Our team

“We couldn’t be more different, except for our shared values. And that makes working together enjoyable.”

Stuart Coulson

Stuart Coulson

Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford d.school

At Stanford’s d.school, Stuart combines his background as an entrepreneur and business angel with design thinking and business modeling tools and insight.

He leads the Business Modeling track of Design for Extreme Affordability, helping student entrepreneurs develop innovative and sustainable real world projects with scalable social impact. He is a co-founder, along with Erica Estrada-Liou, of the Social Entrepreneurship Lab, where Extreme teams and other campus-based entrepreneurs can continue their project development, often as a preamble to creating successful startup social ventures. In addition he is involved in a number of other social impact related initiatives at Stanford.

Stuart spent 20+ years in the travel reservations technology industry, culminating with the founding of Gradient Solutions, an early pioneer in connecting travel e-commerce websites to legacy reservations systems. In August 2000, Gradient was acquired by Sabre.

Stuart’s current interests include financially sustainable high impact social enterprises, business strategy through design thinking, virtuous spiral entrepreneurial ecosystems, leveraging old industries with new technology and any “why did I not think of that” innovation that addresses a real user need. He supports, advises and invests in for-profit and for-benefit enterprises in sectors ranging from Web CRM to medical devices.

Stuart owns and operates Papera Ranch, an old-vine Zinfandel vineyard in California’s Russian River Valley, from which a number of critically acclaimed wines are produced, all of which he is required to quality check on a regular basis.

Who’s here in 2014-2015

Our Broader Network

These superstars have been a part of our teaching teams, fellows, staff or founding team. They continue to do amazing work at Stanford and in the world.

  • Abby King
  • Adam French
  • Alex Kazaks
  • Alex Ko
  • Amal Aziz
  • Anja Svetina-Nabergoj
  • Anne Fletcher
  • Anne Gibbon
  • Barry Katz
  • Ben Grossman-Kahn
  • Brett Westervelt
  • Brian Witlin
  • Brit D'Arbeloff
  • Caitria O'Neill
  • Carly Geehr
  • Carol Winograd
  • Caroline O'Connor
  • Carr Wilkerson
  • Charlie Ellinger
  • Claudia Kotchka
  • Colter Leyes
  • Corey Ford
  • Corina Yen
  • Dan Bomze
  • Daniel Steinbock
  • David Klaus
  • Elizabeth Gerber
  • Emily Ma
  • Enrique Allen
  • Erica Estrada
  • Erika Basu
  • Erin Liman
  • Eugene Korsunskiy
  • Evelyn Huang
  • Fred Leichter
  • Gayle Curtis
  • Guido Kovalskys
  • James Monsees
  • Jason Chua
  • Jason Conroy
  • Jenny Stefanotti
  • Jim Ratcliffe
  • Joe Brown
  • Joel Sadler
  • Jofish Kaye
  • John Keefe
  • John Kembel
  • John Lilly
  • Kerry O’Connor
  • Kim Jacobson
  • Kim Saxe
  • Kris Woyzbun
  • Krista Donaldson
  • Larry Leifer
  • Lia Siebert
  • Lochlann Jain
  • Maryanna Rogers
  • Matt Haney
  • Maureen Caroll
  • Meg Lee
  • Mel Lee
  • Micah Lande
  • Michael Shanks
  • Mike Levinthal
  • Molly Wilson
  • Nat Woyzbun
  • Neema Moraveji
  • Nitzan Waisberg
  • Olga Trusova
  • Peter Rubin
  • Peter Sims
  • Purin Phanichphant
  • Rich Crandall
  • Sandy Speicher
  • Scott Klemmer
  • Susan Hosking-Ramos
  • Tammy Goodall
  • Taylor Cone
  • Uri Geva
  • Wendy Ju
  • Yusuke Miyashita