Posts Tagged ‘Stanford Technology Ventures Program’

New Video of My Stanford Talk on the Birth of America’s Entrepreneurial Economy

March 14, 2009

Stanford just posted videos from the talk I gave for its Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series back in February.

The school created three short videos from my talk on the birth of venture capital and America’s entrepreneurial economy, which runs 56 minutes in its entirety. One video focuses on the birth of the industry: another is on the industry’s first home run (Digital Equipment Corp.); and the last asks and (hopefully) answers the question: why did Silicon Valley take over leadership of the tech world in the 1970s?

Click here to see the videos. The Stanford ecorner also has hundreds of other great videos from pioneers and current leaders in Silicon Valley. So it’s worth checking out even if you don’t want to see my stuff.

Speaking update: Looks like I am heading back to lovely Palo Alto. I just got invited to moderate a panel at Stanford’s Global Technology Symposium on Friday March 27. I am moderating the panel on corporate venture capital with executives from IBM (Claudia Fan Munce), Microsoft (Dan’l Lewin) and Google (David Lawee).


History of U.S. Innovation and Venture Capital: Podcast of My Stanford University Talk

February 10, 2009

Check out a podcast of my talk from last week on the history of American innovation from Stanford Technology Ventures Program Entrepreneurship Corner, which publishes podcasts from the school’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Seminar Series.

The podcast runs about an hour and includes about 40 minutes of my talk, plus 15 minutes of questions and answers from those smarty-pants Stanford students as well as a few older folks in attendance, including a cool new entrepreneur/VC I met afterwards named Manu Kumar. Click here to listen to or download the podcast.

I have been getting a lot of positive feedback on the talks I gave in the Valley last week, including this one. I think the main reason is that I am sort of a contrarian who believes that great companies and innovations can emerge from a downturn. Let me know what you think if you listen to the podcast.

As one venture capitalist who attended a talk I gave at Quadrus, put it: “Thanks so much for putting the event together and for the invitation; it was inspiring to remind VCs to focus on the heart of entrepreneurship (vs. Being financial asset managers).”

[The Sierra Nevada mountain range from my plane window flying home.]

Mark Your Calendars: Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Winter 2009 Speaking Lineup

January 13, 2009

As some of you may know, I was thrilled to get an invite to speak at Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series Seminar. The weekly seminar series on entrepreneurship is run out of the Engineering School, and is co-sponsored by the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, BASES (a student entrepreneurship group), and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

The series recently posted its Winter Quarter lineup, which I repasted below.

I am scheduled to speak on Feb. 4 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in the Skilling Auditorium. Hope to see you there.

Check out the great archive of podcasts and videos from past speakers, including presentations from Vinod Khosla, Judy Estrin and Guy Kawasaki, among other tech luminaries.

Winter Quarter Lineup Announced
2009 Winter Speaker Lineup

January 14
Skilling Auditorium
Hugh Martin
Chairman and CEO – Pacific Biosciences

January 21
Skilling Auditorium
Soujanya Bhumkar, Josh Schwarzapel, Austin Shoemaker
Founders, Cooliris

January 28
Skilling Auditorium
Teresa Briggs
Managing Partner – Deloitte, Silicon Valley

February 4
Skilling Auditorium
Spencer Ante
Computer Department – Business Week
Author – Creative Capital

February 11
Skilling Auditorium
Tom Siebel
Chairman – First Virtual Group
Founder – Siebel Systems

February 18
Kresge Auditorium
John Hennessy
President – Stanford University
Launch of Stanford University Entrepreneurship Week!

February 25
Kresge Auditorium
Debate moderated by Tony Perkins
Founder – Always On
Conclusion of Stanford University Entrepneurship Week

March 4
Skilling Auditorium
Elizabeth Holmes
Founder and CEO – Theranos Inc.