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  • Age
  • Title
    Founder and Partner
  • Company
    Dragoneer Investment Group

Stad has made a career by surprising people. His collection of hedge funds focuses on public securities and Asia, yet two of its biggest wins have been funding pre-IPO debt for Spotify and buying a big slug of Uber. His breadth masks his age, a source of surprise to some. (“I had no idea he was under 40,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.) Stad prides himself on “being creative in a traditionally uncreative industry,” which is paying off as his decade-old Dragoneer punches above its weight, investing alongside far more established firms.

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