Articles in Exponential Center(30)

From Sailboats to Startups: Diane Greene’s Silicon Valley

From Sailboats to Startups: Diane Greene’s Silicon Valley

Heidi Hackford Dec 15, 2017
Diane Greene says her favorite experience ever was when, as a young woman, she windsurfed 15 miles from Molakai to Maui . . . alone. That confidence in her abilities and comfort with taking risks has served her well throughout her storied career as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, leading engineering teams and cofounding multiple startups. These include virtualization giant VMware, which she took to a $2 billion run rate over the course of 10 years. As CEO, Greene took the company public and oversaw its sale to EMC in 2003 for $635 million. Now she leads Google’s cloud enterprise, directing the growth and strategy of a major business partnering with customers like Snapchat, Disney, and eBay, and sits on the boards of Alphabet, Intuit, and MIT. In a July 2017 fireside chat with Exponential Executive Director Marguerite Gong Hancock at the Computer History Museum (CHM), Greene shared her experiences and insights. Read More
Opening Doors and Disrupting Labs: Entrepreneurs Daphne Koller and Debra Sterling Expand Education

Opening Doors and Disrupting Labs: Entrepreneurs Daphne Koller and Debra Sterling Expand Education

Heidi Hackford Dec 07, 2017
It takes both vision and commitment to see that expanding educational opportunities today will make a better future and then to create a company to do just that. Calico Chief Computing Officer and Coursera cofounder and cochair Daphne Koller and GoldieBlox founder and CEO Debra Sterling have done it. In a panel produced by CHM Live and the Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum (CHM) on November 7, Koller and Sterling candidly discuss the challenges and rewards of creating their businesses from the ground-up and offer advice to new entrepreneurs—particularly women. Read More
New iPhone Exhibit Celebrates the “One Device that Changes Everything”

New iPhone Exhibit Celebrates the “One Device that Changes Everything”

CHM Editorial Team Nov 27, 2017
As part of the Exponential Center’s iPhone 360 Project, in collaboration with the Museum’s Senior Curator Dag Spicer, Internet History Program Curatorial Director Marc Weber, and the Center for Software History‘s Director David C. Brock and Curator Hansen Hsu, the Computer History Museum (CHM) has launched a new exhibit that explores the technology, history, and business and social impact of the revolutionary device. While the 30-foot-high graphic display can be viewed in the Museum’s lobby, we are pleased to share the content from the exhibit below with all of CHM’s virtual visitors. Read More
10 Years Old and 1.2 Billion Sold: The Business of iPhone

10 Years Old and 1.2 Billion Sold: The Business of iPhone

Heidi Hackford Nov 03, 2017
Before the iPhone landed like a meteorite in 2007, it wasn’t clear that a revolution in mobile phones was coming or even necessary, says Benedict Evans, partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Back in 2006, it seemed that the devices, like cars and cameras, were making slow and steady progress with incremental improvements in design and technology. Desktop computers were dominant, but mobile phones also had features and apps, though they were expensive and distribution channels restrictive. Text messaging was possible but cost a lot, and users could browse the internet, although it was so difficult many didn’t bother. The iPhone changed all that. Read More
An Inspired Year: Preserving the Legacy and Advancing the Future of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

An Inspired Year: Preserving the Legacy and Advancing the Future of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Jennifer De La Cruz Sep 07, 2017
Silicon Valley seemed to capture lightning in a bottle overnight. Home to the computing revolution that spawned a culture of risk taking and technological innovation, Silicon Valley is an ethos that extends to frontiers across the globe. From one to one billion, the Valley is founded upon the belief that one idea can create a billion devices that can affect a billion people that can generate billion-dollar industries. This notion of exponential growth, fueled by the power of computing, is the spirit that drives the Valley, transforming it from place to concept, solidifying it as the world’s model for entrepreneurial success. Read More
Reflections on Summer by CHM’s Exponential Center Inaugural University Interns

Reflections on Summer by CHM’s Exponential Center Inaugural University Interns

Clara Chiu Sep 06, 2017
Editor’s Note: Interspersed throughout this blog are quotes from Clara’s fellow Exponential Center interns, as they too reflect on their summer at the Computer History Museum (CHM).People often ask me why I chose to intern at a computer museum when I am not planning to major in computer science nor museum operations. Good question. For one, I was attracted to the idea of learning outside my field. I knew that technology was interdisciplinary, but I didn’t realize to what extent that was true until taking on this internship at the Museum’s Exponential Center for entrepreneurship and innovation. Read More
Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone!

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone!

CHM Editorial Team Jun 29, 2017
By 2006 it was already clear to most people in the computing industry that the future was mobile. The cell phone was on its way to becoming the most common electronic device on earth, with over 2.7 billion users. Yet it was almost equally clear that the main events wouldn’t happen in Silicon Valley, or even the United States. Read More
Creating Magic: A Conversation with Original iPhone Engineers & Software Team Lead Scott Forstall

Creating Magic: A Conversation with Original iPhone Engineers & Software Team Lead Scott Forstall

John Markoff Jun 22, 2017
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after it acquired NeXT, he brought with him a close-knit group of engineers. One of them was Scott Forstall, a young software designer who had come to NeXT directly from Stanford University. Read More
Computing for the Whole World: A Conversation with iPod & iPhone Inventor Tony Fadell

Computing for the Whole World: A Conversation with iPod & iPhone Inventor Tony Fadell

John Markoff May 31, 2017
Tony Fadell doesn’t fit the Silicon Valley mold. His parents were neither engineers nor scientists, but his grandfather gave him a passion for both building things and for design. His grandfather recognized his love for computing and offered to match whatever the then 11-year old Fadell had to help him buy his first computer—an Apple II. Read More
Venture Capital in the Blood: Three Generations of Drapers in Silicon Valley

Venture Capital in the Blood: Three Generations of Drapers in Silicon Valley

Doug Fairbairn May 19, 2017
On April 19, 2017, three generations of the Draper family joined Marguerite Gong Hancock on the CHM Live stage at the Computer History Museum as part of a series of programs organized by the Exponential Center. Exponential focuses on capturing the legacy and advancing the future of innovation and entrepreneurship. Read More
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