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Exploration of the Valley -Multiple Perspectives (Technology and Innovation Intensive)
July 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Silicon Valley is made up of many individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. The best entrepreneurs come from diverse countries and backgrounds, and care about a wide range of problems and technologies. Come learn from the wide range of individuals who make Silicon Valley an incredible place to build revolutionary companies. (satisfies the Technology and Innovation Intensive requirement)
Katie Hughes is the talent partner for DFJ and joined the firm in 2012. She works with the firm’s portfolio companies on their human capital strategies including executive leadership, team-building, recruiting, compensation, onboarding, management, and retention.
Prior to joining DFJ, Katie was a managing director of Betts Recruiting, a leading provider of go-to market recruiting for venture-backed technology companies.
Katie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves on their Young Alumni Leadership Council. She serves on the leadership committee of Summer Search, a non-profit dedicated to helping underprivileged students find meaningful work.
Vivek Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow and professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering and a Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. He is a globally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012, and of Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, which documents the struggles and triumphs of women. Wadhwa has held appointments at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, and Emory University and is a faculty member at Singularity University.
Wadhwa is based in Silicon Valley and researches exponentially advancing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances–in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials–are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security. They will also disrupt industries and create many new policy, law, and ethics issues.
In 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition as an “Outstanding American by Choice”, for his “commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans”. He was also named one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine in that year; in June 2013, he was on TIME magazine’s list of “Tech 40”, one of forty of the most influential minds in tech; and in September 2015, he was second on a list of “ten men worth emulating” in The Financial Times.
Wadhwa teaches subjects such as technology, industry disruption, entrepreneurship, and public policy; researches the policy, law, and ethics issues of exponential technologies; helps prepare students for the real world; and advises several governments. In addition to being a columnist for The Washington Post, he is a contributor to VentureBeat, The Huffington Post, LinkedIn Influencers blog, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.
Tia is an Innovation Architect at Cisco’s Hyper-Innovation Living Lab, and an advisor with Stakeholder Ventures. She has supported innovation efforts at organizations as small as two startup founders with just an idea and as large as multinational Fortune 100 corporations seeking to overhaul their legacy businesses.
Tia has evaluated hundreds of startups on behalf of the organizations she’s led and the corporations they serve, and advised dozens on all aspects of their businesses, from building a team to defining business models and go-to-market strategies.
Tia has also overseen the design and execution of programs that enable corporations to partner with emerging technology startups as a means of supplementing internal innovation efforts. Tia has been credited for developing an approach to startup-corporate strategic partnerships that spans the full open innovation life cycle, a methodology that begins with strategic planning predicated on internal needs discovery, surfaces winning startup technologies that deliver on defined needs, and produces the data necessary for validating emerging technologies’ licensing, investment, or acquisition potential. Her work has unlocked tremendous value embodied in these so-called ‘open innovation’ partnerships – not just for corporations, but for startups and their investors too.
Prior to working with startups, Tia’s career was broadly focused on reducing the impact of the built environment through green building and sustainable land use, with an emphasis on water reclamation and renewable energy technologies. She has consulted for a range of investment, public, and private organizations, including the United States Air Force, Hawaii Municipal Wastewater Treatment Centers, City of Berkeley’s Office of Energy and Sustainable Development, the City of San Francisco’s Office of Innovation, Eco Asset Management Partners, Haliimaile Pineapple Company, and Farmland LP.
Tia holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
About the Silicon Valley Innovation Academy (SVIA)
SVIA exposes students to the Silicon Valley technology ecosystem through lectures, panels, in-person visits, and curriculum that discusses the unique resources for innovative ideas.