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2013-2014 CIE Events

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CIE Speaker Series

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CIE Speaker Series



John Denniston

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship invites you to attend the Spring CIE Speaker Series featuring John Denniston on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. 

Event Information:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
6:30-7:00 pm Check In/Registration & Complimentary Desserts
7:00-8:30 pm  Program

Recital Hall

Music & Dance Building

Registernow  Register Now for your Free Tickets!

Parking available in the University Parking Structure left of Palm Drive and in the newly-opened North Campus Parking Structure on the corner of Benton and Alviso Streets (permits required on campus until 8 pm-free 2-hour visitor parking permits are available at the Main Gate Security Kiosk).


About Our Speaker: John Denniston

John Denniston is President of the Board of Directors of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Mateo County.  He is a former partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, where he ran the KPCB Green Growth Fund, which invests in and supports growth-stage greentech sustainability companies.  

Prior to joining KPCB, John was a managing director and head of technology investment banking for the Western United States at Salomon Smith Barney.  He also served on theinvestment committees for Salomon's venture capital direct investment fund and CitiGroup's venture capital fund of funds.  Earlier in his career, John was a partner at the law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he was head of the firms' venture capital practice group and co-head of its information technology practice group.  He also served on the investment committee for the firm's venture capital fund.

John is actively involved in public policy issues, having testified before Congressional committees on numerous occasions.  He serves on the board of advisors of the National Renewable Energy Labs and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.  John holds a BA in Economics and a JD from the University of Michigan.  


In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to: Linda Jenkins via email at at least 7 days prior to the event.



"The presence of a guest speaker on the campus of SCU does not necessarily imply approval or endorsement by the University of the views expressed by the guest speaker or by anyone else present at the event"



2012-2013 CIE Speaker Series 


fall 12 steve blank


spring 13 ss

winter 13 maynard webb


2011-2012 CIE Speaker Series 


Fall11 Cabrera


Spring12 Nick Woodman forweb

Winter12 Holland

More About The CIE Speaker Series

On a quarterly basis, the CIE hosts the CIE Speaker Series- informative, entertaining events that feature a dynamic, leading entrepreneur or leader in innovation sharing experiences and advice with the SCU community, generating awareness of the role played by and importance of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Target Audience
The audience for the CIE Speaker Series includes SCU students and faculty as well as invited guests from the Silicon Valley business community and the CIE Advisory Board.

The CIE Speaker Series provides attendees a unique opportunity to hear a first-hand account of stories in start-ups and breakthroughs in innovation and technology including challenges and lessons learned.  Presenters typically provide a 45 minute presentation followed by an informative 15 minute Question & Answer session.  


Fall:  Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Featuring Jayshree Ullal

Jayshree Godfrey and Dan for Web

Winter: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Featuring Regis McKenna


Spring: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

All CIE Speaker Series events are held in the Recital Hall, Music & Dance Building.  Program time is 7 pm, join us for desserts and coffee during check in from 6:30-7 pm.

Thank you to all who joined us in 2012-2013 as we welcomed Steve Blank, Maynard Webb and Peter Gotcher (links below to event recap and photos). 

If you have a disability and require accommodation, call 408-554-5757 or email 48 hours prior to the event.

2012-2013 CIE Speaker Series Archive

(for information and photos):

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