Articles in Exponential Center(32)

Not Just for Calling Anymore: The Social Impact of the iPhone Revolution

Not Just for Calling Anymore: The Social Impact of the iPhone Revolution

Heidi Hackford Jan 25, 2018
It will ruin your eyes, turn your brain to mush, and kids will see things they shouldn’t. The content is all just designed to sell stuff. It will destroy relationships—people won’t interact with family and friends in person anymore. What innovation prompted these dire predictions? The television when it came on the scene in the 1950s. And we’re raising the same questions and concerns about the smartphone today. New technologies tend to have that effect on people, who are hardwired to fear new things and worry about unintended consequences. They need time to learn how to understand and integrate new technologies into their daily lives. One of the most iconic smartphones—the iPhone—is only 10 years old. Humans are still learning to adapt to the new world it has brought. Read More
Making Trouble: Leslie Berlin Explores the People Who Built Silicon Valley

Making Trouble: Leslie Berlin Explores the People Who Built Silicon Valley

Heidi Hackford Jan 05, 2018
One of Silicon Valley’s great advantages, says author Leslie Berlin, is how accessible experienced founders and legendary CEOs are to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Steve Jobs counted David Packard of Hewlett-Packard and Robert Noyce of Intel among his mentors. Facebook’s young founder Mark Zuckerberg looked to Jobs for advice and also to Bob Taylor of Xerox PARC. Taylor is one of the seven pioneering individuals featured in Leslie Berlin’s book Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age. Together, these “troublemakers” disrupted the world because they imagined a better future and were driven to help create it. Project historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University, Berlin spoke about her book in a fireside chat at the Computer History Museum (CHM) with the Exponential Center’s Marguerite Gong Hancock on December 13, 2017. Read More
From Sailboats to Startups: Diane Greene’s Silicon Valley

From Sailboats to Startups: Diane Greene’s Silicon Valley

Heidi Hackford Dec 15, 2017
Diane Greene says her favorite experience ever was when, as a young woman, she windsurfed 15 miles from Molakai to Maui . . . alone. That confidence in her abilities and comfort with taking risks has served her well throughout her storied career as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, leading engineering teams and cofounding multiple startups. These include virtualization giant VMware, which she took to a $2 billion run rate over the course of 10 years. As CEO, Greene took the company public and oversaw its sale to EMC in 2003 for $635 million. Now she leads Google’s cloud enterprise, directing the growth and strategy of a major business partnering with customers like Snapchat, Disney, and eBay, and sits on the boards of Alphabet, Intuit, and MIT. In a July 2017 fireside chat with Exponential Executive Director Marguerite Gong Hancock at the Computer History Museum (CHM), Greene shared her experiences and insights. Read More
Opening Doors and Disrupting Labs: Entrepreneurs Daphne Koller and Debra Sterling Expand Education

Opening Doors and Disrupting Labs: Entrepreneurs Daphne Koller and Debra Sterling Expand Education

Heidi Hackford Dec 07, 2017
It takes both vision and commitment to see that expanding educational opportunities today will make a better future and then to create a company to do just that. Calico Chief Computing Officer and Coursera cofounder and cochair Daphne Koller and GoldieBlox founder and CEO Debra Sterling have done it. In a panel produced by CHM Live and the Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum (CHM) on November 7, Koller and Sterling candidly discuss the challenges and rewards of creating their businesses from the ground-up and offer advice to new entrepreneurs—particularly women. Read More
New iPhone Exhibit Celebrates the “One Device that Changes Everything”

New iPhone Exhibit Celebrates the “One Device that Changes Everything”

CHM Editorial Team Nov 27, 2017
As part of the Exponential Center’s iPhone 360 Project, in collaboration with the Museum’s Senior Curator Dag Spicer, Internet History Program Curatorial Director Marc Weber, and the Center for Software History‘s Director David C. Brock and Curator Hansen Hsu, the Computer History Museum (CHM) has launched a new exhibit that explores the technology, history, and business and social impact of the revolutionary device. While the 30-foot-high graphic display can be viewed in the Museum’s lobby, we are pleased to share the content from the exhibit below with all of CHM’s virtual visitors. Read More
10 Years Old and 1.2 Billion Sold: The Business of iPhone

10 Years Old and 1.2 Billion Sold: The Business of iPhone

Heidi Hackford Nov 03, 2017
Before the iPhone landed like a meteorite in 2007, it wasn’t clear that a revolution in mobile phones was coming or even necessary, says Benedict Evans, partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Back in 2006, it seemed that the devices, like cars and cameras, were making slow and steady progress with incremental improvements in design and technology. Desktop computers were dominant, but mobile phones also had features and apps, though they were expensive and distribution channels restrictive. Text messaging was possible but cost a lot, and users could browse the internet, although it was so difficult many didn’t bother. The iPhone changed all that. Read More
An Inspired Year: Preserving the Legacy and Advancing the Future of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

An Inspired Year: Preserving the Legacy and Advancing the Future of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Jennifer De La Cruz Sep 07, 2017
Silicon Valley seemed to capture lightning in a bottle overnight. Home to the computing revolution that spawned a culture of risk taking and technological innovation, Silicon Valley is an ethos that extends to frontiers across the globe. From one to one billion, the Valley is founded upon the belief that one idea can create a billion devices that can affect a billion people that can generate billion-dollar industries. This notion of exponential growth, fueled by the power of computing, is the spirit that drives the Valley, transforming it from place to concept, solidifying it as the world’s model for entrepreneurial success. Read More
Reflections on Summer by CHM’s Exponential Center Inaugural University Interns

Reflections on Summer by CHM’s Exponential Center Inaugural University Interns

Clara Chiu Sep 06, 2017
Editor’s Note: Interspersed throughout this blog are quotes from Clara’s fellow Exponential Center interns, as they too reflect on their summer at the Computer History Museum (CHM).People often ask me why I chose to intern at a computer museum when I am not planning to major in computer science nor museum operations. Good question. For one, I was attracted to the idea of learning outside my field. I knew that technology was interdisciplinary, but I didn’t realize to what extent that was true until taking on this internship at the Museum’s Exponential Center for entrepreneurship and innovation. Read More
Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone!

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone!

CHM Editorial Team Jun 29, 2017
By 2006 it was already clear to most people in the computing industry that the future was mobile. The cell phone was on its way to becoming the most common electronic device on earth, with over 2.7 billion users. Yet it was almost equally clear that the main events wouldn’t happen in Silicon Valley, or even the United States. Read More
Creating Magic: A Conversation with Original iPhone Engineers & Software Team Lead Scott Forstall

Creating Magic: A Conversation with Original iPhone Engineers & Software Team Lead Scott Forstall

John Markoff Jun 22, 2017
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
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