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Entrepreneurship: Long-term Organic Growth

Event Details

Fri, October 18, 2019
08:00AM - 01:10PM
The Stanford Investors Common, Schwab Residential Center
680 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
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Registration Period:
$55 for GSB Alumni, Free for Stanford Faculty, No additional charge for Tugboat Institute Members, included in Tugboat event fees
GSB Alumni Relations

Join us for a half-day conference featuring “evergreen” entrepreneurs discussing how they grew their companies organically, without VC funding. They’ll share their perspectives on the competitive advantages of leading a paced-growth, privately-owned company, the impact these businesses can have in their communities, and how this model differs from the VC growth model.

Panelists & Speakers

Spencer Burke, St. Louis Trust Company
Ricardo Cervantes, MBA ’03, Founder and CEO La Monarca Bakeries
Mac Harman, MBA ’05, CEO & Founder Balsam Brands
Courtney Kingston, MBA ’97, Founder & President Kingston Family Vineyards
Jim Kimzey, MBA '93, CEO, Tender Rose Dementia Care Specialists
Don MacAskill, CEO & Chief Geek at SmugMug & Flickr
Jess Rovello, CEO & Founder, Arkadium
Chris Ruder, CEO & Founder, SpikeBall
Calvin Tsay, MBA ’97, Partner at Bi-Rite Markets
Dave Whorton, MBA ’97, CEO & Founder The Tugboat Group


8:00 AM: Check-in and Coffee
8:30 AM: Welcome and overview of the Evergreen model
9:00 AM: The Competitive Advantages of Building a Paced-Growth, Private Company (Panel)
10:00 AM: The Importance of Evergreen Businesses to their Communities (Panel)
10:45 AM: Small Group Discussions with Panelists
11:40 AM: Break
12:10 PM: The Unique Aspects of Founding and Scaling an Evergreen Company: How it Differs from the Silicon Valley VC Model of Growth (Panel)  Current GSB students will join the audience for this session.

Special thanks to Tugboat Institute and the GSB Center for Entrepreneurial Studies for Co-Sponsoring this event.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Refunds will be processed after the event. Please send cancellation of registration to the GSB Alumni Relations Office via email at or by phone at +1 (650) 723-4046. The last day to cancel and receive a full refund is Tuesday, October 1. No refunds will be given after this date.

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