Innovation in Silicon Valley
Leaders and innovators in Silicon Valley/the West Coast share perspectives, examine opportunities and debate challenges for ratcheting up innovation and growth.
Gordon Davidson, Firm Chairman & Partner, Corporate Group, Fenwick & West Steve Hoover, CEO, PARC Ann Winblad, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Paul Saffo, Managing Director of Foresight, Discern Analytics (moderator)
As the finale event of its 25 Anniversary Celebration year, Churchill Club proudly presents Igniting Innovation & Mastering Change: A Day-long Conversation in Three Acts, a series of discussions presenting new perspectives and examining opportunities for advancing information locally, nationally, and around the world. Speakers and audience members will engage in discussions and focus on takeaways and insights throughout the day in three segments: 1) Here: Innovation in Silicon Valley; 2) There: Innovation in America and Around the World; 3) …& Then: Inventing the Future
Churchill Club is Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum. The 25 year old, 7,000 member, nonprofit organization has built a reputation for dynamic, in-the-news programs featuring Silicon Valley CEOs, up-and-coming executives and national leaders. Members of the Churchill Club represent a range of industries, companies, and expertise. Individual and corporate members include influential leaders from Silicon Valley’s top companies, managers of both technical and non-technical groups, entrepreneurs, and executives from the service sector.
Gordon Davidson is a Partner in the Corporate Group and Chairman of Fenwick & West LLP. He advises high technology companies, including networking, computer software and electronics companies, as well as clean technology and life sciences companies.
He is one of three leading lawyers in Silicon Valley, named on Forbes Magazine's Midas List as one of the top 100 venture capital deal makers in every year the list has been published.
Stephen Hoover is CEO at PARC, a Xerox company.
Paul Saffo is a forecaster with over two decades experience exploring the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He is Managing Director of Foresight at Discern Analytics, teaches at Stanford University and is a researcher through mediaX at Stanford University. Saffo serves on a variety of not-for-profit boards including the Long Now Foundation, and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Saffo’s essays have appeared in a wide range of publications including The Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. Saffo holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University and Stanford University.
Ann Winblad is a Partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. She began her career as a systems programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1976 Winblad co-founded Open Systems, Inc., a top selling accounting software company, with a $500 investment.
Winblad operated Open Systems profitably for six years and then sold it for over $15 million. Prior to co-founding Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Winblad served as a strategy consultant for prestigious clients such as IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups.
Winblad received a BA in mathematics and in business administration from the College of St. Catherine, as well as an MA in education and international economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ann Winblad, managing director of Hummer Winblad, argues that the only way unemployed workers in the software industry can compete in the current economy is by retooling and evolving -- much like a leading Silicon Valley company.