Upcoming Events

Oct 3, 2014 6:00 PM Special Events
CHM Presents Revolutionaries on the Road
An Evening with Entrepreneur & Philanthropist Steve Case
Invitation Only Event
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries on the Road
Museum CEO John Hollar will lead an in-depth conversation with Steve about his early life in Hawaii, how his passion for starting companies and for supporting entrepreneurs developed, his roller-coaster ride at the top of AOL, his work in the public policy arena and his philanthropic endeavors. They will also discuss his "Rise of the Rest" campaign and tour, giving entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley the opportunity to compete for startup funding.
The Museum's well-known Revolutionaries speaker series is going on the road. Our first stop is at NPR's new corporate headquarters and digital news center in Washington, DC, and our first speaker is Steve Case.

Today Case wears many hats—including serving as Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, a Washington DC-based investment firm that he co-founded. He is also Chairman of UP Global and Chairman of The Case Foundation.

But Case made his mark in computer history as the co-founder of America Online, where he began his entrepreneurial career in 1985. AOL put much of America online and on the Internet in the 1990s, and its merger with Time Warner in 2000 was one of the epic moments in the dot-com boom. Some observers believe it represented the zenith of the early Internet's heyday before Wall Street and the economy reset the playing field in the early 2000s.

The sum of this work has made Case one of America's best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists. He is, without question, a pioneer in making the online world part of everyday life.
Museum CEO John Hollar will lead an in-depth conversation with Steve about his early life in Hawaii, how his passion for starting companies and for supporting entrepreneurs developed, his roller-coaster ride at the top of AOL, his work in the public policy arena and his philanthropic endeavors. They will also discuss his "Rise of the Rest" campaign and tour, giving entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley the opportunity to compete for startup funding.

We are very pleased that KQED Radio will be recording tonight's program for future broadcast.

This event is part of the Museum's acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.
Oct 8, 2014 5:30 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
How Google Works: Authors Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg in Conversation with Yahoo's Marissa Mayer
How Google Works: Authors Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg in Conversation with Yahoo's Marissa Mayer
Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google over a decade ago as proven technology executives. At the time, the company was already well-known for doing things differently, reflecting the visionary— and frequently contrarian—principles of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. If Eric and Jonathan were going to succeed, they realized they would have to relearn everything they thought they knew about management and business.
Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google over a decade ago as proven technology executives. At the time, the company was already well-known for doing things differently, reflecting the visionary— and frequently contrarian—principles of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. If Eric and Jonathan were going to succeed, they realized they would have to relearn everything they thought they knew about management and business.

In their new book, "How Google Works," Schmidt and Rosenberg pull back the curtain on the company that has changed the way we work and redefined what it takes to be successful in today’s business environment. The authors offer unprecedented access to Google's practices and the philosophies that define its unique culture, values and strategies.

Our moderator tonight, Marissa Mayer, knows a bit about how Google works, as she spent 13 years as an executive there before departing to become CEO of Yahoo. We are so pleased to welcome all three to our stage and invite you to join us for a "master class" in leadership and an inside look at an iconic company.

Kepler's Books will be onsite selling copies of "How Google Works" before and after the program.

This event is part of the Museum's acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success. Please note the Program start time – to accommodate the speakers' schedules.
Oct 14, 2014 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
The Innovators Author Walter Isaacson in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
The Innovators Author Walter Isaacson in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
Join John Hollar for an in-depth conversation with Isaacson on this new book, which continues his exploration of innovation and genius, from Jobs to Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. We are very pleased to welcome Walter Isaacson back to our stage.
The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

Following his biography of Steve Jobs, award-winning author Walter Isaacson became fascinated with other compelling stories of the men and women who have led the global revolution of the Information Age. The Innovators is his revealing account of the revolutionaries who created the computer and the Internet, yet it begins in Victorian England. It is destined to be a standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

Isaacson asks: What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs—but not others—to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created the digital revolution, including Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. In his typically energetic and insightful style, Isaacson goes behind the scenes to explore how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how these innovators’ abilities to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative.

Join John Hollar for an in-depth conversation with Isaacson on this new book, which continues his exploration of innovation and genius, from Jobs to Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. We are very pleased to welcome Walter Isaacson back to our stage.

Kepler's Books will be on-site selling copies of The Innovators before and after the program.

We are very pleased that KQED Radio will be recording tonight's program for future broadcast.

This event is part of the Museum's acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.
Nov 18, 2014 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
IBM's Chairman & CEO Ginni Rometty in Conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar
Join us tonight as John Hollar sits down for a conversation with Ginni Rometty about technology, innovation and change.
IBM is at the center of computing’s history and future like few other enterprises in the world. Today it is a globally integrated technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York. In its 103-year history of solving problems and providing leading-edge technology to businesses, governments and non-profits, it has had only nine chief executives. In this edition of Revolutionaries, we welcome Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty.

Ginni Rometty began her career at IBM 33 years ago and has held a series of leadership positions, most recently as Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Sales, Marketing and Strategy. In January 2012 she was appointed to her current position as the company’s chief executive.

Under her leadership, IBM is embarking on a bold transformation agenda to lead in a new era of computing, where unprecedented amounts of data are being generated every moment, powerful business and technology services are accessed via the cloud, and people are connecting in new ways through mobile and social networks, placing new demands on security.

Join us tonight as John Hollar sits down for a conversation with Ginni Rometty about technology, innovation and change.

We are very pleased that KQED Radio will be recording tonight's program for future broadcast.

This event is part of the Museum's acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.
Dec 17, 2014 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Presents Revolutionaries
Defy Ventures' Catherine Hoke in Conversation with NPR's Laura Sydell
Tonight Catherine Hoke, Founder and CEO of Defy Ventures, will sit down for a conversation with NPR’s Digital Culture Correspondent Laura Sydell. They’ll talk about Hoke’s background, her experience in private equity and venture capital here in the Bay Area, and how visiting a prison in Texas transformed her life and ultimately showed her the value of "investing in the margins." Later in the conversation they'll be joined on stage by one of Defy’s EITs, who will give a firsthand account of the impact of the program and its power to transform lives. Please join us for an inspirational evening.
"I wish we'd ask ourselves, what would it be like if I was only known for the worst thing I've done? Moved by empathy, we’d recognize people for who they are today and not for the mistakes they made yesterday. Millions with criminal histories would unlock their potential."
Catherine Hoke
Founder & CEO, Defy Ventures


Defy Ventures is a NYC-based entrepreneurship, employment and character training program that recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs. Defy “transforms the hustle” of formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment and startup incubation. Defy intentionally builds life-giving, authentic community between EITs and their executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity.

Leveraging technology, Defy has created a "blended learning" model that holds the promise of scaling globally to revitalize the most underserved communities. Defy's online instructors include underdog-loving influencers like Tim Draper (Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson), Duncan Niederauer (CEO, NYSE), and Seth Godin (marketing guru).

Tonight Catherine Hoke, Founder and CEO of Defy Ventures, will sit down for a conversation with NPR’s Digital Culture Correspondent Laura Sydell. They’ll talk about Hoke’s background, her experience in private equity and venture capital here in the Bay Area, and how visiting a prison in Texas transformed her life and ultimately showed her the value of "investing in the margins." Later in the conversation they'll be joined on stage by one of Defy’s EITs, who will give a firsthand account of the impact of the program and its power to transform lives. Please join us for an inspirational evening.

This event is part of the Museum's acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.