MBAx1 Stanford Team

Gary Web

Gary Mao


Gary hails from the Bay Area where he studied at UC Berkeley. He has worked across the US and China from consulting at McKinsey to running a chain of dessert stores. He is currently working on a school-on-wheels concept to take to rural areas in developing markets.

Jai Web

Jai Popat


Jai was born in London and attended St Andrews University in Scotland studying Economics and Management. He then worked as a consultant in London with Simon-Kucher and Partners, a firm which specializes in pricing. He then moved onto work in Product Marketing at Skype in London. Currently he is a first year MBA student at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is very excited about MBAx as it will give him the opportunity to understand what entrepreneurship looks like in heartland America and impact the livelihoods of American entrepreneurs.

Joanne Web

Joanne Yuan


Joanne has a deep passion for working alongside entrepreneurs and management teams. She has led budgeting projects and developed operational improvement plans for a variety of industries including marketing services, healthcare and consumer digital media. Before Stanford’s Graduate School of Business she worked in private equity at Hellman & Friedman and mergers and acquisitions investment banking at Morgan Stanley. She graduated magna cum laude with a dual BS/BA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and College of Arts and Sciences.

Susan Web

Susan Pohlmeyer


Susan is a current MBA student at Stanford University. Originally from Lancaster, PA, she is excited to be working with MBAs Across America because she sees it as an opportunity to work with and learn from small business entrepreneurs, whom she believes to be some of the most creative, motivated, and inspiring business people in the country.
Susan graduated from Dartmouth College in 2006 and started her career in equity derivatives on the Structured Investments desk at JP Morgan. In 2009, she moved to California and joined the Portfolio Strategy group at Stanford Management Company, which is responsible for investing and managing the Stanford University endowment. In 2011, she joined SMC’s Private Equity and Venture Capital group, which shifted her focus from asset allocation and risk management to evaluation of existing and prospective investments. Wanting to learn more about operating businesses rather than just investing in them, she decided to return to business school. Prior to starting her first year, Susan left SMC to spend the summer working at Personal Capital, a start-up focused on providing institutional quality asset management tools and services to individuals.

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The Trip

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