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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

General Magic

August 2018

General Magic

Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Marc Porat, Andy Hertzfeld, Megan Smith, and Bill Atkinson

Voted one of the top ten films of Tribeca 2018 by Time Out Magazine, GENERAL MAGIC is a feature documentary about how great vision and epic failure changed the world as we now know it.

From the smartphones that sit in our pockets to an array of technologies we take for granted today, many of the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born in 1989 at a Silicon Valley startup most of us have never heard of - General Magic.
Technology Shift

June 2018

Techtonic Shift: China's Rise in Venture Capital and Tech

Remember when "Made in China" was synonymous with a cheap toy or electronic knockoff? Those days are long over. Chinese tech firms, once seen as quaint or copycats, now have Alibaba, Tencent, and Ant Financial counted in the world's top 10 most valuable internet companies, alongside Alphabet, Facebook, and Amazon. And the country's tech economy is taking on, and beating, global rivals. Uber China was bought out by Didi Chuxing in 2016, Tencent's WeChat ecosystem is more ubiquitous than Facebook Messenger, and Chinese bike-sharing companies have recently spawned copycats in the heart of Silicon Valley. Chinese founders are pushing the edge with new business models and disruptive innovations . . . and venture capitalists from both sides of the Pacific are shifting investments in a big way with important implications.
Silicon Valley: The Untold Story

May 2018

Task Rabbits and Thunder Lizards: A Founder and Funder Story

How do a founder and a funder take an idea and build a pioneering company? Before there was Uber or Airbnb, TaskRabbit helped birth the sharing economy. Leah Busque’s entrepreneurial fire has taken her from IBM software engineer to founder of TaskRabbit to venture capitalist. Ann Miura-Ko is a star early-stage funder, advisor, and mentor who has fueled the growth of disruptive firms. Their partnership propelled TaskRabbit from early concept and pivoting to scaling in 40 markets before it was acquired by IKEA in 2017.

Highlights from: Task Rabbits and Thunder Lizards: A Founder and Funder Story
Silicon Valley: The Untold Story

January 2018

Silicon Valley: The Untold Story

Legendary Silicon Valley figures share their takes on the new documentary series Silicon Valley: The Untold Story. WhatsApp cofounder Jan Koum, technology entrepreneur Kim Polese, DFJ venture capitalist Heidi Roizen, Apple cofounder Steve "Woz" Wozniak, and award-winning director Michael Schwarz, who all participated in the making of the film, will discuss the Valley’s evolution and offer commentary on selected clips.

Highlights from: Silicon Vallery: The Untold Story
Troublemakers: The Story of Silicon Valleys Coming of Age

December 2017

Troublemakers: The Story of Silicon Valleys Coming of Age

In Troublemakers, historian Leslie Berlin introduces the people and stories behind the birth of the internet and the microprocessor, as well as Apple, Atari, Genentech, Xerox PARC, ROLM, ASK, and the iconic venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In the space of only seven years and 35 miles, five major industries—personal computing, video games, biotechnology, modern venture capital, and advanced semiconductor logic—were born.

Highlights from Troublemakers: The Story of Silicon Valleys Coming of Age
Wonder Women: Entrepreneurship, Education, and New Frontiers

November 2017

Wonder Women: Entrepreneurship, Education, and New Frontiers

Two innovative entrepreneurs share how they use technology and learning to expand the frontiers of bodies and minds. Calico Chief Computing Officer Daphne Koller and GoldieBlox Cofounder Debra Sterling join Exponential Center Executive Director Marguerite Gong Hancock to discuss their work improving health and empowering girls. Koller and Sterling share their stories and offer insights into what the future holds for all of us.

Watch Wonder Women: Entrepreneurship, Education, and New Frontiers
Putting a New World in Your Hands

October 2017

Putting a New World in Your Hands

In the past decade, the iPhone and the ensuing smartphone revolution have altered our world more thoroughly than any previous computer generation. They have reached more than half the world’s population and have changed the way we communicate, travel, work, entertain ourselves, and even sleep. To close the iPhone 360 event series, veteran technology writers Steven Levy and John Markoff host two panels on the impact of the iPhone.

Highlights from Part 1: Putting a New World in Your Hands: The Impact of the iPhone on Our Economy
Building Ships, Companies, and the Cloud

July 2017

Building Ships, Companies, and the Cloud

Diane Greene has designed ships, run engineering teams, and co-founded software virtualization giant VMware. Now she leads Google's cloud business and sits on the boards of Alphabet, Intuit, and MIT. Greene sat down with Exponential Center Executive Director Marguerite Gong Hancock and discussed her evolution from engineer to entrepreneur, how Silicon Valley has changed throughout her career, and what lies ahead for Google's cloud business.
Putting Your Finger On It—Creating the iPhone

June 2017

Putting Your Finger On It—Creating the iPhone

A panel with three of the engineers who worked on the original iPhone, Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes, describe how the iPhone came to be, followed by Scott Forstall, the leader of the original iPhone software team in a fireside chat with Computer History Museum historian John Markoff.

Highlights from "Putting Your Finger On IT: Creating the iPhone"
Computing for the Whole World

May 2017

Computing for the Whole World: Tony Fadell in Conversation with John Markoff

In a conversation with Computer History Museum historian John Markoff, Tony Fadell highlighted his contributions at Apple, where he led design of the first iPod music player and then led the hardware design of the iPhone before leaving Apple in 2008 to found Nest Labs, where he led a team that designed an innovative internet-connected thermostat.

Highlights from "Computing for the Whole World: Tony Fadell in Conversation with John Markoff."

Press release "The Computer History Museum Continued Major iPhone 360 Project with Apple iPhone Inventor and Nest Founder Tony Fadell."
Venture Capital in the Blood: Three Generations of Drapers in Silicon Valley

April 2017

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

The Draper family has played a defining role in Silicon Valley venture capital for four generations, spanning 60 years. Guiding entrepreneurs from idea to exit, Drapers have served as investors, mentors, match-makers, and allies to founders of Hotmail, Skype, Baidu, Apollo Computer, Tesla, and more. They shared stories about their wins (and misses) as well as lessons and advice for entrepreneurs.

Highlights from William H. Draper III, Tim Draper, and Jesse Draper in conversation with Exponential’s Marguerite Gong Hancock.
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.