|Harvard University, BA||1993|
|Harvard Business School, MBA||1998|
Mr. Stanford has been engaged in the Internet sector for fifteen years and active in Technology for twenty-nine years in the capacity of advisor, operator and investor. He is currently working on a new venture, Sherpa Foundry.
Most recently, Mr. Stanford co-headed Goldman Sachs’ Global Internet Investment Banking business as a Managing Director based in the San Francisco office. In his twelve years at Goldman he advised clients on $80 billion of financings and strategic transactions and was deeply involved in making over $850 million of Internet principal investments into companies including Facebook, Uber, DST and Linkedin. His client coverage responsibility included companies such as Google, Yahoo, Zillow and Airbnb.
Prior to rejoining Goldman, Mr. Stanford was an early employee of LookSmart, helping build the company from a start-up to a NASDAQ-traded company. He held several technical, product, financial and strategic management positions including heading eCommerce, overseeing Product and Development, running Strategy and Corporate Development and running Business Development.
While earning his MBA, Mr. Stanford coded prototype applications for two startup ideas. He spent the summer between his first and second year in business school as an Associate at General Atlantic Partners.
Prior to business school, Mr. Stanford was a Financial Analyst with Goldman’s Communication, Media and Entertainment Investment Banking Group. He started his Goldman career in the Fixed Income Group in New York City. During that time he developed software applications as well as structured and marketed Interest Rate Swaps and Options for the Firm’s municipal clients.
As an early adopter of Technology, he taught himself to code at age 13, built and ran a dial-up BBS, taught computer courses, started a personal computer consulting business and developed a robotics exhibit for the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Mr. Stanford received his Pilot’s License at the age of 17.