For our second post in our alumnae feature series, we asked rockstar and former SWIB co-president ANNA KHAN ('10) about her experiences in SWIB, what her career has looked like so far, and the interesting lessons she's picked up along the way.
Where have you worked? what have you done so far?
After I graduated Stanford, I worked as the Chief of Staff to the CEO of 4INFO, a mobile advertising platform based in Silicon Valley that raised over $50MM in venture funding. At 4INFO, I was part of the executive team and managed product development, fundraising, and ad sales. I later moved to New York to become a venture capital investor at Bessemer Venture Partners, the oldest venture capital firm in the US with over $1.5B in deployable capital and $4B of assets under management.
This summer, I founded Launch X, the first accelerator of its kind that helps female CEOs learn how to raise venture capital financing. We graduated two cohorts in San Francisco and New York City in 2015 and are looking to expand to new cities. Currently, I am also pursuing my MBA at the Harvard Business School and am an Arthur Rock Fellow. I am also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
How did your experience with SWIB influence where you are now?
Being SWIB Co-President was one of my most influential experiences at Stanford. It was a luxury and a challenge to build a vision through consensus and debate with 20+ other women about the future of the organization. It taught me about leadership, flexibility, and creativity. During my time, we introduced a number of new programs like the winter conference for high school women and the fantasy stock trading competition.
What's something interesting you've learned along the way?
Always listen more than you talk (I'm still trying to be better at this.)
What's a fun fact about yourself?
I grew up in Lahore, Pakistan in a house with 21 people. As a result, being in a dorm for the first time was not unusual at all. I have a giant family full of different personalities and strengths and it has taught me a lot about how to build relationships in one's personal and professional life.
Anything else you think might be cool or relevant!
Before I fell in love with technology, poetry was my greatest passion. I started writing when I was 10 years old and was lucky enough to get published as a teenager. I still try to write in my free time!