The Promise & Threat of the Internet

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DATE:  Wednesday, September 19th, 2012   ABSTRACT :  Bill Davidow will discuss how the success of the Internet in connecting the world through the Worldwide Web has created a unique set of hazards, in effect overconnecting us, with great consequences, ranging from the recent Subprime mortgage crisis to the meltdown of Iceland, from the loss of people's privacy to the spectacular fall of the stock market. Explaining how such symptoms of Internet connection as unforeseeable accidents and how thought contagions acted to accelerate the downfall and make us permanently vulnerable to catastrophe, Davidow places our recent experience in historical perspective and offers a set of practical steps to minimize similar disasters in the future.
VENUE:  KPMG - 3975 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95054
PROGRAM: 5:00-6:00pm Buffet Dinner, Networking & Exhibition
  6:00-6:30pm Company Presentations
  6:30-6:45pm Break
  6:45-7:15pm Speaker Presentation, Q&A
  7:15-7:45pm Networking & Exhibition
Bill Davidow, Partner Emeritus, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Bill Davidow has been a high-technology industry executive and a venture investor for more than 30 years. He continues to act as an active advisor to Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture capital firm. Davidow is most recently the author of Overconnected: The Promise & Threat of the Internet. While at Intel, Bill served as senior vice president of marketing and sales, vice president of the microcomputer division and vice president of the microcomputer systems division. Prior to Intel Corp., Bill worked in various managerial positions at Hewlett Packard and General Electric. Bill’s community involvement extends to serving on the boards of California Institute of Technology and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He also sits on the Foundation Board of the University of California, San Francisco, and on the Board of the California Nature Conservancy. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from both Dartmouth College and the California Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

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