9 most successful startups Stanford

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is one of the best American universities, and at the same time, the most expensive. For example, one year of study at undergraduate student is worth $ 50-70 thousand, and two-year MBA program at Stanford on aggregate costs costs $ 200 thousand.

Instagram: Michael Krieger (left), Kevin Systrom (third from left) i>

However, this does not deter those wishing to get a higher education at a school where the world's highest percentage of teachers (6 students - 1 teacher) and 16 of them - Nobel laureates, and another 4 - winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Read here lectures come Bill Gates and former head of Hewlett Paccard Carly Fiorina, professor emeritus at Stanford University was living nearby in Palo Alto, Steve Jobs, he did not get a higher education.

Moreover, thanks largely to the proximity to major technology companies of California (and geographically, and by working in them graduates), Stanford University, became a kind of incubator personnel for Silicon Valley. Here I studied Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, establish a company Cisco Systems, Yahoo! President Marissa Mayer and PayPal creator Peter Thiel.

Actually, the valley was built on land owned by Stanford. In the 50's University, which today earns more than a billion dollars a year in financial difficulty, although an extensive unused land, sell that do not have the right according to the will of its founder Leland Stanford. Then the management of the University has found a Solomonic decision, deciding to take the long-term lease of land in high-tech companies. First in Technology Park Stanford settled Varian Associates. Soon followed suit Eastman Kodak, General Electric, Lockheed, Hewlett-Packard and many others.

Author of publication Business Insider Madeline Stone, in his article highlights some of the most successful start-ups, whose appearance in the last two decades, the world owes Stanford.

Instagram. The creators of the famous photoservice Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger met through a network of graduates of Stanford i>

After graduating from college in 2006 with a degree in management science and engineering, Kevin Systrom started developing an application for sharing photos on the basis of the positioning. When he realized that he needed a co-founder, he appealed to the alumni network and found a native of Brazil, Mike Krieger, completed his studies two years after Sistroma.

«When they say that college is not worth the money that you have to pay for it, I definitely do not agree," - once said in an interview Sistrom Forbes. "The experience of study and received during her knowledge, which at the moment may seem unnecessary, ultimately useful to you again and again». I> blockquote> In April 2012, Sistrom and Krieger sold Instagram of Facebook for $ 1 billion .

Trulia. Co-founders of the popular real estate-service Pete Flint and Sami Inkinen met during classes in the School of Business i>

As often happens, the idea was born as the fruit of their own quest. Flint and Inkinen decided to create Trulia, when faced with difficulties when renting property in Palo Alto. A leading US online aggregator of real estate has been developed for two semesters at Stanford class Startup Garage.
The following Monday, after graduation from Flint and Inkin was appointed a series of meetings with potential investors. As of June 2014, Trulia attend 54 million monthly users. In July this year was bought Trulia Zillow for $ 3, 5 billion.

StubHub. The idea of ​​an online store event tickets was presented at the business plan competition at Stanford i>

Introducing Eric Baker and Jeff Fluhr held at Stanford Graduate School of Business. It was found that both had experience selling tickets online. After some time and Flour Baker applied for a business plan with the name of the service Needaticket.com on business plan competition. Once the plan has reached the final, they withdrew it from the competition, and in 2000 he left his studies Flour to devote himself entirely to the project. Site StubHub, which was developed by them in the computer classes at Stanford, after some time has become one of the major players in the market of sales of tickets for sports and entertainment events. In 2007 the company was bought by eBay for $ 300 million.

Loopt. Popular Geosocial Service was founded by three Stanford sophomores i>

Sam Altman, Nick Sivo Elok Deshpande and robust concept of the future Loopt for the second year joint study. Shortly after the application has been developed, all three of them dropped out of college. In 2012, Loopt was absorbed Green Dot Corporation for $ 43, 4 million, and Altman is now known as the president of the most promising technological incubator Y Combinator. This year, he returned to Stanford already as head of class "How to create a startup", which will teach Paul Graham (Viaweb), Peter Thiel (PayPal), Marc Andreessen (Netscape), Ron Conway (angel investor, Google early stage, and many others) and Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer.

Bonobos. Brian bedrooms and Andy Dunn came up with its online store of men's trousers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business i>

Legend has it that the first slept cshil pants Bonobos, which became the prototype of the house in which the co-founders lived on campus. Slept later became a stylist Trunk Club, and Dunn remained as CEO of Bonobos, which eventually attracted recent funding round of $ 55 million.

Snapchat. Co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy lived in the same cottage fraternities Kappa Sigma i>

"We were not cool" - Murphy told Forbes - but work hard to become them. " Today Snapchat has over 100 million registered users and is close to completing a round of financing of $ 20 million at a valuation of $ 10 billion.

Lytro. Ren Ng developed the technology of the camera Lytro, when he wrote his doctoral thesis at Stanford i>

Ng received at Stanford University, BA, MA, and defended his doctorate, which is based just lay down and technology of the light field, and then successfully applied when creating camera Lytro.Vo the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Department of Computer Science Ng met with the founder of K9 Ventures, and thus is a graduate of Manu Kumar, resulting in the company Lytro received a powerful impetus to the development.

Pulse. The creators of the service only entered the department of computer design, when they released their first iPad. Seeing his appearance space for action, they got down to business i>

Ankit Gupta and Akshay Kothari began developing its news aggregator in the day when Apple introduced the world to a tablet computer, and a few months later at WWDC Steve Jobs mentioned Pulse, as one of the best applications for the iPad. In April 2013, LinkedIn acquired Pulse for $ 90 million.

Coursera. the largest educational online platform was founded by two professors at Stanford i>

Duffy Koller and Andrew Ng has long been colleagues at the Department of Computer Science at Stanford. The idea grew out of Coursera extremely popular in the department of computer training class in which Ng taught in 2011. 104,000 people came to him through the Internet, more than 46,000 completed at least one homework assignment, 13 thousand of them have got the certificate of the course. Today Coursera offers users more than 600 free courses on service registered seven million students. Ng has recently become the leading specialist Baidu Research Koller president Coursera remains to this day. The platform continues to operate successfully and attract millions of investments.

Due to many factors, Stanford University dominates among the leading higher educational institutions of the United States in the number of successful entrepreneurial career that made him the graduates and students. This conclusion three years ago came to the research firm CB Insights, comparing this indicator six high schools - Stanford, Harvard, University of California at Berkeley, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Significantly higher at Stanford and investment activity.

And it is not only a good geographical location in the midst of Silicon Valley and the high density of business angels per square meter. The campus of Stanford - the right place to create a new successful company, with its world-class engineering and business programs, extensive database of alumni, known for their corporate cohesion, not inferior to Harvard, and private business accelerator (fund StartX spends annually $ 1, 2 million for investment startups in which at least one of the founders is a student at Stanford).

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