VP of Marketing at Wealthfront
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.
Editor at The New York Times and Lecturer at Stanford
Glenn Kramon has been an editor for failing@nytimes for 30 years and teaches a course on writing for business at the GSB. At enemyoftheAmericanpeople@nytimes, reporters whom he supervised and edited have won 10 Pulitzer Prizes, but none in the category of Fake News, and have been finalists for the Pulitzer 25 times. He is trying to persuade the President to record a country-music ode to the news media entitled "How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away." The topics of Glenn's projects have ranged from the overlooked problem of concussions among young athletes, to the dangers of texting while driving, to Americans who increasingly rely on government even as they complain about it. Be warned: Do not ask him about his iPhone.
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.
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.
Joel Stein grew up in Edison, NJ, went to Stanford, and in 1997, became a staff writer for TIME. In 1998, he began writing his sophomoric humor column that now appears in the magazine every week. He’s also written fourteen cover stories for TIME, and has contributed to The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Details, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Businessweek, Wired, Real Simple, Sunset, Playboy, Elle, Los Angeles Times, and many more magazines, most of which have gone out of business. He has appeared as a talking head on any TV show that asks him, taught a class in humor writing at Princeton, and wrote a weekly column for the back page of Entertainment Weekly and the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. This is the most he’s ever written in third person.