Exponential Center Events

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CHM’s Exponential Center hosts live programming, private roundtables, government and business briefings, conferences, and signature events that bring entrepreneurial stories to life.

Founders Series

Our Founders series features pre-eminent company founders in conversation about their entrepreneurial journey and lessons.

Change-Makers Series

Our Change-Makers series showcases influential innovators, venture capitalists, and other key players in the innovation ecosystem.

360 Series

Our 360 Series develops dynamic in-depth case studies to explore stories of transformational companies or products, drawing on a ”360°” approach from the company’s founders, investors, partners, and employees, integrating research, artifacts, interviews and analysis all presented in a lively, interactive event.

Selected Past Events

Computing in Your Pocket

March 2017

Computing in Your Pocket : The Prehistory of the iPhone in Silicon Valley

Two decades before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, a handful of engineers and designers began exploring the idea of handheld computers in Silicon Valley. In 1987, beginning with the then-secret Newton Project inside Apple and with a mobile pen-based computer at Go Corp., a range of handheld computing ideas began to bubble up all around the Valley.

Highlights from panel discussion with moderator John Markoff; Steve Capps, Member of Apple Newton Team; Donna Dubinsky, former president & CEO of Palm Inc. and co-founder & former CEO of Handspring; Jerry Kaplan, founder of Go Corp.; and Marc Porat, co-founder and former chief executive of General Magic.
The Next Billion

November 2016

The Next Billion

A growing number of innovators and entrepreneurs are focused on the next billion people who are digitally excluded, many of whom live in extreme poverty, globally and locally. Is there a way to dismantle the false choice between purpose and profit?

Highlights from a fireside chat with Kiva Executive Chairman Julie Hanna in Conversation with Exponentials' Marguerite Gong Hancock.
Day of the Dead: Postmortems of Silicon Valley Failures

October 2016

Day of the Dead: Postmortems of Silicon Valley Failures

Twitch's Justin Kan, CrowdSmart's Kim Polese, and Garage Technology Ventures' Bill Reichert discuss Silicon Valley's adage: "Fail fast. Succeed faster."

Highlights from Conversation with Twitch's Justin Kan, CrowdSmart's Kim Polese, and Garage Technology Ventures' Bill Reichert.
Pioneers of the Possible: Women Entrepreneurs on Innovation and Impact

September 2016

Pioneers of the Possible: Women Entrepreneurs on Innovation and Impact

DFJ’s Operating Partner Heidi Roizen and CloudFlare Co-Founder Michelle Zatlyn share stories on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, tenacity and sweating the details.

Highlights from Heidi Roizen and Michelle Zatlyn in Conversation with Exponentials’ Marguerite Gong Hancock.
US Chief Data Scientist Dr. DJ Patil on Using the Power of Data to Create a More Efficient America

May 2016

US Chief Data Scientist Dr. DJ Patil on Using the Power of Data to Create a More Efficient America

During a roundtable discussion, Dr. Patil explored the use of data in the Federal Government, including precision medicine, cancer, policing, criminal justice reform and innovation.
Alibaba and Jack Ma: Beyond E-commerce and China-Implications for Silicon Valley

April 2016

Alibaba and Jack Ma: Beyond E-commerce and China-Implications for Silicon Valley

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built is a story of how one entrepreneur, Jack Ma, used his charisma, ambition, and unrelenting determination to build a company that surprised the world. Duncan Clark, who first met Jack Ma in 1999, digs deep into the remarkable journey of this amazing businessman.
Silicon Valley 360: NetApp

March 2015

Silicon Valley 360: NetApp

“360” events on noteworthy companies that have transformed the world’s technologies, economy, and society. Innovative in-depth case study of a company, from founding through building and impact. Combines extensive video interviews, executive speakers and audience engagement in a dynamic, interactive live format.
Swedish Royal Visit

January 2015

Swedish Royal Visit

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attended a briefing from Nordic startup companies as part of a program hosted by Exponential to highlight the impact of innovation-based entrepreneurship on a region's economy. Executive Director, Marguerite Hancock, led a panel discussion on this key issue.
Executive Roundtable hosted by US Undersecretary of Commerce, Stefan Selig

January 2015

Executive Roundtable hosted by US Undersecretary of Commerce, Stefan Selig

US Undersecretary of Commerce, Stefan Selig, came to Silicon Valley to discuss trade policy and related matters with key Silicon Valley executives. Exponential hosted and attended the event and had primary responsibility for identifying and inviting the best executives for this event.