John Wood, Tim Koogle, and Eric Nee discuss the crossovers between Silicon Valley and Social Entrepreneurship.
Tim Koogle's (â€œTKâ€) well-established career in the technology business spans more than 25 years and includes serving as the founding CEO and chairman of the board of directors at Yahoo! Inc. from 1995 to 2001, where he helped build the business into a leading Internet media company with annual net revenues of over one billion dollars. During his tenure, BusinessWeek named him one of â€œThe Top 25 Executives of the Yearâ€ in 1999 and 2000. Prior to Yahoo!, Koogle was president of Intermec Corporation, and served as Corporate Vice President of Intermecâ€™s parent company, Western Atlas Inc. Previous to that, Koogle spent nine years with Motorola where he held a number of executive management positions in operations and corporate venture capital early-stage technology and consumer product companies. TK joined Room to Read as a board member after having been a supporter of the organizationâ€™s work since 2008, and following his participation in the â€œTrek to 10,000â€ expedition to celebrate Room to Readâ€™s 10 year anniversary and inaugurate its 10,000th library in Nepal. TK is also founder and CEO of Serendipity Land Holdings, LLC, a private land development company and the managing director of The Koogle Foundation, a private philanthropic organization focused on the education of underprivileged youth. Additionally he serves as chairman of the board of directors for Method, Inc., the environmentally-sensitive cleaning products company. TK holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and M.S. and doctorate degrees in engineering from Stanford University.
Eric Nee is the managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review, published by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. He is also co-host of the Social Innovation Conversations podcast channel, and serves as a judge for the Social Venture Networkâ€™s Innovation Awards. Eric has close to 30 years experience in the publishing industry. Before joining Stanford University, he was a senior writer for Fortune. While there, Eric helped Time Inc. launch Business 2.0, where he served as executive editor. Before joining Fortune, Eric launched Forbesâ€™s Silicon Valley bureau, where he was bureau manager. He also served as editor-in-chief of Upside magazine for close to five years. Eric has won numerous awards, including being named one of the most influential technology journalists by Technology Marketing in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. Eric earned a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Palo Alto, Calif., with his wife Tekla, a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum magazine, and their three children.
John Wood is the Founder and Board Co-Chair of Room to Read. He started Room to Read after a fast-paced and distinguished career with Microsoft from 1991 to 1999. He was in charge of marketing and business development teams throughout Asia, including serving as Director of Business Development for the Greater China region and as Director of Marketing for the Asia-Pacific region. John brings to Room to Read a vision for a scalable solution to developing global educational problems, an intense focus on results, and an ability to attract a world-class group of employees, volunteers, and funders. John focuses on long-term strategy, capital acquisition, public speaking, and media. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was the first Microsoft Alumni of the Year, awarded by Bill and Melinda Gates. John also serves on the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and is a three-time CGI speaker. John holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Colorado, a master's degree from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. He teaches at both the Harvard Graduate School of Education and NYU's Stern School of Business.
Room to Read founder John Wood invites Silicon Valley companies to partner with his organization, reasoning that spreading education will elevate people out of poverty and, eventually, create new markets for goods and services. "If you are a company, there's two billion people in the world living on less than two dollars a day for whom your product or service is irrelevant," says Wood.