The Exponential Center

The Exponential Center | The Exponential Center | Computer History Museum

The Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum captures the legacy —and advances the future—of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world. The center explores the people, companies, and communities that are transforming the human experience through technology innovation, economic value creation, and social impact. Our mission: to inform, influence, and inspire the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders changing the world.

One to One Billion

One idea can spawn a billion devices.
One set of Fairchild notebooks launched the semiconductor industry which powers billions of devices from smartphones in our pockets to satellites in space.

One idea can become a billion dollar company.
One business plan led to Apple, ranked as the world’s most valuable company with a market cap of more than $560 billion.

One idea can touch a billion people.
One college brainchild became Facebook, used by more than 1.7 billion monthly active users worldwide.

Iconic companies and Silicon Valley are proof that the exponential power of innovation and entrepreneurship surrounds us. For the last half century, they have revolutionized how people around the globe live, work, and play.

The Exponential Center explores the stories and lessons of pioneering people, companies, and communities to inspire the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who will change the world.


Collections and Exhibitions

Artifacts, oral histories, and exhibits that deepen understanding and inspire.
Research and Insights

Research and Insights

Analysis on people, companies, and ecosystems driving entrepreneurship and innovation.


Dynamic executive briefings, entrepreneurs and student workshops, digital content.


Innovative live programming series and conferences bring entrepreneurial stories to life.
Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

Dialogue and action for Silicon Valley and around the world.
Silicon Valley is not a place. It’s a state of mind. It can be everywhere. It can uplift everyone. And of course that’s the idea of Exponential. John Doerr,
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Silicon Valley is no longer a place, it’s a concept and what we need to do is to capture the recipe of the Valley… Exponential is all about not only capturing the history of that recipe, but to help us to maintain it, and look forward with it. Larry Sonsini,
Chairman, Wilson Sonsini Rosati & Goodrich