By Patricia Riedman Yeager and Paul Dailing
San Francisco has always been an agent of change — a city ripe with innovation where startups can find their footing. These three San Francisco-based alumni exude the same spirit and passion for doing things differently.
Lisa Earnhardt ’96 is CEO of Intersect ENT, a company that’s changing the way doctors treat sinus problems. At Saints Capital, Managing Director Ghia Griarte ’93 is driving the direct secondary-investment space, a field that once wasn’t so attractive. And Justin Smith ’09, owner and founder of J-Storm Urban Maps, melds technology with art by creating 3D city maps.
Ann Hand sums up a mutual feeling: “I like industries where no one has cracked the code yet on brand equity,” she says.
Bring on the challenge. Bring on the innovation.