes: Connecting with Invisible Opportunities

Practice the art of informational interviews and make connections with other grad students in this preview of the popular d.school course, Designing the Professional.

Kathy Davies, lecturer and managing director, d.life Lab

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Join the virtual session at 12PM on Thurs., Apr. 23 via Zoom. A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you once you register for the session.

Letters to a Young Engineer: Janna Glaze, Mechanical Engineer (Intel)

Dr. Janna Glaze is a mechanical engineer researcher working for the Intel Corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area where she develops sensors that allow for a variety of worldwide technologies to work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors from UC Merced (2012) and her master’s and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University (2016 and 2018). In 2012, while working for UNICEF Africa, Janna developed a pneumonia sensor that has become part of pneumonia-prevention kits now used.

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