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Silicon Valley Area Events

The CIE is pleased to share Silicon Valley event attendance opportunities from our community partners like the Churchill Club, SD Forum, CCICE, and others.  Students enrolled in the Undergraduate or Graduate Entrepreneurship Program receive advance notice of these offers,  discounts or free tickets. 

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2013-2014 SV Area Events

Battle for the Buy, June 12th, 2014

Date: Thursday June 12th, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM Registration & Hors d'oeuvres | 7:00 PM Program
Price: $42 member, $72 non-member

Location: SAP, Palo Alto

3410 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304


Ratnakar Lavu, SVP Digital Strategy, Kohl’s
Brian Walker, SVP Strategy, Hybris
Moderator: Avery Lyford, Chairman, Qubell
Additional Speakers, pending


There is a gold rush in retail as companies learn how to use technology to drive the top line. Technology is providing new insights into customer needs, giving customers more information to make informed purchases, and enabling the ability to shop anywhere. Technologies that are changing the retail playing field include mobile, social, big data, and internet of things. Already 70% of the people with smartphones used them while shopping in the last year. According to Juniper Research, by 2017 global mobile commerce transactions will exceed US$3.2T, up from US$1.5T in 2013. The big retailers are working hard to use their assets, such as physical stores and customer relationships, in this new world. VCs are heavily funding startups that promise to win in this contest. Who will be the winners? How can you apply their insights about using technology to understand customers and drive sales? Join this group of thought leaders to learn from the front lines of the battle for the buy.


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Business Transformation Insights & Strategies, Tuesday June 3rd

Date: Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

Time: 6:00 PM Registration | 6:30 PM Dinner | 7:30 PM Program
Location: Rosewood Sand Hill

2825 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Price: $73 member, $93 non-member


Bob Carrigan, CEO, Dun & Bradstreet
Geoffrey Moore, Author, Speaker, Advisor


Join this candid conversation about business transformation on a global scale with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) President, CEO and Director Bob Carrigan and legendary business advisor and author Geoffrey Moore.

Carrigan took the reins of D&B in October 2013, and is leading a transformation to modernize D&B’s legacy brand to a modern, customer-focused organization and begin an exciting new chapter in D&B’s 173-year history. Carrigan was previously CEO of IDG Communications, Inc., where under his leadership, the company transformed from a print publisher to a leading digital media company and the worldwide leader in the technology event and media space.

One of the most respected business advisors and authors in the world, Moore’s life’s work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, remains the bible for bringing cutting-edge products to progressively larger markets. His most recent work, Escape Velocity, addresses the challenge large enterprises face when they seek to add a new line of business to their established portfolio. It has been the basis of much of his recent consulting.

The experience of hearing and interacting with Carrigan and Moore is sure to leave you with new insights and perspectives on transformation and a whole lot more.


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DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar, Wednesdays Spring Quarter

When: Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the fall, winter and spring quarters.

Location: NVIDIA Auditorium in the Huang Engineering Center at Stanford University

The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar is a weekly lecture series on entrepreneurship featuring entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders. The series is free and open to the public.

Spring Quarter Dates: 4/9/14, 4/16/14, 4/23/14, 4/30/14, 5/7/14, 5/14/14, 5/21/14, 5/28/14

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16th Annual Top Ten Tech Trends, May 29th, 2014

When? Thursday May 29th, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM Registration | 6:00 PM Dinner | 7:00 PM Program
Location: Santa Clara Marriott Hotel

   2700 Mission College Blvd.
   Santa Clara, CA 95054

Price: $89 member, $109 non-member


What new trends will emerge in the next several years? Find out at one of the Churchill Club’s most anticipated events of the year: the 16th Annual Top 10 Tech Trends debate. Be sure to get your seat as we welcome some of the techno-industries’ leading, and most opinionated, luminaries as they evaluate predictions for the years ahead. Our distinguished panel will rate and debate the trends. And our usual live audience of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest—all with opinions of your own—will be asked to agree or disagree.


This event is presented in collaboration with Forbes!

Click here for more information and to see the list of revealed pundits!

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Two Legends in Conversation: Reid Hoffman & Joichi Ito, May 19th, 2014

When: Monday May 19th, 2014

Time: 5:15 PM Registration | 5:15 PM Buffet | 6:30 PM Program
Location: Citrix Conference Center

   4980 Great America Parkway
    Santa Clara, CA 95054

Price: $54 member, $174 non-member


Reid Hoffman, Partner, Greylock; Executive Chairman and Co-founder, LinkedIn
Joichi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab



MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society. He is board chair of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of the Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS, Global Voices, Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, MacArthur Foundation, Knight Foundation, and Digital Garage, an Internet company he co-founded in Japan. Ito was an early investor in more than 40 companies, including Flickr, Six Apart,, Kongregate, Kickstarter, and Twitter. He has been honored as one of TIME magazine’s “Cyber-Elite” (1997, at age 31); the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” (2001); and BusinessWeek’s “25 Most Influential People on the Web” (2008). Oxford Internet Institute recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

As entrepreneur, executive and angel investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. He is a partner at Greylock Partners and co-founder and executive chairman at LinkedIn. He's on the boards of Zynga, Mozilla Corp., Shopkick, Wrapp, Edmodo,, and an observer at Airbnb. He is also an angel investor in Digg, Facebook, Flickr,, Ning, Six Apart and Zynga. Hoffman earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Bachelor’s degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction. In 2010 Hoffman was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute.

Here is a rare opportunity to meet and hear from two legendary internet visionaries and entrepreneurs of our time. Their candid conversation will range from entrepreneurism and innovation to the future of technology and more.

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BayBio Presents: 2014 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference, May 18-22, 2014

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When? May 18-22, 2014

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Where? Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
              1380 Harbor Island Dr.
              San Diego, CA 92101

One Conference—Four Conference Workstreams:

  • Biomanufacturing
  • Biomarker and PK/PD
  • Research and Discovery
  • Immunogenicity and Administration Routes

The integrated program will examine both theory and application from multiple perspectives including discovery, development, engineering, and regulatory aspects.

For full program details, please click here.

For more information and to register, please click here!

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SVForum: Crowdfunding of Startups, May 8th, 2014

What? SVForum Quarterly Venture Breakfast: Crowdfunding of Startups

When? Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Time: 8:00am-10:00am

Location: Pillsbury, 2550 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA

8:00am - 8:30am     Registration and Breakfast
8:30am - 8:45am     Introductions
8:45am - 9:00am     Overview
9:00am - 9:45am     Panel Discussion


SVForum Members: $25.00
General Public: $59.00
Walk ins: Additional $10

The burgeoning popularity of crowdfunding over the past few years has led to the emergence of several distinct options for entrepreneurs: donation/rewards, lending, and equity based crowdfunding. With very different terms and requirements, it’s important to understand the nuances involved with each type of crowdfunding so that entrepreneurs may choose the path most relevant to his/her goals and needs. 
Join SVForum’s panel of crowding experts and learn about:

  • Pros and cons of crowdfunding vs. other forms of funding (including VC, professional angels and bank loans).
  • Overview of crowdfuding options – type of products, funding size, etc., - and the cons of each option
  • What type of startups (technology/space, stage of company or funding, target customers, business models, etc.) are suited for different type of crowdfunding?
  • The JOBS Act and its effect on different types of crowdfunding

And much more. 

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Reinventing the Future of Work, April 22nd, 2014

When? Tuesday April 22nd

Time: 5:30 PM Registration | 6:00 PM Buffet | 7:00 PM Program
Location: Computer History Museum

1401 N. Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

Price: $45 member, $65 non-member


Neil Jacobstein, Co-chair, AI & Robotics, Singularity University; Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow

How will exponential technologies such as AI and robotics transform the landscape of work? What are the prospects for human augmentation? What will be the new high-skilled jobs, and how will companies fill them? Will automation lead to unprecedented unemployment or an increased quality of life? How will we redefine work and play in the future? This fascinating keynote will provide multiple perspectives to illuminate the nature and complexity of the changes ahead. Following his talk, Neil will answer questions, and moderate an open and ongoing dialog on this critically important topic.

This might be the most enlightening, engaging, and provocative event you’ll attend this year!


For more information and to register, please click here.

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Microsoft Research TechFair 2014, April 17th, 2014

When? Thursday April 17, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Microsoft Silicon Valley,

   1065 La Avenida Street, Building 1,

   Mountain View, CA


Check out the Microsoft Research Open House for an inside look at the future trends and technology cooking in Microsoft Research’s global labs. You will see a sampling of some of the creative work being done by Microsoft Research's scientists who push the boundaries of computer science daily and are paving new paths for the future of technology. From extending the boundaries of computing beyond the screen, to helping make sense of large scale data sets for scientific discoveries, the development of new ideas and technologies is deeply woven into our DNA.


For more information and to register, please click here!

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Engineering Great Products & Customer Experience: Trends & Strategies 2014, April 16th, 2014

What? An Open Forum.

When? Wednesday April 16th, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM Registration | 6:00 PM Buffet | 7:00 PM Program
Location: Santa Clara Marriott Hotel

                2700 Mission College Blvd.
                Santa Clara, CA 95054


Steve Johnson, VP, User Experience, LinkedIn
Frederik Pferdt, Head of Innovation & Creativity Programs, Google
Larry Tesler, Chief Experience Officer, MINE, Inc.
Charles Warren, SVP Product Design,
Moderator: Dr. Jim Walsh, CTO, GlobalLogic

Disruptive new software and hardware products are proliferating--from wearable gadgets to myriad mobile and connected devices--and the cycles to produce them are shrinking. Powerful new trends such as mobile, cloud, social, analytics, sensors, have leveled the playing field, and are beginning to converge in exciting ways that few could foretell even 5-10 years ago. As these converging trends unfold, there is a growing design and engineering mindset that begins with customer experience—and how it can be used strategically to design greater products, services and customer interactions. Companies are looking at making products beginning with the customer in mind. This Churchill program presents innovative and accomplished product design and engineering leaders. What are the benefits and challenges they see in this approach? What are the lessons learned, and the most promising opportunities for innovation? Our panel is led in conversation by the CTO of a respected global product development services company.

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