Did the Government Create Silicon Valley?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Microsoft Mountain View


Session Abstract:From the Internet to GPS, clean tech to microchips, government investments have helped spur game-changing innovations and laid the foundation for hundreds of Silicon Valley companies. How can public investment and public-private university partnerships continue to promote technological innovation and economic dynamis?

Join FWD.us and engage with a distinguished group of panelists as they tackle this question.

Speaker: Steven Chu

Bio: Steven Chu is a Professor of Humanities & Sciences and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1997 and served as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama (2009-2013).

Speaker: Jeannette Wing

Bio: Jeannette Wing is Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research. Prior to 2013, she was the President's Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She also served as assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the NSF.

Speaker: Fred Block

Bio: Fred Block is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Davis. In previous work he studied US government programs that have supported the commercialization of technology. His current research centers on the kinds of financial reforms and institutions required to support innovation in this new context of public-private collaboration.

Speaker: Ray Rothrock

Bio: Ray Rothrock is Partner Emeritus at Venrock. As a venture capitalist for more than two decades, Ray has assisted entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams and produced outstanding financial returns for his limited partners. Rays areas of investment expertise and interests span the globe, and include energy, information technology infrastructure and cyber security. An avid spokesman for the venture industry, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Ray is also active in educational and community causes.