Our team

“We couldn’t be more different, except for our shared values. And that makes working together enjoyable.”

Caneel Joyce

Caneel Joyce
Dr. Caneel Joyce uses creativity, data & behavior design to make better things, and to make things bigger and better. She loves to work hard with smart, passionate people creating world-changing products. She is an ideawoman, design strategist, and startup team builder.

Caneel’s life is a dance between right brain and left brain. She spent the first half of her life as an actress and artist. After the dot com bust, she dove into more analytical approaches to business, creative strategy, and product innovation. Working with startups and product teams gives her the most irresistible blend of creative and insight-driven strategy.

Dr. Joyce founded Kickass Corp, a boutique consulting firm that helps startups and mission-driven innovators grow in smart, powerful and sustainable ways. Before focusing on consulting, Caneel was Director of Growth at a venture-backed consumer startup called Britely (acquired by Groupon). Along her journey she has worked with companies including Disney, Wells Fargo, Mozilla, Sunpower, Path, Tumblr, Nutmeg, Jump Associates and many early stage startups.

In Caneel’s earlier academic career she was a professor of Management at the London School of Economics and earned her PhD in organizational behavior at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals on innovation, culture and design. She does quantitative, qualitative, and experimental research – her strength is combining qual & quant. Dr. Joyce’s research focuses on the psychological and social effects of constraint on creativity. (http://caneelian.com/research)

Caneel is always looking for interesting collaborators, co-conspirators, and thought partners. These days she’s particularly interested in mobile app design, UX, and the Los Angeles / Silicon Beach startup ecosystem. Please get in touch with her if you think the two of you would have fun bouncing ideas around together.

Who’s here in 2016-2017

Our Broader Network

These superstars have been a part of our teaching teams, fellows, staff or founding team. They continue to do amazing work at Stanford and in the world.

  • Abby King
  • Adam French
  • Alex Kazaks
  • Alex Ko
  • Amal Aziz
  • Anja Svetina-Nabergoj
  • Anne Fletcher
  • Anne Gibbon
  • Barry Katz
  • Ben Grossman-Kahn
  • Brett Westervelt
  • Brian Witlin
  • Brit D'Arbeloff
  • Caitria O'Neill
  • Carly Geehr
  • Carol Winograd
  • Caroline O'Connor
  • Carr Wilkerson
  • Charlie Ellinger
  • Claudia Kotchka
  • Colter Leyes
  • Corey Ford
  • Corina Yen
  • Dan Bomze
  • Daniel Steinbock
  • David Klaus
  • Elizabeth Gerber
  • Emily Ma
  • Enrique Allen
  • Erica Estrada
  • Erika Basu
  • Erin Liman
  • Eugene Korsunskiy
  • Evelyn Huang
  • Fred Leichter
  • Gayle Curtis
  • Guido Kovalskys
  • James Monsees
  • Jason Chua
  • Jason Conroy
  • Jenny Stefanotti
  • Jim Ratcliffe
  • Joe Brown
  • Joel Sadler
  • Jofish Kaye
  • John Keefe
  • John Kembel
  • John Lilly
  • Jules Sherman
  • Kerry O’Connor
  • Kim Jacobson
  • Kim Saxe
  • Kris Woyzbun
  • Krista Donaldson
  • Larry Leifer
  • Lia Siebert
  • Lochlann Jain
  • Maryanna Rogers
  • Matt Haney
  • Maureen Caroll
  • Meg Lee
  • Mel Lee
  • Micah Lande
  • Michael Shanks
  • Mike Levinthal
  • Molly Wilson
  • Nat Woyzbun
  • Neema Moraveji
  • Nitzan Waisberg
  • Olga Trusova
  • Peter Rubin
  • Peter Sims
  • Purin Phanichphant
  • Rich Crandall
  • Sandy Speicher
  • Scott Klemmer
  • Susan Hosking-Ramos
  • Tammy Goodall
  • Taylor Cone
  • Uri Geva
  • Wendy Ju
  • Yusuke Miyashita