Stanford University has many claims to fame. Axios reports that Stanford produces the most entrepreneurs of any undergraduate programs that have raised venture capital, beating both Berkeley and Harvard. Stanford’s roots in the urban tech ecosystem are deep. The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford began working on human-centered mobility projects in 2008, long before electric scooters were even a thing. Today, a handful of Stanford alumni are leaders in the urban tech ecosystem.
In the real estate industry, Brendan Wallace, co-founder of real estate venture capital firm Fifth Wall Ventures, graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Joe Lee, co-founder of real estate artificial intelligence company LocateAI, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University. Stanford classmates Cyril Berdugo and Tom Petit founded Landis, an online real estate transaction platform.
In the urban mobility space, Stanford can count on Daniel Ramot, co-founder of ridesharing company Via, an alumnus of their doctoral degree in neuroscience program.
In the public sector, James Patchett, a Stanford business school graduate, is president and chief executive officer of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the public sector organization responsible for the urban innovation initiatives.
While these leaders have deep expertise in the urban tech ecosystem, many Stanford alumni from other fields are not well-versed with the niche issues in urban governance and technology.