Josh Grau is irresistible. As the Vice President of Marketing at Wealthfront, he gets to try and make finance entertaining. Fintech? Try FUNtech (hey-o!). Before becoming the Gordon Gekko of Silicon Valley, he was at Twitter for roughly 100 years, and before that spent some time at YouTube, where his video uploads have tallied a total of 47 views since 2007. During his Sporty Spice phase he worked at ESPN (probably in catering), as well as a six season run coaching NCAA women's volleyball. In addition to his work loitering at Stanford, he's also a lecturer for his alma mater, Northwestern (though he's often escorted out of the building by security).
Executive Producer of Hollywood Corporate Media
While in his private life (left), Bill Grundfest bears a striking resemblance to Channing Tatum, publicly (right) he is a Golden Globe Award winning writer-producer, with three Emmy nominations and a Peabody award. He's the founder of NY's Comedy Cellar, which he built from a basement into the most influential comedy showcase in the country, and where he discovered Jon Stewart, Louis CK, and Ray Romano. Silicon Valley was recently the source of some quick undeserved cash as he was Chief Creative Officer for a start-up smart calendar bought by Google for a meaningful sum he's forbidden to disclose. Bill is also a leading China-Hollywood expert, and the only American to successfully adapt TV/film content for/with Chinese production companies. Yes, it's as tricky as it sounds and contrary to popular belief, humor can travel!
Co-Founder of Fratelli Bologna
William Hall is a co-founder of BATS Improv and a comedy group turned consulting company Fratelli Bologna. He brings the power of engagement and leadership to companies using theater skills. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, trained performers at Disneyland and was a soldier that blew up at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Lecturer at Stanford
Dan Klein is the head of improv in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford, a lecturer at the GSB, and on the Faculty at Singularity University. Dan has taught acting and improvisation at the American Conservatory Theater, Academy of Art University, and Dominican University. A former dean of Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS) School, for over a decade Dan delighted audiences as a Mainstage Player with BATS Improv. He is a founding member of the award-winning comedy group Kasper Hauser. Dan earned his degree in Cognition and Creativity from Stanford University. When Dan first started giving talks, he recognized that if everyone reached for their phones, it meant that he was being boring. Now he knows, if everyone reaches for their phones, he just said something profound. There is a fine line between boring and profound. Hold up. Listen to that again: There is a fine line... between boring ... and profound. #dankleinwisdom.
Ghostwriter and Editor
A Bay Area native, Nils Parker graduated from Berkeley in 2000 and spent the next five years drinking working himself silly as a paralegal in San Francisco. He went to law school soon after but left within a year because he realized he didn’t hate himself and that life was, in fact, worth living. Thanks to a preternatural talent for explaining to people exactly why what they were saying was stupid, Nils fell into editing. His ability to express their ideas for them then led to a career in ghostwriting and numerous Craigslist offers to write term papers for Stanford undergrads. Fast-forward ten years and today Nils has multiple bestsellers to his credit that combined have more than three million copies in print. Currently, Nils is working on three books, two shows, one film and a partridge in a pear tree. He splits his time between Los Angeles and Milwaukee with his wife who is a Wisconsin native and, despite what you might think, NOT THE BOSS OF HIM.
Spencer Porter is a TV writer who got his start writing for FAMILY GUY. In that writers room you pitch lines in the voices of the characters but he never quite “got” Peter’s voice. He was always too nasal. Spencer’s other credits include “SAINT GEORGE” starring George Lopez, a reboot of “IN LIVING COLOR,” “THE 85TH ACADEMY AWARDS,” and “WE BARE BEARS” on Cartoon Network, where he served as Head Writer. Spencer has ghostwritten speeches for celebrity clients, including Seth MacFarlane’s Class Day speech at Harvard. His prose has appeared in Salon, McSweeney’s, and Stanford Magazine, and has guest lectured classes at LMU, UC-Irvine, and Stanford’s GSB. Spencer graduated from Stanford, and also has a hole in his soul that will never be filled... but thinks that your approval of this bio will help. So if you see him, please tell him you liked it.
Kiley writes and cries all the time but chill out, she does both of these things in private so it's totally fine. Her fiction has appeared in December, The Tishman Review, New South, and others, and her short story P. Lawson won first place at the LUMINA Flash Prose Contest. This fall, Kiley will pursue her MFA in Creative Writing as a Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. And just for the record, Kiley thinks it's funny how you think you can say all these things about her as if she won't find out about it.