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Aug. 9, 2014 Doug Menuez Fearless Genius

On August 9, 2014 in Mountain View, the Computer History Museum exhibited “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000.” This collection is just a sample of the 250,000 images taken by photojournalist Doug Menuez taken during that period.

Thirty years ago, Steve Jobs was kicked out of Apple, an organization he had helped build. It did not stop him. He created Next computers. The genius of Steve Jobs was bringing out the genius of others and making the most of it. He recognized the talents of Doug Menuez from his images in newspapers and magazines. Jobs gave him complete access. He did not tell the photographer what cameras to use or who to take pictures of. The result was a series of remarkable historic images capturing the people who changed the world.

Menuez sees a bigger picture from all the little ones. There is a trend from open, inclusive cultures based on sharing to closed, exclusive cultures based on greed and exploitation. Organizations that used to meet in community college classrooms now meet in gated mansions. While this might create jobs in other countries, it does not help most people in America. Without middle class jobs there are few paths to success for the next Steve Jobs.

We owe a debt to people like Menuez who had the foresight to take these images. Imagine if you had an independent photojournalist who was willing to accurately document every important event in your organization. Of course, you would have credit their work and they could make money from the images in magazines etc. but the publicity and legacy it would promote would be worth it.

Real visionaries show us what they see. If history is written by the winners, it is also photographed. This exhibit is an inspiration to archive and display my own collection of Silicon Valley history.

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Sep. 19, 2013 IBM Smart Camp

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On September 19, 2013 in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum, IBM held their North America Regional SmartCamp “Looking for Entrepreneurs who want to Build a Smarter Planet!” Startups had access to venture capitalists, industry experts, press, entrepreneurial organizations, academics, marketing and technology experts. Winners go on to compete for IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013. Claudia Fan Munce, IBM Managing Director, Venture Capital Group and Vice President Corporate Strategy moderated panelists John China of Silicon Valley Bank, Mark Gorenberg of Hummer Winblad and Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures who talked about what they look for in startups. Phil Gilbert, General Manager, IBM Design gave the first keynote and Chris Shipley, CEO, Guidewire Labs gave the second. Eric Apse, Partner with IBM’s Venture Capital Group introduced the contestants Josh Alexander of Toopher, Michael Gresty of Rifiniti, Barry Hill of Connectem, Ying Tam of Mindful Scientific and the two winners Lance Donny of OnFarm Systems and Scott Megill of Coriell Life Sciences.

Also attending were Susan Lucas Conwell, Vish Mishra, Nina Paolo, Kelly Porter and Ann Winblad.

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Nov. 29, 2011 NextStep Entering US Markets

On November 29, 2011 in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum, Fred Greguras of K&L Gates, Jennifer Vessels of Next Step Growth and Kip Witter of the Brenner Group presented “Successful U.S. Market Entry Techniques.” To enter the US market a company must have intellectual property, financial stability, a customer base or market penetration, a management team and the ability to cleanly complete due diligence.

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Apr. 14, 2011 Commonwealth Club FCC Julius Genachowski

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On April 14, 2011 in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum, The Commonwealth Club hosted a conversation between Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Adam Lashinsky of Fortune Magazine. They discussed the growth of mobile devices, new net neutrality regulations and dwindling airwave spectrum availability.

Genachowski says America can overcome the innovator’s dilemma with a balanced approach to new technology. Like an older larger corporation, it is harder to innovate against existing entrenched interests and compete effectively in a global market. In emerging countries, few people had land line phones so there was less of a fight introducing cell phones. The global demand for spectrum will only increase with tablets using a hundred times more bandwidth than an old cell phone. The spectrum will have to shared like water or any other limited resource. He thinks there should be considerations for licensed and unlicensed spectrum to encourage more innovation around the bottlenecks we have today.

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Feb. 28, 2011 Silicon Valley Jobs

Two weeks ago president Obama had dinner with the titans of Silicon Valley. One of the topics was employment. Since then I have heard from many recruiters and companies looking for talent. I am hearing of companies wanting to hire thousands of workers. Of course, this is after three years of letting thousands of people go and creating 12 percent unemployment, so a lot more people will have to be hired to signal a sustained recovery. Below are a few of the job events I have covered so far.

On Wednesday February 23, 2011 in Mountain View at Fenwick and West,  Tanya Okmyansky of the Jewish High Tech Community, hosted Scott Gilfoil of Apple and Brian Curtin of ICG who talked about the kind of talent they were looking for with current skills. On that same night at the Computer History Museum, I met with Christen Kent of HP. Their Par3 division held a job fair  looking for data storage experts.

On Feb. 25, 2011, in Atherton at the Silicon Valley STC meeting, Andrew Davis of Content Rules spoke at about how the brakes have come off hiring. You should demonstrate current skills in an online portfolio that quickly explains your role in solving a client’s problems. Writers demonstrating a strong software development document can get more money. Volunteering with a professional organization is a great way to show how you have kept your skills and helped your community. Build a standalone website that can show your portfolio. Join social media sites like LinkedIn.

I also talked with ACM chair Greg Weinstein, a experienced Silicon Valley hand who confirmed this pent-up hiring trend. Employers now regularly attend ACM meetings looking for talent.

Mobile technology and social media are driving this, but it is not a free for all like the dotcom boom. Companies are looking for recent experience and advanced degrees. They want people who are already here. They do not want to pay relocation so don’t pack your bags. Candidates should be US citizens or have the right to work in the US.

If this is a sustained recovery, I would hope that smart companies would see the potential in all sorts of people and not stick to a strict shopping list or stereotype. Anyone who has been looking for work over the past three years and is still living in Silicon Valley has got to be pretty clever at surviving and that might be useful for your company. I’ve already run into one clueless (and nameless) recruiter who wanted someone with ten years experience with Hadoop. I told them that since Hadoop was not that old, the only qualified candidate would drive a DeLorean to work.

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Aug. 15, 2008 SDF Innovation and Research Fair

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On Aug. 15, 2008 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, SDForum held the Corporate Innovation and Research Fair. Technology leaders from eBay, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Sun talked about innovation and collaborating with entrepreneurs. You would think that all these fierce competitors under one roof would be like watching a watering hole in Africa. In fact everybody faced the same challenges of creating something new and getting it in the hands of customers. Text from DJCline.com. Continue reading Aug. 15, 2008 SDF Innovation and Research Fair

May 27, 2008 STC 50th Anniversary

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As part of our 50th Anniversary, the STC Silicon Valley Chapter is holding a special event on Tuesday May 27, 2008 between 6:00 and 8:00 PM at the Computer History Museum. There will be a tour of the Visible Storage and Babbage exhibits, food and recognition of long time members. Text from DJCline.com.

To register for this rare event, visit our website at:
http://www.stc-siliconvalley.org/

The museum is located at
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
For directions:
http://www.computerhistory.org/directions/

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Mar. 5, 2008 CICC Award Gala 2

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On March 5, 2008 The California Israel Chamber Commerce held their International Partnership Award Gala at the Computer History Museum. They honored Sequoia Capital with special guest Michael Moritz. Speakers also included CICC’s Executive Director Shuly Galili, Chairman Zvi Avon and President Isaac Applbaum, 3Com Chairman Eric Benhamou, California State Controller John Chiang, and David Akov, Consul General of Israel to The Pacific Northwest. Text stolen from DJCline.com.

Here are more pictures from that event. Continue reading Mar. 5, 2008 CICC Award Gala 2