Davidow explains how the success of the Internet has also created a set of hazards, in effect overconnecting us, with the direst of consequences. Davidow explains everything from the recent subprime mortgage crisis to the financial meltdown of Iceland, asserting that much of it can be traced to the fact that we were so miraculously wired together.
Dr. Davidow has been a high-tech industry executive and venture investor for over thirty years. Before joining Mohr, Davidow Ventures, he held a number of management positions at Intel Corporation, including Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Vice President of the Microcomputer Division and Vice President of the Microcomputer Systems Division. Dr. Davidow holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, a MSEE from California Institute of Technology and a BA summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. He is the author of Marketing High Technology, Total Customer Service, and The Virtual Corporation. His latest book is OVERCONNECTED: The Promise and Threat of the Internet.
Dr. Davidow is Chairman of the Board of Rambus Corporation and Vantive Corporation. Dr. Davidow is also a member of the California Institute of Technology Board of Trustees.
He is a member of the Board of Advisors to the Community Foundation Silicon Valley; the Stanford University Institute for Economic Policy Research; the Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society; and the Technology Museum of San Jose.
Charles Geschke is a Co-founder and Co-chairman of Adobe Systems.
As an example of how regulatory systems fail to keep pace with technological change, William Davidow points to Pvt. Bradley Manning. Manning allegedly managed to steal thousands of classified documents from a secure government network by hiding the files on a CD-RW labeled "Lady Gaga."
"What the Internet has done is its ... empowered the individual to do things a thousand well-trained Soviet spies could never do," says Davidow.