Jeff Housenbold, CEO of Shutterfly, recalls how he learned that merging community with commerce was the winning ticket in business online. He recounts his days at Raging Bull, an upstart financial vehicle that knocked the larger, more established players out of the ring. It's secret? The site was bullish on building community and responsive to its users, resulting in millions of users in just a few short months. Furthermore, Housenbold credits the financial portal with two ubiquitous contributions to Web culture: The "off-topic" and "block this user" functions that are commonplace today.
One of the world's leading universities, Stanford was founded in 1885 in what is now Stanford, California. It is comprised of seven schools, four of which are devoted exclusively to graduate education. Stanford's most renowned programs include the Graduate School of Business, Law School, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine. Notable alumni include author John Steinbeck, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.