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"Secrets of Silicon Valley" Panel by SVIA19

July 25, 2019 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
HEWLETT 200 located at 450 Serra Mall, Stanford CA 94305


Gain an insider’s perspective to Silicon Valley from recent Stanford alums during a 90-minute panel, during which they will share candid stories about how the Valley really works. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Stanford SVIA19 (Silicon Valley Innovation Academy 2019), an exclusive opportunity for 200 Stanford summer students to experience a team-based moonshot project in seven weeks, while developing the mindset, skill set, and network needed to build the future.

About our Panelists:

Allyson DiasAllyson is the director of the Thiel Fellowship. Founded by technology entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel in 2011, the Thiel Fellowship is a two-year program for young people who want to build new things. Thiel Fellows skip or stop out of college to receive a $100,000 grant and support from the Thiel Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists. To date, companies created by Thiel Fellows are worth more than $3 billion combined, not including Thiel fellow-created Ethereum, a distributed computing platform whose cryptocurrency Ether has a market cap of about $50 billion as of June 2018. Allyson was featured on Forbes' "30 under 30 list" for 2018 and Business Insider's "30 and under – the tech industry's rising stars" list.

Michael TuckerMichael is a mechanical engineer at startup Joby Aviation, an electric air-taxi startup that recently won a $100Mil round. Previously he had interned at Plenty and Tesla. He is a Stanford alum (BS, MS) in Mechanical Engineering. Michael is passionate about theater, and for several years, he was a board member, technical director, and lighting designer for Ram's Head Theatrical Society.

Santhi AnalytisSanthi was recently CTO & co-founder of consumer product company Moxxly, a female-founded, venture-backed startup making beautiful, connected devices for modern mothers. Moxxly was acquired in 2017 by Olle Larsson Holding, parent company of the breast pump market leader Medela. Santhi was named one of "30 Female CTOs to Watch in 2019" by Girl Geek X. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in biomedical engineering and minor in Latin American studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Louise FleischerLouise is head of weather systems engineering at Zipline International Inc., which delivers lifesaving medical supplies by drone, now valued at $1.2 billion. Zipline has raised $190 million in recent venture capital fundraising to expand these services in Rwanda, Ghana and soon the United States. Previously, she worked as an R&D engineer at ACRI-ST in Sophia Antipolis, France, exploring strategic development to enter the newspace market. She also interned at Mars City Design, exploring innovative concepts for sustainable life on Mars. She holds an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University and a dual M.S. in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in France.

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