Collections and Exhibits
Information Age companies have achieved material technological, economic and societal impacts. The Exponential Center will chronicle the amazing stories of these companies and study the entire ecosystem behind their success. Dave Martin,
Founder and Managing Director,
280 Capital Partners
As part of the Computer History Museum, the Exponential Center focuses on capturing and presenting the legacies and lessons of pioneering people and companies at the heart of Silicon Valley and around the world. The Center draws on our world-class collection and archive in the history of computing.
The Museum’s permanent collection includes artifacts that document the birth and evolution of major companies, including pitch decks, business plans, notebooks, prototypes, first products, marketing advertisements, business memos, company photos, hardware, software, movies, audio recordings, ephemera, and more. The collection also includes oral histories and video interviews of innovators, founders, executives, venture capitalists, and other members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The Exponential Center is working to expand and make accessible this rapidly growing collection. The center is also using this unique collection to create online exhibits as well as unique educational content for Museum visitors and online viewers around the world.
The transfer of an additional 35 oral histories is under consideration.
Google Founders CollectionThe Computer History Museum (CHM), announced a collection of materials telling the story of Google's founding and early growth. The collection, which will be known as the "Google Founders Collection," is a cornerstone project of the Museum's Exponential Center.
The Google Founders Collection contains artifacts, documents, photographs, and video from the first 10 years of Google's development. Part of the archive is composed of items gathered from the personal collections of some of the earliest Google team members.
The era of microelectronics is nothing less than a pivotal landmark in the continuing history of the human condition. The Exponential Center will make a significant contribution to the archive of how this phenomenon came to be. Irwin Federman,
Senior Advisor, US Venture Partners
The Museum has a collection of more than 700 oral histories. Transcripts are freely available to download as PDFs. To explore our oral history collection, visit Oral Histories.
Explore this selection of oral histories relevant for entrepreneurship, venture capital, major companies, or Silicon Valley:
- Johnson, Pitch
- Kapor, Mitch
- Koogle, Tim
- Kramlich, Dick Part I
- Kramlich, Dick Part II
- Kvamme, Floyd
- Last, Jay
- Lewin, Dan'l
- Linear Technology Panel
- Malavalli, Kumar
- Markkula, Mike
- Moore, Gordon
- Moore, Gordon with Arthur Rock
- Morgenthaler, David
- Plattner, Hasso
- Perkins, Tom
- Silicon Valley Bank co-founders
- Swartz, Jim