Mr. Stanford has been focused on the Internet/technology sector for 20 years in the capacity of advisor, operator and investor.
Until March 2013, Mr. Stanford co-headed Goldman Sachs’s Global Internet Investment Banking business based in San Francisco. In his twelve years at Goldman he advised clients on $80 billion of equity and debt financings and strategic transactions and was deeply involved in making approximately $1.6 billion of principal investments in technology-enabled companies including Facebook, Uber, DST/Mail.ru and LinkedIn. His client coverage responsibility included companies such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Groupon, Zillow, Airbnb, Uber and many other established and emerging technology-enabled companies.
Prior to Goldman, Mr. Stanford was an early employee of LookSmart, helping build the company from a start-up to a publicly traded NASDAQ company. During his tenure 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 in business school, Mr. Stanford coded prototype applications for two startup ideas, one focusing on community service and the other focusing on automating & prototyping core financial analyses. He has been coding since the age of thirteen.
Mr. Stanford received his A.B. with Honors from Harvard College (Social Studies) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
- 08/08/14 -techcrunch.com