John Markoff joined the Computer History Museum (CHM) as its historian in January 2017. He is a part of CHM’s extensive interpretive team, including curators, educators, exhibit designers, and media producers. Prior to joining CHM, Markoff was the business and technology reporter of The New York Times since March of 1988. Prior to his near 30-year tenure at The Times, Markoff was a reporter for San Francisco’s Pacific News Service from 1977 to 1981 and wrote a column on personal computing for The San Jose Mercury News from 1983 to 1985. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize multiple times before winning in 2013 for reporting on the impact of technology on labor and automation. Markoff has written two books that offer a unique perspective on computer history, including What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry in 2005 and Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground between Humans and Robots in 2015.
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after it acquired NeXT, he brought with him a close-knit group of engineers. One of them was Scott Forstall, a young software designer who had come to NeXT directly from Stanford University.Read More
Tony Fadell doesn’t fit the Silicon Valley mold. His parents were neither engineers nor scientists, but his grandfather gave him a passion for both building things and for design. His grandfather recognized his love for computing and offered to match whatever the then 11-year old Fadell had to help him buy his first computer—an Apple II.Read More
On Thursday, March 2, four pioneering Silicon Valley technologists shared the stage at the Computer History Museum (CHM), turning the clock back three decades and exploring the prehistory of the iPhone.Read More