Leading Man: Inspired Stories From a Silicon Valley Icon
Storytelling can “engage the heart” and inspire people to follow your vision, according to John Hennessy, Alphabet chairman and former president of Stanford University. He and Marissa Mayer, cofounder of Lumi Labs and former president and CEO of Yahoo, recently discussed some of the leadership stories and advice in his new book Leading Matters: Lessons From My Journey.
In the spirit of storytelling, the intersecting “backstories” of Hennessy and Mayer involve key elements of Silicon Valley that have supported far-reaching technological innovations for decades: a world-class research university, a massive global technology company, tech research and entrepreneurship, and personal networks. As a computer science professor, Hennessy led a research project that developed the RISC architecture now used in 99 percent of new computer chips. To commercialize the product, Hennessy became, as he says, “a reluctant entrepreneur” and cofounded MIPS Computer Systems. Marissa Mayer, who recently became an entrepreneur herself by cofounding Lumi Labs, which researches AI, earned her BS in computer science when Hennessy was chair of that department. After continuing on to earn an MS, she become employee #20 at Google, founded by two other Hennessy students.READ MORE
Hacking Our Security: Digital Resilience for the Next Cyber Threat
Ray Rothrock, chairman and CEO of cybersecurity analytics firm RedSeal and national security expert and Brunswick Partner Siobhan Gorman discussed Rothrock’s timely new book, Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat?
Who Named Silicon Valley?
Observers from industry bloggers to the New York Times credit entrepreneur Ralph Vaerst, founder of Ion Equipment Corp. They claim he suggested the name to Electronic News reporter Don Hoefler, who then titled a column on local silicon computer-chip companies “Silicon Valley USA.” Published on January 11, 1971, the name stuck.
Task Rabbits and Thunder Lizards: A Founder and Funder Story
TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque and Floodgate venture capitalist Ann Miura-Ko join the Exponential Center's Marguerite Gong Hancock to discuss their partnership growing one of the earliest companies of the sharing economy.
QuickTime and the Rise of Multimedia
QuickTime, the pioneering digital video format for personal computers, was developed by Apple and released in 1991. Its technology is found in any device that plays digital video, from cell phones to 4K streaming TV. Curator Hansen Hsu explores the origins of QuickTime with three of its early software developers: Bruce Leak, Peter Hoddie, and Doug Camplejohn.