Articles in Exponential Center(32)

Computing for the Whole World: A Conversation with iPod & iPhone Inventor Tony Fadell

Computing for the Whole World: A Conversation with iPod & iPhone Inventor Tony Fadell

John Markoff May 31, 2017
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
Venture Capital in the Blood: Three Generations of Drapers in Silicon Valley

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

Doug Fairbairn May 19, 2017
On April 19, 2017, three generations of the Draper family joined Marguerite Gong Hancock on the CHM Live stage at the Computer History Museum as part of a series of programs organized by the Exponential Center. Exponential focuses on capturing the legacy and advancing the future of innovation and entrepreneurship. Read More
Programming the System of the World: The Industrial Internet of Things

Programming the System of the World: The Industrial Internet of Things

At the “Programming the System of the World” event on March 30, co-hosted by the Exponential Center and the NextGen Advisory Board, three panelists at the forefront of advances in the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) gathered at the Computer History Museum to discuss how new technologies are transforming the industrial world. Read More
Computing in Your Pocket: The Prehistory of the iPhone in Silicon Valley

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

John Markoff Mar 14, 2017
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
Fairchild, Fairchildren, and the Family Tree of Silicon Valley

Fairchild, Fairchildren, and the Family Tree of Silicon Valley

David Laws Dec 20, 2016
Through an unprecedented series of technical, business, and cultural innovations, Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation spawned hundreds of ventures that established Silicon Valley as a world center of entrepreneurial activity and technological leadership. Although the firm’s market valuation never exceeded $2.5 billion, its surviving combined progeny have been estimated to be worth over $2 trillion. Read More
The Next Billion: A Conversation with Kiva Executive Chair Julie Hanna

The Next Billion: A Conversation with Kiva Executive Chair Julie Hanna

During our wide-ranging discussion, Julie shared her insights on important questions, including: How are entrepreneurs changing the lives of the next billion? How is technology being used as a force for democratization of access and opportunity? Where are hot spots around the world for entrepreneurship and what can Silicon Valley learn from them? Read More
Day of the Dead: Exploring Failure with Silicon Valley Veterans Kim Polese, Bill Reichert, and Justin Kan

Day of the Dead: Exploring Failure with Silicon Valley Veterans Kim Polese, Bill Reichert, and Justin Kan

Work in Silicon Valley long enough, and you’ll end up with your own private collection of startup paraphernalia: T-shirts, tchotchkes, branded office supplies, and other relics of companies failed but not forgotten. At the “Day of the Dead” event on October 28, co-hosted by Exponential Center and the NextGen Board, attendees sported them like badges of honor. Read More
Pioneers of the Possible: A Conversation with Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Heidi Roizen and Michelle Zatlyn

Pioneers of the Possible: A Conversation with Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Heidi Roizen and Michelle Zatlyn

Silicon Valley is home to pioneers of the possible. From Bill Hewlett and David Packard to Mark Zuckerberg, history, media, and pop culture frequently showcase the stories of Silicon Valley’s male founders. What about women? Read More
Silicon Valley: A Century of Entrepreneurial Innovation

Silicon Valley: A Century of Entrepreneurial Innovation

David Laws Sep 20, 2016
The entrepreneurial, technology-driven roots of today’s Silicon Valley sprouted long before Google’s algorithms, Apple’s two Steves, Fairchild’s chipmeisters, or the egalitarian management innovations of Hewlett and Packard. Eager emissaries from less prosperous regions of the nation and foreign governments striving to the replicate the tech economy back home are often surprised to learn that Silicon Valley did not happen overnight. Read More
1 to 1 Billion: Eight Exponential Entrepreneurial Stories

1 to 1 Billion: Eight Exponential Entrepreneurial Stories

Gordon Moore and Intel. Steve Jobs and Apple. Bill Gates and Microsoft. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. These entrepreneurs and the iconic companies they have built rank among the most transformational stories of our time. They illustrate that one idea can create a billion devices, generate a billion dollars, or touch a billion people. Read More
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