Posts Tagged ‘UC-Berkeley’

Startup Fever Lives: Creative Capital’s Valley Tour Recap

February 7, 2009

Last week, I hit the Bay Area trifecta for an author: I had the honor and privilege of being invited to speak at Stanford, Berkeley and in front of a group of 100 of Silicon Valley’s movers and shakers at the Quadrus Center on Sand Hill Road.

Below I’ve posted some pics from the speech I gave at Quadrus, which was hosted by the Valley law firm Montgomery & Hansen, the Silicon Valley Bank, and Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE), a nonprofit in Northern California dedicated to helping startup entrepreneurs. Click this link to see the rest of the pics.

The Quadrus event was the vision of John Montgomery, founding partner of the aforementioned law firm. One day last fall I got a call from John, who told me he loved the book because he thought it embodied the back-to-basics philosophy that the Valley needs to return to in order to thrive.

There was also a personal connection with John. During my research for the book, I interviewed his father, Parker Montgomery. Parker was the CEO of Cooper Laboratories, a successful pharmaceutical company backed by American Research & Development. Parker occasionally talked about Doriot to John but he never got the whole story about this mysterious guy that his father admired. That’s why he appreciated the book. “You connected the dots for me,” said John.

This is the kind of feedback that authors dream about, and I am grateful to John for reaching out to me and expressing his thoughts, and for putting this event together.

One other thought about this recent tour.

The startup dream is still alive at Stanford and Berkeley. About 100 folks showed up at my Stanford talk. Most of the audience was undergraduate computer science and engineering students. I spoke to a few of them afterwards and they told me they were interested in doing startups.

I also gave a talk to Jerry Engel’s class of MBA students at the Haas School. Jerry is Executive Director of the School’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The founder of Google Earth spoke before me. And then I gave a talk about the history of innovation. I spoke to one of the students afterward and he told me he wanted to do a startup as well, and that many of his classmates were considering the same path.

Tomorrow I will post some of the remarks I made to the folks at Quadrus.


UC-Berkeley and Harvard’s Baker Library Acquire Creative Capital

May 18, 2008

This is kind of cool. In April, the Business and Economics Library of the University of California-Berkeley acquired Creative Capital for its collection. The same month, the Baker Library at Harvard also acquired my book.

I’m particularly happy that my book is now in the permanent collection of these two fine institutions because I did significant research for my book at both places. In fact, I spent nearly a week at Baker Library scouring through the Dean’s Files to learn more about Georges Doriot while he was a professor at Harvard Business School.

Also, to understand the formation of Genentech, the first biotechnology company, I relied heavily on some amazing interviews conducted for the Regional Oral History Office of The Bancroft Library at Berkeley. The Office runs an incredible Program in Bioscience and Biotechnology Studies, which houses oral histories of not only Genentech but also Amgen, Chiron and interviews with key scientists and pioneers in the bioscience community.

On the Road: Back from My Mini-Book Tour

May 8, 2008

Hey folks. Sorry for not posting the last few days but I’ve been on a cross-country whirlwind tour promoting my book and speaking about it.

The trip began at the Nantucket Conference on May 2-3, where I was invited to sit for a fireside chat about my book with the entrepreneur/venture capitalist/all-around cool guy Vinit Nijhawan.

This week, I took off for Northern California. On Monday, I was invited to speak on a panel about book writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC-Berkeley. Afterwards, Matt Richtel of the New York Times and Marcia Parker, who co-teach a course called “Covering Silicon Valley, invited me as a guest teacher. And then on Wednesday I moderated a panel at the National Venture Capital Association conference on corporate venture capital. It was a great session with Arvind Sodhani, the President of Intel Capital, and Steven Weinstein, who heads up venture at the biotech giant Novartis.

I will be publishing a few posts about these events over the next few days.