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May 6, 2008
The Significance of the Entrepreneur in American History
A conversation with journalist Michael S. Malone '75, MBA '77, takes stock of where we find ourselves on history’s trajectory—and how a new society is emerging in 21st-century America that has no real precedent in history.
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have already changed the way people live and work around the world. So what’s next from the Valley’s upstart movers and shakers? How is Silicon Valley’s unique culture now about to transform the very nature of the American Way of Life?
Today there is more computing power in your cell phone than NASA had when it first put a man on the moon. And that’s thanks in large part to the work of entrepreneurs right here in Silicon Valley—a place journalist Michael S. Malone has described as a “little collection of suburban towns that changed history.” But he says it’s more than just a place; it’s a state of mind. And its way of thinking is changing the globe.
Malone was the nation’s first daily high-tech reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, which he joined in 1980. He covered the rise of Silicon Valley and has chronicled its transformation. In recent years, he’s had a front-row look at how social entrepreneurs around the world have begun to harness the same creativity and drive. And now, in a landmark speech prepared for the President’s Speaker Series, he takes stock of where we find ourselves on history’s trajectory—and how a new society is emerging in 21st-century America that has no real precedent in history.
Raised in Sunnyvale, he graduated from Santa Clara in 1975 and received his MBA in 1977. Malone has written for the New York Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was editor at-large for Forbes ASAP, the world’s largest circulation business/tech magazine, and currently writes the weekly “Silicon Insider” column for ABCNews.com. Malone has hosted three public television series and was co-producer of the Emmy-nominated “The New Heroes,” a PBS miniseries about social entrepreneurship. He is also a Distinguished Friend and Honorary Fellow of Oxford University.
From his classic Silicon Valley history The Big Score to his latest book, Bill and Dave, the definitive history of William Hewlett and David Packard, Malone continues to capture the spirit of entrepreneurship of Silicon Valley.
Please join us for an evening with Malone, followed by a book signing.