Sara Lannin

Strategic Partnerships at Dropbox. Formerly at Accel Partners and Facebook. Passionate Stanford fan, San Francisco explorer, and e-commerce enthusiast. Special weakness for chocolate & raspberries.


Hello, and thanks for dropping by!

First of all, a disclaimer: all the thoughts and opinions expressed on this site are 100% my own, and do not reflect the beliefs of my (wonderful) employer. Also, I don't update things very often, so don't hold your breath. This is just a place for me to occasionally share articles, observations or thoughts that I find interesting & noteworthy. Want to chat? Reach out to me on Twitter or LinkedIn.

- Present -

I am currently a member of the Business Development team at Dropbox, where I work with some of our largest strategic partners. Dropbox is the most ridiculously amazing place to work - the people are top-notch, the work is rewarding, and our San Francisco HQ is the best office in the city (psst - we're hiring!) In my spare time I enjoy exploring the nooks and crannies of San Francisco, cheering on Stanford sports teams, and working with local charities.

- Past Professional Experience -

Most recently, I was an associate at Accel Partners, a leading venture capital and growth equity firm. At Accel, I focused on research and diligence efforts to source and invest in early-stage (Seed & Series A) technology companies, primarily in consumer internet, digital media, mobile and education. I also managed strategic marketing efforts, including social media, tailored networking events, and the complete redesign of the Accel website. While in college, my interest in consumer internet was nurtured during internships at OpenTable, Facebook and Yahoo! News. At OpenTable I learned about the unique challenges of navigating a company that must answer to different – sometimes competing – interests (restaurants vs. diners). While working in communications & marketing at Facebook, I learned how to position and pitch important product launches, and led the development of the “stories” series on the company blog (you can still find my old posts here). At Yahoo! News (part of the Yahoo! media group based in Santa Monica) I witnessed firsthand the impact of social media on news distribution, and learned about the successes and challenges of monetizing content in a digital age. In addition, I spent a year working for the Stanford Office of Public Affairs, where I utilized (what were then-emerging) communication tools such as StumbleUpon and Instagram to engage with Stanford fans and alumni.

- Past Personal & Academic History-

I was born and raised in Edina, MN, where I learned to appreciate summer nights near a lakefront, how to drive in the snow, and not to put too much faith in the Minnesota Vikings. After being accepted to Stanford University, I moved to Palo Alto in 2006 and haven’t looked back since. As an undergraduate I majored in American Studies, which allowed me to pull from an interdisciplinary assortment of History, Political Science, International Relations and American Literature courses. In addition, I volunteered with the organization SNAP (Special Needs Aquatic Program), worked as a reporter and advertising executive for the Stanford Daily, was an active member of my sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. After being accepted to a graduate program in the Stanford Communication Department, I completed a masters degree in Media Studies, with an emphasis on digital and social media. For my thesis, I examined the impact of social media on social good – drawing heavily from the research of Stanford GSB Professor Jennifer Aaker and my involvement with the organization One Hundred Thousand Cheeks. I’m grateful that a year of graduate study allowed me to examine topics I am passionate about from an academic perspective.