Ten Million in Ten Weeks: What Stanford Learned Building Facebook Apps

Robert Fan (Stanford University / 750 Industries), Dave McClure (500 Hats)
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September 2007: 100 students enroll in a Stanford class on building Facebook apps and social persuasion. Instructors Fogg & McClure warn students the new course would be risky and uncertain. By December the students blew everyone away: 50+ amazing apps, 10 million installs, and 1 million daily users.

Come hear their story and learn what happened.

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Robert Fan

Stanford University / 750 Industries

Robert Fan is a co-founder of 750 Industries, a company that builds social applications for Facebook and other social platforms.

Rob began working on Facebook apps soon after platform launch and has been hacking away ever since. Rob was also one of the teaching assistants for the fall 2007 Stanford “Facebook” Class (CS377W), where he helped students develop and instrument viral applications & metrics.

Rob recently earned a Masters degree from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Technologies.

Prior to coming west, Rob worked at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington DC as a technical consultant. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Dave McClure

500 Hats

Dave McClure has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for almost twenty years as a software developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor, angel investor, blogger, & internet marketing nerd. He is an advisor or investor for Mint, Mashery, Simply Hired, TeachStreet, Oortle, CrazyEgg, SlideShare, Eventvue, RichRelevance, HealthUnity, & Canopy Financial.

Dave is the conference chair for Startonomics.com, and runs a monthly dinner series for entrepreneurs called Startup2Startup.com. He has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University for the nation’s first-ever course on building Facebook Apps. Dave is a board member for microfinance accelerator Unitus, advisor to microfinance lender Kiva.org, and a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network.

From 2005 to 2006, Dave launched and ran marketing for job search engine Simply Hired, and its evil twin Simply Fired. From 2001 to 2004, Dave worked at PayPal as Director of Marketing, where he founded and ran the PayPal Developer Network program. Prior to PayPal Dave was a database consultant and programmer for several companies including Microsoft and Intel. In 1994 he founded Aslan Computing, an internet and e-commerce firm later acquired by Servinet/Panurgy in 1998.

Before coming to Silicon Valley, Dave barely graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a BS in Mathematical Sciences Engineering and a minor in frisbee, billiards, and foosball. His interests include microfinance and economic innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital, ultimate frisbee, cartoons and animation, and an ever-growing collection of silly hats.

For more info see Dave’s blog: Master of 500 Hats

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  • BNet

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