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David Sanford

David Sanford

Chief of Staff, Office of Reid Hoffman

San Francisco Bay Area
Individual & Family Services
  1. LinkedIn
  1. Belle Clementine,
  2. Highlight Hunter,
  3. Béton Brut (i.e. my tech consulting work)
  1. Stanford University
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Chief of Staff, Office of Reid Hoffman

– Present

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I'm always interested in new ideas and entrepreneurship. I love leading teams of diverse people toward achieving goals greater than the sum of our individual capabilities.

I enjoy need finding and applying analogical thinking to solving difficult problems.


Chief of Staff, Office of Reid Hoffman

– Present (5 months)


Belle Clementine
(4 years 2 months)Seattle, WA

I believe that food is one of a few universal languages, and through Belle Clementine, focused on creating meals as a medium to bring people together.

We crafted a unique menu for each meal, driven by the ingredients available daily from our farmers and purveyors. Served at 3 large communal tables, our 4-course meal experience took on a dinner party format. Farmer's Market Brunch served on Sunday mornings, and many private events, weddings, birthdays, etc.

In addition, culinary consulting clients included:

ACE Hotel ( and
Outstanding in the Field (

Advisory Board Member

Highlight Hunter
(1 year 7 months)Seattle, WA

The Highlight Hunter app sifts the awesome from the everything - easily bookmark your video highlights for super-fast editing at the end of the day.

Product Specialist

Béton Brut (i.e. my tech consulting work)
(3 years 2 months)

Helping technology start-ups with all things product

Member, Board of Directors

Mercer Island Schools Foundation
(3 years 7 months)


OptimizeD Foundation
(1 year 1 month)

The mission of the OptimizeD Foundation is:

"To translate evidence-based D research into understandable, actionable, health-improving outcomes."

Special Ops

The Corson Building
(1 year 9 months)

Product Manager

Yapta, Inc.
(10 months)

All things product.

and taking out the trash. keeping the fridge stocked with cold beer.

Product and Business Analyst

(5 months)

•Developed concept for and drove initial implementation of Election '08 initiative featuring presidential candidate Barack Obama's profile, group, and Q&A

•End-to-end creation and management of LinkedIn's philanthropic initiative - LinkedIn for Good

•Reported to the President, Products

•"Twenty percent time" projects, 100% of the time

Assistant to the CEO

(9 months)

LinkedIn's "Lewis and Clark."


MoreGame, Inc.
(1 year 3 months)

Developed concept for and founded MoreGame, Inc.

The "common application" for college athletic recruiting.


MediaX Stanford University
(9 months)

MediaX evangelist; assists with annual conference and other MediaX events, conducts independent research projects, reported to the director.


ASSU Executive Cabinet
(1 year 1 month)

I was appointed to the Executive Cabinet of the Associated Students of Stanford University in the spring of '05. In this position, I worked with the President and Vice President of the ASSU and 8 other Cabinet Members. Specifically, I consulted on projects in the Arts, Athletics, Publications, and Social Life at Stanford. I helped both individual Stanford students and student groups to pursue their passions while attending University. Achievements include guiding Stanford Club Sports through a sustainable funding initiative, which included securing a $225,000 pledge from the Office of the President.

Head Team Manager

Stanford University
(5 months)

Pac-10 Championship, #1 AP Poll Ranking, 1st seed NCAA Tournament; Oversee all team management duties, including practice and game-day preperation, scouting, video analysis, equipment management, travel management, establishing and maintaining relationships with external business partners, public relations, development. Oversee a staff of 10 student managers; work with 15 athletes, 6 coaches, athletic trainer, various administrators and athletic directors, media relations and marketing depts.

Research Assistant

University of Washington
(3 years)

Carried out routine dissection and histological preparation of bone samples for osteoporosis study in the first of three summers.

Developed a dynamic computer model of complex network behavior in bone cells in the second year (subsequently published).

Independently designed, developed, and deployed a novel rodent disuse (osteoporosis) model that now drives research direction for the lab and has been published in "Bone."


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Cooking
  • Start-ups
  • Leadership
  • Social Networking
  • Marketing Communications
  • Event Management
  • Team Leadership
  • Research
  • Editing
  • Social Media
  • Public Relations
  • Product Development
  • Media Relations
  • Coaching
  • Strategic Partnerships
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Stanford University

B.A., Entrepreneurial Management

Graduated with honors; I completed an Individually Designed Major entitled, "Markets and Entrepreneurial Management," consisting of the Economics core sequence, with upper division courses in Economics, Management Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Public Policy, and Sociology, as well as select courses at the Graduate School of Business. Studies include the conditions that contribute to entrepreneurship as well as the behavior and outcomes of entrepreneurs and their ventures. Completed Honors Portfolio "The College Athletics Recruiting Market," and "The Expert Non-Expert Hypothesis: An Archetype of Innovation."

Faculty advisors: John Shoven (Economics), Bob Sutton (Management Science & Engineering and Organizational Behavior), Joe Grundfest (Law), Mark Granovetter (Sociology)

Activities and Societies: ASSU Executive Cabinet Member for Athletics, Arts, Publications, Social Life and Communications Improvement; Class Cabinet; Dorm Government;

Mercer Island High School


Botox induced muscle paralysis rapidly degrades bone(Link)

February 2006

The means by which muscle function modulates bone homeostasis is poorly understood. To begin to address this issue, we have developed a novel murine model of unilateral transient hindlimb muscle paralysis using botulinum toxin A (Botox)

  • David Sanford,
  • Sarah E. Warner, Blair A. Becker, Steven D. Bain, Sundar Srinivasan Ted S. Gross

Why rest stimulates bone formation: a hypothesis based on complex adaptive phenomenon(Link)

Exercise and Sport Science Reviews
January 2004

Moderate exercise is an ineffective strategy to build bone mass. The authors present data demonstrating that allowing bone to rest between each load cycle transforms low- and moderate-magnitude mechanical loading into a signal that potently induces bone accretion. They hypothesize that the osteogenic nature of rest-inserted loading arises by enabling osteocytes to communicate as a small world network.

  • David Sanford,
  • Gross TS, Poliachik SL, Ausk BJ, Becker BA, Srinivasan S


  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Spanish

    Professional working proficiency

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  • Town Hall Seattle
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance

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