Keynote Announced - Timothy Chou

IMG_5377.jpgWe’re very excited to announce that our first event will feature a “fireside chat” with Stanford Professor Timothy Chou. Here’s his bio, which gives a lot of reasons he’s the perfect person to kick off our conversation:


Timothy has been lucky enough to have a career spanning academia, successful

(and not so successful) startups as well as large corporations. He has been a

public company board member for 16 years, first as a member of the board of

directors at Embarcadero Technologies and currently at Blackbaud, an

application cloud service provider.

He was one of only six people to ever hold the President title at Oracle. As

President of Oracle On Demand he led the cloud business from it’s very

beginning. While, a transformational challenge, it was the fastest growing

business in Oracle. Today the Oracle cloud business is over $2B. He wrote

about this move of software to a service in 2004 in his landmark first book, The

End of Software. The book identified four early stage startups, three of which

would go on to become important public companies: VMWare, Salesforce and


After earning his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois he went

to work for one of the original Silicon Valley startups, Tandem Computers. He’s

invested in and been a contributor to a number of other startups, some you’ve

heard of like Webex, and others you’ve never heard of but were sold to

companies like Cisco and Oracle. Today he has invested in several new

ventures in cloud computing, machine learning, middleware and applications of

the Internet of Things. He has recently become Chairman of the Alchemist

accelerator focused on IoT. Last month he launched a book in London entitled

Precision: Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things.

Finally, he started teaching at Stanford University in 1982. He lectured on

computer architecture for fifteen years and only stopped because one day he had

to fly to Bali, do a sales kickoff and fly back in 24 hours to teach class. Since

leaving Oracle he returned to launch Stanford’s first course on cloud computing. In

2010, he also started the first class on cloud computing at Tsinghua University in Beijing,


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