About Heidi Hackford

Heidi Hackford is the content and curriculum director for the Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum. She is responsible for leading the development of educational materials focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Heidi previously worked at Monticello, where she edited Thomas Jefferson’s family letters. At the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, she established a digital archive and conducted teacher workshops on incorporating digital history resources in the classroom. After moving to Silicon Valley, Heidi directed the start-up of a new foundation promoting wilderness conservation through art.

Articles by Heidi Hackford(17)

Play Like A Girl: How Women Investors Succeed in Silicon Valley

Play Like A Girl: How Women Investors Succeed in Silicon Valley

 Jul 01, 2019 CHM Live, Exponential Center
Thirty years ago, no one thought we’d still be talking about discrimination, gender bias, and sexual harassment in 2019. Unfortunately, we are. Changing cultural norms takes time. What can women who thrive in the competitive, male-dominated world of Silicon Valley venture capital teach us in the meantime? Plenty. Read More
West Meets West: West Virginia Comes to Silicon Valley

West Meets West: West Virginia Comes to Silicon Valley

 Jun 21, 2019 Exponential Center
Over two days at the Computer History Museum, West Virginia student entrepreneurs and faculty were guided through activities that provided them with insights into what has made Silicon Valley a magnet for innovation for decades and how they could apply insights to their own future careers as entrepreneurs in West Virginia and beyond. Read More
Blazing a Trail: Venture Capital Pioneers Reflect on the Industry

Blazing a Trail: Venture Capital Pioneers Reflect on the Industry

 Apr 17, 2019 Exponential Center
On March 28, 2019, in an event jointly sponsored by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and the Computer History Museum (CHM), venture capital trailblazers William Draper III, C. Richard Kramlich, and Franklin “Pitch” Johnson discussed the highlights and challenges of their long careers and legendary firms. Read More
Venturing Forth: The Exponential Center Launches a Venture Capital Initiative

Venturing Forth: The Exponential Center Launches a Venture Capital Initiative

The Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum is leading an ambitious program to capture and share the untold stories of pioneering venture capitalists and their partnerships with disruptors and innovators that extend from idea to IPO and beyond. The companies they have created have led to new industries and jobs, generated tremendous wealth, and changed the way we live. Read More
Blitzscaling: How Silicon Valley Learned to Grow

Blitzscaling: How Silicon Valley Learned to Grow

 Jan 11, 2019 CHM Live, Exponential Center
Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn and partner at the venture capital firm Greylock, joined CHM CEO Dan'l Lewin on December 4 to discuss the new book he co-wrote with Chris Yeh: Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies. Read More
Innovating Prosperity

Innovating Prosperity

 Dec 11, 2018 CHM Live, Exponential Center
On November 13, Clay Christensen, voted “the World’s Most Influential Business Management Thinker,” shared a preview of his upcoming book, Prosperity Paradox, followed by a discussion with Intuit cofounder and chair Scott Cook. Read More
Hacking Our Security: Digital Resilience for the Next Cyber Threat

Hacking Our Security: Digital Resilience for the Next Cyber Threat

 Nov 20, 2018 CHM Live, Exponential Center
On October 23, Ray Rothrock, chairman and CEO of cybersecurity analytics firm RedSeal and national security expert and Brunswick Partner Siobhan Gorman discussed Rothrock’s timely new book, Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat? Read More
Leading Man: Inspired Stories From a Silicon Valley Icon

Leading Man: Inspired Stories From a Silicon Valley Icon

 Oct 05, 2018 CHM Live, Exponential Center
Storytelling can “engage the heart” and inspire people to follow your vision, according to John Hennessy, Alphabet chairman and former president of Stanford University. He and moderator Marissa Mayer, cofounder of Lumi Labs and former president and CEO of Yahoo, recently discussed some of the leadership stories and advice that Hennessy shares in his new book Leading Matters: Lessons From My Journey. Read More
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